The Best of Notable Quotables; December 18, 1995

Vol. Eight; No. 26

Eleanor Clift Award (for Clinton Worshipping)


“It’s nice, of course, if we have a President we like. But there’s more to governing than likability. We learned that from the likable Ronald Reagan, who charmed us with stories as he amassed huge deficits and spent billions on goofy defense plans. No, the record is more important. And Bill Clinton’s record is just short of terrific.”

– Former NBC News President Michael Gartner in his USA Today column, October 17.


“I’d like to start, if I may, with what I think you may think is a puzzlement. You’ve reduced the deficit. You’ve created jobs. Haiti hasn’t been an enormous problem. You’ve got a crime bill with your assault weapon ban in it. You got NAFTA, you got GATT, and 50 percent of the people don’t want you to run again. Where's the disconnect there?"
“...Here’s another one. In our poll today, the absolute critical items for Congress to address. Number one, cutting the deficit. Number two, health care reform. The two issues which were absolute priorities for two years, and you don’t get any credit for them?”

– Two questions from Peter Jennings interviewing President Clinton, January 5 World News Tonight.

“So perhaps the weekend of World War II commemoration was somewhat of an epiphany for Clinton, and for the nation. Maybe the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II was a time when he came to the realization that his reluctance to answer his country’s call was a mistake, and those who answered without a second thought forgave him. How else do we explain aging World War II veterans, as giddy as children, jockeying to get their pictures taken with the President, and camouflaged young soldiers with shaven heads shouting out ‘Four more years!’”

USA Today reporter Richard Benedetto in Honolulu, September 5.