Quote(s) of the Week (June 16, 1996)...

On Administrative Priorities ...

"In fact, at the time the White House requested the files on previous administrations' appointees -- one full year into the Clinton administration -- more than 100 Clinton staffers, including then Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers, still had not been investigated by the FBI for passes or clearances."

    --Gary W. Aldrich, an investigative writer, who retired from the FBI 
      in June 1995.  Wall Street Journal, June 13, 1996.  Received from 
      The Other Side News, June 14, 1996.  The full article is worth reading.

On Words from the Wise ...

"There are two kinds of people, those who do the work, and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there."

    --Indira Gandhi.

On Which One Doesn't Have a Vision ...

"I can't tell you how glad I am to be able to make this speech before President Clinton got a copy of it and delivered it himself."

    --Bob Dole, in a speech in Michigan, June 3, 1996.

From the Mouths of Babes ...

"I don't think it's about anybody else. It's all about yourself. If you want to do it, you'll do it, basically. That's what it was with me. You know, I had help --I had people helping me along the way, but it's all from you. If you want to change, if you want to stay off the drugs, if you want to do what you want to do, you're going to do it."

    --A 13-year old student named Stanley, responding to President Clinton 
      in a discussion group about youth violence at the University of Nevada.  
      Clinton asked a very leading series of questions to the student, ending
      with "Is there any one thing you could tell me that you think that we 
      ought to be working on, that would make the biggest difference to the 
      largest number of young people your age?"  Received from C-NEWS on 
      June 11, 1996.

On the Latest Winner of the Tort Lottery ...

"A jury (in Alabama, I believe) gives a man that crashed his Chevy Blazer and was tossed through the window during the crash a $150 million judgment against GM because the door latches don't stay properly locked during crashes. The facts that the man had been drinking, fell asleep at the wheel, and had failed to fasten his seatbelt were not deemed to be of sufficient importance to kick the drunk out of court on his backside or convict him for DWI."

    --Rush Limbaugh on his radio show June 4, 1996.  Received from C-NEWS
      June 8, 1996.

On a Good Guess ...

Hedgecock: "No one knows what will happen as a result of ozone depletion, the greenhouse effect and other environmental problems that cannot be foreseen. And, as nuclear proliferation has shown, new technology cannot be kept out of the hands of dictators and irresponsible Third World leaders."

Hedgecock: "Bob Filner, who said that?"

Filner: "Sounds like my vice president"

Hedgecock: "Actually, it's the Unabomber."

    --Roger Hedgecock, on his San Diego radio talk show, reading excerpts from 
      the Unabomber's manifesto and Vice President Al Gore's book, "Earth in the 
      Balance", and asking listeners to choose which the excerpt came from.  
      Democratic Congressional Representative Bob Filner was a "surprise contestant".
      The American Spectator recently reported that Mr. Gore's book was found 
      in the cabin of Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski.  Washington Times, 
      June 13, 1996.  Page A5.

On Saying Anything to Feel Our Pain ...

"In our country during the '50s and 60s, black churches were burned to intimidate civil rights workers. I have vivid and painful memories of black churches being burned in my own state when I was a child."

    --President Clinton, during his Saturday, June 8, 1996 radio address to the 
      nation.  Clinton changed his story as historians quickly pointed out that 
      there are no black church burnings on record in Arkansas. Washington Times, 
      June 10, 1996.  Page A10.

On Defining Vivid and Painful ...

"Name one black church which has been burned in the state of Arkansas or else apologize for the shame which you continue to bring to your native state."

    --Jim Johnson, a retired state Supreme Court justice, in a letter sent to 
      Mr. Clinton on June 9, 1996.  Washington Times, June 10, 1996.  Page A10.

On Hope for the Future ...

"I predict you will see the largest turnout of religious conservative voters in the modern political era. I think this Congress will be re-elected. And I think that when that happens, it will become apparent that the great era of liberalism is over, that a new age of conservative dominance has dawned, and that religious conservatives will be at the center of it."

    --Ralph Reed, executive director of the Christian Coalition.  Washington Times, 
      June 6, 1996.  Page A5.

On the "Most Ethical White House in History" ...

"The White House has repeatedly refused to give this committee all of the facts, and we still need to learn more information. And these are the people who accused Billy Dale of mismanagement and shoddy record keeping?"

    --Rep. William F. Clinger Jr., chairman of a House committee investigating the 
      May 1993 Travelgate scandal, in response to the administration calling its 
      requests for secret FBI background files on 338+ Bush and Reagan administration 
      officials, a "bureaucratic mistake".  The administration held onto the records, 
      including those of James A. Baker III, James S. Brady, Billy Dale, and Marlin 
      Fitzwater, for over two years.  Washington Times, June 8, 1996.  Front Page.

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