Best Quotes from Robert Teeter

Many citizens see all the leadership of these large institutions together in a conspiracy against them rather than in any adversary relationship with each other.

Robert Teeter

The endorsement of respected conservative Republican officeholders and politicians is particularly important at this time as to destroy Reagan’s credibility as a loyal Republican.

Robert Teeter

People just automatically say ‘If this guy is George and Barbara Bush’s son, we don’t have any question about those personal qualities that we were fooled on by Clinton.’

Robert Teeter

Every person has only so much attention to give, and politics and government takes up only a fraction of what it did 25 years ago.

Robert Teeter

Look at the declining television coverage. Look at the declining voting rate. Economics and economic news is what moves the country now, not politics.

Robert Teeter

Without a Mayaguez, or something comparable that we don’t see in the immediate future, there is probably no one thing the President can do to himself to turn this situation around.

Robert Teeter

We ought not to be looking for something spectacular but rather develop a plan in conjunction with the White House to work our way out of this problem over the next six weeks.

Robert Teeter

Whatever he does should be seen as working at the Presidency and if he goes to Colorado for Christmas, it should be for a minimum amount of time, the family tradition and family get-together aspect emphasized, and it be seen as a working vacation.

Robert Teeter

We need people out talking about the President, explaining, agreeing with and praising his actions.

Robert Teeter

Most of the things that need to be said about the President are things he can’t say himself.

Robert Teeter

There needs to be a planned series of speeches, interviews, etc., over the next two or three months by administration officials and other public figures talking about President Ford, what he is trying to do and what he has accomplished.

Robert Teeter

I think we need one recognized, respected public figure to make a tough, blunt statement on just what Reagan’s record is and what he might do to the country, let alone the Republican Party before Christmas.

Robert Teeter

This person should not be directly connected with the President Ford Committee nor should he be seen as a member of the liberal wing of the Republican Party. He should be someone like Laird or Rogers Morton.

Robert Teeter

The President’s political travel is going to get blamed (and probably rightly) for a share of this downturn.

Robert Teeter

It is my belief that it is not the fact that he traveled as much as he did during the past few months as much as what he said and how he said it that hurt him.

Robert Teeter

I think he could have made most of the trips and gone to most of the fund-raisers if he would have avoided the partisan rhetoric and talked to the country as President in each of these appearances rather than to the narrow partisan audiences.

Robert Teeter

This is easy to say with the benefit of hindsight, but I think it once again points out how very important style of leadership, that is the way he does what he does, is to his perception.

Robert Teeter

Also the fact that anything he does is seen and heard by the entire country, not just his actual audience or those who live in the region he happens to be in.

Robert Teeter

We have for the past year and undoubtedly will be for the next year, dealing with an electorate that is more alienated and more cynical than at any point in modern time.

Robert Teeter

While these attitudes are more visible when directed at government, there is ample evidence that many working people distrust their own union as much as they do the corporation they work for.

Robert Teeter

This has resulted in more and more people becoming inner-directed and having as their only goal, getting as much as they can get out of the system and putting as little into it as possible.

Robert Teeter

As the society has gotten larger and more complex, individuals have lost their ability to influence any of the institutions that affect their lives.

Robert Teeter

Another cause for the increase in alienation and cynicism is a feeling that too many policy decisions that affect individuals have been taken out of any system that has accountability or that they can influence.

Robert Teeter

People feel that decisions about their jobs, the way their children are educated, how their church functions, and products they buy are made by someone and some place so distant that they can’t find anybody to talk to that has any influence over them.

Robert Teeter

While the President leads his potential adversaries in almost every state, his support is soft. He is seen as honest, sincere, just, and friendly but gets mediocre or relatively poor ratings being competent strong, intelligent, and a forceful leader.

Robert Teeter

The President has not created any Ford constituency, unique from that of any Republican President. The one exception to this is that he does show unique strength with young voters for a Republican.

Robert Teeter

While only about half of the voters feel they know very much about Reagan or what he stands for, the Republicans who do have a very positive perception of him.

Robert Teeter

We should remember the campaign advertising will be only a smaller portion of the President’s total exposure.

Robert Teeter

Research has shown that the perceived style of leadership is by far the most important thing to most voters in evaluating officeholders and candidates.

Robert Teeter

We need a little more ‘Hail to the Chief.’

Robert Teeter

The President, the Administration and the campaign need a theme. I am concerned that the President is seen as a tactician without an overall strategy of his plan for the country.

Robert Teeter

There are not enough people out talking about the President positively.

Robert Teeter