GEORGE W. BUSH, U.S. President, in a press conference in Mar del Plata, Argentina, site of a 34-nation Summit of the Americas, where anti-Iraq-war protesters, calling Bush a "fascist" and a "terrorist," threw Molotov cocktails and set a building on fire
"The difference from after the Miers nomination was like being at a morgue versus being at a combination of a wedding reception, Super Bowl party and bar mitzvah."
JORDAN LAWRENCE, member of the Christian conservative Alliance Defense Fund, on Bush tapping Judge Samuel Alito—four days after Harriet Miers withdrew her nomination—to replace Sandra Day O'Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court
"A free press by Western standards does not always lead to a clean and efficient government."
GOH CHOK TONG, former Singaporean Prime Minister, responding to a Reporters Without Borders report ranking Singapore 140th out of 167 countries on issues of press freedom
"When you fire real bullets at police, you're not a 'youth,' you're a thug."
NICOLAS SARKOZY, French Interior Minister, on violent clashes between rioters and police in the suburbs of Paris
"When the cars pull up to me, the Porsches and the Bentleys and all that, I just sort of say, 'Well, that's nice, but for what this costs I could buy 10 of those.'"
JON SPALLINO, Californian construction executive and the driver of a Honda FCX, an electric car powered by hydrogen-fuel cells. He is leasing the experimental vehicle, worth $1 million, from Honda for $500 a month
"I'm saying maybe you put them on TV and cut off a thumb."
OSCAR GOODMAN, Las Vegas Mayor, in a televised interview, on how to stop graffiti artists defacing the city's freeways
"They just let me rot."
BOB DOUGHERTY, Home Depot patron in Boulder, Colorado, on suing the company after store employees waited 15 minutes to respond to his cries for help—which they believed to be a hoax—in getting unstuck from a restroom toilet seat someone had smeared with glue