• “Being president is an ego trip. So you would have thought President Obama wouldn’t need to add to his bragging rights. But Mr. Obama’s N.C.A.A. men’s basketball bracket stands — for the moment, anyway — as one of the best out there....All of which proves one thing: Mr. Obama knows his hoops.”
  • “If you were a kid in the Northeast during the 1980s, as I was, there is something awesome — in the literal sense — about sitting across a desk from Mario Cuomo, even if he now misplaces names and occasionally grasps for the point of an anecdote that has fluttered just out of reach. He was, at that time, the anti-Reagan, a powerful and resonant voice of dissent in the age of Top Gun and Alex P. Keaton. Cuomo, Ted Kennedy and Jesse Jackson were the three titans of the day who seemed to possess the defiance needed to rescue liberalism from obsolescence.”
  • "Is raising taxes on the table?...Why shouldn’t the burden be equally shared? Why shouldn’t we put some of that burden on the wealthy and corporations?"
  • “Brit Hume’s dumbfounding admission: He was fed a buffet of daily talking points by an ultra-conservative media site and, quote, ‘we certainly made tremendous use of it.’...Brit Hume admits that for years he’s been reading daily talking points from a lunatic-fringe right-wing Web site....An admission at a D.C. dinner last night as startling as if he had confessed to making up the news out of whole cloth or reading it off a Ouija board: ‘I want to say a word, however, of thanks, to Brent [Bozell] and to the team at the Media Research Center and all the contributors for the tremendous amount of material that the Media Research Center provided me for so many years when I was anchoring Special Report. I don’t know what we would have done without them. It was a daily, sort of a buffet of material to work from, and we, we, we certainly made tremendous use of it.’”
  • Reporter Clarissa Ward: “This is the Obama workshop at the Kaplan English School in Japan. Every week, as many as 200 students attend....They learn the President’s speeches line by line, reciting them to their teacher, Makoto Ishiwata....Ishiwata has also used speeches by Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy for his classes, but he says his students are particularly inspired by the message of Mr. Obama....Ishiwata knows almost all of Mr. Obama’s speeches by heart, down to the cadence and hand gestures.”
    Makoto Ishiwata: “‘To win the war, secure the peace and earn the respect of the world.’ At the time when I first heard this, I almost cried.”
    Ward, clapping: “I just have to give you an applause there.”
  • Chris Matthews: “Do you think God belongs in American politics?...[Sarah Palin] knocks the McCain campaign because she didn’t have anybody in the campaign to pray with. That is an amazing public statement to me....I mean, this is a little bit theocratic, isn’t it? A little scary?...Is he [John McCain] the Anti-Christ? I mean what, she’s portraying him as some ungodly figure in which a campaign, a national campaign, where all the people surrounding her, and she couldn’t find anybody that shared her Christianity. Is that what she’s saying?”...
    Washington Post’s Lois Romano: “I think it’s bizarre and I think it’s judgmental....”
    David Corn, Mother Jones: “It was a mean and catty thing to say....I mean, I don’t see the point.”...
    Matthews: “Why does everything sound like the 700 Club with this party now? I mean, everything seems to be a religious discussion.”
  • Senator Richard Shelby: “We had a deficit, but nothing like this....This is scary. I believe we’ve reached the tipping point now....We’re looking at inflation and financial and economic destruction. We cannot go down this road.”
    Co-host Maggie Rodriguez: “But it looks like we are, and what good does it do the American people to point that out? Why not work with the President to try to reach a compromise?”
  • Boy #1: “Mr. Obama, please, like, make all the trees not die because we all need oxygen to breathe.”
    Girl #1: “When we were voting, lots and lots of people didn’t have very much money. So, you wanted to give some money to other people. And I thought it was a great idea.”...
    Boy #2: “Can you please lower our taxes? And how come people who earn millions of dollars pay less taxes than us middle-class people?”...
    Boy #3: about seven years old: “All this time, I’ve been alive, I’ve been having white presidents. And I think now, it’s- this is my chance to have a black president.”...
    Boy #4: My school needs more healthy food, like broccoli and cheese.
    Girl #2: I want you to make people stop littering because our Earth is dying.
  • “It was a giant love fest....When Barack Obama started to speak, I was right in the middle of the crowd. People were crying, they were laughing, they were cheering. Suddenly someone would just come up and hug you. It was just amazing. It was like you’re standing in the middle of these strangers, and all of a sudden you had a million friends around you. That’s what it felt like yesterday.”
  • CBS Now Urges Republicans to Be “More in the Middle...”
    “Don’t you think that right now is not — it behooves the Republicans to be a little bit more in the middle? I mean, what are — they’re not — their voices aren’t going to be heard anyway, as we saw with this economic stimulus plan....So doesn’t it behoove them to be more bipartisan and meet in the middle?” -- Co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez to conservative author Ann Coulter on CBS’s Early Show, January 29.

    But Scolded Democrats as “Too Close to the Middle” in 2002
    “Did you run too close to the middle? There’s grousing already in the Democratic Party that Democrats didn’t act like Democrats, they acted like watered-down Republicans.” -- Co-anchor Harry Smith to Democratic National Chairman Terry McAuliffe on CBS’s Early Show, November 6, 2002.