Voices in the News: Bush and the Queen, and Fire

A sound montage of some of the voices in this past week's news, including: President George W. Bush; Queen Elizabeth II; British Prime Minister Tony Blair; Roberto Tejada, a resident of Catalina Island; US Attorney Christopher J. Christie; J. P. Weiss, F.B.I. special agent; Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D - MI); Attorney General Alberto Gonzales; Colonel John Nicholson; and Catholic theologian Leonardo Boff.

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LIANE HANSEN, host:

From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Liane Hansen.

And these were some of the voices in the news this past week.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: The American people are proud to welcome your majesty back to the United States, a nation you've come to know very well, after all that you dined with 10 U.S. presidents. You helped our nation celebrate its bicentennial in 17 - in 1976.

Queen ELIZABETH (United Kingdom): Mr. President, under the weather, I should start this toast, saying, when I was here in 1776ā€¦

(Soundbite of applause)

Prime Minister TONY BLAIR (United Kingdom): Today, I announce my decision to stand down from the leadership of the Labour Party. The party will now select the new leader. On the 27th of June, I will tender my resignation from the Office of Prime Minister to the queen.

Mr. ROBERTO TENADA (Resident, Catalina Island): It looked like the whole town was on fire, the whole island pretty much. We've lost quite a few structures already - pretty-hectic situation over there right now.

Mr. CHRISTOPHER CHRISTIE (U.S. Attorney): They also covertly surveyed not only Fort Dix, but other installations here in New Jersey and in Philadelphia.

Mr. J.P. WEISS (FBI Special Agent): These homegrown terrorists can prove to be as dangerous as any known group, if not more so. They operate under the radar.

Representative JOHN CONYERS JR. (Democrat, Michigan): Mr. Attorney General, you're the one that is here at the hearing. Tell me, just tell me, who suggested putting most of these U.S. attorneys on the list and why. Tell me something.

Attorney General ALBERTO Gonzales (U.S. Department of Justice): What was presented to me was a recommendation that I understood to be the consensus recommendation of the senior leadership of the department. Iā€¦

Rep. CONYERS: Okay. In other words, you don't know.

Colonel JOHN NICHOLSON (U.S. Army): So I stand before you today, deeply, deeply ashamed and terribly sorry that Americans have killed and wounded innocent Afghan people. This was a terrible, terrible mistake. We humbly and respectfully ask for your forgiveness.

Mr. LEONARDO BOFF (Catholic Theologian): (Through translator) The bishops never criticized the pope. They always say he's wonderful. He is for social justice and the poor. Then, they can simultaneously go ahead and do what needs to be done in Brazil. It's the Brazilian way.

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