June 2014

  • June 30, 2014

    “I promise you: No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer. One can only hope that, in addition to learning English, these new Americans will drop their soccer fetish with time.”

    -Ann Coulter, American conservative political commentator, writer, and columnist. Jackson Clarion-Ledger article, June 26, 2014

  • June 29, 2014

    “I was never going to help . He kept asking me, and I wouldn’t help him – until I found out he played a Democrat, so I told him to come on in, I’d give him any advice.”

    -Kevin McCarthy, US Congressman and Outgoing GOP Whip – Incoming House Majority Leader, Fox News Sunday, June 22, 2014

  • June 28, 2014

    “Now, there are roles which are capturing a vibrant moment in an older woman’s life. There was a time when those interesting roles stopped at 28. A few years ago we would have been finished by our age.”

    -Maggie Gyllenhaal, American actress, Telegraph interview, June 21, 2014

  • June 27, 2014

    “We have so many people who have done well in school. But those skills and muscles that you used to get As may not even get a workout here. Those are totally different muscles. If you like taking notes, if you like writing papers, and if you like cramming for finals, you won’t get to do that here – and you might be sad.”

    -Dee Leopold, Managing director of MBA admissions and financial aid at Harvard Business School, discussing Harvard’s unique selection process. Interview with Poets & Quants, June 17, 2014

  • June 26, 2014

    When you are giving a certain portion of your life to people and you’re selling it sexually, you’re selling it sensually, and you’re selling it romantically – for you to then take that portion that you give only to fans away and to give it to one person, it kind of… if they don’t approve, it might be crickets for me.”

    -Trey Songz, American singer/songwriter, discussing his public sex appeal and his personal love life. Interview with Larry King, June 21, 2014

  • June 25, 2014

    “It is frustrating, because who wants to grow up and follow their parents? I’ve tried really hard to care about things that were very different from my parents…It’s a funny thing to realize I feel called to this work both as a daughter and also as someone who believes I have contributions to make.”

    -Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former US president Bill Clinton, special correspondent for NBC News, and active piece of the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative. Telegraph interview, June 22, 2014

  • June 24, 2014

    “Ruling is hard. This was maybe my answer to Tolkien, whom, as much as I admire him, I do quibble with. Lord of the Rings had a very medieval philosophy: that if the king was a good man, the land would prosper. We look at real history and it’s not that simple…Real-life kings had real-life problems to deal with…. My people who are trying to rule don’t have an easy time of it. Just having good intentions doesn’t make you a wise king.”

    -George R. R. Martin, author of Song of Ice and Fire – made into the hit TV show Game of Thrones. Rolling Stone interview, June 13, 2014

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    • June 23, 2014

      “The presumption in that question is that…he was going to McDonald’s for milkshakes every Friday night and we could have just picked him up in a taxicab. These people deliberately try to evade capture, and putting yourself in a position where you can properly ID and move against them takes a lot of planning. I don’t think anybody’s going to apologize for the effort over such a long period of time that eventually led to his capture.”

      -Rear Admiral John Kirby, Pentagon Press Secretary, Responding to allegations that the US military was slow to track down Ahmed Abu Khatallah – accused of helping orchestrate a 2012 attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi. Speaking at the Pentagon, June 17, 2014

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      • June 22, 2014

        “Dreams are lovely, but they are just dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral, pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change.”

        -Shonda Rhimes, Creator of TV hits “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal.” Dartmouth College Commencement speech, June 8, 2014

      • June 21, 2014

        “I have been in Washington for a while now, and most things don’t surprise me. The fact that twenty 6-year-olds were gunned down in the most violent fashion possible and this town couldn’t do anything about it was stunning to me.”

        -Barack Obama, President of The United States, Tumblr Q&A at the White House, June 10, 2014

      • June 20, 2014

        “If we wanted a program to help the majority of the population, we’d offer loan guarantees to help poor people get access to reliable cars so that they could have a better shot at getting – and keeping – a well-paying job…A small amount of capital could make a much bigger difference in their lives than extra student loan relief for middle-class college kids would.”

        -Megan McCardle, conservative blogger and journalist. Bloomberg View Article, June 10, 2014

      • June 19, 2014

        “There are a lot of politicians who said things about Bowe Bergdahl before he came home, and then…suddenly changed their mind…The best is the people who had tweeted their thoughts and prayers to Bowe Bergdahl. Then all this stuff happened, and they went back and deleted their prayers. You can’t delete a prayer.”

        -Jake Tapper, Chief Washington Correspondent and anchor of the CNN news show “The Lead with Jake Tapper.” Late night with Seth Meyers, June 9, 2014

      • June 18, 2014

        “I just am a believer, as I said that night – and subsequently – that there are some things that happen for a reason…We may not be able to really discern it now… given the perspective of time, I think we’re going to be able to look back at this, and what seemed really bad at the time may turn out to be really good.”

        -Eric Cantor, Outgoing Republican House Majority Leader, discussing his surprising primary loss to opponent David Brat. ABC’s “This Week,” June 15, 2014

      • June 17, 2014

        “You have to be realistic. Every year we are getting stronger. We don’t look at ourselves as underdogs – we are not. We are going to take the game to Ghana and they will take it to us. And it will be an exciting game, and then we go from there. For us now talking about winning a World Cup, it is just not realistic.”

        -Jürgen Klinsmann, manager of USA’s World Cup Soccer Team, speaking to reporters in Brazil, June 11, 2014

      • June 16, 2014

        “I don’t think people care that much, because China has changed so dramatically since June 4. The economy has been doing so well so people have been pursuing different objectives than being politically involved.”

