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Memorable things they said

Issue: "Obama," Nov. 15, 2008

"Let there be no reason now for any American to fail to 
cherish their citizenship in this, the greatest nation on Earth."

Arizona Senator John McCain congratulating Barack Obama on becoming the first African-American elected to the presidency of the United States.

"The earthquake destroyed our houses, but now the government's slow response is killing us."

Ziarat, Pakistan, resident Moosa Kaleem, after spending two sub-zero nights outdoors in the aftermath of an Oct. 29 earthquake that left thousands homeless.

"un-Islamic and inhuman"

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Chants from hundreds of Afghan Protesters, who turned out in Afghanistan after Taliban militants in Kandahar hijacked a bus and killed 27 passengers. When the bodies were retrieved, some had been beheaded.

"We have been guided by a Republican administration who believes in the simplistic notion that the people who have wealth are entitled to keep it."

Democratic congressman Jim Moran, in a campaign speech criticizing the GOP's "antipathy to the means of redistributing the wealth."

"You can be joyous. You cannot be a jackass."

Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter, advising city residents on celebrations after the Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series, their first in 28 years, on Oct. 29.


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