The week’s top 10 quotes in politics:
“It’s alive! That’s just a joke guys, don’t worry.” – President Barack Obama, joking as he looked into a microscope while visiting a biotech classroom.
“Ok I’m starting to scream at Obama on tv the way I used to with Bush – not a good sign.” – HBO’s Bill Maher, suddenly souring, via Twitter, on the president.
“He is whining, and no one likes a whining president.” – Sen. Lindsey Graham, on Obama.
“Tragedy comes in threes. Pearl Harbor, Elizabeth Edwards’s passing and Barack Obama’s announcement of extending the tax cuts, which is good, but also extending the unemployment benefits.” – Christine O’Donnell, philosophizing.
“You blowhard!” – David Letterman, to Bill O’Reilly.
“I’m not going to answer.” – Oprah Winfrey, on whether Sarah Palin is qualified to be president.
“I have another dead horse to beat.” – A White House reporter, beginning his question to Press Secretary Robert Gibbs during a briefing.
“I saw him the other day and I was amazed by it, he must be 300-plus, and that’s something he’s just gotta deal with because you’re not going to say, ‘I’m going to cut the budget,’ well, how about starting with supper?” – MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
“He’s stubborn.” – Gibbs, explaining how Obama has successfully stayed away from cigarettes.
“I have heard that the TSA will be handling more packages this Christmas than the UPS.” – British Ambassador Nigel Sheinwald, joking about airport security.