Perspectives 2009

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January 4

'No! You can go back to your, what do you call it, your Google, and you figure out all that.'

Former president George H.W. Bush, declining to elaborate on a remark he made during an interview in which he said there were "some things" for which his son "clearly--cdeserves criticism."

March 31

'I'm one of those people that still thinks the dishwasher is a miracle. What a device!--cI like to load it. I like to look in and see how the dishes were magically cleaned.'

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, during a discussion about technology with a group of high-school essay-contest winners.

June 22

'The governor is hiking along the Appalachian Trail.'

Joel Sawyer, a spokesperson for South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, on where the governor had disappeared to. Sanford, it turned out, was visiting his mistress in Argentina.

January 9*

'This is unprecedented. It's coast to coast. It's everywhere.'

Economist Mark Zandi, on the January announcement that December 2008 marked a 16-year high in national unemployment rates. In the last year, they've gone up another 3 points.

June 12*

'Since 9/11, I have watched as America tried to first put out this fire with a hammer, and it doesn't work.'

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, explaining that the military must "convince people, not kill them" to win back local support in the fight against the Taliban. …