September 15, 2023

Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Randi Weingarten, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, and more.

Race Bait

“Those same words that you heard in terms of wanting segregation post-Brown v. Board of Education, those same words you hear today. I was kind of gobsmacked when I was talking to [the] Southern Poverty Law Center, and they showed me the same words, ‘choice,’ ‘parental rights’ — an attempt to divide parents versus teachers. [At] that point, it was white parents versus other parents, but it’s the same kind of words.” —American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten

Non Compos Mentis

“I don’t know quite why, but they just knew they wanted to impeach me. And now, the best I can tell, they want to impeach me because they want to shut down the government. So look, look, I got a job to do. Everybody always asked about impeachment. I get up every day, not a joke, not focused on impeachment. I’ve got a job to do. I’ve got to deal with the issues that affect the American people every single solitary day.” —Joe Biden

Baghdad Bob

“Republicans in Congress … have spent all year investigating the president. That’s what they have spent all year doing, and have turned up with no evidence — none — that he did anything wrong.” —White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

For the Record

“If the legacy political media were doing their job defending ‘democracy,’ outlets would be deploying teams of crack journalists to track down leads and find out if there is any evidence related to Biden’s wrongdoing, as they did with Trump, rather than playing defense for the most powerful man in the world.” —David Harsanyi

“If you can get the vice president and future president on the phone, that is access, not the ‘illusion of access.’ … What is now indisputable is that Hunter Biden was selling access to his father; if you doubt that, call the White House switchboard at 202-456-1414 and ask to speak to Joe Biden. My guess is that they will not patch you through to the Oval Office immediately.” —Jim Geraghty

Grand Delusions

“You’ve heard us talk about Bidenomics and how we believe [it] has turned the economy around.” —Karine Jean-Pierre

“House Democrats are fighting to make life better for everyday Americans. More money, more time, more freedom.” —House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

“I strongly support President Biden. He has an incredible track record of success and accomplishments on behalf of the American people.” —Hakeem Jeffries

“Our administration … continues to focus on raising pay and lowering costs for workers and middle-class families.” —Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg

The BIG Lies

“There is no blocking of [oil and gas] production in the United States.” —Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm

“I taught at the University of Pennsylvania for four years and I used to teach political theory.” —Joe Biden

Belly Laugh of the Day

“I don’t think people give her enough credit. … People don’t understand — [Kamala Harris is] politically astute. Why would she be vice president if she were not?” —Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

Food for Thought

“Possession of firearms has been lawful in the United States since the country was founded. And yet we did not have the problem with gun violence even just a few decades ago that we have now. Why aren’t we asking ‘why?’ What has changed? We should be at least as interested in explaining the violence as we are in passing laws trying to prevent it.” —Laura Hollis

“Fewer Americans are willing to conform their behavior to established norms for purposes of preserving a civilized society. As the consequences of diminished self-restraint multiply, the calls for more external restraints — more and larger government — will increase.” —Laura Hollis

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