"We all know our duty better than we discharge it." —John Randolph
From last night's State of the Union address:
"In a system of two parties, two chambers, and two elected branches, there will always be differences and debate. But even tough debates can be conducted in a civil tone, and our differences cannot be allowed to harden into anger."
"Far from being a hopeless dream, the advance of freedom is the great story of our time. In 1945, there were about two dozen lonely democracies on Earth. Today, there are 122."
"Along the way [in Iraq], we have benefited from responsible criticism and counsel offered by Members of Congress of both parties... Yet there is a difference between responsible criticism that aims for success, and defeatism that refuses to acknowledge anything but failure. Hindsight alone is not wisdom. And second-guessing is not a strategy."
"If there are people inside our country who are talking with al-Qa'ida, we want to know about it—because we will not sit back and wait to be hit again."
"[T]he Federal budget has too many special interest projects... We must also confront the larger challenge of mandatory spending, or entitlements."
"The Supreme Court now has two superb new members, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Sam Alito. I thank the Senate for confirming both of them. And I will continue to nominate men and women who understand that judges must be servants of the law, and not legislate from the bench."
"Every time someone tells Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid that he, too, took money from Jack [Abramoff's] clients, he starts jumping up and down like Rumpelstiltskin yelling, 'This is a Republican scandal!"' —Daniel Henninger
"Al Gore announced he is finishing up a new book about global warming and the environment. Yeah, the first chapter talks about how you shouldn't chop down trees to make a book that no one will read." —Conan O'Brien
Jay Leno: President Bush gave his State of The Union address. He...[repeated] several universal truths; all people deserve to be free, democracy is good, and the most important truth—never lie to Oprah! ... Happy Birthday to Vice President Dick Cheney. Or as they call him in Washington, the Fresh Prince of Intensive Care. That's his rap name. ... Hillary Clinton called President Bush's eavesdropping explanations "strange" and "far-fetched." And if anyone has heard strange far-fetched explanations from a president, it's Hillary Clinton. She knows what she is talking about. ... At a press conference yesterday NASA announced that 2005 was the hottest year on record. It is so hot, and global warming is so bad, if the presidential election were held today, Al Gore would... still lose. ... Al Gore is writing his second book on global warming. It's called, "The Earth is Warming, My Career is Cooling."