Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 22:40:48 -0500
From: "Barry A. Popik" Bapopik[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Re: "I Would/Had Rather Be Right Than Be President"
Oops! I'm sorry!
SAFIRE'S NEW POLITICAL DICTIONARY has:
"I would rather be right than be President." Kentucky Senator Clay made
this statement several times to his friends, in a letter in 1839, and in a
Senate speech in 1850.
Unfortunately, Safire doesn't give a citation. Anyway, my citation is
The American Heritage Dictionary of American Quotations was published
several years after Safire's New Political Dictionary, so I turned to Hugh
Rawson's book first. I'm truly sorry.
However, I'm still confused. It would be nice to get "Right" right!