President Obama: “The way I think about it is, this is a great, great country that had gotten a little soft and we didn’t have that same competitive edge that we needed over the last couple of decades. We need to get back on track.”
President Obama: “Instead of working to boost our economy, they’re out there spending time trying to defund Planned Parenthood and prevent millions of women from getting basic health care that they desperately need – pap smears and breast exams.”
President Obama on retaining the Hispanic vote: “I don’t think it requires us to go negative in the sense of us running a bunch of ads that are false, or character assassinations. We may just run clips of the Republican debates verbatim. We won’t even comment on them, we’ll just run those in a loop on Univision and Telemundo, and people can make up their own minds,”
DCCC Executive Director Robby Mook of Herman Cain calling Nancy Pelosi, “Princess Nancy”: “That’s outrageous. As the first and only woman Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi has spent decades standing up for women and fighting for the middle class.”
Democratic Party Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Herman Cain for using the word “princess” for Nancy Pelosi: “I thought it was a pretty callous, sexist throwaway line.”
Wasserman Schultz: “I think Herman Cain needs to come clean and address them and say far more than he’s said already.”
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.): “I hope that they [the super-committee] cannot reach an agreement…I think we should have large military cuts. Why do we need, how many troops – 60, 70,000 troops – still in Germany? Why do we need troops in half the places they’re at? We’re still worried about Soviet tank armors invading Western Europe? It’s ridiculous.”
National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Lafe Solomon joking that the NLRB’s suit against Boeing would kill jobs in South Carolina: “The article gave me a new idea. You go to geneva and I get a job with airbus. We screwed up the us economy and now we can tackle europe.”
New York mayor Michael Bloomberg: “All of us should help carry the load, and there is actually a very straight forward and achievable way to do that. Just allow the Bush tax cuts to expire at the end of 2012 — not just for high income workers as the president has proposed, but for all tax brackets.”
Solyndra Insider Email: “They about had an orgasm in Biden‘s office when we mentioned Solyndra.”
Occupy Portland person to citizen journalist: “Snitches don’t get stitches, they wind up in ditches.”
Occupy Portland leader: “If there are any incidents of sexual violence…confidentiality is really, really, really, really important…if you come across an incident of sexual violence, direct them to someone with a pink arm band or direct them to the medic tent…the medics are really, really rad and on top of their sh*t…the policy regarding contacting the police is, if the survivor wants to contact the police after a sexual assault [inaudible]; if they don’t want to contact the police [inaudible] our policy is, we do whatever the survivor wants.” Crowd breaks into jazz hands after hearing this.
D.C. occupiers to Black security guard: “A slave, that’s all you are.”
Nancy Pelosi: “God bless them [the occupy movement] for their spontaneity. It’s young, it’s spontaneous, it’s focused and it’s going to be effective.”
Mayor Michael Bloomfield: “We watch very carefully and they generally do not break the law. I would prefer that we open up the park and begin to let people come through. The park . . . is not necessarily designed for sleeping..They say, `We don’t know what we want but we want it now,’” he said. “But that’s just as good a way of saying it as anything. . . . They express it by camping out and yelling and and screaming.”
Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) On Herman Cain‘s referring to Nancy Pelosi as “Princess Nancy”: “That kind of boorishness that we see on the part of Mr. Cain plays into a narrative that’s been out here now for the last two weeks. He ought to be very, very careful how he reacts to or treats women going forward and that was a disrespectful comment about one of the outstanding women in our great country.”
The Compliant Obama Press Corps:
NBC’s David Gregory: “This was not necessarily the format or I should say the subject to try to distinguish one from the other. What they wanted to do was level attacks against President Obama, but that’s going to be difficult as well. I don’t think the Republican nominee for President really feels like that is the most vulnerable area for President Obama. His foreign policy by a lot of accounts has been very successful, particularly on the war on terror, and I think they want to focus on the economy.”
