The Presidency

"My first day at the President's Desk. Plenty of worries and difficult problems. But such has been my portion for a long time - the result is that this just seems (today) like a continuation of all I've been doing since July '41 - even before that!"

  - Diary entry, January 21, 1953 [DDE Diaries: 1935-38, 1942, 1948-53, 1966, 1968, 1969; Box 1; 1953 DDE Desk Diary]

"I would say that the Presidency is probably the most taxing job, as far as tiring of the mind and spirit; but it also has, as I have said before, its inspirations which tend to counteract each other . . . There have been times in war where I thought nothing could be quite as wearing and tearing as that with lives directly involved. But I would say, on the whole, this is the most wearing, although not necessarily, as I say, the most tiring."

  - The President's News Conference at Key West, Florida, January 8, 1956

"Many people are always saying the Presidency is too big a job for any one man. When I hear this assertion, I always try to point out that a single man must make the final decisions that affect the whole, but that proper organization brings to him only the questions and problems on which his decisions are needed. His own job is to be mentally prepared to make those decisions and then to be supported by an organization that will make sure they are carried out."

  - Letter, DDE to Dillon Anderson, January 22, 1968 [DDE's Post-Presidential Papers, 1968 Principal File, Box 36, "An"]

"On the other hand, I found that getting things done sometimes required other weapons from the Presidential arsenal - persuasion, cajolery, even a little head-thumping here and there - to say nothing of a personal streak of obstinacy which on occasion fires my boilers."

  - Some Thoughts on the Presidency, Reader's Digest, November 1968