"This is something that I think every president needs to go through, because the responsibilities of this office are so enormous and so many people are depending on what we do and in the rush of activity sometimes we lose track of the ways that we connected with folks that got us here in the first place. Now I'm not recommending for every future president that they take a shellacking like I did last night - I'm sure there are easier ways to learn these lessons."- President Obama, in a press conference following the 2010 midterm elections.
In an interview with The Hill, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs slammed what he described as the "professional left."
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"I hear these people saying he's like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested," Gibbs said. "I mean, it's crazy. They will be satisfied when we have Canadian healthcare and we've eliminated the Pentagon. That's not reality."
JOE BARTON TO BP: "I'M SORRY"
"I apologize. I do not want to live in a country where any time a citizen or a corporation does something that is legitimately wrong is subject to some sort of political pressure that is -- again, in my words, amounts to a shakedown. So I apologize." - Joe Barton to former BP CEO Tony Hayward, regarding a deal in which the oil company agreed to put $20 billion toward repairing damages resulting from the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. (Or, as Barton memorably called it, a "$20 billion slush fund.")
GENERAL STANLEY MCCHRYSTAL ON VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN
"Are you asking about Vice President Biden? Who's that?" - Gen. Stanley McChrystal, in an expose in Rolling Stone magazine, mocking the Vice President. Gen. McChrystal resigned shortly after the piece's publication.
"We can't wait until 2012 to get our country on the right track. We need to start now by electing strong leaders who aren't afraid to shake it up, to rein in the federal government. It's time for no more business as usual... It's time to take our country back." - Sarah Palin, invoking a favorite conservative phrase at the 2010 Reagan Day Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa.
FRANK CAPRIO ON NOT BEING ENDORSED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA
"He can take his endorsement and really shove it as far as I'm concerned." - Rhode Island Democratic gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio, on being snubbed by President Obama for an endorsement in the days leading up to the 2010 midterm elections.