"Unrest and terrorists acts as well as
insufficient preparations at the administrative, technical and political
necessitate the date be reconsidered."
(Petition signed by a dozen of Iraq's leading
political groups demanding a six-month postponement of the election
scheduled for Jan. 30: the government announced it would proceed as
"Imagine what American workers...are going to
say: 'Chinese workers living under communism are allowed to have unions
in Wal-Mart stores, but in America aren't?"
(Robin Munro, research director at the China Labour
Bulletin, a rights-monitoring group, after Wal-Mart announced it would
consider allowing unions in its 41 stores in china, something it has
refused to do in any other nation. Including US)
"He was pretty well addressed, had a wallet full
of money. All wanted to do was beat him up and rob him.... seemed like a
good idea at the time."
(Aaron McKinney, one of the two men who killed
Matthew Shepard in 1998, claiming on ABC news that he attacked the
college student for drug money, not because Shepard was gay)
"I don't think it's a failure; it is a success.
In this case, it was just something that worked better than other
(Donald Trump, real estate mogul, on his casino
empire's filing for bankruptcy for a second time)
"Some of you people have been illegal for a long
(Thomas Menino, Mayor of Boston said to a group of
native Americans in a ceremony at which he formally requested repeal of
the 1675 Indian Imprisonment Act, which authorized the arrest of any
Indian found within the city limits of Boston)
"Have you noticed on the Swan that after all
that plastic surgery, most of the women look like drag queens?"
(Clinton Kelly, host of TLC's what not wear, on
competing makeover show the Swan, on which contestants not only are told
what to wear but are also given a great deal of plastic surgery)
"Well, Britain gave its support, but I did not
see much in return. I am not sure it is in the nature of our American
friends at the moment to return favors systematically."
(Jacques Chirac, President of France on the war in
"As part of the pay grade around here, there are
lots of problems. You learn to develop a hide a little thicker than a
(Senator Arlen Specter, of Pennsylvania, on
resistance in Congress to his heading the Judiciary Committee because of
his pro-choice record)
"If you drive a Volvo and you do yoga, you are
pretty much a democrat. If you drive a Lincoln or a BMW and own a gun,
you're voting George Bush."
(Ken Mehlman, manager of Bush's re-election campaign,
characterizing the divide in the election)
"He was a natural, and he made it look easy. Oh,
how I hated him for that."
(George H. W. Bush, of Bill Clinton's political
skills, at the opening of Clinton's Presidential library in Arkansas)
"The events at last night's game were shocking,
repulsive and inexcusable."
(David Stern, NBA commissioner, describing the Nov.
19 brawl between the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons)
"People think because you make fuzzy cute little
cartoons that you are fuzzy and cute, and they try to take advantage of
(Michael Eisner, Disney CEO, testifying about
ex-president Michael Ovitz in a shareholders' suit to win back some of
Ovitz's $140 million severance package)
"People think they can all be pop stars,
high-court judges, brilliant TV personalities or infinitely more
competent heads of state without ever putting in the necessary work or
having natural ability."
(Prince Charles, describing an employee who has
charged the royal household with sex discrimination and unfair
"The objective of securing the safety of
Americans from crime and terror has been achieved."
(John Ashcroft, Attorney General, in his handwritten
letter of resignation to President George W. Bush)
"Don't answer yes to that question."
(Tony Blair, Prime Minister of Britain, after
president Bush was asked during a joint press conference at the White
House last week if he thought of Blair is his poodle)