Notable Quotables - 08/12/1996




"Mr. Clinton is clearly more and more comfortable now in the role these times have forced on our Presidents - first mourner and chaplain-in-chief. But his moments with the families must have struck him as especially poignant today, for when he left them in the hotel and entered his car, he buried his head on Mrs. Clinton's shoulder."
- ABC reporter Jim Wooten on the TWA crash aftermath, July 25 World News Tonight.


Republicans Have Zero Tolerance?


"We begin tonight with what you could call zero tolerance....Today by the time Mr. Dole spoke by satellite to his party delegates, who were 20 already gathered in San Diego, all notions of tolerance on the subject of abortion had disappeared from the party's platform."
- Peter Jennings, August 6 World News Tonight.

"The Republican Party platform committee has forced abortion rights advocates to walk the plank, the abortion plank. The committee handed Robert Dole a defeat, by turning down language endorsing tolerance 20 of abortion rights supporters."
- ABC anchor Elizabeth Vargas, August 6 Good Morning America.

Reality Check:
"We also recognize that members of our party have deeply held and sometimes differing views. We view this diversity of views as a source of strength."
- Republican platform language.


On Top of the Big Stories


"Quite honestly, I haven't looked at whatever tolerance language they allegedly have in their platform."
- Newsweek reporter Howard Fineman when asked by a caller about the Democrats' platform abortion language on CNBC's Politics, August 6.


Wrestling Reaganomics to the Ground 20


"The old joke among economists is that an economist who's stuck in a ditch gets out of it by assuming the existence of a ladder, and there are a fair amount of assumptions of existences of ladders in this plan that are really, I think, under intense scrutiny, are not going to bear out."
- U.S. News & World Report Senior Writer Susan Dentzer immediately after Dole's tax cut address on CNN, August 5.

"Americans might remember that the last time we tried to grow our way out of the deficit that the tax cut happened, the growth didn't happen, and the deficit was huge at the end of it. How are they going to explain this new version of supply-side?"
- PBS Washington Week in Review host Ken Bode, July 26.

"Now [Dole]'s embracing supply-side economics, years after it came (and went) in GOP circles. So late in his career - so late in the campaign - it looks desperate. Clinton, meanwhile, can brag that the annual deficit has been cut in half on his watch - and that he's a champion of fiscal responsibility. In other words, he can be Bob Dole."
- Newsweek reporter Howard Fineman, August 12.


Tom Brokaw: Hillary Still the Victim of Sexism


"Some of it, obviously, has to do with legal questions, as well, obviously. She's had to testify before a grand jury, but all that aside, and those are serious issues, do you think that this country is not as far along as we'd like to believe when it comes to dealing with gender equality?"
- Tom Brokaw to Rosalynn Carter at the Olympics in Atlanta on MSNBC's InterNight, July 25.


Linda Douglass Shakes Her Pom-Poms


"The President again has had sort of an amazing week. The Democratic Party, which used to function like a herd of cats, has now very tamely crafted a very centrist Democratic platform that emphasizes crime 20 fighting. It talks about stemming the tide of violence on TV that is influencing our children, talks about school uniforms, talks about the death penalty, talks about tolerance for people who oppose abortion, for example. So, the President who was being abandoned by 20 his party just two years ago now has managed to oversee a party that has crafted this platform very much in his centrist image. Even though the background noise of what is loosely being called Whitewater continues, 20 none of it seems to stick to the President."
- CBS reporter Linda Douglass, July 14 Sunday Morning.


We Lied: We Really Hate New Democrats


Sam Donaldson: "Congress had suddenly realized there's an election coming up, so all right, they're going to pass a bunch of legislation-" Cokie Roberts: "Concentrates the mind." Donaldson: "Like hanging, and in Congress's case, in my view of what they did, perhaps hanging would have been better. Because the welfare bill, we're going to regret as a country. It's not just anyone in poverty, it's the children. Throwing women and the children off the rolls. Everyone's for workfare, everyone's for changing the welfare system. Bill Clinton promised it. He said, however, it would take $10 billion more to ease people down the ramp off this train. Instead, we just throw 'em off now and said [sic] `Good luck'!"
- Exchange on This Week with David Brinkley, August 4.

"[Clinton] knows that he is consigning helpless people to terrible hardship, and some to premature burials. He called the press conference to announce that he will sign the bill anyway.... Mr. Shumyatsky is in the U.S. legally, but is not a citizen. Thus his SSI checks will cease when the welfare bill becomes law. He will have no money at all. Perhaps he will set up light housekeeping in a park. Maybe he'll curl up on a grate. Maybe he'll do the politicians a favor and just die."
- Former NBC News reporter Bob Herbert in his New York Times column, August 2.

"Secretary, you find yourself now in the position of being praised by Newt Gingrich, at the same time that Senator Pat Moynihan calls this the most brutal piece of social policy since the Reconstruction. Doesn't that make you the slightest bit nervous? "...You know far better than I do that you are rewriting the social policy of this country that has stood for the last 61 years, albeit with a lot of problems. Do you worry at all about the consequences? Do you worry at all that with a change this enormous, people are going to get hurt?"
- Two of substitute host Chris Wallace's six liberal questions to HHS Secretary Donna Shalala, July 31 Nightline.

"The new landmark welfare overhaul President Clinton promised to sign won't be law for a while yet, but there is already a great deal of fear and anxiety all over the country about the impact it will have."
- CBS Evening News substitute anchor Paula Zahn, August 1.

Speaking of Formulaic Hagiography of S&L Cheats...


"And don't labor to make heroes of the nonheroic. Air-brushing swimmer Gary Hall Jr., the spoiled grandson of savings and loan cheat Charles Keating Jr., by not mentioning that he was a major goof-off, blowing up mailboxes and tearing up golf courses, is formulaic hagiography."
- Time columnist Margaret Carlson complaining NBC's Olympic coverage was featuring too many personal stories, August 5.

"Friends of Hillary Clinton would have you believe she's an amalgam of Betty Crocker, Mother Teresa, and Oliver Wendell Holmes...The former Hillary Rodham grew up in Park Ridge, a Chicago suburb, where her father owned a textile company. She earned every Girl Scout badge, pulled a wagonful of sports equipment to her job at the park every summer, was elected president of her high school class and earned so many honors that her parents recall `being slightly uncomfortable at her graduation.' She organized circuses and amateur sports tournaments to raise money for migrant workers."
- Carlson, then Deputy Washington Bureau Chief, in the January 27, 1992 Time.




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