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Memorable things they said

Issue: "Ghost streets," Feb. 27, 2010

"There is no reason to go out anywhere."

Washington, D.C., mayor ADRIAN M. FENTY after the nation's capital received its fourth snowstorm in 10 days. By Feb. 11 the district had received 54.9 inches of snow, breaking its all-time record for snowfall set in 1898-99.

"There are about 200 million non-churched people in America, making America one of the four largest 'unchurched' nations in the world."

Author and pastor JOHN PIPER, in a Jan. 31 sermon titled "I will build My church."

"The Middle East is obviously an issue that has plagued the region for centuries."

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President Barack Obama, responding to a question at a town hall meeting in Tampa.

"Miss me yet?"

A billboard along I-35 near Wyoming, Minn., featuring former President George W. Bush.

"I am a big fan of the president. But even if you are a big fan, when you are the piñata at the party, it doesn't really feel good."

Democrat Thomas R. Nides, who chairs the Securities and Financial Markets Association. Wall Street anger over Obama's verbal lashings and increased federal oversight of the finance industry have leaders questioning the $89 million in 2008 donations by investment giants to Democrats.

"I named my daughter Willow. Isn't that granola enough for them?"

Former Alaska Gov. SARAH PALIN speaking at a logging conference in Redding, Calif., defending her record as a conservationist and criticizing California's over-regulation of the environment.

"I would like to know their names personally, so I could call them up and go 'Ppppttthhh!' into their phones."

Real-life mother LEIGH ANNE TUOHY, on 20th Century-Fox's refusal to produce The Blind Side because her family's story "was too good to be true." The film was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar Feb. 2.


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