Quotes by: Helen Thomas

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Helen Thomas
Thomas in February 2009
Born Helen Amelia Thomas
(1920-08-04)August 4, 1920
Winchester, Kentucky, U.S.
Died July 20, 2013(2013-07-20) (aged 92)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Wayne University (B.A., 1942)
Occupation Author, journalist, columnist
Years active 1943–2013
Known for Pioneering female reporter;
first female member of
the White House press corps
Home town Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Spouse(s) Douglas B. Cornell
(1971–1982; his death)
Parent(s)
George Thomas (né Antonious) Mary Thomas (née Rowady)
Relatives 8 siblings

The presidency awed me, but presidents do not. Perhaps I have always expected too much of them, but I believe that when they reach the highest office in the land, they should live up to the greatest honor that can come to a person in American political life. Some have stood the test better than others.
Helen Thomas
If we care about the children, the grandchildren, the future generations, we need to make sure that they do not become the cannon fodder of the future.
Helen Thomas
Presidential power was overruled by the high bench in July 1974, when President Nixon was ordered to turn over some audio tapes of his White House conversations, including the 'smoking gun' tape of June 23, 1972, that revealing the Watergate cover up.
Helen Thomas
Every president thinks that all information that comes to the White House is their private preserve after they all promise an open administration on the campaign trail, but some are more secretive than others. Some want to lock down everything.
Helen Thomas
The White House used to belong to the American people. At least that's what I learned from history books and from covering every president starting with John F. Kennedy.
Helen Thomas
I got into the Kennedy White House because at the time I was president of the Women's National Press Club, and they assigned me to cover the early days of the Kennedy campaign. Jackie especially. Everyone was interested in the family.
Helen Thomas
I covered Kennedy when she was three years old and the darling daughter of President Kennedy who doted on her and whose mother did everything to protect her from the prying press.
Helen Thomas
We got the vote, which we should've been born with, in 1920. Everything we've had to struggle for - it's ridiculous.
Helen Thomas
The United States has tried for years to live down President Franklin D. Roosevelt's order during World War II to move Japanese-Americans on the West Coast to inland detention camps on grounds that they might be disloyal.
Helen Thomas
In Plains, I saw Jimmy Carter as he really is - a nice, decent man... in terms of compassionate contribution to society, he certainly has proven to be our best past president.
Helen Thomas
I'm a liberal, I was born a liberal, and I will be a liberal 'til the day I die.
Helen Thomas
When you speak of the press, of course, you have to speak of different segments of the press. Reporters, straight reporters, wire services, you stick to the facts; you don't create the story, per se. You cover what is happening.
Helen Thomas
Many voters think about the makeup of the Supreme Court when they are choosing a president. The justices deal not only with constitutional issues but also with social issues that were unknown to the founding fathers who wrote the Constitution more than 200 years ago.
Helen Thomas
I censored myself for 50 years when I was a reporter. Now I wake up and ask myself, 'Who do I hate today?'
Helen Thomas
People will never know how hard it is to get information, especially if it's locked up behind official doors where, if politicians had their way, they'd stamp 'top secret' on the color of the walls.
Helen Thomas
Vice President Dick Cheney reportedly has been disturbed over what he sees as the erosion of presidential powers since the Watergate scandal and has urged Bush to take a stronger stand against what Cheney sees as congressional intrusions into the executive branch.
Helen Thomas
The day Dick Cheney is going to run for president, I'll kill myself. All we need is one more liar.
Helen Thomas
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