        -Suisheng Zhao, professor of Chinese Politics at the University of Denver. On China’s younger generation and their feelings toward the Tiananmen Square crackdown of June 4, 1989 –- as 25-year anniversary nears. USA Today. June 10, 2014

      • June 15, 2014

        “Calling someone a drama queen is so negative. Why not ‘content creator’?”

        -Lena Dunham, American filmmaker and actress, Twitter, June 1, 2014

      • June 14, 2014

        “Here are white men poised to run big marijuana businesses, dreaming of cashing in big – big money, big businesses selling weed. After 40 years of impoverished black kids getting prison time for selling weed – and their families and futures destroyed. Now, white men are planning to get rich doing precisely the same thing?”

        -Michelle Alexander, author and associate law professor at The Ohio State University. Public conversation with the Drug Policy Alliance, March 6, 2014

      • June 13, 2014

        You might compare this to a triathlon. You know you’ve got to swim and you’ve got to bicycle and you’ve got to run…You don’t make it to run if you’re not going to do the other two.”

        -Steve Coburn, co-owner of award-winning horse California Chrome, venting his frustration that the horse that took his horse’s chances at the Triple Crown had not run all other races. Good Morning America, June 8, 2014.

      • June 12, 2014

        “If you’re watching this – and you’re a young person, especially – if someone says something that hurts you or angers you, use me as an example of what not to do…Don’t respond with hatred or anger, because you’re just adding more ugliness to the world.”

        -Jonah Hill, American Actor, screenwriter, and comedian. Apologizing for his use of a homophobic slur toward a member of the paparazzi. The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, June 3, 2014

      • June 11, 2014

        “I can’t play the game of basketball and live my life on what other people expect me to do or what they think I should do. That doesn’t make me happy. What makes me happy is being able to make plays for my teammates, to be able to represent the name on the back of my jersey.”

        -LeBron James, Professional basketball player for the NBA’s Miami Heat, On backlash he received after not finishing Game 1 of the NBA Finals due to severe leg cramps. ESPN interview, June 6, 2014

      • June 10, 2014

        “If you look at what the factors were going into the decision, of course there are competing interests and values. And one of our values is we bring everybody home off the battlefield the best we can. It doesn’t matter how they ended up in a prisoner of war situation…It doesn’t matter. We bring our people home.”

        -Hillary Clinton, former United States Secretary of State, On President Obama’s decision to release five Taliban prisoners for U.S. solider Bowe Bergdahl. ABC World News, June 6, 2014

      • June 9, 2014

        “I was wondering what’s it like to die. I thought I was going to die, and I didn’t know whether it was going to hurt, whether it was going to be quick. That’s one thought that struck me…You become religious very quickly. Oh yes, made a lot of promises. That’s why I still believe in God.”

        -Cosmo Uttero, D-Day veteran, describing his D-Day experience on Normandy Beach. ABC News, June 6, 20

      • June 8, 2014

        “The interesting thing to me about me the release of the POW, Sergeant Bergdahl, is the Republicans immediately criticizing that. We saved an American and foreign policy gets criticized. We lose American lives on foreign soil, the president gets criticized. Are you seeing a theme here? It’s politics.”

        -Claire McCaskill, US Senator (Democrat – Missouri), addressing Republican concerns about Hillary Clinton and Benghazi. Fox News Sunday, June 1, 2014

      • June 7, 2014

        “It’s a struggle every day, to stay present, not to become that…eight year old who was bullied and chased home from school. Some days I wake up and it’s like I’m eight years old again. And I’m scared for my life, and I don’t know if I’m going to be beaten up that day.”

        -Laverne Cox, American actor and a star of the Netflix show “Orange Is the New Black.” On living life as a transgender woman. TIME interview, May 29, 2014

      • June 6, 2014

        “Patriots don’t go to Russia. They don’t seek asylum in Cuba. They don’t seek asylum in Venezuela. They fight their cause here. Edward Snowden is a coward. He is a traitor. And he has betrayed his country. And if he wants to come home tomorrow to face the music, he can do so.”

        -John Kerry, US Secretary of State, NBC Interview, May 28, 2014

      • May 5, 2014

        “Being a patriot doesn’t mean prioritizing service to government above all else. Being a patriot means knowing when to protect your country, knowing when to protect your Constitution, knowing when to protect your countrymen, from the violations of and encroachments of adversaries. And those adversaries don’t have to be foreign countries.”

        -Edward Snowden, defending decision to leak confidential documents – his first interview on a US network. NBC “Nightly News,” May 28, 2014

      • June 4, 2014

        “I don’t care about your sympathy. I don’t give a s**t that you feel sorry for me. Get to work and do something. I’ll tell the president the same thing if he calls me. Getting a call from a politician doesn’t impress me.”

        -Richard Martinez, after his 20-year-old son Christopher Michaels-Martinez was killed in mass shooting/stabbing at Isla Vista. Memorial ceremony at UC Santa Barbara’s Harder Stadium, May 27, 2014

      • June 3, 2014

        “I can’t explain the lack of integrity among some of the leaders of our health care facilities. This is something I rarely encountered during 38 years in uniform. And so I will not defend it because it is indefensible. But I can take responsibility for it and I do.”

        -Eric Shinseki, (Now former) US Veterans Affairs Secretary, addressing VA scandal. Speech to veterans group on homeless veterans, May 30, 2014

      • June 2, 2014

        “Listen to yourself, and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.”

        -Maya Angelou, American author and poet, Last tweet before her death on May 28. Twitter, May 23, 2014

      • June 1, 2014

        “I think it’s about time a 55-year-old British woman is the heroine of an action movie. I may have to write it. “

        -Emma Thompson, British actress. Vanity fair, May 20, 2014