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Memorable things they said

Issue: "New breed of homeless," Feb. 28, 2009

"The American people really don't care."

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., in a speech on the Senate floor, about pork in the economic stimulus bill.

"I can't drive the paper to your home every day and maintain this business model."

David Hunke, publisher of the Detroit Free Press, on the decision to restrict home delivery of the newspaper to three days per week-Thursday, Friday, and Sunday.

"You want to know my philosophy? One day a peacock. The next day a feather duster."

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New Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, who last month succeeded disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

"Shock and uh"

Ethan Harris, co-head of United States economics research at Barclays Capital, on the Obama administration's plan to further prop U.S. banks announced by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Feb. 10.

"Vice President who?"

President Barack Obama, when asked during a Feb. 9 press conference to comment on Joe Biden's statement that "there's still a 30 percent chance we're going to get it wrong." When reporters started giggling, Obama added, "You know, I don't remember exactly what Joe was referring to, not surprisingly."

"GM is not a career anymore."

Retired autoworker Tom Suarto on his son losing his job at a GM factory next month. Suarto's family has worked for GM since 1912.

"He cleaned up really well, but still there were these little shreds of carrots that said, 'I was here.'"

Ruth Ades Laurent, on the death of her father, 75-year-old Joe Ades, famed for years of selling carrot peelers on the streets of New York ("Peeler Joe," WORLD, Dec. 13, 2008).


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