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Memorable things they said

Issue: "When the base cracks," July 21, 2007

"If I could only have one [thing] at this point in Iraq, it would be more time."

Gen. David Petraeus, commander of coalition forces in Iraq, on the military operation he leads. "It's a test of wills," he said, "demanding patience, determination, and stamina from all involved."

"I don't want to try to get into gastrointestinal descriptions."

White House press secretary Tony Snow on whether President Bush shares Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff's "gut feeling" that the United States faces an increased risk of a terrorist attack this summer.

"To watch him play is like watching an artist."

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Former tennis great Bjorn Borg on 25-year-old star Roger Federer, who last week matched Borg's record of five consecutive Wimbledon titles. "I believe if he can stay the way he is, can stay away from injuries, stay motivated, I think he will be the greatest player ever to play the game," Borg added.

"Live Earth is officially the largest global entertainment event in history."

Al Gore on the rock concert meant to raise global warming awareness. Nielsen reports that NBC's three-hour broadcast of Live Earth highlights on July 7 averaged only 2.7 million viewers, placing it behind America's Funniest Home Videos and putting NBC last among the four major networks for that time period.

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