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The Year in Quotes

Compiled by Larry Engleman

Too many good docs are getting out of business. Too many OB/GYN's are not able to practice their love with women all across this country.
President George W. Bush on the campaign trail complaining about patients suing their physicians. (Clip shown on The Tonight Show, Sept. 7, 2004, appeared in the San Antonio Express News, Sept. 12, 2004, and the Los Angeles Times, Sept. 7, 2004)

I even take the position that sexual orgies eliminate social tensions and ought to be encouraged.
Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court justice, talking about sex. (U.S. News & World Report, Oct. 11, 2004)

In America when a man puts something in another man, it had better be a bullet.
Bill Maher on the attitude of those in opposition to gay marriage. (HBO Real Time with Bill Maher, March 8, 2004)

It was very uncomfortable up there on the cross.
Jim Caviezel on starring as Jesus in Mel Gibson's Passion. (Us, Jan. 12, 2004)

You've done a nice job decorating the White House.
Jessica Simpson, after being introduced to Interior Secretary Gale Norton. (Rolling Stone, April 15, 2004)

Nothing screams rock star like a Toyota Prius.
Sheryl Crow, on driving the hybrid vehicle at an Earth to L.A.! benefit. (People, May 31, 2004)

The NEA is a terrorist organization.
Education Secretary Rod Paige describing the 2.7 million-member National Education Association, the nation's largest teachers union. (Associated Press, Feb. 24, 2004)

Some people are walking around with full use of their bodies and they're more paralyzed than i am.
Christopher Reeve, 51. (Esquire, January 2004)

I don't really want a lot of advice from him, and I know he doesn't really want a lot of advice from me.
Laura Bush on her husband. (U.S. News & World Report, Jan. 12, 2004)

I changed my mind. I want to go back to acting. ladies and gentlemen, that is not the truth at all.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, opening his State of the State address. (Newsweek, Jan. 19, 2004)

Well, you know, I'm electable if you vote for me.
Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, after a panelist in a Des Moines, Iowa, debate told him that many Democrats don't think he's electable. (Newsweek, Jan. 19, 2004)

If sex is such a natural phenomenon, how come there are so many books on how to do it?
Bette Midler (Reader's Digest, February 2004)

A new report by the Bush Administration forecasts American business will create 2.6 million jobs this year. Unfortunately, they will all be in India.
Comedy writer Rob Bates (Newsday, Feb. 19, 2004)

Really, my goal was just to do a Hercules movie. I never thought I would go as far with my career.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, governor of California. (San Jose Mercury News, March 11, 2004)

These guys are the most crooked, you know, lying group I've ever seen. it's scary.
Sen. John Kerry, in open-mic remarks about Republicans. (U.S. News & World Report, March 22, 2004)

I want an empire like Oprah's. I may do it with a little more cleavage, but I plan to get there.
Tyra Banks (Us, March 29, 2004)

I'm a terrible planner.
Condoleezza Rice, national security adviser. (U.S. News & World Report, April 12, 2004)

It's hard to reconcile this with the 'land of the free and the home of the brave.'
Howard Stern, after Clear Channel Communications dropped his show in response to a threatened FCC fine. (U.S. News & World Report, April 19, 2004)

I'm still trying to write a decent song. I'll get there.
Paul McCartney, former Beatle, on why he hasn't considered retiring. (Time, April 26, 2004)

As I was telling my husb—. as I was telling President Bush.
National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, stopping abruptly in midsentence and correcting herself at a party hosted by the New York Times D.C. bureau chief and his wife. (New York, April 26, 2004)

Well, I expressed myself rather forcefully, felt better after I had done it.
Vice President Dick Cheney, in an interview with Fox News reporter Neil Cavuto, on an exchange with Sen. Patrick Leahy on the Senate floor in which he used the F word. (Newsweek, July 5, 2004).

I never learned how [to surf]. I don't want to. I am afraid I would get hurt. I haven't been to the beach in a decade.
Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. (New York Times Magazine, July 4, 2004)

We have no credible evidence that Iraq and Al Qaeda cooperated on attacks against the United States.
Preliminary Report of the commission investigating 9/11. (Time, June 28, 2004)

The reason I keep insisting that there was a relationship between Iraq and Saddam and Al Qaeda [is] because there was a relationship between Iraq and Al Qaeda.
President George Bush responding to the commission's report at a press conference. (Time, June 28, 2004)

I'm now in favor of Bush's tax cuts.
Reigning champ Ken Jennings, when Alex Trebek asked what had changed since he started winning on Jeopardy! (Entertainment Weekly, July 16, 2004)

You'd be amazed at the number of people who want to introduce themselves to you in the men's room.
John Kerry, Democratic presidential candidate on life on the campaign trail. (Time, Sept. 6, 2004)

The objective of securing the safety of Americans from crime and terror has been achieved.
Attorney General John Ashcroft, in his five-page resignation letter to Bush. (Newsweek, Nov. 22, 2004)

When I was president, every American had access to French fries.
Bill Clinton (San Francisco Chronicle, July 2, 2004)


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From the December 29, 2004-January 4, 2005 issue of Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper.

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