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

Monday, April 30, 2007

Quotes of the Morning: Heck of a Thing to Happen

“Deputy Secretary of State Randall L. Tobias submitted his resignation Friday, one day after confirming to ABC News that he had been a customer of a Washington, D.C. escort service whose owner has been charged by federal prosecutors with running a prostitution operation. Tobias, 65, director of U.S. Foreign Assistance and administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), had previously served as the ambassador for the President's Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief.
A State Department press release late Friday afternoon said only he was leaving for ‘personal reasons.’
On Thursday, Tobias told ABC News he had several times called the ‘Pamela Martin and Associates’ escort service ‘to have gals come over to the condo to give me a massage.’ Tobias, who is married, said there had been ‘no sex,’ and that recently he had been using another service ‘with Central Americans’ to provide massages.”
-ABC News, April 27, 2007

“Ok.. The main reason I love this one is just because his name is Randy Tobias. It reminds me of ‘Arrested Development’, which was one of my favorite shows a while back. Still, like the man said, there was no sex, so I’m not really sure why this is such a big deal. Everyone loved this guy. Even the CWA (a far-right women’s organization which likes to fight hate-crimes legislation) liked him. I mean, listen to what they said…”

“Concerned Women for America (CWA), the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, praised the Bush administration for its swift efforts to begin staffing the Global AIDS Initiative, beginning with a highly qualified manager, Randy Tobias, former Eli Lilly CEO, as the first director.
‘The American people have quickly joined in support of the President’s initiative to bring hope and healing to the people of Africa,’ said Michael Schwartz, CWA’s Vice President for Government Relations. ‘The President articulated a clear, bold vision in his State of the Union address to completely overhaul the U.S. approach to the AIDS epidemic in Africa. The plan has garnered broad support because it rejects the failed, condom-based methods of the past.
‘The ‘San Francisco’ model hasn’t worked here, and our President refuses to send a proven failure to the people of Africa and the Caribbean. His compassion requires real solutions for this crisis, and he is offering true hope through the ‘Uganda model’ known by the abbreviation ‘ABC’ – A, remaining abstinent, B, being faithful to one uninfected person, and C, condoms for high-risk populations such as prostitutes. Uganda is the only country in the world to significantly lower HIV/AIDS rates, from 21 percent to 6 percent since 1991.
‘CWA applauds the Mr. Tobias for sharing the philosophies of this President and accepting the nomination to carry out this historic initiative to implement the Ugandan model. Mr. Tobias has an impressive background in business. This new position presents a new challenge in a new field of endeavor in a new location. We are confident that, sharing the President’s vision, he will bring his talents to bear in addressing the AIDS crisis in Africa. CWA looks forward to working with Mr. Tobias, as it has with the administration in passing the AIDS initiative, and to sharing the knowledge and experience of our experts on abstinence, AIDS and other significant family issues.”
-Concerned Women of America, July 7, 2003

“See? I’m sure that Tobias was faithful, because the man’s entire job was pushing the ABC model in Africa. He couldn’t possibly have forgotten that stuff. A: Remain abstinent. B: Be faithful. C: Vote Conservative. I’m sure that with this little misunderstanding out of the way the Administration will have some nice things to say about him in parting.”

“Within minutes of McCormack's announcement, Tobias's biography was removed from the USAID Web site.

State Department officials declined to comment further on the reasons for Tobias's resignation.
‘I'm sad today,’ said one person close to Tobias. ‘The president loves him and Condi absolutely loves him.’”
-Washington Post, April 28, 2007

“Huh.. They’ve been so vocal in supporting him previously.”

“Ambassador Randy Tobias, who is the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, and has done a heck of a job.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, December 1, 2005

“I’m sorry.. I didn’t realize that Fearless Leader had given him the kiss of death. Had I known that I wouldn’t have been so surprised.”

“I'm proud to be traveling with the Speaker, Denny Hastert. He's a good, solid American. And he's doing a heck of a job as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, January 6, 2006

“It's good to be in old Tom Ridge's home town. He's a good friend, he's a good man, and he's doing a heck of a good job in reorganizing the Department of Homeland Security.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, September 4, 2005

“And of course.. the classic..”

“Brownie, you're doin' a heck of a job.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, September 2, 2005


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