Notable Quotables

On Cue, MSNBC Equates Scrutiny of Obama With Racism “The IRS is being used in exactly the same way as they tried to use the President’s birth certificate...Despite the complete lack of any evidence linking the President to the targeting of Tea Party groups, Republicans are using it as their latest weapon in the war against the black man in the White House....This afternoon, we welcome the latest phrase in the lexicon of Republican attacks on this President — the IRS. Three letters that sound so innocent, but we know what you mean.” — MSNBC host Martin Bashir, June 5... continue reading
“Voters Will Punish” GOP If They Pursue Obama’s Scandals Co-host Savannah Guthrie: “I read a headline yesterday that said Republicans see blood in the water, that they see a president who’s very vulnerable politically. Is there a danger that they will overreach?” Correspondent Chuck Todd: “There is. I mean, that’s what happened to Republicans in 1998 with Bill Clinton. And if all of Congress is focusing on hearings to do scandals, the voters will punish them. They’ve done it in the past.” — NBC’s Today , May 16. “The Republicans are pushing forward on this. Is it possible they may... continue reading
Obama Can’t Make Nice with Bloodthirsty Republicans “All of these things we’ve said about what the President could do, should do, might have, could have, but the central thing to keep in mind is his opponents — you talk about taking them out to dinner, making nice with them — these people, politically, want to cut his heart out and throw his liver to the dogs. That does make it very, very difficult to come on nice to them.” — Ex- CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather on The Chris Matthews Show , May 5. Failure to Pass Liberal Agenda... continue reading
Must Swear In Obama Right Now “We can’t afford to waste an hour, much less a day or a week or a month. And this business of being a lame duck President and saying, you know, ‘Adios. I’m going to the ranch. I’m just not going to do very much during this period.’ We can’t afford it....We’re in possibly, possibly the biggest crisis we’ve been in since December 7, 1941, and maybe since the time of the Civil War. So, we can’t afford to have this interregnum.” — Ex- CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather on MSNBC’s Morning Joe ,... continue reading
An “All Star” Team of Geniuses “Although some critics say that his all-star cabinet might be difficult to manage, Obama is determined to pick the strongest, smartest people he can find, knowing that he is facing an economic crisis of historic proportions.” — NBC’s Andrea Mitchell on the Nov. 21 Nightly News . Co-host Robin Roberts : “Some would say it’s a team of rivals, a la President Lincoln, or is a better comparison a team of geniuses as FDR did?” ABC’s George Stephanopoulos : “Well, one Obama advisor told me what they like is a combination of team of... continue reading
Case Closed “Media bias largely unseen in U.S. presidential race” — Headline over November 6 Reuters dispatch claiming no liberal tilt in favor of Barack Obama. New President = New Rules MSNBC’s Chris Matthews: “You know what? I want to do everything I can to make this thing work, this new presidency work, and I think that-” Host Joe Scarborough: “Is that your job? You just talked about being a journalist.” Matthews: “Yeah, it is my job. My job is to help this country....This country needs a successful presidency more than anything right now.” — MSNBC’s Morning Joe , November... continue reading
Not Easy Being “The Messiah” “People have called you ‘The Savior,’ ‘The Messiah,’ ‘The Messenger of Change.’ The expectations have been raised to such a level....If you are, as you just say, lucky enough to be elected the next President, are you going to have to consciously manage expectations during the first several months of your administration?“ — NBC’s Matt Lauer to Barack Obama on Today , Oct. 20. Obama Wins “Seal of Approval” “This morning, Senator Obama’s banner weekend: Record breaking crowds, cash and the endorsement heard around the world....Senator Obama got a booster rocket from none other than... continue reading
Campaign 2008 Review: Barack Obama’s Media Groupies Love at First Sight “I think the real breakout tonight is [Illinois Senate candidate Barack] Obama. I mean, Teresa [Heinz-Kerry] is a fascinating story, but Obama is a rock star!” — NBC’s Andrea Mitchell during MSNBC’s live coverage of the Democratic convention, July 27, 2004. “I have to tell ya — a little chill in my, in my legs now. That is an amazing moment in history right there. It is really an amazing moment. A keynoter like I’ve never heard....I’ve just seen the first black president there!” — MSNBC’s Chris Matthews following... continue reading
Evil GOP Is Endangering Obama “[Senator Joe] Biden’s got Obama’s back, especially now after a couple of weeks of sharp character attacks from John McCain and Sarah Palin....attacks that stoked the anger at Republican rallies, where there have been reports of attendees yelling things like ‘terrorist’ and ‘kill him.’ [to Biden] Are you at all concerned in this home stretch for Senator Obama’s safety?” — ABC’s Terry Moran profiling Biden on Nightline , Oct. 13. “What about the tone of the campaign? Joe Biden said it’s ugly. In the primary, you also brought up Obama’s association with Bill Ayers, Reverend... continue reading
Big Surprise — They Loved Obama “Bottom line, the winner is Barack Obama. He comes into this race where the country wants change. His number one goal was to show that he belonged on that stage. He was a credible commander-in-chief, that he could hold his own on national security. He did that tonight. He gets the win.” — ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Nightline , September 26, declaring Barack Obama the winner of his debate with John McCain earlier that night. “On foreign policy, Obama certainly looked as though he were conversant. He had all the facts at his command....I... continue reading