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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1509
AUTHOR: John Steinbeck (1902–68)
QUOTATION: The President must be greater than anyone else, but not better than anyone else. We subject him and his family to close and constant scrutiny and denounce them for things that we ourselves do every day. A Presidential slip of the tongue, a slight error in judgment—social, political, or ethical—can raise a storm of protest. We give the President more work than a man can do, more responsibility than a man should take, more pressure than a man can bear. We abuse him often and rarely praise him. We wear him out, use him up, eat him up. And with all this, Americans have a love for the President that goes beyond loyalty or party nationality; he is ours, and we exercise the right to destroy him.
ATTRIBUTION: JOHN STEINBECK, America and Americans, p. 46 (1966).
SUBJECTS: Presidency