Who said what in 2006
“Education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. And if you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”
— Democratic Sen. John Kerry, in California on Oct. 30, telling what he later described as “a botched joke.”
“Halp us Jon Carry — we r stuck hear in Irak.”
— A banner constructed by a unit of the Minnesota National Guard stationed in Talil, Iraq, south of Baghdad.
“Mrs. [Coretta Scott] King worked to create a beloved community in one of the nation’s darkest moments. We drew strength from her presence, She taught us how to have hope with suffering.”
— Dorothy I. Height, president emeritus and chair, National Council of Negro Women.
“If you look at it race by race, it was close. The cumulative effect, however, was not close. It was a thumpin’.”
— President Bush, in an analysis of an election in which Republicans lost control of both chambers of the U.S. Congress and more than 300 seats in state legislatures.
“This fellow here, over here, with the yellow shirt, macaca, or whatever his name is. He’s with my opponent. He’s following us around everywhere. And it’s just great [. . .] Let’s give a welcome to macaca here. Welcome to America and the real world of Virginia.”
— Sen. George Allen
“Anybody who’s ever dealt with me knows not to mess with me.”
— Then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, in a pre-election interview in Time magazine, weeks before Democrats captured control of the House and the Senate.
“India and America have built a strategic partnership based upon common values. Our two democracies respect religious pluralism and the rule of law. We seek to foster economic development through trade and advancing the entrepreneurial spirit in both countries. We’re working as partners to make the world safer.”
— President Bush during a March 2 joint press conference in India with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
“I’ve had a great relationship. In Delaware, the largest growth in population is Indian Americans moving from India. You cannot go into a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight
Indian accent. I’m not joking.”
— Delaware Democratic Sen. Joe Biden on the support he receives from Indian Americans.
“I exit, as always, stage right.”
— Then-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, in his final speech before leaving Congress in June.
“In this case, where you have the act of rape — essentially a gang rape — is bad enough in and of itself, but when it’s made with racial epithets against the victim, I mean, it’s just absolutely unconscionable.”
— Durham, N.C., District Attorney Michael Nifong in March. The North Carolina State Bar filed an ethics complaint against Mr. Nifong for statements, like this one, that he made publicly regarding three Duke University lacrosse players accused of rape.
“I was in Crawford, and I said I was looking for a book to read, and Laura said, ‘You ought to try Camus.’ I also read three Shakespeares. Yeah.”
— President Bush, answering NBC News anchor Brian Williams’ question about what led the president to “The Stranger” by Albert Camus.
“We have concluded that FEMA is in shambles and beyond repair and that it should be abolished.”
— Republican Sen. Susan Collins, discussing a bipartisan Senate committee’s assessment of the post-Katrina Hurricane performance of the federal emergency-response agency.
“I always fly business class or first class. I think the people of Prince George’s County expect me to. I don’t think they expect me to be riding in a seat with four across and I’m in the middle.”
— Prince George’s County, Md. Executive Jack Johnson in November.
“Democrats are leading the effort to turn the most closed, corrupt Congress in history into the most open and honest Congress in history.”
— Nancy Pelosi
“Mexico needs a revolution”; “The most important changes in Mexico have never come about through conventional politics but rather from the streets.”
— Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, during his efforts in August to force a recount of the Mexican presidential election.
“The verdicts issued by the Iraqi High Tribunal against Saddam Hussein and the other seven defendants demonstrate the commitment of the Iraqi people to hold them accountable.”
— U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad after Saddam Hussein was found guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced to death.
“The devil came here yesterday. Yesterday, the devil came here. Right here. Right here. And it smells of sulfur still today, this table that I am now standing in front of. Yesterday, ladies and gentlemen, from this rostrum, the president of the United States, the gentleman to whom I refer as the devil, came here, talking as if he owned the world. Truly. As the owner of the world.”
— Hugo Chavez addressing the usually staid United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 20.
“You don’t come into my country, you don’t come into my congressional district, and you don’t condemn my president.”
— Rep. Charlie Rangel responding to Hugo Chavez’s speech at the U.N.
“Pluto is a dwarf planet by the [. . .] definition and is recognized as the prototype of a new category of trans-Neptunian objects.”
— Resolution passed by the International Astronomical Union in Prague that demoted Pluto, reducing our solar system to eight planets.
“You’re here for a special day in Seminole history. Our ancestors sold Manhattan for trinkets. We’re going to buy Manhattan back, one burger at a time.”
— Max B. Osceola Jr., a Seminole Council representative for the Seminole Tribe of Florida, announcing on Dec. 7 the tribe’s $965 million purchase of Hard Rock International, which owns restaurants, hotels and casinos around the world, including a prominent watering hole in Manhattan.
“[H]im individually, it’s funny. He doesn’t seem to have much of a conscience. I really don’t think he does. Some of the shots he took tonight, you miss those, and they’re just terrible shots. Awful. You make them and they’re unbelievable shots. I don’t get a chance to play him much, so I haven’t gotten used to that mentality of just chucking it up there. He made some big ones, but I’ll be ready next time.”
— Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant on Washington Wizards’ Gilbert Arenas.
“I was extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Coretta Scott King, the First Lady of the Civil Rights movement[. . .] She was a rare combination of steady strength and determination, grace and dignity and inspirational courage. She was a wife, a mother and a leader, who set an example for all of us by living each day to the fullest. Her goal was to make America a better place and her work to increase tolerance and equality in all corners of the world will be remembered forever. I will miss her deeply.”
— Washington D.C. Mayor Tony Williams
“I just feel like I’m not involved early in the game. Everybody knows that’s what I do. Every team that I’ve played on, I’ve been involved early and often. It’s hard to get in the flow when you’re getting a ball here, a ball there.”
— Terrell Owens, wide receiver, Dallas Cowboys
“Uh, it was a big clump of dirt and I went and wiped it off after the first. I didn’t know it was there until afterwards. And then they told me, and I took it off [. . .] no big deal.”
— Pitcher Kenny Rogers on claims of illegal pine tar use during the World Series.
— Tiger Woods, responding to a question asking what he planned to do after he missed the cut at a major tournament (the U.S. Open in June) for the first time in his 10year professional golfing career. After finishing second at his next tournament, Woods won the next six PGA Tour events he entered, including the British Open and the PGA Championship.
“He’s winning 55 percent of the tournaments he plays. He’s probably ahead of Shaq’s free-throw percentage.”
— Professional golfer and self-styled sports-junkie Fred Couples on Tiger Woods.
“The school board itself has a significant leadership void. We can drive this system to the point where it becomes a world-class public education system in a world-class city.”
— Washington D.C. School Board President-elect Robert Bobb
“Some people say ‘we saw you beheading, kidnapping and killing. In the end we even started kidnapping women who are our honor.’ These acts are not the work of Iraqis. I am sure that he who does this is a Jew and the son of a Jew.”
— Mahmoud Mashhadani, the Sunni speaker of the Iraqi parliament, commenting on July 13 about the sectarian violence between Sunni and Shi’ite Arabs that had engulfed Iraq for months.