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The good and the bad...presented with permission from The Patriot E-Journal

web posted October 26, 2009

"We are laying a foundation to build on and create a new economy. We [as a government] have an overwhelming obligation." -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden

"Counting the numbers of troops is not going to define our success here. ... There is no military success ultimately to Afghanistan." --John Francois Kerry, who served in Vietnam

"Non-presidential contests often go badly for the party in power, and there are indications that 2010 may be even more painful than most. The extremely high turnout among African-Americans that marked the 2008 race is unlikely to be repeated without Obama on the ballot. Democrats in general seem less enthusiastic this time than Republicans. ... Election maven Charlie Cook envisions 2010 as the year of the 'angry white seniors' as older voters turn out in force to oppose health care reform. Much can change in a year of course. But for now, the tide is running very much against the Democrats." --columnist Mona Charen

"The Administration has decided to start a fight to re-energize the base. It doesn't do any good to fight with someone who is not worthy, if you want to make this strategy work you have to have the fight with someone your base already knows -- and already hates. Fox News Channel fits that bill. If Obama can make the point stick, that Fox News is not 'news', and gets his base to buy into the theory that Obama is the victim of unfair coverage, it gives the White House a rallying point. I don't think it's having the desired effect." --political analyst Rich Galen

"The problem with Iran is its regime; its nuclear program is merely a symptom of that problem. Do you lay awake at night worrying about Britain's nuclear weapons? France's? Israel's? Of course not, because stable democracies in general, and stable democratic allies in particular, aren't a threat. If your neighbor is an upright and responsible citizen, who cares if he has a gun? If your neighbor is a complete whackjob and criminal, you sure as Shinola care if he has a gun. Armed neighbors aren't a problem, dangerous ones are. The same logic applies to nations." --columnist Jonah Goldberg

"Twenty years ago this fall, the Iron Curtain was coming down in Europe. Across the Warsaw Pact, the jailers of the Communist prison states lost their nerve, and the cell walls crumbled. Matt Welch, the editor of Reason magazine, wonders why the anniversary is going all but unobserved: Why aren't we making more of the biggest mass liberation in history? Well, because to celebrate it would involve recognizing it as a victory over Communism. And, after the left's long march through the institutions of the west, most are not willing to do that. There's the bad totalitarianism (Nazism) and the good totalitarianism (Communism), whose apologists and, indeed, fetishists can still be found everywhere, even unto the White House." --columnist Mark Steyn

"Only 20 percent of the country now consider themselves Republican. That is the lowest level of support in 26 years." --ABC's Charles Gibson, who missed that 26 years ago was just before the Reagan landslide of 1984

"Talk radio, especially conservative talk, is so powerful, some say it's made our country viciously partisan. Ten of the top 11 radio talk shows are conservative. The king? Rush Limbaugh, with 15 million [sic -- 20 million] listeners." --CNN's Carol Costello

"The White House trying to dictate who's a news organization. Democrats out to gut a business group. Obama media allies damning Americans as racist, unpatriotic and treasonous. Is this the America Obama promised when he campaigned to end the cynical and divisive politics of the past?" --Chicago Sun-Times columnist Steve Huntley

"It's escaped none of our notice that the White House has decided in the last few weeks to declare one of our sister organizations 'not a news organization' and to tell the rest of us not to treat them like a news organization. Can you explain why it's appropriate for the White House to decide that a news organization is not one?" --ABC's Jake Tapper to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs

"So the president's aides appear on other news channels to say that Fox, unlike those outlets, is really not a news organization but an arm of the Republican Party. One wonders how our colleagues at CNN and elsewhere like being patted on the head and given the seal of approval by the White House." --Fox News political analyst Brit Hume

"It is not a news organization so much as it has a perspective." --White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel on Fox News

"[T]hey're not really a news station. ... It's not just their commentators, but a lot of their news programming. It's really not news. It's pushing a point of view." --White House adviser David Axelrod on Fox News

"It is fair to say there are individuals in the United States who ascribe to al-Qaeda-type beliefs." --Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, seeming to be aware that we have enemies

