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Memorable things they said

Issue: "Our long war," March 8, 2008

"Holy buckets! Michelle Obama and I are playing phone tag."

Democratic super delegate Audra Ostergard of Nebraska on being courted by presidential campaigns.

"I think that's rather rude."

Soul singer Sam Moore on the Barack Obama campaign using his song "Hold On, I'm Comin'" at campaign rallies without asking him for permission. He says he hasn't endorsed any candidate yet, and the Obama campaign said it would stop using the song.

"Whenever a Turkish soldier revs the engine of the tank, I feel that we will die."

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Twenty-year-old Kurdish woman named Hawzan, speaking to the Associated Press, on the proximity of civilians to Turkish military operations against Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq.

"Demand a recount."

William F. Buckley Jr., running for mayor of New York City in 1965, when asked what he would do if he won. The conservative leader died last week at age 82.

"A puppet show whose purpose is to lend legitimacy to a despicable regime."

Critic Terry Teachout, in the online opinion pages of The Wall Street Journal, on the New York Philharmonic's Feb. 26 performance in Pyongyang, the first by a major American orchestra in Communist North Korea.

"Only price creates incentive to produce as much as possible."

Demere Demissie, general manager of a farming co-op in the Ethiopian village of Mojo, on this month's opening of the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange. It will include a network of 20 exchange warehouses where producers can store grain and will connect farmers in the once famine-ridden country to national and international markets.


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