Lawmakers in our state couldn’t come together and agree with a budget for the 2017 fiscal year that started on Saturday. It’s really unfortunate that this will be happening during one of the most patriotic weeks of the year. With that being said, below I have some of my favorite quotes by presidents throughout this nation’s history on bipartisanship and political party affiliation.

The definition of “Bipartisan” according to Merriam Webster: “of, relating to, or involving members of two parties a bipartisan commission; specifically:  marked by or involving cooperation, agreement, and compromise between two major political parties”


  • Abraham Lincoln (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
    Abraham Lincoln (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

    Abraham Lincoln, Republican from Kentucky, 16th President

    A house divided against itself cannot stand.

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    Photo by Central Press/Getty Images

    John F. Kennedy, Democrat from Massachusetts, 35th President

    Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.

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    Hulton Archive/Getty Images

    John Adams, Federalist from Massachusetts, 2nd President

    There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.

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    Getty Images

    Barack Obama, Democrat from Illinois, 44th President

    We also think this is a reminder of the long tradition of [bipartisanship] that has been the hallmark of America at moments of greatest need, and that's the kind of spirit that we hope will be reflected in our administration.

  • Former president George W. Bush (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
    Former president George W. Bush (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    George W. Bush, Republican from Connecticut, 43rd President

    Bipartisanship is more than minding our manners; it is doing our duty.

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