Don't blame the boss. He has enough problems.
There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know.
Your performance depends on your people. Select the best, train them and back them. When errors occur, give sharper guidance. If errors persist or if the fit feels wrong, help them move on. The country cannot afford amateur hour in the White House.
Don't divide the world into 'them' and 'us.' Avoid infatuation with or resentment of the press, the Congress, rivals, or opponents. Accept them as facts. They have their jobs and you have yours.
Death has a tendency to encourage a depressing view of war.
Don't think of yourself as indispensable or infallible. As Charles De Gaulle said, the cemeteries of the world are full of indispensable men.
Reduce the number of lawyers. They are like beavers - they get in the middle of the stream and dam it up.
I can't tell you if the use of force in Iraq today will last five days, five weeks or five months, but it won't last any longer than that.
Don't necessarily avoid sharp edges. Occasionally they are necessary to leadership.
If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much.
Don't speak ill of your predecessors or successors. You didn't walk in their shoes.
Our task, your task... is to try to connect the dots before something happens. People say, 'Well, where's the smoking gun?' Well, we don't want to see a smoking gun from a weapon of mass destruction.
Simply because you do not have evidence that something exists does not mean that you have evidence that it doesn't exist.
If in doubt, don't. If still in doubt, do what's right.
Visit with your predecessors from previous Administrations. They know the ropes and can help you see around some corners. Try to make original mistakes, rather than needlessly repeating theirs.
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