The Week in Notable Quotes

The Week in Notable Quotes

President Obama, lawmakers, a former president and a Supreme Court justice weigh in on various issues.

Published July 1, 2011

“What sense does it make to forbid selling to a 13-year-old boy a magazine with an image of a nude woman, while protecting a sale to that 13-year-old of an interactive video game in which he actively, but virtually, binds and gags the woman, then tortures and kills her? What kind of First Amendment would permit the government to protect children by restricting sales of that extremely violent video game only when the woman -- bound, gagged, tortured, and killed -- is also topless?”

--Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer after the court ruled that states cannot ban the sale or rental of violent video games to children.


“They want to see two girls come together and have a mud-wrestling fight and I am not going to give that to them.”

--Presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) on the alleged rivalry between her and Sarah Palin being fueled up by the media.


“He fears me. He sees me as a serious substantive competitor. I think he sees that I have a very clear path to victory for the nomination. And I think that he wants to do whatever he can to diminish me because he thinks he will have to see me in the debates.”

--Rep. Michele Bachmann on how President Obama feels about her White House bid.


“That's politics, Mrs. Bachmann wants to run for president. That's pretty much boilerplate language for all the Republicans right now. I think everybody, certainly in the African-American community, the Latino community and across the county, understands that we've had to dig ourselves out of a hole that was created by their polices.”

--President Barack Obama responding to Republican charges that he has failed minority communities.


“The ones I like are the ones you think are more moderate. Because I think they’re a little more connected to the real world; I think they’d be formidable. But I’m afraid if I say anything nice about them, they’ll lose for sure.”

--Former President Bill Clinton weighing in on the Republican presidential field.


“We need to start asking ourselves an uncomfortable question. Are Republicans slowing down the recovery on purpose for political gain in 2012? …It’s ideologically tidy and it undermines economic recovery, which they think only helps them in 2012. If the public comes to believe that Republicans are deliberately sabotaging the economy, it will backfire politically.”

--Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York), suggesting that the GOP’s stand on the budget is part of a ploy to make Obama a one-term president.


Written by Joyce Jones


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