Who said what in 2006

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“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.

“Prac­tice.”

— 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.

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