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Issue: "One president, under God," Feb. 3, 2001

Forgotten but not gone.

Benjamin Bradlee, vice-president at-large of The Washington Post, on CNNÕs Larry King Live, commenting on the ÒembarrassingÓ spectacle of President Clinton parading himself before cameras on President BushÕs inauguration day.

I have found out up here that people donÕt realize when an election is over.

Sen. Zell Miller (D-Ga.), co-sponsor of President BushÕs $1.6 trillion tax cut proposal and the first Democrat to announce support for attorney general nominee John Ashcroft, on some of his partisan colleaguesÕ refusal to work with the new president.

He takes over a country, and this is the top ... of all the issues ... in our country?

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An incredulous Helen Thomas, veteran White HouseÐbased journalist, miffed that President Bush chose the first business day of his presidency to issue an executive order prohibiting international family planning organizations from using taxpayer money to support abortions overseas. Mr. BushÕs first Monday on the job coincided with the 28th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

HeÕs so self-absorbed.

Time magazineÕs Hugh Sidey, on the same Larry King Live program, after Mr. BradleeÕs observation about President ClintonÕs refusal to leave the stage.

Let them have their 15 minutes of fame, because the people watching television know what slime balls they are.

Larry Todd, Texas prison system spokesman, on the decision of negotiators to allow escaped prisoners Patrick Murphy Jr., convicted rapist, and Donald Newbury, convicted robber, to be interviewed by phone for 10 minutes in a live broadcast as part of a deal for the menÕs surrender. The men were among seven inmates who broke out of a maximum-security prison in Kenedy, Texas, on Dec. 13. Four others were arrested and a fifth killed himself as authorities closed in.


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