"Last week, when conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh lost his bid for partial ownership of the St. Louis Rams, many adjectives were used to describe his possible state of mind. Several news outlets commented on his anger and frustration, while the right wing had a field day with the 'injustice' of it all. But perhaps the most precise word to summarize Mr. Limbaugh's reaction to news that his inflammatory commentary of the past excluded him from ownership in the NFL is pure and simple 'fear.' Fear that activism is alive and well, and fear that activism worked." --race hustler Al Sharpton, who's made a career out of keeping fear alive and well

"You talk about systemic risk. The systemic risk today is the Congress of the United States." --Republican Senator Judd Gregg

"Speaking of Congress, although the research isn't yet complete, the early indicators are that, rumors to the contrary, you can not get swine flu from exposure to Henry Waxman." --columnist Burt Prelutsky

"It's not the color of Obama's skin that we oppose. It's the color of his policies. It's not his blackness. It's his redness." --radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh

"White House communications director Anita Dunn was videotaped telling a college crowd her favorite political philosopher is Mao Tse Tung, the founder of Communist China. She said she turns to him often. She just took the lead in the White House competition to see who can make the best Republican campaign commercial for next year." --comedian Argus Hamilton

"It's always something with the Muslims. You either have mostly sane people governed by a crazy dictator -- Iraq, Iran and Syria (also California and Michigan) -- or a crazy people governed by relatively sane leaders -- Pakistan and Afghanistan, post-U.S. invasion (also Vermont and Minnesota). There are also insane people ruled by insane leaders (but enough about the House Democratic Caucus). Sane people with sane rulers has not been fully tried yet." --columnist Ann Coulter

web posted October 19, 2009

"The CBO provides 10- year projections of a bill's cost. But most provisions of the health bill don't take effect until 2014. So the '10-year' cost projection only includes six years of the bill. Plus, the costs ramp up slowly. In its first year, the House bill would only cost about $6 billion; in its first three, less than $100 billion. The big costs are in the final years of the 10-year budget window -- and beyond. In fact, over the first 10 years that the House bill would be in existence (2014 to 2024), its costs would be closer to $2.4 trillion." --Cato Institute scholar Michael Tanner

"If the Medicare cuts won't materialize, and the revenues won't grow as expected, and the subsidies (already projected to grow at 8 percent per year) will expand, the Baucus bill is merely the thin wedge of another out-of-control entitlement. We already have several of those, and already are slated to run $1 trillion annual deficits before the advent of a new one. The Baucus bill is faux fiscal restraint on the road to budgetary Armageddon." --columnist Rich Lowry

"The best thing government can do for us is to get out of the way and let us care for ourselves. These [deficit] numbers are unsustainable. They are outrageous. And they will become a reality unless enough Americans rise up and say they are not going to take it anymore. It's our money, not theirs. They are now stealing it before we make it. Let's hear some outrage about this." --columnist Cal Thomas

"I'm not all for Americans winning international prizes, especially the Nobel Peace Prize. In fact, I'm vigorously against it. The transnational progressives who pass out these accolades believe America is the problem in the world, the main threat to peace, the impediment to 'progress,' etc. The award is a symbolic statement of opposition to American exceptionalism, American might, American capitalism, American self-determinism, and American pursuit of America's interests in the world." --columnist Andy McCarthy

"The Peace Prize judges won't see it this way, but America has gone to Europe twice in the past century to fight for peace. This is an old concept, and has to do with killing killers so they can't kill anymore. It cost America a lot to do this, and we kept no territory, as they say, beyond the graves where our soldiers lie. America then taxed itself and gave its wealth not only to its allies but to its former adversaries, to help them rebuild. We didn't actually have to do this. We did it to make the world better. We did it to foster peace. (They should give us a prize.)" --columnist Peggy Noonan

"Over the weekend, still another outpost was attacked in the distant reaches of Afghanistan, and still more American soldiers -- and Afghan ones -- were lost. An undermanned and overstretched international force struggles on in that graveyard of empires. And waits for word from Washington. And waits and waits. ... All wait to see what course the president will choose, or will let others choose for him. In the meantime he dithers -- and Americans fight and die." --columnist Paul Greenberg

