Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 22:40:48 -0500 From: "Barry A. Popik" 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 "I had." 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!