Quotes of the Week

Posted: February 18, 2006 in Politics

Asbestos Reform 

— “[The current asbestos bill is] an Armageddon of special interests.” – Democratic Whip Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL).

— “Give me the benefit of the doubt.” – Sen. Arlen Specter moments before the asbestos bill vote.

— “I think this trust fund is just doomed to fail.” – Democratic Whip Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL).

— “We lost under the most extraordinary circumstances.” – Sen. Arlen Specter after the vote on the $140 billion asbestos bill.

Cheney Hunting Accident

— “I’ll calm down when I feel like calming down!” – NBC news correspondent David Gregory, expressing his concern with the 18-hour delay prior to the public learning of Cheney’s hunting accident.  

— “I’m the guy who pulled the trigger and shot my friend, and that’s something I’ll never forget.” – Dick Cheney told Brit Hume of Fox News.

— “We’ve been after the vice president since Sunday, as everyone has, and our efforts paid off. I think he wanted to make sure he got a fair interview and a good interview.” – John Moody, Fox News senior vice president.

— “Today Dick Cheney finally answered questions about the hunting accident on Fox News. I think Fox is a little bias. Fox called it “Interview with a Marksman”. –Jay Leno.


— “The international community has sent a very strong message to the Iranians – show reason, suspend all nuclear activities and uranium enrichment. And they’re not listening to us.” – French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy.

— “Contrary to all the propaganda against us, we are not seeking a nuclear bomb. [It] is Western propaganda that keeps on saying that Iran is seeking a bomb, but it is not true.” – Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, Javad Vaidi


— “Fame is like a poison. I don’t care for it. I used to have a better life when I was nobody.” – U.S. Olympic skier Bode Miller.

— “So try not to laugh when someone says these are the world’s greatest athletes, despite a paucity of blacks that makes the Winter Games look like a GOP convention.” – Bryant Gumbel.

Google in China

— “It is normal for countries to manage the Internet in accordance with law and to guide its development in a healthy and orderly fashion.” – Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang on China’s right to police the Internet.

Culture, etc.

— “I want to get married before my children do.” –Cindy Meneghin, a New Jersey resident, on her partner of 31 years, with whom she has two children.

— “In my opinion, medical abortions outside of acute hospitals seem to be safe.” –Shirley Butler, British hospital project manager leading at-home abortion trials.

— “It turns out there’s never a good time to take off three months and get drunk. Why is it when I go on hiatus all the important stories break?” – late night talk show host Bill Maher.


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