Notable Quotables - 02/25/2008
Chris Gets His Thrill On
Co-anchor Chris Matthews: âI have to tell you, you know, itâs part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obamaâs speech. My â I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I donât have that too often.â
Co-anchor Keith Olbermann: âSteady.â
Matthews: âNo, seriously. Itâs a dramatic event. He speaks about America in a way that has nothing to do with politics. It has to do with the feeling we have about our country. And that is an objective assessment.â
â Exchange during MSNBCâs coverage of the Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. primaries, February 12.
CBSâs Valentine for Obama
âThey come in droves, by the tens of thousands at times, to hear Barack Obama speak....With soaring rhetoric, Obama is moving his audiences not just politically, but emotionally. Even some political commentators whoâve seen it all canât help but gush....The stoic eloquence channels John F. Kennedy.â
â Correspondent Tracy Smith on CBSâs The Early Show, February 14.
Canât Wait to Impugn Republicans
âHave you stopped to think what the Obama version of Swift Boating might be in this campaign cycle if you get to the general election? What they did to John Kerry, whatâs that version going to be with Barack Obama?â
â NBCâs Matt Lauer to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Today, February 19.
CNNâs Wolf Blitzer: âThereâs still plenty of racism out there, you know. There are all these incidents you see of racial hatred....How worried are you â and youâre obviously sympathetic to the Republicans â that if Barack Obama gets the Democratic presidential nomination, that there could be elements of racism that come up from the other side?â
Conservative radio host Larry Elder: âIâm sure there are people who wonât vote for him because heâs black. Iâm sure there are people who are voting for him because heâs black.â
Blitzer: âNo, Iâm talking about the Willie Horton kind of commercials, the ads that could be used against, potentially against, Barack Obama.â
â Exchange on CNNâs Situation Room, February 12.
McCain vs. âFar Rightâ âCraziesâ
âWhile [Senator John] McCain may be close to locking up the Republican nomination, he still faces a tough battle to win the support of hard-line GOP conservatives.â
â Fill-in anchor Harry Smith on the February 7 CBS Evening News.
âMcCain: Frail with the Far Rightâ
â Headline over a February 6 Time.com article by the magazineâs Washington Bureau Chief Jay Carney.
Co-host Harry Smith: âThese conservatives, theyâre still â theyâre not happy. Theyâre not happy about this guy.â
CBS political analyst Nicolle Wallace: âAnd, you know what, Republicans are beginning to say thatâs okay. The more that we see, kind of, the crazies like Ann Coulter out attacking John McCain, the better Republicans feel about their chances in the general election.â
â Exchange on CBSâs The Early Show, February 13.
Just Toddlers Having a Tantrum
âCritics of conservative voices right now are saying for the first time in a very long time, the conservatives have lost. They havenât been able to choose their nominee and itâs the political version now of a 3-year-old saying, âif you canât play the game the way I want to play, Iâm taking my football and Iâm going home.â How do you respond to that?â
â NBCâs Matt Lauer to Ann Coulter on Today, February 8.
Just a Matter of Time
âI do think he [John McCain] gets good treatment....The media like him because heâs the one who pokes his thumb in Republican and conservative eyes, mostly conservative eyes. But as soon as itâs McCain against Obama or Clinton, the media goes over to the other side.â
â Former CBS News correspondent Bernard Goldberg on FNCâs The OâReilly Factor, February 7.
Vieiraâs Liberal Circle of Friends
âI was with a group of friends who, actually were trying to choose between Clinton and Obama and the, for example, the ones who were for Clinton said, âWell I want to vote for her but I think Iâm gonna vote for Obama because I think he, he can win the general election.â And then some of the Obama people said, âWell, Iâm gonna vote for Clinton because I think sheâs gonna win.ââ
â NBCâs Meredith Vieira on the February 4 Today.
âCould global warming one day force us into space to live?â
â ABCâs Sam Champion, Good Morning America, Feb. 8.
