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Memorable things they said

Issue: "Homegrown terror," Dec. 5, 2009

"Who knows, man, who really knows?"

Ed Pound, director of communications for the White House stimulus website Recovery.gov, on why reports show that hundreds of nonexistent congressional districts, such as Ohio's 00th and Tennessee's 47th (the state has nine districts), received stimulus funds.

"The best gift I could give my son."

U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, on staying in Washington to vote against the House healthcare overhaul instead of attending his son's Nov. 7 wedding in Iowa. Said King: "I couldn't live with myself if the bill passed by just one vote, and I wasn't present."

"Last year they did chocolates, and it didn't generate anything."

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Susie Shepherd, principal at Rosewood Middle School in Goldsboro, N.C., on why the school had a fundraising campaign this year that offered students 20 test points for a $20 donation. After the fundraiser gained public attention, school administrators returned all donations and Shepherd announced her retirement.

"This would make us the No. 1 target on the terrorist list. All of a sudden, we're the bull's-eye. How are we supposed to feel?"

Shirley Dippel, of Thomson, Ill., on concerns about a proposal to bring detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the local state prison.

"We'll be looking into the Cub Scout or Boy Scout who did the trails."

Nick Balzano, president of the Allentown, Pa., chapter of the Service Employees International Union, threatening legal action against the city for allowing a Boy Scout to clean up a local park to earn a merit badge. Balzano said the city should have paid recently laid-off city workers to do the job: "There's to be no volunteers."

"I look forward to seeing you all decked out in flowered shirts and grass skirts."

President Barack Obama, announcing that Hawaii will host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in 2011. President Clinton began the tradition of having members wear matching outfits selected by the host nation.

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