Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Abraham Lincoln (180965)
In a certain sense, and to a certain extent, he [the president] is the representative of the people. He is elected by them, as well as congress is. But can he, in the nature [of] things, know the wants of the people, as well as three hundred other men, coming from all the various localities of the nation? If so, where is the propriety of having a congress?
Representative ABRAHAM LINCOLN, remarks in the House, July 27, 1848.The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, ed. Roy P. Basler, vol. 1, p. 504 (1953).