Archive: Verbatim
Panetta: Obama Has ‘Mixed Record’ On National Security

The president has made some tough decisions. But it’s been a mixed record, and the concern is, the president defining what America’s role in the world is in the 21st century hasn’t happened. Hopefully, he’ll do it and certainly, she would.

— Former CIA Director Leon Panetta, telling the New York Times that President Obama had a “mixed record” on making difficult national security decisions and suggested that Hillary Clinton would be better.

Vilsack Says He’s Not Presidential Material

I don’t have sizzle.

— Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, quoted by ABC News, when asked if he’d consider running for president again.

Bloomberg Expects Not to Have to Wait at Pearly Gates

I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.

— Michael Bloomberg, quoted by the New York Times.

Schlafly: If Women Earn More, They’ll Get Married Less

“While women prefer to HAVE a higher-earning partner, men generally prefer to BE the higher-earning partner in a relationship. This simple but profound difference between the sexes has powerful consequences for the so-called pay gap. Suppose the pay gap between men and women were magically eliminated. If that happened, simple arithmetic suggests that half of women would be unable to find what they regard as a suitable mate.

— Phyllis Schlafly, writing in the Christian Post, as reported by Wonk Wire.

Christie Favors Abolishing Campaign-Donation Limits

The idea you’re going to take money out of politics is just not going to happen. None of these laws change that. So let’s just have transparency to it.

— New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), voicing support “for an end to campaign-finance limits, which he said have led to a system that has obscured the sources — but not stemmed the rise — of money in politics,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

New Campaign Ad Hits Boehner Hard

If you have a Boehner lasting more than 23 years, seek immediate medical attention.

— A new ad from J.D. Winteregg (R), who is challenging Speaker John Boehner in next month’s Ohio congressional primary.

Dealing with Inouye’s Dying Wish

I received that letter, ostensibly coming from Sen. Ino­uye himself, a half an hour before he died in Washington, D.C. Literally. Whether or not this could be construed as Sen. Ino­uye’s dying wish — let me put it this way — is problematic.

— Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D), quoted by the Los Angeles Times, on whether a letter requesting that he appoint Rep. Colleen Hana­busa (D) to the Senate was authentic.

Huckabee Thinks North Koreans are Freer Than He Is

I’m beginning to think there’s more freedom in North Korea sometimes than there is in the United States.

— Mike Huckabee, quoted by TPM.

G.W. Bush Makes LBJ Joke

You know, I’m impressed by the new renovations at the library. I want to thank you for showing them to me. Former presidents compare their libraries the way other men may compare their, well… Just wondering how LBJ would’ve handled that.

— George W. Bush, quoted by First Read, at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library.

What Sibelius Would Take Away

If I could take something along with me, it would be all the animosity.

— Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, quoted by the New York Times, on her resignation.