The Year in Quotes – First half

“I am Quinn’s father.” John Edwards

“If the First Amendment has any force,it prohibits Congress from fining or jailing citizens, or associations of citizens, for simply engaging in political speech.” Anthony Kennedy

“I’m going to treat you like a lady, so act like one.” Arlen Specter

“Peace be upon those who follow the light of guidance.” Osama bin Laden

“We’re going to attack whenever we can, but I’d rather have you attack,” Jerry Brown

“Back in World War II, we viewed the Japanese as ‘yellow, slant-eyed dogs’ that believed in different gods. They were out to kill us because our way of living was different. We, in turn, wanted to annihilate them because they were different. Does that sound familiar, by any chance, to what’s going on today?” Tom Hanks

“Now, what we’re doing, I want to be clear, we’re not trying to push financial reform because we begrudge success that’s fairly earned. I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.” Barack Obama

“God rest her soul.” Joe Biden

“When times are tough, you tighten your belts. You don’t go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage. You don’t blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you’re trying to save for college.” Barack Obama

“There is no better place to have fun than Vegas, one of our country’s great destinations. I have enjoyed my visits, look forward to visiting in a few weeks, and hope folks will visit in record numbers this year.” Barack Obama

“I’m single. I haven’t got time to spend on the road to get to know anyone. Even Lady Gaga can be celibate; you don’t have to have sex to be loved.” Lady Gaga

“Do I hope that those people die screaming of rectal cancer? Yeah,” Sean Penn

“Don’t retreat, reload.” Sarah Palin

“If I had to guess 25 cents, this would be exactly that. Homegrown, or maybe a mentally deranged person, or somebody with a political agenda that doesn’t like the health care bill or something. Michael Bloomberg Guess 25 cents?

“We will not tolerate any bias or backlash against Pakistani or Muslim New Yorkers,” Michael Bloomberg, showing once again how well he knows where the real danger lies.

“…bigoted woman…” Gordon Brown

“I’ve just expressed concerns on the basis of what I’ve heard about the law. But I’m not in a position to say at this point, not having read the law, not having had the chance to interact with people are doing the review, exactly what my position is.” Eric Holder

“I’m not going to get further into what the conversations were. People that have looked into them assure me that they weren’t inappropriate in any way.” Robert Gibbs

“We will not rest until this well is shut, the environment is repaired and the cleanup is complete.” Barack Obama, the day before he went on vacation.

“I’m a big fan, he’s a great guy. So lay off him, he’s doing great.” Sir James Paul McCartney

“After the last eight years, it’s good to have a president that knows what a library is.” Sir James Paul McCartney, receiving the “Library of Congress Gershwin Prize,” and delivering a line undoubtedly written by Obama’s speechmakers.

“It was the biggest call of my career, and I kicked the [fecal matter] out of it. I just cost that kid a perfect game.” Jim Joyce

“I thought when we elected a black president, we were going to get a black president. You know, this is where I want a real black president. I want him in a meeting with the BP CEOs, you know, where he lifts up his shirt where you can see the gun in his pants. That’s — “we’ve got a [expletive] problem here?” Shoot somebody in the foot.” Bill Maher

“I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar, we talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick.” Barack Obama, suddenly Bill Maher’s idea of a black president. Coincidence?

“He was lying to me face to face. He didn’t misstate, he didn’t misspeak — he lied.” Richard Hine

“But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it… .” Nancy Pelosi

What has defined us as a nation since our founding is the capacity to shape our destiny—our determination to fight for the America we want for our children. Even if we’re unsure exactly what that looks like. Even if we don’t yet know precisely how we’re going to get there. We know we’ll get there. Barack Obama

“No one will know until this is actually in place how it works.” Chris Dodd Hmm. Is this a trend among Democrats

You could say something nice instead of being a smart ass all the time. Joe Biden

“…there’s no possibility to restore 8 million jobs lost in the Great Recession.” Joe (No, we can’t!) Biden

“Oh that’s an insult. You’re a joker. You’re an a**hole.” Ron Blackwell


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