"I also think it's important to know who is actually sounding off against this [Nobel Prize for Obama]. Everybody agrees it was premature -- maybe undeserved. But who's actually attacking it? Well, you've got the mullahs in the Taliban, and then you've got Mullah Rush [Limbaugh] -- you know, you have [Obama's] critics here at home. ... [R]easonable Republicans would agree that when a president of the United States is recognized with probably the most prestigious award in the world, it's not something to attack." --Newsweek senior editor Jonathan Alter

"Somebody explain this to me: The president of the United States wins the Nobel Peace Prize and Rush Limbaugh joins with the Taliban in bitterly denouncing the award? ... Why, oh why, do conservatives hate America so?" --Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson

"When the President himself was saying, 'Look, I didn't deserve to be in the company of these people who have won,' it makes the harsh comments from Michael Steele, from Rush Limbaugh, the rest, seem even more extreme and, as some would argue, un-American." --MSNBC's David Shuster

"Throughout history, the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievement, it's also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of causes, and that is why I will accept this award as a call to action -- a call for all nations to confront the common challenges of the 21st century." --Barack Obama, admitting that the Nobel Prize didn't acknowledge any actual accomplishments, only "hopes"

"[W]e simply disagree that [Barack Obama] has done nothing. He got the [Nobel Peace] Prize for what he has done." --Nobel committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland

"I think what is fair to say about FOX and certainly the way we view it is that it really is more a wing of the Republican Party... [When President Obama] goes on FOX, he understands that he is not going on -- it really is not a news network at this point. He's going to debate the opposition." --White House communications director Anita Dunn

"I've always said -- [Barack Obama] is a man who is full of hope and he really is. I mean, and that's what was so attractive. ... He actually ... his nipples are bursting with hope. He's the first man and the first president in my life who is lactating hope. He continues to lactate hope." --comedian Lewis Black

"In a decision as shocking as Friday's surprise peace prize win, President Obama failed to win the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences Monday. While few observers think Obama has done anything for world peace in the nearly nine months he's been in office, the same clearly can't be said for economics. The president has worked tirelessly since even before his inauguration to wrest control of the U.S. economy from failed free markets, and the evil CEOs who profit from them, and to turn it over to wise, fair and benevolent bureaucrats. ... It is unclear whether the president will now refuse his peace prize in protest against the obvious slight to his real achievements this year." --MarketWatch assistant managing editor Tom Bemis

"[T]he Nobel Prize committee would with this decision have forfeited its reputation for seriousness if it had a reputation for seriousness." --columnist George Will

"It is said that great men often stand upon the shoulders of giants, but Obama is a first -- a man who has ridden to greatness on the shoulders of an army of fawning dwarves -- and now the Nobel committee can be counted among this low-slung throng." --columnist Mac Johnson

"The word czar, which came from Caesar, traditionally referred to an emperor, a singular leader. It makes no more sense to describe people assigned specific fiefs within the government as 'czars' than it would to describe each one of them as a 'president.' Shouldn't we call them something else instead -- say, commissars or liege lords?" --Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto

"As the old saying goes: Life doesn't last longer in socialist countries; it just feels like it." --columnist Ann Coulter

web posted October 12, 2009

"In his 25 minutes on Air Force One, [General] McChrystal may have used his knowledge and experience to convince Obama that his judgment was better than that of the armchair generals that the president had listened to for three hours the day before. Maybe Obama will choose to wage his 'war of necessity' in the way the general he selected believes is necessary for us to succeed. But I wouldn't bet heavily on it -- not any more, in fact, than I would have bet on Chicago's chances of hosting the 2016 Olympic games." --political analyst Michael Barone

"It's become clear that the White House will try to compromise [Gen. Stanley] McChrystal's request for 40,000 more troops in favor of a smaller buildup or no buildup at all. There is no course more dangerous to the lives of our troops -- and our future security -- than to do what President Obama clearly wants to do: apply Lyndon Johnson's failed brand of indecisive warfare to Afghanistan." --columnist Jed Babbin

