Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "Upside down," April 9, 2011

"Two decades from now, I'm willing to take a look at it, but I'm not willing to take a look at it right now."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on any changes to Social Security.

"NPR is radio by and for liberal Democrats."

Juan Williams, former senior national correspondent for NPR, endorsing GOP efforts to end government funding of the public broadcaster after a fundraising letter derided conservative talk show hosts. With it and other attacks on conservatives, Williams said, "NPR's troubled management team has turned its fundraising efforts into a weapon to be used against its essential product-top quality, balanced reporting."

"Any elections likely to take place will be on the order of one man, one vote, one time."

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Conservative activist David Horowitz on likelihood of Islamic extremists taking advantage of democracy movements to gain power in places like Egypt and Libya.

"You feel empty when you know that it's almost over."

New York Times reporters Anthony Shadid, Lynsey Addario, Stephen Farrell, and Tyler Hicks, in a story for the Times, on being captured by Libyan soldiers and hearing an order that they be shot. The four were kidnapped on March 15 but released six days later following intervention from a Turkish diplomat.

"The president and I, we're focused on literally-it sounds like a trite phrase-but literally winning the future."

Vice President Joe Biden at a March 23 fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.

"It will not be possible to refrain from launching an operation."

Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai on a likely renewal of anti-terrorism efforts after a March 23 bombing near a crowded Jerusalem bus stop killed at least one Israeli and wounded at least 25.


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