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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1501
AUTHOR: Richard Milhous Nixon (1913–94)
QUOTATION: “Why would anyone want to be President today?” The answer is not one of glory, or fame; today the burdens of the office outweigh its privileges. It’s not because the Presidency offers a chance to be somebody, but because it offers a chance to do something.
ATTRIBUTION: RICHARD M. NIXON, television address on NBC and CBS, September 19, 1968.—Nixon Speaks Out, Major Speeches and Statements … in the Presidential Campaign of 1968, p. 1 (1968).
SUBJECTS: Presidency