Voices in the News

A sound montage of some voices in this past week's news, including: President George W. Bush; Rev. Rob Schenk at Chief Justice Rehnquist's funeral; Mississippi resident Monroe Brown; Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT); former first lady Barbara Bush; Vice President Dick Cheney in Gulfport, Miss., and a passerby; Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA); Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

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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: Our nation is saddened today by the news that Chief Justice William Rehnquist passed away last night.

Reverend ROB SCHENCK: He's a loss to us, but we hope and pray that his successor will be cut from the same cord of wood.

Pres. BUSH: Judge Roberts has earned the nation's confidence, and I'm pleased to announce that I will nominate him to serve as the 17th chief justice of the Supreme Court.

Mr. MONROE BROWN (Mississippi Resident): This is terrible. There's babies. There's animals. It's nasty. There's no place to sleep. There's no place to eat except for what they brought in here to us.

Senator PATRICK LEAHY (Democrat, Vermont): If the press could bring in their TV trucks and everything else, why the hell couldn't a truckload of water, a truckload a medicine, a busload of physicians, people who could bring help and care and hope to the people--why couldn't they get through?

Mrs. BARBARA BUSH (Former First Lady): Everybody is so overwhelmed by the hospitality, and so many of the people in the arenas here, you know, were underprivileged anyway. This is working very well for them.

Pres. BUSH: I've asked the vice president to go down to the affected region on Thursday. He will go down to assess our recovery efforts.

Vice President DICK CHENEY: There are problems like that that need to be sorted out. You've got--as I was talking to the mayor, in those areas, one of the things you've got to address: What do you (audio loss)?

Unidentified Man #1: Go (censored) yourself, Mr. Cheney.

Vice Pres. CHENEY: You've got to figure out what to do with all of the debris.

Unidentified Man #1: Go (censored) yourself.

Unidentified Man #2: Are you getting a lot of that, Mr. Vice President?

Vice Pres. CHENEY: And it's the first time I've heard it.

Pres. BUSH: What I intend to do is lead an investigation to find out what went right and what went wrong.

Representative NANCY PELOSI (Democrat, California): You know what? When I said to the president that he should fire Michael Brown, he said, `Why would I do that?' I said, `Because of all that went wrong, with all that didn't go right last week.' And he said, `What didn't go right?'

Secretary MICHAEL CHERTOFF (Homeland Security Department): I have directed Mike Brown to return to administering FEMA nationally, and I have appointed Vice Admiral Thad Allen of the Coast Guard as the principal federal official overseeing the Hurricane Katrina response and recovery effort in the field.

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