ABC’s co-host Bianna Golodryga: “So all eyes were on Rick Perry. He had a relatively fumble-free performance, a solid night, and he took a tough stance on foreign policy, national security. But it seems Americans still can’t forget what happened last week with that 53-second brain freeze, including Saturday Night Live. Let’s take a look.” Then she played the SNL parody of Perry’s brain-freeze. Then she asks: “will ever be able to live down those 53 seconds?”
NBC Today co-host Ann Curry played an ad from the former president’s 1992 campaign and remarked to Clinton: “First of all, how cute were you and your hair hasn’t changed.”
Toure: “It’s looked like a circus consistently for several years now, but, I mean, I can’t go any further without pointing out that it’s yet another blonde white woman who’s accusing him of doing and saying things that are inappropriate. The instinctual fear in America of black men being sexually inappropriate or aggressive or dominating with white women is very, very deep. And when is this going to start to come out? People start to feel this on a deep level. ‘This is wrong. He keeps going after our women. We don’t like this.’ That is going to definitely have a problem. But look, the GOP knows if this had happened earlier, maybe it sinks him right away, but this is the last stop before Romneyville. After we get off the Cain train, we are stuck with Mitt Romney. We’re marrying him, we’re going all the way to the nomination with him. So there are so many GOPers who don’t want to go the distance. Don’t want to get married to Mitt Romney. So they’re going to stick it out with Herman Cain as long as they humanly can.”
Chris Matthews of MSNBC: “Those Tea Party people are just awful…We don’t send them [elected politicians] to D.C. to not govern.”
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow: “But the idea of a Newt Gingrich surge is almost as absurd as people – uh, you know, Googling Rick Santorum and saying, ‘I like what I found here, I`m going to vote for this guy.’”
CNN commentator Jack Cafferty on Perry’s brain freeze: “Not since Sarah Palin sat down with Katie Couric as a candidate for one of the nation’s highest offices disgraced himself the way Rick Perry did last night.”
The Compliant Obama Press Corps on Herman Cain:
Bob Shrum: “But the truth of the matter is, he [Cain] wasn’t going to be the Republican nominee before this; [and] he isn’t going to be the Republican nominee now.”
Jimmy Williams on MSNBC: “This guy is lying; he’s a big fat liar. Herman Cain—I’m going to say it on TV—Herman Cain is a big fat liar, okay?
Jimmy Williams on MSNBC: “When Bill Clinton shook his hand, his little finger at the nation and said `I did not have sexual relations with that woman,’ everybody in the country knew he was lying. You can smell it. This guy is lying. There is no difference between Herman Cain – being accused of sexually harassing woman after woman after woman, we’re now at five – by the way, there are five flags behind that podium, I just want to point that out. There’s no difference between that. Why should Herman Cain, if he’s even accused of one of these and found guilty, that man should have to register as a sexual offender.”
MSNBC’s Martin Bashir: “Because Mr. Cain is such a showman, because he preaches the need for a sense of humor, it’s easy for us to be seduced by his rapid-fire one liners, his singing of “Imagine there’s no pizza,” and his smoking chief of staff. It’s all good fun. But while Mr. Cain‘s campaign might be a joke, his conduct, his alleged conduct, is not. In fact, as the accusations pile up, Mr. Cain seems less funny by the day and more like a dirty old man.”
Former Times reporter Jack White on NPR: “Basically, Herman Cain tells them what they want to hear about blacks, and in turn, they embrace him and say, see, that proves we aren’t racist. He’s even willing to be a minstrel for them, referring to himself sometimes as Cornbread, or quoting his father as speaking ungrammatically, as saying, you know, things like I does not care.”
From the PBS NewsHour:
Jim Lehrer: “What about — how is Herman Cain and his problem being — how is Herman Cain dealing with his problem, which is sexual harassment?”
David Brooks (who the media tries to seel us is a conservative): “Yes. Well, he’s, I think, behaving badly. First of all, what I think of the — he’s gone for the home run. They’re all lying. And then his lawyer said watch out for the next people, which was brutal and rude. So far, his polling is up there. I think this is an illusion. I think his polling will be down quite quickly…I think he will be deflated very seriously within a week or two.”
