“Secretary of State. That’s what I wanted. That’s all I wanted. That’s what I was promised. And now, here I am, President of these United States.
You made this bed, America. You voted for me. Are you confused? Are you afraid? Because what you thought you wanted is now here.
And there you are, staring back, slack-jawed, bewildered, wondering if this is what you actually asked for.
This democracy, your democracy, elected me.
And if you think it was hard getting here, you’re beginning to understand what I’m willing to do to stay.
I look across at this crowd gathered today and I know that these are not my supporters. I’m looking at people who are waiting, with a smile on their face, for their turn. And the most vicious among them are the ones who are smiling and clapping the hardest.
Power is a lot like real estate. Remember?”
President Francis J. Underwood — House of Cards (S05 Chapter 61)