Quoted: The Trust Edition

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Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Who can you count on? Definitely not Donald Trump. As President Obama said in a press conference about the candidates he’s run against: “I never thought they couldn’t do the job. … But that’s not the situation here.”

Hillary Clinton’s trusty pantsuit. As Megan Garber writes, it’s the kind of outfit that says, “Please stop talking about my clothes.”

The Bachelorette’s choice. As People magazine headlined it: “I Know I Can Trust Him.”

Expert advice. As political scientist Walter Stone’s mother asked him in 1992: “Can you guarantee that Ross Perot will lose? Because if you can, I’m going to vote for him.”