Notable Quotables - 09/11/1995
Someday, Hawaii Might Become the 50th State
"President Clinton will be
attending more ceremonies in Hawaii marking V-J Day, Victory
over Japan. Saturday, Mr. Clinton went to a ceremony on a hill
high above Honolulu. He praised those who served in the military
50 years ago, saying they saved the world. After today's
ceremonies marking the end of World War II, President Clinton
will head back to the United States."
- NBC anchor Giselle Fernandez, September 3 Today.
More Insight From Miss Hawaii
"Let's touch on your hard
stands against affirmative action. You were Governor during the
Los Angeles riots. Many of the people there believed those
happen not just because of Rodney King, but because affirmative
action didn't trickle down far enough. How do you propose to
cure urban problems without bringing some kind of economic
- NBC anchor Giselle Fernandez to California Governor Pete Wilson, August 27 Today.
Meet Clinton's '96 Press Secretary
"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.
Senator Bill Bradley's A "Moderate"...
"Bradley is one of an
endangered species in American politics, a true moderate."
- CNN political analyst William Schneider, August 19 Inside Politics, after the New Jersey Democrat said he wouldn't seek re-election.
"Bradley...he's got the
right profile, he's sort of in the middle and he's got
- Time reporter Laurence Barrett on CNBC's Cal Thomas, August 23.
disillusionment in Washington by moderates of both parties -
including Bradley - [former New Jersey Gov. Thomas] Kean
criticized a `lack of civility' and `meanness' in national
- Washington Post reporter Dale Russakoff, September 1. (Bradley's 1994 Americans for Democratic Action liberal rating: 85. His 1994 American Conservative Union rating: 4.)
...But More Moderate Senator Judd Gregg's A "Radical"?
"Gregg-ism (the supine
adoption of Gingrich's far-out agenda and Bob Dole's kissin'
cousin facsimile) would literally involve the transfer of income
and wealth to the occupants of plush homes along the quiet
streets of Amherst and Peterborough, straight from the pockets
of working and retired families from Salem in the south all the
way north to Berlin. From his perch on the budget and human
resources committees, Gregg has been a down-the-line rubber
stamp for radicalism; fortunately, serious Republican leaders to
his north in Maine, west in Vermont and south in Rhode Island
are picking up his slack. The good news is that Gingrich, Gregg,
and the radicals are going to lose their fight to transfer
income and wealth on this extreme scale."
- Boston Globe Washington columnist and former reporter Tom Oliphant on Gregg (R-NH), August 20. (Gregg's 1994 ADA liberal rating: 15. Gregg's 1994 ACU conservative score: 79.)
At Least His Victims Are Alive to Complain
"Good evening. Senator Bob
Packwood has been one of the Senate's enduring embarrassments
since it was disclosed that he had a long history of explicit
sexual harassment and fondling, and now his career, his time as
a U.S. Senator, apparently is very near an end."
- NBC's Tom Brokaw, September 6 Nightly News.
Anchor Mary Alice Williams:
"It was 20 years ago tonight that a car swerved off a small
bridge on Chappadquiddick Island off Massachusetts'
coast...NBC's Andrea Mitchell tonight on how Ted Kennedy is
winning respect 20 years later."
Mitchell: "In reforming the immigration law last week, Ted Kennedy was updating the rules he first legislated in 1965. It's that kind of nuts-and-bolts work that has earned the respect of colleagues - even conservatives."
- NBC Nightly News, July 18, 1989.
Harmless Communism and Its Harmful Overthrow
"But Vietnam's government
is worried about the ugly side of the free market system: crime,
unemployment, pollution, and most of all, political
- NBC reporter Andrea Mitchell, August 4 Nightly News.
"This is how Arbat Street
looked then, 150 years ago. None of the buildings still stand -
too much trauma. The end of the czars, a revolution, two World
Wars, the fall of communism - it's all taken a heavy toll on
this tired nation."
- NBC reporter Martin Fletcher in Russia, August 27 Today.
The "Nonpartisan" Group Seeking to Destroy the Religious Right
"Norman Lear, veteran TV
and film producer and co-founder of the nonpartisan
constitutional liberties organization People for the American
Way, has doubts about the merger of Capital Cities/ABC with the
Walt Disney Co."
- Unbylined item in Los Angeles Times, August 1.
Pat Makes Them Shiver
"Pat Buchanan is seen by
many in the party as extreme. That's not my word. That's not the
Democrats' words. That's the Republicans' words. I was on the
floor of the convention in 1992 when Pat Buchanan delivered that
speech in which he talked about taking back the country street
by street. That sent shivers down the backs of many Republicans
at that convention."
- CNN's Frank Sesno on C-SPAN's Sunday Journal, August 20.
Deficit of Consistency
Republicans, who tend to govern by slogan, think the meaningless
balanced budget and its accompanying tax cuts for the rich are
more important than school lunches for the poor. That, of
course, is absurd. The administration has proposed a humane bu
dget that calls for no new debt by 2004, but the CBO, using less
rosy projections, says the deficit would be about $200 billion
then. So what? That would be just 1.7 percent of the projected
gross domestic product."
- Former NBC News President Michael Gartner in his USA Today column, September 5.
"Before you listen to them
trash Bill Clinton, before you put a new bumper sticker on your
car, look at what happened between 1981 and 1992, the 12 years
the White House was controlled by Ronald Reagan and George Bush.
The budget deficit in 1980, the year before the Republicans took
over, was about $73 billion. By 1992, their last year in office,
it has soared to $340 billion (or, if you want to toss in the
Social Security surplus, $290 billion). Responsible management?
- Gartner in USA Today, April 18.
- L. Brent Bozell III;
- Brent H. Baker, Tim Graham; Editors
- Geoffrey Dickens, James Forbes, Steve Kaminski, Gesele Rey, Clay Waters; Media Analysts
- Kathleen Ruff, Circulation Manager; Gene Eliasen; Intern