Joe Biden: “Even in this contentious political climate in which we work, on this issue, the United States has largely spoken with one voice, Democrats and Republicans alike. This unity has been important and it will be even more important in the delicate and fateful days ahead.”
On Tuesday the Obama Administration asked Hosni Mubarak to step aside.
On Wednesday they said that transitioning power “now means yesterday.”
On Saturday morning the Obama Administration said Mubarak must stay.
On Saturday evening the Obama Administration said Mubarak should step aside.
On Sunday Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Mubarak must stay in power.
On Tuesday the Obama Administration said that political reform will be a gradual process.
(h/t Weasel Zippers)
Chris Matthews: “You know, gentlemen, I’m a little bit jubilant right now, a little bit frisky so I’ll say something that will bother people…In a way it’s like it took Obama to have this [the revolution in Egypt] happen, or it’s just so serendipitous.”
Wolf Blitzer: “A lot of us remember that speech President Obama gave in Cairo in 2009. I’m not sure he expected that this would develop. I don’t know if that was a result of this or what the impact was, but it was a dramatic speech at the time. Now we’re seeing what’s happening on the streets of Cairo. I suspect it will spread elsewhere.”
Former leader of the parliamentary bloc of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed el-Katatni: “I salute the Egyptian people and the martyrs. This is the day of victory for the Egyptian people.”
Bill Maher: “I think he’s [Obama] a centrist the way he’s a Christian…he’s pretending to be a centrist.”
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper: “The term Muslim Brotherhood is an umbrella term for a variety of movements. In the case of Egypt, a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried al-Qaeda as a perversion of Islam,”
Howard Dean (on O’Reilly’s interview with President Obama): “O’Reilly laid out a proposition, that is, we shouldn’t have redistribution. That’s what governments do is redistribute. ”
Nancy Pelosi fund-raising letter: “We cannot and must not stay silent in the face of this extreme effort to undermine women’s health and reproductive freedom in our country.” Reproductive freedom is the right to kill your own baby before it is delivered.
Democratic Senator Charles Schumer: “They [the Republicans] are blindly swinging a meat ax to the budget when they should be using a scalpel. Some of these House Republicans won’t be satisfied with anything less than a shutdown of the government.”
Speaking about the need for high-speed rail, Vice President Joe Biden said, “If we don’t get a grip, folks, they’ll not only be teaching us, they’re gonna own our kids.”
Willie Brown: “Obama is probably more like Reagan than he is like anyone else.”
Ed Asner, when asked about the TEA party: “I haven’t the foggiest idea what they stand for, and the more you watch President Obama, I don’t see what they have to complain about.”
State Senator Robert Ford: “We need these workers here. A lot of people aren’t going to do certain type of work in this country. The brothers are going to find ways to take a break. Ever since this country was built, we’ve had somebody do the work for us.”
President Obama, who thinks he ought to get Reagan’s old nickname: “And then somebody – I don’t remember who it was – turned and said, `You know what? What about Gibbs’ tie? What about Gibbs’ tie? That might look good.’ And, frankly, Robert didn’t want to give it up because he thought he looked really good in the tie. But eventually he was willing to take one for the gipper, and so he took off his tie, and I put it on. And that’s the tie that I wore at the national convention.”
Bill Maher: “And Bill O’Reilly, who claims he’s such a patriot, how unpatriotic in my view to treat a president that way. How does that look to other countries when you’re interrupting and belittling? I just find it astounding.”
Shirley Jackson Lee: “What we [referring to members of Congress, because there are so many Republicans recently elected] will be doing is ignoring the people’s business of creating jobs and, frankly, putting ourselves in the role of a clogged toilet, meaning that we’re doing nothing, we’re stopped up.”
Journalist Lauren Booth, the sister-in-law of former Labour prime minister Tony Blair: “If the number of British Muslims increases you should know it will be only good for the country.”
Headline for article by CNN centrist John Avlon: “Is Right-Wing Talk [radio] Dying?”
Ron Reagan: “Just on the basis of intelligence, you would have to say Barack Obama. I don’t think my father has anything in common with Sarah Palin whatsoever. I’m a little offended that we even have to talk about Sarah Palin, who has nothing interesting to say.”
NPR’s Jonathan Katz, explaing contemporary homophobia among conservatives: “It’s no longer the same game that it was 15, 20 years ago, where you simply had to point out the homo and yell ‘Kill it!’ And the mob attacked. Now, you have to clothe your homophobia in something else.”
More civility from the left. Randi Rhodes calls Michele Bachmann a “freak” and a “loser.”
Liberals from the Past:
Joe Biden, shortly before being chosen as Obama’s running mate: “I had a successful dump.” (Okay, he is not saying what you think he is saying, but he was being clever).
Liberals making sense:
Lindsay Lohan tweet: “I pray Egypt maintains it’s [sic] treaty with Israel and sets the trend for its neighbors to create peace with Israel and the entire region.”