Liberals from the past:
Senator Ted Kennedy to actress Carrie Fisher: “So, do you think you’ll be having sex with Chris [Dodd] at the end of your date?” After she indicated that she wouldn’t, Kennedy then said, “Would you have sex with Chris in a hot tub? Perhaps as a way to say good night?”
Wolf Blitzer (June 2011): “Let’s talk about your colleague, Anthony Weiner. I noticed on the House floor, you had an animated conversation with him today. What were you talking to him about?”
Debbie Wasserman Schultz: “I was actually just talking to him about the votes that we were — that we were casting at the moment. And just, you know, kibitzing with him a little bit. But you know, what Anthony Weiner is dealing with right now is a personal matter, and that’s — that’s where it should be left.” 4x she says this is a personal matter and should not be discussed.
Former South Carolina Senate candidate Alvin Greene: “I’m running for president of the United States. I’m the greatest person ever. I was born to be president. I’m the man.” He has since changed his mind.
Radio show host Bill Press: “Are they gonna defend Sandusky? Or not defending him, just defending Herman Cain because he happens to be a conservative politician running for president…What’s the difference, really? There’s no difference, really. I mean, okay, we have maybe sexual assault in the case of Sandusky, but let me tell you something, assuming, and if what Sharon Bialek says is correct, that’s a lot more than sexual harassment on Herman Cain’s part. That’s sexual assault on his part. I think any lawyer would tell you that. So I just get sick of these right-wingers trying to defend this guy when five different women come forward. Five different women come forward! Same story. You’re just believe him?”
Bill Maher, Host: “…Jon Huntsman…He’s always talking ‘He’s the adult. He’s the smart one.’ Go to his website. He wants to cut taxes. We have too much regulation. He’s getting out of the same clown car as the rest of them. Jon Huntsman can suck my ____.”
Yousef Al-Khattab (aka Joey Cohen) encouraging the occupy movement: “Hello, Occupy Wall Street. My name is Yousef Al-Khattab, and I’m the former co-founder of RevolutionMuslim.com, which I have nothing to do with, and had nothing to do with when they did the whole South Park thing – whatever that was all about. I have to say honestly that for the first time in 43 years, I’m proud of something that the Americans have done. I am an American national. I live overseas, I live in Morocco now. I left. . . That’s a whole story in itself. . . But I just want to say: Keep up the great work with what you are doing…I just want to tell you that you’re doing a fantastic job. Keep up the great work. Yesterday I saw what you did to Geraldo Rivera…He’s one of the biggest pigs that I’ve ever met in my life. Geraldo – whatever his name is . . . Goldstein. . . They turned my mic off and just let him try to whip me with his tongue. You can find “Geraldo Rivera and Yousef Al-Khattab” on YouTube. Anyway, keep up the good work. I’m very proud of y’all. If I can, I’ll try to send support your way, by anyone who is on my Facebook page. Thanks so much for all you’re doing. I appreciate it. Cheers.”
Yousef Al-Khattab (aka Joey Cohen)
Liberals making sense:
Attorney General Eric Holder in a letter to the family of slain U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry: “I am sorry for the tragic loss of your son, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Brian was a hero who served his nation bravely and made the ultimate sacrifice. I agree with you that the tactic of allowing guns to `walk,’ as was permitted in Operation Fast and Furious, is completely unacceptable.”
Bob Beckel: “For those of us who must defend the left, I just wish that [Bill] Maher would shut his mouth.”
Senator Joe Lieberman: “To me, it’s insulting to Prime Minister Netanyahu, who is obviously an ally of both France and the United States. It’s totally unacceptable, totally offensive.”
Government commission report on education in Pakistan: “Religious minorities are often portrayed as inferior or second-class citizens who have been granted limited rights and privileges by generous Pakistani Muslims, for which they should be grateful. Hindus are repeatedly described as extremists and eternal enemies of Islam whose culture and society is based on injustice and cruelty, while Islam delivers a message of peace and brotherhood, concepts portrayed as alien to the Hindu.”
