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Disparaging Presidential Quotes

No one ever said being President of the United States was easy. In this puzzle, try to discern what’s political and what’s personal as you match the stinging criticism with the twentieth-century President who was its target.

Match The President With What Was Said About Him


A. Harry S. Truman
B. Dwight D. Eisenhower
C. John F. Kennedy
D. Lyndon B. Johnson

E. Richard M. Nixon
F. Jimmy Carter
G. Ronald Reagan
H. George Bush


1. His "administration has managed the extraordinary feat of having, at one and the same time, the worst relations with our allies, the worst relations with our adversaries, and the most serious upheavals in the developing world since the end of the Second World War." -Henry Kissinger

2. "He tells so many lies that he convinces himself after a while that he’s telling the truth. He just doesn’t recognize truth or falsehood." -Robert F. Kennedy

3. "He is the biggest liar of all the American presidents. . . the worst terrorist in the history of mankind . . . a madman, an imbecile and a bum. . . His ideas are from the era of Buffalo Bill, not the nuclear age." -Fidel Castro

4. "The fellow has absolutely no principles. Money and gall" is all he has. -Barry Goldwater

5. "If ignorance ever goes to $40 a barrel, I want the drilling rights on [his] head." -Jim Hightower

6. "It defies all common sense to send that roughneck ward politician back to the White House" -Robert Taft

7. He "is a no-good lying bastard. He can lie out of both sides of his mouth at the same time, and if he ever caught himself telling the truth, he’d lie just to keep his hand in." -Harry Truman

8. He "wasn’t used to being criticized, and he never did get it through his head that’s what politics is all about. He was used to getting his ass kissed." -Harry Truman

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