"Now that Obama is in the Oval Office, erstwhile Bush bashers want everyone to be a cheerleader. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, for example, has discovered 'the politics of spite' -- and not after looking in the mirror. After eight years of watching some on the left root for defeat in Iraq and snicker at every international slight against Bush, I must admit it is rather special that the left has discovered patriotism -- to such an extent that there now is a duty to root for Chicago to host the [Olympic] Games." --columnist Debra Saunders

"In the Niagara of words spoken and written about the Obamas' trip to Copenhagen, too few have been devoted to the words they spoke there. Their separate speeches to the International Olympic Committee were so dreadful, and in such a characteristic way, that they might be symptomatic of something that has serious implications for American governance. Both Obamas gave heartfelt speeches about ... themselves. Although the working of the committee's mind is murky, it could reasonably have rejected Chicago's bid for the 2016 games on aesthetic grounds -- unless narcissism has suddenly become an Olympic sport." --columnist George Will

"As much as Obama pretends to be a man of the people, he is a man for himself -- a man who will get his way, the will of the people be damned. The same is true of many of his congressional lieutenants, including Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, who recently said that Congress will pass Obamacare despite the public's objections, because it is so important. Important to whom? To Democrats -- that's who." --columnist David Limbaugh

"[T]here are people that are actually trying to derail health care in order to take down Obama, even if it means half the country dies. So, of course they don't care about Chicago's Olympics." --MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan

"Railing about Afghanistan is a loser politically, but it gets liberal juices going in a way the Baucus health-care bill never will. The left is more focused on pressing President Obama not to escalate in Afghanistan than it is in convincing Congress with a real grassroots push on health care. It's in the party's DNA. Liberal Democrats are more emotionally invested in war and peace issues than in sausage-like compromise on health-care legislation." --Newsweek's Eleanor Clift

"What is it ... that seems to excite, almost to an orgiastic level, the Right about the failure of America to get the Olympic bid last? Is this that they're just rooting for any failure of Obama?" --MSNBC's Chris Matthews, conveniently forgetting his own "orgiastic" claim of a "thrill up his leg" upon hearing any utterance fall from the lips of Barack Hussein Obama

"We learned that the modern conservative movement, which dominates the modern Republican Party, has the emotional maturity of a bratty 13-year-old." --New York Times columnist Paul Krugman on conservative reaction to Chicago being eliminated from contention for the 2016 Olympics

"I don't expect to actually read the legislative language [of the health care bill] 'cause reading the legislative language is among the more confusing things I've ever done in my life." --Sen. Thomas Carper (D-DE)

"Let me emphasize something very strongly as we begin this discussion. The United States has already this year alone achieved a 6 percent reduction in emissions simply because of the downturn in the economy, so we are effectively saying we need to go another 14 percent." --Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), effectively saying that economic destruction is the goal of cap and tax

"[Having the Olympics in Chicago would be important to] let people know that we understand that sports saves lives, that it makes dreams come true, that it creates visions in kids' heads to make them think they can be the next David Robinson, the next Barack Obama, the next Nadia Comaneci, the next Oprah Winfrey." --Michelle Obama...apparently Obama and Winfrey are athletes

"[C]apitalism did nothing for me.... You know, I had to pretty much beg, borrow and steal. The system is not set up to help somebody from the working class make a movie like this and get the truth out there." --filmmaker Michael Moore...whose last three movies have earned $300 million worldwide

"Hollywood has the best moral compass, because it has compassion." --Hollyweird's Harvey Weinstein, the man behind the pro-Roman Polanski petition

"Earlier bad boys -- Lord Byron, say -- were obliged to operate as 'transgressive' artists within a broader moral order. Now we are told that a man such as [Roman] Polanski cannot be subject to anything so footling as morality: He cannot 'transgress' it because, by definition, he transcends it. Yet all truly great art is made in the tension between freedom and constraint. In demanding that an artist be placed above the laws of man, Harvey Weinstein & Co. are also putting him beyond the possibility of art. Which may explain the present state of the movie industry." --columnist Mark Steyn

"Michael Moore's new movie slamming U.S. capitalism was boycotted by the teachers' union. They say he used a non-union crew to shoot the movie so he could save money and make more profit. Next they'll find out that he shot the whole thing in Vancouver." --comedian Argus Hamilton

