With the end of the decade near, Newsweek has rounded up the top 10 most important quotes from 2000 to 2009. A selection:
- "Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job": President George W. Bush, Sept. 2, 2005. In one line to then-FEMA director Michael Brown, Bush summed up everything wrong with the government's response to Hurricane Katrina.
- "God Angrily Clarifies 'Don't Kill' Rule": The Onion, September 26, 2001. With a traumatized nation desperately in need of humor to deal with 9/11, the Onion managed to find the perfect tone.
- “It’s not surprising then that they get bitter and they cling to guns or religion or antipathy towards people who aren’t like them”: Sen. Barack Obama, April 6, 2008. At the time, it appeared Obama had self-destructed by admitting to the elitism he was so often accused of. He survived, but the comment presaged an enduring split.
- “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.”: Presidential Daily Brief, Aug. 6, 2001. You can blame Bush for not taking this warning more seriously, but it should also remind you that sometimes a threat is so huge its unimaginable.
- “The difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick.” Gov. Sarah Palin, Sept. 3, 2008. With one allegedly improvised comment during her first campaign speech, Palin turned her folksy appeal into instant yet lasting celebrity.
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