• “You know what they say: Never negotiate with terrorists. It only encourages them. These last few months, much of the country has watched in horror as the Tea Party Republicans have waged jihad on the American people....For now, the Tea Party Republicans can put aside their suicide vests. But rest assured: They’ll have them on again soon enough.”
  • Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson: “Politically, I think the White House believes this is a winner for them, to go for the big deal, to be seen going for the big deal and-”
    Moderator David Gregory: “-the debt slayer. The President as debt slayer.”
    Robinson: “Exactly.”
  • Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform: “Our friend, President Obama, has said he won’t try and solve the problem he created with his spending unless people give him more money.”
    Host Ali Velshi: “Oh, wait, wait, wait, wait a minute. ‘He created with his spending?’ You didn’t just suggest that our budget problem is because of President Obama, did you, Grover?...Are we in this debt situation because of the Obama administration, Grover?”
    Norquist: “Yes.”
    Velshi: “Okay, we’re going to pass by that question, because that’s an unreasonable position.”
  • Anderson Cooper: “Do you think he [Anthony Weiner] should resign?”
    Bill Maher: “At this point, yes. Not because I think he did anything so incredibly awful. I mean, Dick Cheney used to go out and shoot birds by the hundreds that were, like, in a cage. To me, that’s a lot more psychotic than anything Anthony Weiner ever did.”
  • "President Lyndon Johnson was from Texas and he was never actually elected Commander in Chief. As we all know, he was JFK’s Vice President, sworn-in as President aboard Air Force One after Kennedy was shot in Dallas. Johnson decided not to run for re-election in ’68 as the Vietnam War brought his popularity to an all-time low."
  • "If he [Anthony Weiner] stays, they [Democrats] never get the leadership back. They never get the Speakership back, because the people in the rural areas of this country who are Christian conservative culturally — you can say backward if you want — but they don’t like this kind of stuff at all."
  • “Ms. Abramson said that as a born-and-raised New Yorker, she considered being named editor of the Times to be like ‘ascending to Valhalla.’ ‘In my house growing up, the Times substituted for religion,’ she said. ‘If the Times said it, it was the absolute truth.’”
  • Co-host Joy Behar: “But, Barbara, couldn’t he be fully clothed almost and then they photocopy it and put it like that?”
    Co-host Barbara Walters: “Somebody has to go to a lot of effort to get you in trouble.”
    Behar: “Well, somebody is out to get him, apparently, ‘cause they don’t like his politics.”
  • “So when does SEAL Unit 6, or whatever it’s called, drop in on George Bush? Bush was responsible for a lot more death, innocent death, than bin Laden. Wasn’t he, or am I wrong here?”
  • “Professor Obama turned into General Obama and ran this incredible, incredible raid. That took a lot of guts, the kind of thing you do see in a Hollywood movie.”