The top quotes in politics …
“I love life.” — Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich feeling good.
“He acted like an idiot, he’s an idiot.” — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie not apologizing for insulting an ex-Navy SEAL.
“Work on some debate skills and always remember the third thing.” —Texas Gov. Rick Perry on what he’d do before running again.
“We got some of the smartest people in the country who serve here, and some of the dumbest.” House Speaker John Boehner talking about Congress.
“That’s why he’s not on Mt. Rushmore.” — President Barack Obama dissing former President Rutherford B. Hayes.
“I asked him if I could have a spliff.” — Mogul Richard Branson on his chat with Obama at the state dinner.
“He’s too humble.” — Filmmaker Harvey Weinstein expressing his admiration for President Obama.
“I’m just glad she didn’t do a movie called ‘The Devil Wears Pantsuits’.” — Secretary of StateHillary Clinton talking about actress Meryl Streep.
A quick look at what happened this week at WhiteHouse.gov:
No Quick Fix: Speaking from Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland on Thursday, the President explained his all-of-the-above strategy to develop every available source of American-made energy. “We need an energy strategy for the future,” the President explained. “Yes, develop as much oil and gas as we can, but also develop wind power and solar power and biofuels.”
Rock-Solid Alliance: On Wednesday morning, President Obama – together with the First Lady, the Vice President and Dr. Biden – welcomed British Prime Minister David Cameron and Samantha Cameron to the White House during the Official Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn. Later that evening, the Prime Minister and his wife were honored with a State Dinner, where they were joined by dignitaries from both countries. “In war and I peace, in times of plenty and times of hardship,” President Obama remarked, “we stand tall and proud and strong, together.”
Announcing a New Trade Case: After forming the Trade Enforcement Unit two weeks ago, President Obama announced on Wednesday that, “we’re bringing a new trade case against China – and we’re being joined by Japan and some of our European allies.” The effort is focused on expanding American manufacturers’ access to rare earth materials, which China currently supplies and, due to their policies, prevents the United States from obtaining.
Bracketology: Before the madness began, the President took time to fill out his brackets for the 2012 NCAA men and women’s basketball tournaments. While Kentucky, Ohio State and Mizzou made his Final Four, it’s the North Carolina Tar Heels who he selected as his national champion. On Monday night, the President headed to Dayton, Ohio with Prime Minister Cameron to catch some early round action in person.