Where They Said It

You guessed who said it, but want to know where they said it? A complete list of the quotes from Hollywood actors and Washington politicians is below, with the source of each soundbite.

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Celebrity Quotes:

"Vote Republican and you vote to enable George Bush to keep ruling as an emperor — a retarded child emperor, but an emperor." — Bill Maher

From Maher's HBO program "Real Time With Bill Maher," November 3, 2006.

"I find George Bush and Dick Cheney frightening, Donald Rumsfeld and John Ashcroft frightening." — Barbra Streisand

From a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2002, held in Los Angeles.

"The right-wing media, they do have a right-wing bias. And they also have an agenda. So their agenda is: we're an adjunct of the Republican Party, and we're going push that agenda every day." — Al Franken

From a BuzzFlash interview, June 12, 2003.

"Cheney is a terrorist. He terrorizes our enemies abroad and innocent citizens here at home indiscriminately." — Alec Baldwin

From the Huffington Post, February 17, 2006.

"Yes, Bush is racist. We all knew that, but the world is only finding it out now." — Danny Glover

From a 2003 interview with Brazilian magazine Into E. Note: It's more often reported as starting "Yes, he's racist.." where he's answering a question about Bush.

"I think that the idea of Iraq being a nuclear threat is poppycock, and if they are a nuclear threat then they'd have to borrow atomic bombs from Israel." — Ed Asner

From an interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN in 2002.

"If you can see [the terrorists] as a relative who's dangerously sick and we have to give them medicine and the medicine is love and compassion. There's nothing better." — Richard Gere

From an interview less than a month after the 9/11 attacks.

"I Xeroxed my behind and I folded it up in an envelope and I sent it back with a big kiss mark on because we're Democrats — we're not afraid to laugh." — Whoopi Goldberg

From a 2004 interview in which she discusses an appearance at a July fundraiser for John Kerry, where she said some nasty things about Bush which created controversy. She said she wouldn't show the organizers her material first. Note: The full quote is "The concert organizers had asked to see my material beforehand, but I Xeroxed my behind and I folded it up in an envelope and I sent it back with a big kiss mark, because we're Democrats. We don't do that. We're not afraid to laugh. That's the other people."

"We have been lied to and terrorized by our own government, and it is time to take action." —John Mellencamp

From a October 22, 2003 article on CommonDreams.org. It's from "An Open Letter To America: It's Time To Take Back Our Country" by John and Elaine Mellencamp (former supermodel Elaine Irwin).

"People don't realize that by voting Republican, they voted against themselves." — Linda Ronstadt

From a November 17, 2004 profile in USA Today.


Politician Quotes:


"All of Iraq must know Iraq is free. Free from United State's occupation." — Congressman John Murtha

From a speech on November 17, 2005.

"Bush is an incompetent leader. In fact, he's not a leader. He's a person who has no judgment, no experience and no knowledge of the subjects that he has to decide upon." — Nancy Pelosi

From an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle in 2004.

"The W stands for wrong choices, wrong judgment, wrong priorities, wrong direction for our country." — Senator John Kerry

From September 2004, while on the campaign trail.

"Republicans are men of narrow vision, who are afraid of the future." — Jimmy Carter

From 1980, when he was running against Reagan for re-election.

"[The Republicans] idea of equal rights is the American flag and Confederate swastika flying side by side." — Julian Bond, NAACP Chairman

From a speech in Februrary 2006 at Fayetteville State University. Note: Another reported version of what he said is "The Republican Party would have the American flag and the Swastika flying side by side." The story was widely reported, but Bond denied making either statement — even though the speech was caught on tape.