Voices in the News

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A sound montage of some of the voices in this past week's news, including: Judge John Roberts; Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan; Army Col. Robert Brown; grieving relatives after suicide bombing in Baghdad; unidentified Iraqi woman; Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff; former Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Brown; President Bush; Hope Kitisin, New Orleans resident.


From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Sheilah Kast.

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

Judge JOHN ROBERTS: I think I have been more forthcoming than any of the other nominees. They took a very strict approach. I have taken what I think is a more pragmatic approach.

Senator JOSEPH BIDEN (Democrat, Delaware): Without any knowledge of your understanding of the law, because you will not share it with us, we are rolling the dice with you, Judge.

Senator ORRIN HATCH (Republican, Utah): But I've never seen anybody who has done a better job of explaining themself than you have. If people can't vote for you, then I doubt that they can vote for any Republican nominee.

Secretary-General KOFI ANNAN (United Nations): The big item is non-proliferation and disarmament. This is a real disgrace. We have failed twice, this year, and I hope the leaders will see this as a real signal for them to pick up the ashes and really show leadership on this important issue.

Secretary MICHAEL CHERTOFF (Homeland Security Chief): I believe Mike Brown did everything that was within his capability to manage this crisis effectively.

Mr. MICHAEL BROWN (Former FEMA Director): You know, it's never fun being the fall guy, and I'm not certain that I'm being made to be a fall guy, but if being the fall guy gets done everything I want to get done, fine.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: Katrina exposed serious problems in our response capability at all levels of government. And to the extent that the federal government didn't fully do its job right, I take responsibility.

Ms. HOPE KITISIN (New Orleans Resident): We're all looking forward to recovering, and, basically, moving on, and rebuilding. The most important thing is we want to rebuild, and I hope that the president is able to commit to that, as well.

Pres. BUSH: All who question the future of the Crescent City need to know there is no way to imagine America without New Orleans. And this great city will rise again.

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