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The Best of Notable Quotables; December 15, 1997

Vol. Ten; No. 25


Lanny Davis No Controlling Legal Authority Award (for Clinton Scandal Denial)


"So a couple of White House aides helped Webster Hubbell find
work, and he did find work, some of it with Democratic donors. It
may not look good, but is there any proof anything was done
wrong?...All right, similar kind of question about Jorge Cabrera,
a convicted drug smuggler who gave $20,000 to the DNC,wound up at
a fancy dinner with Al Gore, wound up at a White House Christmas
party with Hillary Clinton. But they gave the money back when
they found out about his background. It may not look good, but is
there any proof that anything was done wrong?"  

--NBC weekend Today co-host Jodi Applegate to Tim Russert, April 19. [59 points]


Runners-up:


"President Nixon was investigated for obstruction of justice.
President Reagan was investigated for not telling investigators
what he knew of the Iran-Contra scandal. President Clinton is
being investigated for making telephone calls from the wrong room
in the White House."  

--New York Times Deputy Washington Bureau Chief Adam Clymer opening Oct. 15 analysis of Janet Reno's decision to further probe Clinton's calls. [54]

"All right. So what if we made this case   OK, he's pretty
tough with fundraising. But there's no proof that the Chinese had
any in, except they gave money. He did a bad deal for you. And he
has turned on his friends maybe a little. But nobody made big
money in Whitewater. It was years ago. He was in Arkansas. He's a
good President. I am happy. No boy is dying overseas. Country
seems to be coming around. Supreme Court is pretty good. Are you
better off than you were four years ago? Yes. What I if I made
that case?" 

--Larry King to Jim McDougal, April 21 CNN Larry King Live. [52]

"What we've done is, we've got a face on a corrupt system and
we're doubting the probity   who would ever have thought that
you would doubt the probity of Vice President Al Gore and three
nuns? So it seems to me you've got to look at the system when the
system is corrupting people that you would not otherwise think."

--Time columnist Margaret Carlson on CNN's Capital Gang, September 6. [51]