The Ten Greatest Things Our Presidents NEVER Said

President's Day 2013

NEW YORK, Feb. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- For Presidents Day 2013, the Angry History Podcast has released its list of The Ten Greatest Things Our Presidents Never Said. As Ralph Keyes wrote in his book The Quote Verifier, "Famous dead people make excellent commentators on current events."

That was years before a certain vice president claimed he "invented" the Internet -- only he never said that, either, or at least not exactly. But regardless of who invented it, the Internet has since spawned Facebook, Twitter, and a 24/7 news cycle that disseminates more false quotes than pictures of LOLCats.

You can find each of these quotes debunked at If misrepresentations of the past like these make us angry, give a listen to the Angry History Podcast and learn more.

The Ten Greatest Things Our Presidents Never Said

  1. George Washington, supposedly on explaining our bicameral legislature to Thomas Jefferson: "We pour our legislation into the Senatorial saucer to cool it."
  2. John Adams: "One third supported the Revolution, one third opposed it, and one third had no opinion."
  3. Thomas Jefferson: "If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered."
  4. John Quincy Adams: "The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: 'It connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.'"
  5. Abraham Lincoln: "If this nation is to be destroyed, it will be destroyed from within; if it is not destroyed from within, it will live for all time to come."
  6. Rutherford B. Hayes, supposedly on the telephone: "It's a great invention, but who'd ever want to use one?"
  7. William McKinley, supposedly on the Philippines: "[T]here was nothing left for us to do but to take them all, and to educate the Filipinos, and uplift and civilize and Christianize them, and by God's grace do the very best we could by them, as our fellow men for whom Christ also died."
  8. Franklin Delano Roosevelt: "In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way."
  9. Harry S Truman: "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog."
  10. John F. Kennedy: "I am a jelly donut."

(Don't feel too bad if you've been duped by one o more of these. A few presidents have cited Truman's imaginary endorsement of canines, and President Obama cited Hayes's telephone quote just last year.)

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