The Best of Notable Quotables; December 16, 1996

Vol. Nine; No. 26

I Still Can't Stop Blaming Reagan Award

"The legacy of the Reagan administration will be with us for
years. The deficit under Reagan totaled more than a trillion
dollars. Someday we're going to have to pay those bills. As
officials look to cut spending and taxes at the same time, we
can't afford another round of voodoo economics....I remember that
campaign slogan one year `It's morning again in America.' Well,
it may have been morning for some, but for a lot of people in
this country it's become a nightmare."

-- CBS 60 Minutes correspondent Ed Bradley in an April 28 speech to Benedictine University in Illinois, aired May 11 on C-SPAN. [73 points]


"Reagan was an exceedingly likeable guy, just a heck of a nice
fellow, despite his politics. He was funny and loved a good joke,
the dirtier, I'm afraid the more ethnic, the better. I don't
think he brought very much to the presidency, except charisma and

-- Walter Cronkite on Cronkite Remembers, May 23. [65]

"Lou, I know you feel as if Reagan had few, if any, character
flaws. But let me ask you this. When one sidesteps, or refuses to
acknowledge the consequences of their policies or actions, why
shouldn't that be viewed as a character flaw? Or when one lies.
For example, let me roll a clip and then we'll come back. This
one deals with Iran-Contra."

-- Bryant Gumbel to reporter Lou Cannon, October 10 MSNBC InterNight. [64]