Columbia Journalism Review: “Yet, while the allegations against Cain are significant, it is irresponsible the extent to which some segments of the political press has allowed them to dominate the political news cycle these past nine days. Much coverage has had a sort of frenzied, single-minded focus that has come at the cost of coverage of just about everything and everyone else.”
Scott Pelley: Speaker Gingrich, if I could just ask you the same question, as President of the United States, would you sign that death warrant for an American citizen overseas who you believe is a terrorist suspect?
Newt Gingrich: Well, he’s not a terrorist suspect. He’s a person who was found guilty under review of actively seeking the death of Americans.
Scott Pelley: Not– not found guilty by a court, sir.
Newt Gingrich: He was found guilty by a panel that looked at it and reported to the president.
Scott Pelley: Well, that’s ex-judicial. That’s– it’s not–
Newt Gingrich: Let me– let me– let me tell you a story– let me just tell you this.
Scott Pelley: –the rule of law.
Newt Gingrich: It is the rule of law. That is explicitly false. It is the rule of law.
Scott Pelley: No.
Newt Gingrich: If you engage in war against the United States, you are an enemy combatant. You have none of the civil liberties of the United States. You cannot go to court. Let me be– let me be very clear about this. There are two levels. There’s a huge gap here that– that frankly far too many people get confused over. Civil defense, criminal defense, is a function of being within the American law. Waging war on the United States is outside criminal law. It is an act of war and should be dealt with as an act of war. And the correct thing in an act of war is to kill people who are trying to kill you.
Male Voice (one of the other presidential candidates): Well said. Well said.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (see above): “I can’t see him anymore, he’s a liar.”
President Obama: “You may be sick of him, but me, I have to deal with him every day.”
Bibi and Barry in their youth.
Herman Cain supporters chanting: supporters chanted, “Yes we Cain! Yes we Cain”
Herman Cain: “How do you beat Obama? Beat him with a Cain.”
When Cain was later asked why he used that term, which could be interpreted as racially insensitive, Cain said, “Cain. Herman Cain. C-A-I-N. Do I have to connect all the dots for you?”
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas): “Can you name me one person who’s been held accountable for this Fast and Furious Operation? Just one in the Department of Justice?”
Attorney General Eric Holder: “Well we have made a number of changes with regard to personnel both in the Phoenix U.S. Attorney’s Office, also at the ATF headquarters here. I will certainly await the report that comes out of the Inspector General. And I will assure you and the American people that people will be held accountable for any mistakes that were made in connection with Fast and Furious.”
Jewish man wearing a yarmulke: I work 65 hours a week.
Protester: You probably live in the Hamptons `n’ some shit.
Jewish man: I live in the Hamptons? I live in Brooklyn.I work 62 hours a week. Do you work 62 hours?
Protester: You know what’s funny? Your people own schools and f*ckin’ government buildings, but your wives are on welfare. I don’t understand that. I don’t understand that. I met a public assistance officer. And they were Jewish, but their husbands own f*ckin’ everything.
Jewish man: I work 62 hours a week. How many hours a week do you work?
Protester: I don’t work. How about them apples?
Jewish man: So why don’t you get a job?
Protester: I don’t need a f*ckin’ job.
Jewish man: Why not?
Protester: You don’t need paper! We can grow our own f*ckin’ food. We can shoot our own f*ckin’ animals. We can do all that sh*t. We can build our own f*ckin’ houses.
Jewish man: How do you get the materials?
Protester: We can just take it from the Earth! You come from the Earth. This comes from the Earth. Everything comes from the Earth, you dumb motherf*cker! Like seriously. Technology comes from the Earth, protons, neutrons, electrons.
Jewish man: Is this a real conversation? Is this a real conversation?
Other OWS protester: He’s making points. But he’s making points.
Jewish man: What are the points?
Protester: I don’t need a point. It comes from here (indicating the ground). It came from here for free! Why we gotta pay for it? It’s here for free! Why we gotta pay for it? It’s bullshit. This is bullshit.
Time Magazine: “Speaking of policies, you balanced the budget and cut the size of the government. How come you’re not a hero of the TEA Party?”
