West Wing Week: 3/11/11 or “Law School in 15 Seconds”

The White House

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This week, President Obama focused on education, visiting some innovative classrooms in Miami and Boston, and dropping in on a US History class in Arlington, Virginia with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

PolitiQuotes – The Week In One-Liners


The week’s top ten quotes in American politics: 

“So it’s like a quasi-vegetable byproduct paste that you smear on your toast for breakfast. Sounds good, doesn’t it?” — President Barack Obama, ripping on Vegemite, a staple food down under, during an appearance with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. 

“She’s a 50-year-old adult bully, a has-been comedian.” — Sarah Palin, dinging comedian Kathy Griffin, who frequently targets the Palin family in jokes. 

“If they care at all about their children or grandchildren, and sometimes I doubt that – I think, you know, grandchildren now don’t write a thank-you for the Christmas presents, they’re walking on their pants with the cap on backwards listening to the enema man and Snoopy Snoopy Poop Dogg, and they don’t like them!” — Former Sen. Alan Simpson, discussing kids these days during a conversation about Social Security funds. 

“There are consequences to sin.” — Sen. John Ensign, being realistic about the fallout from his recent affair as he announced his retirement this week. 

“We sleep with the guns.” — Chuck Heath, father of Sarah Palin, telling BBC how he fears for the safety of his family. 

“I wouldn’t let that guy run a 7-Eleven, let alone a country.” — New York Times columnist David Brooks, expressing doubt about Newt Gingrich’s competency to serve as president.

“Her Excellency, Madam President… I love saying that.” — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, introducing the president of Kyrgyzstan at a State Department event. 

“Big Bird needs to be pushed out of the nest.” — Rep. Doug Lamborn, calling for an elimination of federal funding for public broadcasting. 

“I think they already know the color of my underwear.” — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, lamenting “the gratuitous minutiae and sexist questioning during her confirmation process.” 

“Taking fiscal advice from Jay Jacobs and state Democrats is like taking life advice from Charlie Sheen – It may get a lot of media attention but it will end up in disaster.” — Erie County Republican Committee Chairman Nick Langworthy, knocking the New York Democratic chairman.