"There is usually only a limited amount of damage that can be done by dull or stupid people. For creating a truly monumental disaster, you need people with high IQs." --economist Thomas Sowell

"The Obama Administration's health care public option, which is the key to an eventual government-run system, is starting to look like one of those corpses out of the grave from Zombieland." --columnist Stephen Moore

"When you cut through all the noise and all the distractions that are out there, I think what's most telling is that some of the people who are most supportive of reform are the very medical professionals who know the health care system best." --Barack Obama before a Rose Garden gathering of about 150 Obama-activist doctors in white lab coats -- that the White House passed out, the better to stage the photo op

web posted October 5, 2009

"President Obama's speech to the United Nations has been called naive and even 'post-American.' It was something else, as well: the most extravagant excursion into self-worship we have yet seen in an American leader. Beware of politicians who claim to be 'humbled by the responsibility the American people have placed upon me.' It's a neon sign flashing the opposite. And sure enough, in almost the next sentence, the president allowed that 'I am well aware of the expectations that accompany my presidency around the world.' Really? The whole world pulses with hope and expectation because Obama is president? People in Amsterdam, Sao Paulo and Taipei have a spring in their step because an Illinois Democrat won the White House?" --columnist Mona Charen

"America is 233 years old. Some think that there are ample accomplishments speaking to our character and cause that predate Obama's ascension to the presidency. Feh, Obama seems to be saying. Look instead to our new greatness, for we have elected a man like him! Having anointed himself America's vindicator and redeemer, Obama's real purpose seems to be to become the leader not of the free world but, simply, the world." --columnist Jonah Goldberg

"With President Obama presiding over 'the historic session,' the U.N. Security Council approved unanimously an American resolution committing all nations to work for -- please sit up straight for this -- a world free of nuclear weapons. Somewhere in the fine print was a clause praising small babies, little puppies and chocolate candy. The resolution was so harmless that even Russia, China and several 'developing' nations (the usual euphemism for the socialist satraps) voted for the resolution." --columnist Wesley Pruden

"The president's announcement that the United States would not deploy long-range missile defenses in Eastern Europe after all was astonishing because George W. Bush had negotiated so patiently with the Czechs and Poles, who took considerable risks in cooperating with Washington. ... The Poles, Czechs and everyone else must hope that Obama got something from Russia in return. For now, the president looks more chump than champ. The president's men made him look like a rube just off the turnip truck for how he gave the word to the Polish and Czech presidents, treating them to a midnight telephone call the night before he announced his decision. It looked like an afterthought, and probably felt that way, too." --columnist Suzanne Fields

"Liberalism holds that there is no human problem that government can't fix if only the right people are put in charge." --former Alaska governor Sarah Palin

"The Republicans lie. They want to see you dead. They'd rather make money off your dead corpse. They kind of like it when that woman has cancer and they don't have anything for her. That's how the insurance companies make money, by denying the coverage." --MSNBC's Ed Schultz

"[T]his crazy anti-government talk [at town hall meetings] isn't improving any body's life. The clown show is over. It's better now to look like you're at least hopeful of getting a better health care plan for the country, even if you vote against it." --MSNBC's Chris Matthews

"Who would you want to swap lives with for a week?" --CBS's Cali Carlin to Maggie Rodriguez, who answered, "Hands down, Michelle Obama."

"I mean, this is children. They're singing a song. And I'm not clear myself. If you can make your point again about why this is indoctrination, political indoctrination to praise your president. I remember certainly in elementary school when Ronald Reagan was president and we sent him jelly beans. We designed all of these things about Ronald Reagan. We sent them to him. And I don't think everybody in the class ended up a Republican because of that. ... It's about praising the president and making our country great again." --MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell defending the video of New Jersey kids singing to Barack Obama -- another video surfaced of kids in North Carolina doing likewise

"I don't know what 'cap and trade' means. I don't think the average American does." --Sen. John Kerry

