Perspectives: Quotes in the News

"I am fighting for the truth as well."
Embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, when asked by a reporter why he hasn't stepped down, despite bipartisan calls for his resignation

"A year ago my approval rating was in the 30s, my nominee for the Supreme Court had just withdrawn and my vice president had shot someone. Ah, those were the good ole days."
President George W. Bush, poking fun at himself during the Radio and Television Correspondents' Association dinner.

"They could have told us the truth. And if they didn't want to tell us the truth, they could have said that we don't know."
Mary Tillman, mother of Cpl. Pat Tillman, a National Football League player killed in a 2004 friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan. Military investigators have recommended that nine soldiers be held accountable for errors in reporting Tillman's death.

"This is natural country. You should see it in its natural beauty. It's like putting a fifth leg on a horse."
Bob Simpson, an Australian tourist among the first to visit Arizona's Grand Canyon Skywalk, the glass-bottomed bridge over the canyon that just opened.

"Undercover Brother's good at karate and all the rest of that, but the Brother can't drive."
Comedian Eddie Griffin, on an accident in which he totaled a $1.5 million Ferrari Enzo sports car. He was unhurt in the accident, which some media outlets have speculated was a publicity stunt for Griffin's forthcoming movie.

"Business has been good, very good."
Steve Bell, assistant manager of a Columbia, S.C., carwash. The southeastern region of the country has experienced a record pollen count over the past week.

"The evidence is really now quite conclusive that male circumcision is effective at preventing HIV among men."
Kevin De Cock, the top HIV-AIDS official for the World Health Organization, on his group's recommendation that sub-Saharan countries provide free or low-cost circumcision to reduce rates of HIV infection.

"Michael is just a phenomenon, like a mutant or something."
U.S. swimmer Tara Kirk, on teammate Michael Phelps's record-shattering performance at the World Championships in Australia

"This is an assault on Christians during Holy Week."
Catholic League spokeswoman Kiera McCaffrey, on "My Sweet Lord," an art exhibit that portrayed the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as a sculpture made of chocolate. The exhibit was later canceled.

"She was very proud of her accomplishments, and when asked, she'd say it was the thing to do, to be patriotic. And, she was very patriotic."
Kelly Auber, a friend of Charlotte Winters's, the last surviving female World War I veteran, who died last week at 109.