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Four Color Politics

Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: Dick and Dubya

"When he says he's going to hurt the American people again, or try to, he means it. I take it seriously, and the people of NSA take it seriously."
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, January 25, 2006

“You know, if you’d taken it seriously back on August 6, 2001, back when you received the Presidential Daily Briefing that said ‘Bin Ladin determined to strike in US’ then this might not have been such a big deal. Odd that you didn’t care about him then, but started caring after 9/11. It didn’t last long though.”

“I truly am not that concerned about him [Bin Laden].”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, March 12, 2002

“The phrase ‘out of sight, out of mind’ comes to mind. If Osama isn’t in the news then Bush really doesn’t care. No, Bush is too busy trying to consolidate Presidential power to care much about ‘we the people’. At least our last President who truly abused presidential power was up front about it.”

“Well, when the president does it that means that it is not illegal.”
-Richard M. Nixon, interview with David Frost, May 19, 1977

“Actually Nixon sounds an awful lot like Dubya much of the time.”

“If the president, for example, approves something because of the national security, or in this case because of a threat to internal peace and order of significant magnitude, then the president's decision in that instance is one that enables those who carry it out, to carry it out without violating a law. Otherwise they're in an impossible position.”
-Richard M. Nixon, interview with David Frost, May 19, 1977

“There's nothing specific that the Constitution contemplates in that respect. I haven't read every word, every jot and every title, but I do know this: That it has been, however, argued that as far as a president is concerned, that in war time, a president does have certain extraordinary powers which would make acts that would otherwise be unlawful, lawful if undertaken for the purpose of preserving the nation and the Constitution, which is essential for the rights we're all talking about.”
-Richard M. Nixon, interview with David Frost, May 19, 1977

“And, as we know, that Presidency didn’t work out so well..”

“I have earned every cent. And in all of my years of public life I have never obstructed justice. People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook. I've earned everything I've got."
-Richard M. Nixon, November 18, 1973

“The public didn’t buy it then because the media actually followed the story. We can’t tell if they’ll follow it this time yet, but the conclusion, in a country operated under the rule of law, should be the same.”

“On Saturday, July 27, the House Judiciary Committee approved its first article of impeachment charging President Nixon with obstruction of justice. Six of the Committee's 17 Republicans joined all 21 Democrats in voting for the article. The following Monday the Committee approved its second article charging Nixon with abuse of power. The next day, the third and final article, contempt of Congress, was approved.”


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