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Issue: "Bush: 'We will not fail'," Oct. 20, 2001

I think it's great for Michael. For myself, when I think about doing it, my toes hurt.

Former NBA star Clyde Drexler, 39, on Michael Jordan's comeback.

We're journalists and responsible citizens, and we don't want to endanger this country.

NBC News president Neal Shapiro, on a request by national security adviser Condoleezza Rice that the networks show restraint in airing videotaped messages from Osama bin Laden and other terrorists. White House officials worried that Mr. bin Laden's videotaped response to U.S. air strikes may have included coded instructions to his followers.
"Everybody was comfortable with it," Mr. Shapiro said of the networks' response to the request.

This is our calling. This is the calling of the United States of America.

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President George W. Bush, on the United States' war against terrorism.

When they get off the planes they're all wearing huge smiles. There's a lot of backslapping going on. They're very proud to be a part of this.

U.S. Air Force Col. Bob Allardice, in USA Today, on the Air Force pilots who are taking part in the food-drop program over Afghanistan. Col. Allardice, commander of the 437th Airlift Wing, is in charge of the program.

It makes me feel good as a liberal, but I'm not sure it does a lot for our future.

U.S. Rep. James Moran (D-Va.), on the election of U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to the post of House minority whip, the second-ranking leadership position among House Democrats. The victory made Ms. Pelosi the highest-ranking woman ever in Congress, but some Democrats worried that her reputation as an extreme liberal would hurt the party.

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