Jordan Candler / October 18, 2022

Tuesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Anthony Fauci, Pete Buttigieg, Karine Jean-Pierre, and more.

Insight

“To live his life in his own way, to call his house his castle, to enjoy the fruits of his own labour, to educate his children as his conscience directs, to save for their prosperity after his death — these are wishes deeply ingrained in civilised man. Their realization is almost as necessary to our virtues as to our happiness. From their total frustration disastrous results both moral and psychological might follow.” —C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

The BIG Lies

“I think the misconception is that I was misleading people. You know, to say that I, who have been adviser to seven presidents and have never, ever veered one way or the other from an ideological standpoint, and for somebody to say that, you know, I’m … political, I mean that’s completely crazy.” —National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Anthony Fauci

“I had nothing to do [with school closures].” —Anthony Fauci

Belly Laughs of the Week

“When it actually came time to do something about inflation around the kitchen table, Republicans in Congress voted against the Inflation Reduction Act.” —President Joe Biden (“This bill reduces inflation about as well as a cheeseburger reduces obesity.” —Congressman Dan Crenshaw)

“In some ways having achieved so much legislatively makes it hard to talk about it all at once because there are just so many accomplishments.” —Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg

Who’s Gonna Tell Them?

“[Recession is] possible, but not inevitable.” —Pete Buttigieg

“We’ve got people who want … to turn our schools into the next battleground in the culture wars. We can’t let them.” —Congressman Tim Ryan

Birds of a Feather

“The president has found [John Fetterman] to be an impressive individual. … The president feels that he is very much capable of doing the job.” —White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

And Last…

“Biden’s economic record doesn’t capture the real damage that he’s done. He turned a roaring recovery into stagflation. Had he simply done nothing, we would be far better off.” —Senator Tom Cotton

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