(CNN) - Addressing the firestorm Thursday over the George Washington Bridge controversy, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared, "I am not a bully." The statement, which was made in response to a reporter's question, is the latest of a long line of existential declarations made over the years by politicians in a wide variety of circumstances.
Below is a light-hearted look back at some memorable statements politicians have made over the years addressing what it means "to be" (or not to be).
(CNN) - Five decades after President John F. Kennedy's assassination, President Barack Obama reflected Friday on the Kennedy family legacy.
And as the nation remembered the tragic day, Obama said "thankfully" his own safety does not weigh heavily on his mind.
(CNN) - Fifty years after President Kennedy’s assassination, numerous polls indicate that most Americans now believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted as part of a broader plot or conspiracy.
But a new CNN/ORC poll released Friday shows little consensus on exactly who was behind an alleged wider plot to murder Kennedy.
Washington (CNN) - John F. Kennedy is the most popular president of the last half century, according to a new national poll
A CNN/ORC International survey released Friday indicates that 90% of all Americans approve of how Kennedy handled his job as President. No other President of the last half century even comes close.
Washington (CNN) - Texas Republican Congressman Roger Williams was especially stunned as he sat in school on November 22, 1963, and heard President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. Earlier that morning, he stood outside the Fort Worth Hotel with his mother and shook the President's hand right before he got on a plane and flew to Dallas.
"I literally was the last person to shake his hand as he left the hotel," Williams told CNN. He was 14 years old at the time.
President Obama, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will visit the gravesite of former President John F. Kennedy on Wednesday to honor the 50th anniversary of his assassination, an administration official confirms to CNN.
The Obamas and Clintons will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
Washington (CNN) - John Kerry thinks President John F. Kennedy's assassin had help.
As the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination approaches, Kerry made clear that he does not agree with the conclusions of the Warren Commission, which found Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.
Washington (CNN) - The eternal flame dedicated to John F. Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery has been moved to a temporary location, according to a release from the cemetery.
This is only the second time a temporary burner has been used at the gravesite. The first occurred when Kennedy was laid to rest, 49 years ago on November 25, 1963, when a temporary burner was used until 1967.
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You could win a piece of presidential history - actually, hundreds of them.
(CNN) - The moon isn't what it used to be.
When President John Kennedy promised the country a lunar landing within eight years, his famous declaration became a symbol of the American can-do ideal, stating that we do such endeavors, "Not because they are easy, but because they are hard."