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Memorable things they said

Issue: "Is Romney rolling?," May 19, 2007

"They were walking on my eardrums."

Nine-year-old Oregon boy Jesse Courtney after doctors found two spiders in his ear. Jesse's mother had taken him to doctors after Jesse kept hearing a noise "like Rice Krispies" in his ear.

"That first week [after] May 14, I wouldn't want to be a front-line postal employee for all the love or money in the world."

Linda Vestal, director of mail services at Park University in Parkville, Mo., on predicted problems this week as the U.S. Postal Service implements a new "shape-based" system that will base prices on package size and not only weight.

"There is no question this is revealing bias and prejudice."

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Gary A. Tobin, director of the Institute for Jewish and Community Research, on his group's finding that 53 percent of college and university faculty members have unfavorable feelings toward evangelical Christians. Mormons-at 33 percent-had the next highest unfavorable rating in the survey.

"There are going to be times when I get weary. There are going to be times when I make mistakes."

Presidential candidate Barack Obama, during a speech in which he stated, "In case you missed it this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died-an entire town destroyed." The tornado that destroyed Greensburg, Kan., killed 12.


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