"If it fails, I'm dead." --Vice President Joe Biden on the so-called stimulus

"Oh, you bet. Sure it is. It's not as strong as it was, because America's changed demographically, but it's as virulent as it was. I mean, they're saying things about [Obama] -- you know, it's like when they accused me of murder and all that stuff they did. It's not really good for the Republicans and the country, what's going on now. I mean, they may be hurting President Obama. They can take his numbers down, they can run his opposition up. But fundamentally, he and his team have a positive agenda for America." --Bill Clinton when asked about the "vast, right-wing conspiracy"

"You are our number one propagandist, in the good sense that a propagandist presents their viewpoint very well. Maybe no one does it better." --CNN's Larry King to filmmaker Michael Moore

"I know it wasn't rape-rape. It was something else but I don't believe it was rape-rape." --Whoopi Goldberg of ABC's "The View" on film director Roman Polanski, arrested last week in a 30-year-old rape case

"There's a new book out about Barack and Michelle Obama's marriage and in it they say Michelle Obama was very upset by all these drooling blondes who would push up to her husband and rub themselves up against him. They said this one blonde was especially suggestive and kept rubbing up against the President. Finally, Michelle said, 'Look, Chris Matthews, get away from my husband.'" --comedian Jay Leno

"Obama is, we are told, the smartest man to sit in the Oval in many a year. And yet he is capable of truly flabbergasting fatuities like this: 'In this hall, we come from many places, but we share a common future." You don't say? That's right up there with Warren Harding's declaration that 'the future lies before us.'" --columnist Mona Charen

"For progressives in the Age of Obama, setting high academic standards is secondary to the self-improvement of the 'whole child' and 'service' to the cause of social justice. Out: readin', writin' and 'rithmetic. In: rappin', revolution and radicalism." --columnist Michelle Malkin

"The White House said swine flu vaccines will be in doctors' offices Monday. Many parents are refusing to have their kids vaccinated. They're afraid the kids will walk out of the doctor's office clapping their hands and chanting Barack Hussein Obama." --comedian Argus Hamilton

"As much of a sacrifice as people say this is for me or Oprah or the president to come [to Copenhagen] for these few days, so many of you in this room have been working for years to bring this bid home, and you have put together a phenomenal set of ideas that, no matter what the outcome is, we should be proud of as a city." --Michelle Obama, "sacrificing" for Chicago to land the 2016 Olympic Games

web posted September 28, 2009

"My critics say everything is a tax increase. My critics say that I'm taking over every sector of the economy. You know that. Look, we can have a legitimate debate about whether or not we're going to have an individual mandate or not, but ... I absolutely reject that notion [that it's a tax increase]." -- Barack Obama

"I want those people talked to. I want them interviewed. I want journalists to be all over those rallies and those marches with the birthers and the teabaggers. Let's find out what they think." --Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), repeating the crass reference to Tea Party protesters

"President Obama vows not to raise taxes on any American family earning less than $250,000 a year. Yet he backs legislation that would force every American to carry health insurance or pay a hefty penalty to the IRS. Such an 'individual mandate' is included in all the major health care bills making their way through Congress." --columnist Jeff Jacoby

"This isn't just about the partisan activists on the left or right. It's about an ever-growing sense on the part of regular Americans that their government isn't just clueless about their priorities and the realities of their lives; worse, they're beginning to believe that elected officials hold them and their views in outright contempt." --columnist Carol Platt Liebau

"In a sense, the health care debate and the foreign policy debacle are two sides of the same coin: For Britain and other great powers, the decision to build a hugely expensive welfare state at home entailed inevitably a long retreat from responsibilities abroad, with a thousand small betrayals of peripheral allies along the way. A few years ago, the great scholar Bernard Lewis warned, during the debate on withdrawal from Iraq, that America risked being seen as 'harmless as an enemy and treacherous as a friend.' In Moscow and Tehran, on the one hand, and Warsaw and Prague, on the other, they're drawing their own conclusions." --columnist Mark Steyn

"Iran's ruling mullahs will be delighted to learn that the West not only is unserious about preventing them from acquiring nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them, but prefers to remain defenseless as well. They will view this as weakness. And they will find such weakness provocative, as tyrants always do." --columnist Cliff May

