The Best of Notable Quotables; December 28, 1998

Vol. Eleven; No. 27

Quote of the Year

“I would be happy to give him [Clinton] a blow job just to thank him for keeping abortion legal. I think American women should be lining up with their presidential kneepads on to show their gratitude for keeping the theocracy off our backs.”

Time contributor and former reporter Nina Burleigh recalling what she told the Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz about her feeling toward Bill Clinton, as recounted by Burleigh in the July 20 New York Observer. [121 points]


“Mr. President, we love you. I want to hug you, I want to hug you, please do the right thing. This is nothing, this is nothing. Thomas Jefferson did not have this in mind, I swear to God....I would give Ken Starr the Nobel Peace Prize were he to be man enough not to refer a sex lie to the House for impeachment.”

– Geraldo Rivera urging Clinton not to cooperate, August 6 edition of Rivera Live on CNBC. [66 points]

Washington Post media reporter Howard Kurtz: “It’s interesting to watch them, Ann Lewis and others, dutifully drag themselves before the cameras yesterday and saying, ‘I know I’ve been telling you for months that this didn’t happen. Well it did happen, but no one cares and lets move on.’ So their own credibility has taken a hit.”
Co-host Lisa McRee: “But it’s also courageous professionalism, some would say.”

– Exchange from ABC’s Good Morning America, August 19, just after Clinton admitted he misled his staff. [39 points]

“But, do you give the President at least a little, not credit, but a little sympathy, when you read details like snapping the straps of a thong underwear, her thong underwear to entice him, asking for a job. Do you think that it mitigates our view of the President in any way?”

Good Morning America co-host Lisa McRee describing Monica Lewinsky’s testimony to conservative columnist Betsy Hart, September 17. [33 points]