Run, Al, Run
âAl Gore on the second ballot: A scenario that a few weeks ago seemed preposterous is beginning to look plausible to some nervous Democrats looking for a way out of the deadlock between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.... Democrats want to win. The new rallying cry: Gore on the second ballot.â
â Newsweekâs Eleanor Clift in a February 15 posting to her magazineâs âStumperâ political blog.
âHe foresaw global warming. He âtook the initiativeâ on the Internet. And he knew exactly how Iraq would turn out. Whoâs to say that Al Gore hasnât known all along that the Democratic race would descend into some weird state of gridlock â and that only he, the Goracle, could rescue the party from civil war?â
â Newsweek political reporter Andrew Romano on the âStumperâ blog commenting on Cliftâs theory.
âDashingâ âRock Starâ Castro
âFrom a tiny island, a larger than life personality....Castro knew life is a stage and played the part of the dashing revolutionary, coming to New York, getting rock star treatment.â
â ABCâs Diane Sawyer on the February 19 Good Morning America, after news Castro would relinquish his title as Cuban president.
âHis record has been a mix of great social achievements, but a dismal economic performance that has mired most Cubans in poverty. He succeeded in establishing universal health care, providing free education through college and largely rooting out racism.â
â New York Times reporter James C. McKinley, Jr., writing about Castroâs legacy in a February 19 online article.
News You Can Use
CBSâs Katie Couric: âWhat were you like in high school? Were you the girl in the front row taking meticulous notes and always raising your hand?...Someone told me your nickname in school was Miss Frigidaire. Is that true?â
Hillary Clinton: âOnly with some boys.â [laughs]
Couric, giggling: âI donât know if I want to hear the back story on that!â
Clinton: âWell, you wouldnât want to know the boys either.â [bursts out laughing]
â CBSâs 60 Minutes, February 10.
Some Fine Objective Reporting
âMr. Bush never sounds surer of himself than when the subject is Sept. 11, even when his critics argue that he has squandered the countryâs moral authority, violated American and international law, and led the United States into the foolhardy distraction of Iraq.â
â New York Times reporter Steven Lee Myers in a February 12 front-page ânews analysisâ about military trials for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other 9/11 conspirators.
Americans âSufferingâ Due to Bush
NBCâs Ann Curry: âSome Americans believe, that they feel theyâre carrying the burden because of this economy. I mean, they say theyâre suffering because of this war.â
President George W. Bush: âI donât agree with that.â
Curry: âYou donât agree with that? Has nothing to do with the economy? The war? The spending on the war?...But at some point if youâre wrong about something it is â Iâm not saying that you are, Iâm just saying that at some point if you, if this idea of not wanting soldiers to die in vain. At some point, if youâre absolutely wrong, you donât want any more soldiers to die in vain.â
Bush: âWell, weâre not wrong in this case.â
â Exchange on NBCâs Today, February 18.
Frothing Over Bush the âFascistâ
âIf you believe in the seamless mutuality of government and big business, come out and say it! There is a dictionary definition, one word that describes that toxic blend. Youâre a fascist! Get them to print you a T-shirt with fascist on it!...You, sir, have no place in a government of the people, by the people, for the people. The lot of you are the symbolic descendants of the despotic middle managers of some banana republic to whom âfreedomâ is an ironic brand name, a word you reach for when you want to get away with its opposite.â
â MSNBCâs Keith Olbermann in a âSpecial Commentâ about the NSAâs terrorist surveillence program on Countdown, February 14.
Wishing Rush Had âCroakedâ
Author/humorist P.J. OâRourke: âItâs the twilight of the radio loud-mouth, you know? I knew it from the moment the fat guy-â
Host Bill Maher: âYou mean Rush Limbaugh and Sean-â
OâRourke: â-from the moment the fat guy refused to share his drugs....â
Maher: âYou mean the OxyContin that he was on?...Why couldnât he have croaked from it instead of Heath Ledger?â
â HBOâs Real Time with Bill Maher, February 8.
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