Notable Quotables - 12/15/2008
|Must Swear In Obama Right Now|
- Ex-CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather on MSNBC's Morning Joe, December 5.
"If I had my druthers right now, we would convene a special
session of Congress, amend the Constitution and move up the inauguration from
Jan. 20 to Thanksgiving Day....Just get me a Supreme Court justice and a Bible,
and let's swear in Barack Obama right now - by choice - with the same haste we
did - by necessity - with L.B.J. in the back of Air Force One. "
"Thanksgiving is next week, and President Bush could make it a really special
holiday by resigning. Seriously....Just to be on the safe side, the Vice
President ought to turn in his resignation first. (We're desperate, but not
crazy.) Then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would become President until Jan. 20.
Obviously, she'd defer to her party's incoming chief executive, and Barack Obama
could begin governing."
Host Gwen Ifill: "Maybe what people are beginning to say is that this
President-elect should be President now? ..."
"No lame-duck President can do anything meaningful after the successor is
elected. The time is spent figuring out things like how many presidential
pardons to issue, many to convicted political pals....We should move the
President's inauguration up to the first Tuesday in December, one month after
the election....People who elect a new president are eager for the change to
take place. The sooner the better."
|It's Just the Best Transition Ever|
Diane Sawyer: "Speaking of the President-elect, kind of an anniversary today, 30
days since he was elected. So, it's time to launch the first annual, ever,
30-day George Stephanopoulos presidential election awards....What are the
headlines to you?|
George Stephanopoulos: "Well, he's managed the transition with the same kind of precision and discipline that he managed to show during the campaign....It's hard to imagine this first month going much better for the President-elect."
- ABC's Good Morning America, December 4.
|Loves Obama's "Effortless Mosaic"|
"What you don't see is what we saw back in 1992 when Bill and Hillary, you know
- very importantly Hillary Clinton - were creating that first Clinton cabinet.
They were trying to pick one from column 'A' and one from column 'B,' and
diversity was such an important goal....They had to check off all the other
boxes. It was very artless and very calculated in the way they did it, and what
this seems to be is effortless. They're creating a mosaic, but they're not doing
it by self-consciously creating that mosaic."|
- NBC's Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC Live, December 3.
|A Cabinet of Flaming Moderates|
Co-host Harry Smith: "Mmm-hmm."
Tracy Smith: "I mean, you're cool, but we're actually talking about how a lot of people think that President-elect Barack Obama is the epitome of cool. Look at that guy. Everything, I mean, even in a baseball cap."
- Exchange on CBS's The Early Show, December 26. [Audio/video (0:27): Windows Media (1.63 MB) and MP3 audio (105 kB)]
|Do We Need a Little FDR?|
to a name that's been in the news a lot lately: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the
man who led this nation out of financial disaster and guided us right through to
victory in World War II. We can no longer talk to him, but tonight we think we
have about the next best thing. FDR's grandson, Curtis Roosevelt....[to Curtis
Roosevelt] In your estimation, could we use a little FDR right about now?"|
- NBC's Brian Williams, November 28 Nightly News.
|Obama = Instant World Peace|
"There are many who had such an optimistic and hopeful opinion of things,
and you certainly can't expect things to change on a dime overnight, but
there are many who suggested that with the outgoing Bush administration and
the incoming Obama administration there would be something of a lull in
terrorism attacks. There had been such a global outpouring of affection,
respect, hope, with the new administration coming in, that precisely these
kinds of attacks, it was thought - at least hoped - would be dampered down.
But in this case it looks like Barack Obama is getting a preview of things
- MSNBC daytime anchor Alex Witt on November 27 talking about the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India.
|Drooling Over Fascinating Obama|
"His belief that there is a place in America for someone who transcends the
usual labels has brought us all to this place....In becoming President, he has
redeemed the American promise that an individual can make his own destiny and
create a new world. We are all members of that new world now, and that for us
makes him the Most Fascinating Person of 2008. Good luck, Mr. President."|
- ABC's Barbara Walters on her December 4 special, The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2008.
|We Get Hillary, Plus Wisdom of Bill|
"You know, she [Hillary Clinton] is the biggest star of all, in many regards, in
Washington except for the President of the United States....What's so
interesting here, though, Obama now gets the wisdom - and Bill Clinton has real
wisdom when it comes to foreign policy - of Bill Clinton in this deal. Not only
will Clinton not be sidelined, carping from the sidelines, he will be giving his
thoughts about what he is strongest at."|
- Former Washington Post and Time correspondent Carl Bernstein talking about the selection of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, MSNBC's Morning Joe, December 3.
|Pining for a "Return to Camelot"|
Bill Weir: "Well, there is big buzz this morning about a possible
replacement for New York Senator Hillary Clinton when she moves to Foggy
Bottom. One big political name could [be] replaced by an even bigger one.
And who could upstage a Clinton but a Kennedy?..."|
Co-host Kate Snow: "So, tantalizing. Kennedys and Obamas and Clintons, all the talk."
Weir: "Exciting to talk about."
- ABC's Good Morning America, December 6. The on-screen graphic read: "Return to Camelot."
|Now For Some Real Socialism|
"The incoming administration is making it abundantly clear that it plans an
active multi-billion dollar approach to kick-starting the economy. As one top
economic adviser to Barack Obama put it, the era of dithering is over."|
- CBS's Dean Reynolds on The Early Show, November 24.
|KGB "Honorable," Like Our FBI|
"We have an FBI, and we're not prejudiced against somebody who's worked at the
FBI. It's an honorable place to work. And the KGB, I think, was an honorable
place to work. It gave people in the former Soviet Union, a communist country,
an opportunity to do something important and worthwhile."|
- CNN founder Ted Turner on Meet the Press, Nov. 30.\
|U.S. "Naked Aggression" in Iraq|
Moderator Tom Brokaw: "Your friend, Jimmy Carter, tried to be friendly
with Leonid Brezhnev, and for his friendliness what did Brezhnev do?...He
Ted Turner: "Well, we invaded Afghanistan, too....At least it's on the border of the Soviet Union...."
Brokaw: "But, Ted, don't try to go there in terms of justifying that...."
Turner: "Why can't I try and justify it?
Brokaw: "It was naked aggression on the part of the Russians at the time."
Turner: "Well, going into Iraq was naked aggression on the part of the United States."
- NBC's Meet the Press, November 30.
|Guantanamo for Elephants?|
"The word, 'zoo,' is sort of elephant-speak for Guantanamo. They're really, they
are suffering and being tortured."|
- Actress Lily Tomlin at an animal-rights protest in Los Angeles, clip shown on NBC's Today, December 4.