Quotes of the week: March 24-30, 2012

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Rep. Bobby Rush wears a hoodie on the floor of the House of Representatives, March 29, 2012.

Monday, March 26, 2012

This is my last election ... After my election I have more flexibility.

— President Barack Obama caught on microphone, speaking candidly to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at a nuclear summit in Seoul, South Korea

Many parts of the world today are experiencing a time of particular economic difficulty, that not a few people regard as part of a profound spiritual and moral crisis which has left humanity devoid of values and defenceless before the ambition and selfishness of certain powers which take little account of the true good of individuals and families.

— Pope Benedict XVI giving his arrival address in Cuba

Despite the recent improvement, the job market remains far from normal. The number of people working and total hours worked are still significantly below pre-crisis peaks.

— Ben Bernanke giving his outlook for the labor market at the National Association for Business Economics spring conference in Arlington, Va.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

When the president is overseas, I think it’s appropriate that people not be critical of him or our country.

— House Speaker John Boehner after being asked by reporters if he agreed with Mitt Romney’s criticism of President Obama’s open-mic comment

Tweets by the Muslim Brothers have political goals. They belittle the symbols of the state and question the integrity of the judiciary … they want to stir the streets against us.

— Dubai police chief Dahi Khalfan in a lecture to lawyers

I am very happy that Syrian officials are managing the situation well ... I hope the situation in Syria improves day after day … By chanting false slogans of defending people's freedom, the Americans want to take control of Syria, Lebanon, Iran, and other countries and we should be aware and stand firm against their plots.

— Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during talks with Assad's special envoy, Faisal Meqdad, as reported by the official IRNA news agency

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

It isn't about eating broccoli, folks. There's no other economic commodity in the entire marketplace like health care. Like it or not, at some point in our lives, every single person will receive health care.

— Vice President Joe Biden dismissing Justice Antonin Scalia's argument that a mandate for health insurance would justify a mandate for broccoli

Cuba and the world need change, but this will occur only if each one is in a position to seek the truth and chooses the way of love, sowing reconciliation and fraternity.

Pope Benedict XVI speaking before 300,000 people in Havana's Revolution Square

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Mitt Romney is a man totally devoid of any commitment to any principle except his own advancement.

— Rep. Barney Frank in an interview with Martin Bashir on MSNBC

I think the most stupid decision that the Supreme Court ever made and one of the most damaging was to rule that corporations are people and that major corporations now can give unlimited supplies of money to candidates

— Former President Jimmy Carter on Laura Ingraham’s radio show

Look, this is the type of immature gimmickry we see coming from the other side that you know, does not have any place, especially on the House floor and really in the United States.

— Rep. Allen West on Laura Ingraham’s radio show, referring to Rep. Bobby Rush wearing a hoodie while speaking on the House floor on Wednesday

Friday, March 30, 2012

I mean it is a lynch mob. This isn’t how we try cases in this country. And you know, the last time you saw this sort of thing on a regular basis was of course again from the Democratic Party and the Democratic Party’s outgrowth, the KKK.

Anne Coulter comparing the anti-Zimmerman cause to the Ku Klux Klan

Partisans Quote of the Week

Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum.

— Rep. Bobby Rush speaking on the House floor Wednesday while taking off his coat to reveal a hoodie underneath

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