The Best of Notable Quotables; December 20, 1993

Vol. Six; No. 26

Good Morning Morons Award

“Harry, I don’t want to take away from the severity of what you two were talking about, but please pass along to Dan he looks great in his jeans today.”

CBS This Morning co-host Paula Zahn to Dan Rather as he reported live from Wilmington, NC as Hurricane Emily approached, August 30.


“You claim the debt problem actually began with Lyndon Johnson...But he was fighting the Vietnam War and that was most of his problem?...So he had a good reason.”
“...I’m not sure there’s a grade low enough for this next one: Ronald Reagan. He spoke regularly of balancing the budget, but he broke the bank. In return for his own personal popularity he spent eight years in office and ran up $1.34 trillion in deficits....It’s early yet, but for at least trying to address the deficit in a more serious fashion than anybody in 12 years, what kind of early marks do you give Bill Clinton?”

– Bryant Gumbel’s interview with Bankruptcy 1995 co-author Dr. Gerald Swanson, March 17 Today.

“The Reagan Administration used to boast they created a lot of jobs. Most of those were menial jobs that were quickly dissipated by a quadrupled budget deficit. How do you suggest we make more high-paying jobs?”

– Bryant Gumbel to economist Irwin Kellner, June 2 Today.

“Is the problem that the laws are ineffective, or the laws can’t be carried out because the bureau, like every other, is understaffed, underfunded, a victim of the Reagan cutbacks?”

– Bryant Gumbel to Tom Brokaw about the Immigration and Naturalization Service, March 26 Today.

“As we have seen in the past, during Reagan-Bush administration days, when huge slashes went through, when entire programs were dismantled, and what ends up being left sometimes in its wake is this sort of vacuum and chaos and even more problems than were there to begin with.”

CBS This Morning co-host Harry Smith responding to Pat Buchanan’s criticism of the “Reinventing Government” report, September 8.