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Memorable things they said

Issue: "New faces of New Orleans," Aug. 15, 2009

"I am not a saint. Everyone understands that."

Silvio Berlusconi, prime minister of Italy, on recordings of conversations he had with a prostitute that were made public. His wife had already filed for divorce because of Berlusconi's relationship with an 18-year-old model. Polls show Berlusconi's public support dropping.

"I love these members, they get up and say, 'Read the bill.' What good is reading the bill if it's a thousand pages and you don't have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?"

U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., on expectations that lawmakers would read bills before voting on them.

"I was ready for that question, but I don't think y'all were."

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Tim Tebow, quarterback for the national champion University of Florida, to reporters after he was asked if he were a virgin and quickly responded, "Yes, I am." As reporters fumbled through follow-up questions, the Heisman Trophy winner told them,"I think you're stunned."

"Fortunately, he has a sense of humor."

Cheryl Smith of Lynchburg, Va., on her husband Peter, who found a photo of Cheryl in an ad for an online dating company while he was browsing Facebook. The image had come from her Facebook profile, and the company had used it without her knowledge.

"I'm not going to sugarcoat it. The fact of the matter is, we don't have enough Afghan forces, and I'd like more."

Brig. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, commanding general of the Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan, on the number of Afghan soldiers helping the Marines in Afghanistan's Helmand region. He says 650 Afghan soldiers are allied with 4,000 U.S. Marines.

"He's changed his group of allies."

U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pa., on U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter no longer seeking earmarks for abstinence education in Pennsylvania. As a Republican, Specter regularly sought to have such earmarks added to education, labor, and health spending bills. Specter became a Democrat April 28, 2009.


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