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Chapter 31 The President and the Bureaucracy

Chapter 31 The President and the Bureaucracy

Chapter 31 The president and the bureaucracy
Adam L.Warber

He'll sit here and he'll say, “Do this! Do that!” And nothing will happen. Poor Ike—it won't be a bit like the Army. He'll find it very frustrating.

—Harry S. Truman1

Being President is just like running a cemetery. You've got a lot of people under you, and nobody is listening.

—Bill Clinton2

In times of personal crisis, people do not need the rules of a bureaucracy; they need the help of a neighbor.

—George W. Bush3

The lesson I learned then still holds true today: That folks who are struggling don't simply need more Government bureaucracy; that top-down, one-size-fits-all program usually doesn't end up fitting anybody.

—Barack Obama4

The term bureaucracy does not appear in the U.S. Constitution, yet ...

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