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Associated Press/Louis Lanzano


Memorable things they said

Issue: "The Obama era," Feb. 14, 2009

"That's what my story is-a Frank Capra movie."

Impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat, arguing that he's like the Capra heroes who fought corruption. 
"I'm not the first person this has happened to," he said. "All you've got to do is read the Bible."

"If it were me, I would have let me in."

William Ayers on being turned back at the Canadian border by border officials Jan. 18. Ayers, founder of the 1970s domestic terrorist group Weather Underground and now a professor of education at the University of Illinois-Chicago, was scheduled to speak at the University of Toronto.

"It might not be realistic, but a person who has been bitten by a snake is afraid every time he sees a rope."

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Hadi al-Ameri, leader of one of the largest Shiite parties in Iraq, on Iraq's "crisis of confidence" ahead of Jan. 31 elections: Growing centralization of power by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has brought security, but reminds Iraqis of Saddam Hussein.

"I love President George W. Bush."

The Dalai Lama, in a Jan. 17 speech at the Madhavrao Scindia Memorial. The Tibetan leader also said, "It is difficult to deal with terrorism through nonviolence."

"With fuel prices declining, government mandates that auto makers build highly fuel-efficient cars will be no more effective than combating obesity by forcing clothing manufacturers to make only small sizes."

Bob Lutz, vice chairman of GM, on efforts by Congress to push electric cars like the Chevrolet Volt. "It puts us in the industry in the position where we are at war with the customer," he said.

"Just enjoy it."

Nkem Chukwu, mother of octuplets born in December 1998 in Houston, on her advice to parents of octuplets born Jan. 26 in Bellflower, Calif.


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