• MSNBC’s Chris Matthews: “Two or three hours from now, we’ll have a brand new President. He will really be the President. Bush will not be President....It’s going to be like the Romanovs, too, and I mean that. There’s a sense here that they are fallen from grace, that they’re not popular, that the whole family will now go into retreat. You have a sense that the former President Bush already “
    Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson: “[It won’t] happen exactly like the Romanovs “
    Matthews: “It’s not like the Romanovs in the end, but there’s a sense of retreat here.”
  • “I have never seen so many teeth in my life. Everybody is smiling....It’s radiant, the happiness....It sure as hell helps to be on MSNBC, let’s talk straight here. This is the network that has opened its heart to change — to change and its possibilities. Let’s be honest about it. These — these people [the crowds at the Inaugural] watch this network out here....This is the network of the 21st century, MSNBC....We’re not crotchety about change — stuffy.”
  • "A new day is dawning here in the nation’s capital on the eve of the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States...Does it get any better, or more beautiful, or more spectacular, than this?"
  • "Look, I got two daughters - 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby."
  • "There is no such thing as other people's children"
  • "A zebra doesn't change its spots."
  • "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."
  • "Bin Laden didn't come from the abstract. He came from somewhere, and if you look where ... you'll see America's hand of villainy."
  • "I did not support Operation Desert Fox."
  • "A nation that continues, year after year, to spend more money on defense than social programs is nearing spiritual death,"