Voices in the News
SHEILAH KAST, host:
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.