Obama: “We’re buying shrimp, guys.”
Joe Biden on the economy: “We’re turning this great ship of state around that was wandering out to sea and it’s headed back to port. While progress isn’t fast enough, there isn’t any doubt it’s moving in the right direction.”
Joe Biden: “Entire new American industries are being born — the very industries that are going to allow us to lead the world in the 21st century.”
And from the office of the Vice President: “As a result of the Administration’s unprecedented commitment to energy efficiency, more than 200,000 low-income families have been able to save money on their energy bills while saving energy, and thousands of people have been put to work.”
From Black America . Com: “[Glenn] Beck has done more harm than good in the arena of racial politics”
Rachel Maddox: “I have been talking for awhile about the Fox strategy of scaring white people in order to score political points and benefit conservative politicians, and one of the hallmarks is that their most potent `scare-white-people’ stories are not real news stories. They’re stories that they invent out of thin air. That’s true about ACORN. That’s true about the Shirley Sherrod case. That’s true about the fake New Black Panther Party thing. That’s true about Van Jones.”
Re: the Ground Zero Mosque, CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said: “The level of anti-Muslim hysteria has gotten out of control over this manufactured controversy.”
Comment from a liberal about the mosque: “This is just another NewsCorp-manufactured controversy meant to whip the ignorant masses into a frenzy and shield them from the real issues.”
Infoshop News (an independent news service) headline: The Muslim Community Center at Ground Zero: a Manufactured Controversy
Blogger Jack Hunter in the Charleston City Paper: “It should be noted the extent to which this story is largely a manufactured controversy, when you consider that the proposed mosque would be built two and a half blocks from Ground Zero-which is further than the current mosque just two blocks away and not too far from another mosque that has been in the same neighborhood for years.”
Justin Elliott headline for a NY Post story: How the “ground zero mosque” fear mongering began
A viciously anti-Muslim blogger, the New York Post and the right-wing media machine: How it all went down.
[Let me add that, none of these people mentioned that there were large demonstrations by New Yorkers against this mosque long before there was any manufactured controversy about the mosque (I received an email about this, and posted it here, weeks before I saw any news stories on it).]
Daisy Kahn, Ground Zero Rauf’s wife, said of opposition to the mosque, “It’s beyond Islamophobia. It’s hatred of Muslims.”
Headline of Jeffrey Goldberg’s story in the Atlantic: “The Rise of Shrieking Bigot Pamela Geller” First line of the story: “There is a very depressing story today in The Washington Post about the lunatic racist Pamela Geller, who has been leading the crusade against the so-called Ground Zero mosque.” Pamela Geller is an outspoken blogger who is against the Ground Zero Mosque.
The Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan: “There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that’s it.”
Cord Jefferson on NPR: “Little is known about the [Glenn Beck] event except that there will be speeches by Beck and Sarah Palin, and attendees are prohibited from bringing signs. The fear, of course, is that it will turn into a pit of hatred a la the health-care town halls.”
Senator Max Baucus, who wrote the Healthcare bill, said, “I don’t think you want me to waste my time to read every page of the health care bill. You know why? It’s statutory language. We hire experts.”
Doug Shoen (actually, a Democratic pollster): “It’s time for Obama to pull a Clinton.” That is, when Republicans take over the House and possibly the Senate, for him to move toward the middle of the political spectrum.
Chris Wallace: … you said the other day that you don’t rule out a political comeback. And you compared yourself to Winston Churchill. You can’t be serious.
Rod Blagojevich: I — comparing myself to Winston Churchill, no. You’re right, I’m not serious. I don’t smoke cigars or scotch, and I think I can run faster than him.
Paraphrasing Pat Buchanan: “The Thelma and Louise of housing, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, are already driving the US taxpayer off the cliff.”
Glenn Beck: “What is God trying to use you for? I bet you haven’t heard that before on TV.”
Greg Gutfeld: “If you disagree with me, you’re a racist and a homophobe.”
James Madison: “The future and success of America is not in this Constitution, but in the laws of God upon which this Constitution is founded.”
Benjamin Franklin: “History will also afford frequent opportunities of showing the necessity of a public religion…and the excellency of the Christian religion above all others, ancient or modern.”
John Adams: “Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only Law Book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited… What a paradise would this region be!”