"Are they agendas for the betterment of America? Or are they agendas for the betterment of the rest of the world? I'm referring to President Obama's policy agendas. Despite how much he reasserts that we 'must' embrace this or that policy simply because it is 'the right thing to do,' it's becoming increasingly difficult to claim that Obama's stated plans and intentions advance any sense of American wellbeing." --columnist Austin Hill

"In a season of angry protests, there are ugly signs that some of it is not rooted in bailout fatigue or suspicion of big government. Mixed in the anti-Obama crowds over recent weeks, racial slurs against the president of the United States." --NBC's Andrea Mitchell

"House Speaker Pelosi [is] worried about the opposition, the tone of it, perhaps leading to violence as it did in the '70s. There's more recent examples of anti-government violence -- occurring even in the mid-'90s. Do you worry about that?" --NBC's David Gregory to Barack Obama

"It's been not even a year since this country elected Barack Obama, a man who ran not to be the black president but the president. As he stood there that night in Chicago, and again a few months later in Washington on the steps of the Capitol, he pledged not to divide the country but to heal the divisions. What happened?" --columnist and cable pundit Susan Estrich

"[T]he American public ... just like your teenage kids, aren't acting in a way that they should act. The American public has to really understand in their core how important this issue [of climate change] is." --Secretary of Energy Steven Chu

"We all know that women are more likely to work part-time or to work in small companies or businesses that don't provide any insurance at all. Women are affected because, as we heard, in many states, insurance companies can still discriminate because of gender. And this is still shocking to me. ... These are the kind of facts that still wake me up at night." --First Lady Michelle Obama pushing for a government takeover of health care

"Everything, I mean, you know, there are boneheads in all organizations. We've worked for them. We know that they're there. But do you kill the whole thing? And I don't think so. A lot of people think that you should kill it. But you can't answer, you can't tell me where those people who become even more disenfranchised go. Because we know the Republicans aren't going to take care of them. ... So now where do they go?" --Whoopi Goldberg of ABC's "The View"on ACORN

"We are not exactly impotent little babies. [The Israelis] have to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going to sit there and watch? ... We have to be serious about denying them that right. That means a denial where you aren't just saying it. If they fly over, you go up and confront them. They have the choice of turning back or not. No one wishes for this but it could be a 'Liberty' in reverse." --Zbigniew Brzezinski, former Jimmy Carter national security adviser urging Obama to make it clear that if the IAF tries to launch an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities via Iraqi airspace, the U.S. Air Force will shoot down the Israeli jets

"Of all the poisonous, ugly and intellectually vapid controversies ginned up in my lifetime, the current breakout of St. Vitus' Dance over the 'racist' opposition to Barack Obama may be the most egregious. Al Sharpton tells CNN's Larry King that decent and racially sensitive Americans shouldn't let a small minority make health care into a 'racial issue.' Someone in the control room surely yelled, 'Cue the laugh track!'" --columnist Jonah Goldberg

"He's been on everything but the Food Channel." --Sen. Lindsey Graham on Obama

"President Obama scrapped the missile defense system designed to protect Poland from Russian attack Thursday on the seventieth anniversary of Russia's invasion of Poland. This explains why Obama removed the bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office and sent it back to the British Embassy. He wanted one of Neville Chamberlain." --comedian Argus Hamilton

"The president thinks defense against long-range missiles is not so important any more ... Maybe an enemy will be considerate enough to dispatch short-range missiles. Maybe the Russians will help get a resolution through the United Nations condemning Iran's nuclear-weapons program. Maybe Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will repent and find a peaceful religion. We can hope for change." --Washington Times editor emeritus Wesley Pruden

"The fall season is a little different this year -- even squirrels are distancing themselves from ACORN. Because of all these scandals, the executive director of ACORN said she will fire any employee who's 'too stupid to understand they're not reaching professional standards.' Why can't we get this rule for Congress?" --Jay Leno

"I congratulate our son the president, 'Obama' ... and commend him because he is the [leader of the] host country. ... We are content and happy if Obama can stay forever as the president of the United States of America... The American presidents used to say to us, they shall terrorize us.... What our son Obama said is completely different today." --Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi

 

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