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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1485
AUTHOR: Ambrose Gwinett Bierce (1842–c. 1914)
QUOTATION: PRESIDENT, n. The leading figure in a small group of men of whom—and of whom only—it is positively known that immense numbers of their countrymen did not want any of them for President.
ATTRIBUTION: AMBROSE BIERCE, The Devil’s Dictionary, p. 266 (1948). Originally published in 1906 as The Cynic’s Word Book.
SUBJECTS: Presidency