Notable Quotables - 07/24/1989
Bush & Hungary I
President speaks to students at Karl Marx University, continuing, his aides
say, to avoid directly challenging Soviet leader Gorbachev, whose own moves
toward reform make him a hero here."
- Reporter Lesley Stahl on the CBS Evening News, July 11.
Bush & Hungary II
"If he had come to
Hungary and attacked the Soviets, these people would have loved it. They hate
- Same reporter the next night.
Reagan & The Poor
"Largely as a
result of the policies and priorities of the Reagan Administration, more
people are becoming poor and staying poor in this country than at any time
since World War II."
- Today co-host Bryant Gumbel, July 17.
Forces in Society, and Reaganism, Helped Dig Deeper Hole for Poor"
- New York Times, July 16
Turner's Cable Programming
"We'll give the
other bozos a chance to talk back. They look like idiots anyway."
- Ted Turner on providing pro-lifers with an opportunity to respond to his July 20 TBS documentary, Abortion for Survival. Quoted by the Associated Press, July 14.
"It [Oliver North's
operation] was a 'government' that didn't have time for democracy. Like the
old men who rule Beijing, it couldn't be bothered with the will of people it
saw as inferior or naive."
- USA Today editorial on Iran/Contra affair, July 6.
Facing Tax Hike Reality
"Returning from his
foreign travels, George Bush came home to domestic economic realities today.
To the stubborn budget deficit that most economists say will never be
seriously reduced without the new taxes to which the President remains
- Reporter Mark Phillips on CBS Evening News, July 18.
"The success of the
Bush presidency is going to depend largely on his ability to prove that Bush
as President is not the same as Bush as candidate. And the way he behaved on
this [flag] issue, I think, is going to make it harder for him, because it's a
reminder of what kind of cheapness and demagoguery he was capable of and
occasionally on some issues will be capable of again."
- Time Washington Bureau Chief Strobe Talbott on Inside Washington, July 15.
Mission to Mars
"If the President
comes out strongly for the mission, Congress should be able to find a way to
fund it. One option: to siphon the money from Star Wars and other questionable
- Associate Editor Michael Lemonick in Time magazine's July 24 issue.
"The name and
spirit of The Revolution are routinely taken in vain now by old men hanging on
to their power: Fidel Castro in his soldier suit, Ronald Reagan saying, 'We
are the change.'"
- "Style" writer Henry Allen in The Washington Post, July 14.
overdue, way over budget, and proved today it can travel at least six miles on
the ground? The new B-2 Stealth bomber. It rolled up and down the runway in
California today, the first time it's gone anywhere under its own power. The
plane costs half a billion dollars, and it may actually take to the air later
- Diane Sawyer anchoring ABC's World News Tonight, July 10.
"In the California
desert today, the secret B-2 Stealth bomber successfully passed a critical
test. For the first time, the Stealth moved under its own power, taxiing on
the runway. Later this week, high-speed tests are scheduled, to be followed by
a maiden flight."
- NBC anchor Tom Brokaw, the same night.
"If these trends
continue, it could mean truce, then peace on these far-flung battlefields.
Wars, including cold ones, don't end until people stop dying in them. By
folding up the Reagan Doctrine, the U.S. can provide some cover for Moscow's
retreat, perhaps helping end the expansionist phase in Soviet history. Such a
strategy might even come to be called the Bush Doctrine."
- Strobe Talbott in Time, July 17.
"Gorbachev is on
our side precisely because he is on the side of the Soviet People."
- Bill Monroe, former host of NBC's Meet the Press and now Editor of the Washington Journalism Review, in the Center for War, Peace and the News Media's newsletter Deadline, Summer edition.
"They will look at
the Third World debt. I hope they'll do something about it. I hope that they
won't be, the results won't be the same as the French Revolution. It took a
long time before the poor people actually got what they wanted."
- Barrie Dunsmore reporting from the economic summit in Paris on ABC's Good Morning America, July 14.
Chinese One Child Policy
"I consider the
Chinese government's policy among the most intelligent in the world....It is a
policy limited to the heavily overpopulated areas and it is an attempt to feed
the people of China. I find it very intelligent."
- National Organization for Women President Molly Yard on Oprah, July 6.
Freudian Slip of the Month
"Sadly, many home
remedies could damage a fetus instead of kill it."
- Newsweek Senior Editor Melinda Beck on pregnancy remedies, July 17 issue.
- L. Brent
Bozell III; Publisher
- Brent H. Baker, Tim Graham; Editors
- Jim Heiser, Richard Marois, Patrick Swan, Dorothy Warner; Media Analysts
- Cynthia Bulman; Administrative Assistant