NPR’s Lee Smith column: “President George W. Bush’s Freedom Agenda was based on the notion that around the world all men share the desire for liberty. It was our founding fathers who put forth the idea that this was not merely a human aspiration but a natural right, and it was the many generations of our forefathers who fought for that right, both at home and abroad. The Arabs had not been born with that privilege.”
Joe Biden: “I say to our Iranian friends: let your people march, let your people speak, release your people from jail, let them have a voice.” A little late, but still a good thing to say.
John F. Kennedy: “This administration pledged itself last summer to an across-the-board, top-to-bottom cut in personal and corporate income taxes to be enacted and become effective in 1963. I am not talking about a quickie or a temporary tax cut which would be more appropriate if a recession were imminent. Nor am I talking about giving the economy a mere shot in the arm to ease some temporary complaint. The federal government’s most useful role is not to rush into a program of excessive increases in public expenditures, but to expand the incentives and opportunities for private expenditures.”
John F. Kennedy: “When consumers purchase more goods, plants use more of their capacity, men are hired instead of laid off, investment increases and profits are higher. Corporate tax rates must also be cut to increase incentives and the availability of investment capital. The government has already taken major steps this year to reduce business tax liability and to stimulate the modernization, replacement, and expansion of our productive plant and equipment.”
President Obama: “We [the people of the United States] still have, by far, the world’s largest and most vibrant economy. We have the most productive workers, the finest universities and the freest markets. The men and women in this room are living testimony that American industry is still the source of the most dynamic companies, and the most ingenious entrepreneurs.”
Bill O’Reilly: Do you deny that you are a man who wants to redistribute wealth.
Barrack Obama: Absolutely.
O’Reilly: You deny that?
Obama: Absolutely. I didn’t raise taxes once. I lowered taxes over the last two years. I lowered taxes for the last two years.”
Allen West at CPAC: “If we are to have a new dawn in America, it means reclaiming our Judeo-Christian heritage.”
Donald Trump: “I have a reputation for telling it like it is. I’m known for my candor…By the way, Ron Paul cannot get elected, sorry to say.”
Herman Cain, also a possible Republican presidential candidate: “They call me racist too because I happen to disagree with the president.”
Tim Pawlenty, another possible candidate: “I’m not one who questions the existence of the president’s birth certificate.”
Mitch Daniels, another possible candidate: “Medicare 2.0 should restore to the next generation the dignity of making their own decisions, by delivering its dollars directly to the individual, based on financial and medical need, entrusting and empowering citizens to choose their own insurance and, inevitably, pay for more of their routine care like the discerning, autonomous consumers we know them to be.”
Mitch Daniels: “When one of us – I confess sometimes it was yours truly – got a little hotheaded, President Reagan would admonish us, `Remember, we have no enemies, only opponents.’ Good advice, then and now.”
Mitt Romney: “Obama misery index … and it’s at a record high.” adding that there were more jobs created in Canada than the United States last month.
Mitch McConnell: “The legislative agenda of Barack Obama is over.”
McConnell: “And to the extent that the president wants to do what we think is right for America, we won’t say ‘no’ simply because there’s an election coming along.”
Charles Krauthammer: “Everything said about Egypt – the educated population, the proud history, the long civilization – all of it applies to Iran in 1979 as well, and it ended up hijacked by the Islamists. That’s the threat in Egypt today. The Brotherhood wants the institution of Sharia law.”
Budget expert Stan Cullender on the effect of continued TEA party involvement in politics: “The real fight here is between Republicans and Republicans, not Republicans and Democrats.”
Republican House Speaker John Boehner “Today it’s the Tea Party calling us to our senses.”
Jodi Miller: “Time Magazine’s Mark Halprin said, President Obama, “has a level of skill and sophistication that not one Republican can duplicate.’ Hey, Obama also has a level of high unemployment, budget deficits and vacation time that no Republican can duplicate.”
Jodi Miller: “Al Gore now says that all the recent snow storms do not disprove global warming. You’re right, Al, it’s the record low temperatures that disprove global warming.”
Andrew Breitbart, recounting a friend speaking to him awhile ago: “ ‘ACORN is protesting right now in front of the Fox television affiliate—right now!’ Right at the height of the ACORN scandal. ‘That’s the Fox affiliate; Fox News is about a block and a half away.’ I said, ‘What are they doing, protesting American Idol?’ ”
Rush Limbaugh: “You can’t win the future with poor judgment, a mountain of debt, an addiction to spending, and an administration staffed with amateurs and radical leftists. We’re not winning the future, folks. Slogans be damned.”
Rush: “If a true audit of the entire federal budget were ever done, there’d be a revolution in this country.”
Rush: “We are surrounded by people who want to tamp us down, and sadly, some of those people are now in positions of power in our own government — which is why there is a Tea Party made up of people who understand that the greatness of America is under assault.”
Rush Limbaugh: “If Egypt, my friends, has made anything clear, it’s that Obama has no idea what’s going to happen five minutes from now.”
A retired math teacher who spends most of his time exegeting the Old Testament and, once a week, puts out an ezeen.