Political trivia – how good are you?

(Promoted by Colorado Pols)

These are all quotes by presidents. Post your answers, with no searching the internet, reading books, etc! I'll post the correct answers Monday.

  1. You lose
  2. Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
  3. First used the phrase “Military-Industrial Complex”
  4. The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
  5. Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
  6. I do not like broccoli. And I haven't liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I'm President of the United States and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli.
  7. It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.
  8. It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
  9. “Tell the truth” (instructions to his supporters on what to say when asked about his illegitimate child).
  10. If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog. (May not have actually said it, but commonly attributed to him.)
  • Extra credit – What president’s parrot had such a filthy mouth, it was removed from his funeral?

ps – Started our last company meeting with these. The team Social Democrats win with 5/11.

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19 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. mamajama55 says:

    3. is Dwight Eisenhower

    4. is Thomas Jefferson

    9. I'm going to say is  Franklin D Roosevelt?

    6. is George W Bush

    Man, it was hard not to look these up. Next!

  2. notaskinnycook says:

    1) Coolidge. It was his reply to a woman who had made a bet with a friend that she could get him to say more than two words to her.

    3) Eisenhower

    4) Jefferson

    5) Kennedy, It was his father's advice.

    6) Bush the Elder

    8) Truman

    9) Cleveland. "Ma, ma, where's my pa?" "Gone to the White House. Ha ha ha."

    10) I'm going with Truman. War presidents are seldom popular.* 

    • Duke Cox says:



      A man of few words was "Silent Cal". Coolidge didn't say much, but he said a mouthful here….



      Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.




    • BlueCat says:

      You're right about 9 of course. Harding had an illegit child (or more) but it was Cleveland who was upfront about it and the quote must be his.

  3. gertie97 says:

    1. Coolidge

    2. TR

    3: Ike

    4. Jefferson

    5. JFK

    6. Bush the Elder

    7. FDR

    8. JFK

    9. Cleveland

    10. Truman


  4. DavidThi808 says:

    No one has answered the extra credit one!

  5. FrankUnderwood says:

    Tim Necville
    Daddy bush

  6. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    I thought #4 might be Kevin Lundberg or, nationally, Ted Cruz. 

  7. DavidThi808 says:

    The answers are all above but I figure I should post the official answers:

    1. Calvin "Silent Cal" Coolidge once had a woman at dinner turn to him and say "Mr Presidnet, I made a bet I can get you to say 3 words." He replied "you lose."
    2. Only Teddy Roosevelt could utter a phrase of such grandeur.
    3. Dwight Eisenhower warned us of the danger of the military-industrial complex in his farewell address. (He was our last president with sufficient military gravitas to restrain them.)
    4. Thomas Jefferson – and every fringe group since then has embraced this statement.
    5. JFK
    6. George H.W. Bush (the competent Bush). A stand that I supported him on 100%.
    7. FDR – this pretty much summed up his approach to the new deal.
    8. Truman – and that's why it's the Marshall Plan, not the Truman Plan.
    9. Grover Cleveland. During the election his opponents chanted "Ma, ma, where's my pa?" After he won his supporters replied "Gone to the White House, ha ha ha." He handled it much better than Bill "I did not have sex with that woman" Clinton.
    10. Truman again although it's unclear if he actually said it.
    11. Andrew Jackson – and the parrot clearly picked up its vocabulary from Jackson himself.

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