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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1516
AUTHOR: Harry S. Truman (1884–1972)
QUOTATION: The legislative job of the President is especially important to the people who have no special representatives to plead their cause before Congress—and that includes the great majority. I sometimes express it by saying the President is the only lobbyist that one hundred and fifty million Americans have. The other twenty million are able to employ people to represent them—and that’s all right, it’s the exercise of the right of petition—but someone has to look after the interests of the one hundred and fifty million that are left.
ATTRIBUTION: HARRY S. TRUMAN, speech to the Press and Union League Club, San Francisco, California, October 25, 1956.—Transcript, pp. 19–20.
SUBJECTS: Presidency