Bill Clinton: “I thought I should’ve been their favorite politician. I think because I didn’t do it according to the ideology. I raised taxes and cut spending. I did it with a mix of policies that also left us money to invest in our future and in our quality of life. I think that’s really important. There are some things that the government has to do because the private sector does not have the capacity to advance the public interest in that way.”
Ann Coulter: “Herman Cain has spent his life living and working all over the country — Indiana, Georgia, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Washington, D.C. — but never in Chicago. So it’s curious that all the sexual harassment allegations against Cain emanate from Chicago: home of the Daley machine and Obama consigliere David Axelrod. ”
Newt Gingrich on his global warming/couch commercial with Nancy Pelosi: “First of all, that is probably the dumbest single thing I’ve done in years.”
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney: “I think people know me pretty well. .. People understand I’m a man of steadiness and constancy.”
Rick Perry: “Ooops.”
Rick Perry: “If we’re electing the debater-in-chief, don’t elect me”
Atlanta attorney Lin Wood (Herman Cain’s new attorney): “I would certainly at some point and time give him my legal evaluation of whether any of these particular statements are potentially actionable. But I was not hired to run out and file a lawsuit against anybody.”
Herman Cain, about an alternative healthcare bill which Nancy Pelosi held up in the House: “We didn’t hear about it in the previous Congress because Princess Nancy sent it to committee and it stayed there, it never came out.”
Herman Cain, later on: “I apologize for calling her Princess Pelosi, if that’s the biggest story you all want, OK? I apologize. I apologize for calling her Princess Pelosi. You know, I remember when Speaker Pelosi called me and the Tea Party people Astroturf. I don’t remember anybody asking about that story.”
When asked why he was apologizing, Cain said, “So you all will stop asking me about it. I’m about the big issues fixing this economy, not focusing on stuff like that.”
Herman Cain on deciding to run for president: “I prayed and prayed and prayed. I’m a man of faith, I had to do a lot of praying for this one, more praying than I’d ever done before in my life. And when I finally realized that it was God saying that this is what I needed to do, I was like Moses: `You’ve got the wrong man, Lord. Are you sure?’”
Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley: “We have requested 12 Justice Department witnesses be made available for transcribed interviews. Despite the department’s promises of good faith cooperation, only one witness has been provided so far – former U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke. The department has refused to schedule interviews with any of the other 11 witnesses. That’s not the good faith cooperation I was promised, and it is unacceptable.”
Tracy Byrnes: “We’re creating a society of slackers.”
Greg Gutfeld of Gloria Allred: “If she were a native American, her name would be fingernails on the chalkboard.”
Rush Limbaugh: “I’ll guarantee you Newt is gonna be the next one targeted if he keeps this slow creep back up. This is how the left works.”
Rush Limbaugh: “You don’t need sex for there to be a Republican sex scandal. All you need are allegations. But a Democrat, as long as it doesn’t affect your job, who are we to judge? There’s a clear double standard, and it’s one of the reasons why people are sticking by old Herm.”
Rush Limbaugh: “I’m just gonna tell you something, if Obama wins reelection, this pipeline’s gonna be approved after the election. The only reason he doesn’t do it now is because it will upset his base.”
Rush Limbaugh: “Obama can’t do something good for the country [the Keystone pipeline] without harming his reelection chances, it’s just amazing.”
Rush Limbaugh: “This school dinner business, just so that you understand this, the push for this is from the Service Employees International Union. It’s a union deal because they run the kitchens. They run the kitchens, school cafeterias, and providing dinner at the schools gives the SEIU more employees and more wages, and therefore more union dues, which end up where? Circuitously right back at the Democrat Party.”
Rush Limbaugh: “We’re now asking ourselves, if Moscow took over this country, if Putin came in, if we went full-fledged, no question about it wall-to-wall communism, would the establishment Republicans want to do something about it? Or would they want to share power?”
Rush Limbaugh: “What is it, no matter where you go here, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Oakland, they’re urinating on people. What is it? Is there a syndrome that I missed?”