13 Total Quotes

David Gergen Quotes

I think the president has raised the stakes for himself. He has raised the stakes for his presidency, so that if there are more explosions in the next few months ... his approval ratings will suffer some more.
David Gergen
#Presidency

Larry is a friend and I believe in the vision of renewal that he set forth for the university. He recognized that it was almost impossible to move things forward.
David Gergen
#Believe

A leader's role is to raise people's aspirations for what they can become and to release their energies so they will try to get there.
David Gergen
#Aspirations

Ronald Reagan is clearly to television what Franklin Roosevelt was to radio.
David Gergen
#Television

I don't have any problem with a reporter or a news person who says the President is uninformed on this issue or that issue. I don't think any of us would challenge that. I do have a problem with the singular focus on this, as if that's the only standard by which we ought to judge a president. What we learned in the last administration was how little having an encyclopedic grasp of all the facts has to do with governing.
David Gergen
#President #News

We know that second terms have historically been marred by hubris and by scandal.
David Gergen
#Scandal

How in heaven's name can a nation with a $1 trillion surplus threaten so much scientific research so vital to its future?
David Gergen
#Research

I was in the Nixon White House during Watergate, and we pretended that we were all about business as usual. And we had a president who was talking to the portraits. It was not business as usual, but you have to say it.
David Gergen
#Business

It's devastating that the president would ask no questions. If he sat there mum in a full briefing ... that will only confirm the suspicions of a lot of opponents.
David Gergen
#Ask

What you're seeing in the East Wing is normal turnover, and what you're seeing in the West Wing is abnormal. It's an aberration to have a team stay as long as this one has.
David Gergen
#Abnormal

You can agree or disagree with Ronald Reagan's policies, his conservatism.
David Gergen
#Ronald Reagan

You can second-guess this all you want ... but there's no question that the four days that elapsed that we had this mini-storm that blew up was embarrassing for the vice president and embarrassing for the president.
David Gergen
#Vice President