Voices in the News

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A sound montage of some of the voices in this past week's news, including: Former FEMA Director Michael Brown, Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT), President Bush, Chief Justice John Roberts, New York Times reporter Judith Miller; Prosecutor Ronnie Earle, Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and Australian Prime Minister John Howard.


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

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

Mr. MICHAEL BROWN (Former FEMA Director): I guess you want me to be the superhero that is going to step in there and suddenly take everybody out of New Orleans.

Representative CHRISTOPHER SHAYS (Republican, Connecticut): No. No, what I wanted you to do was do your job of coordinating.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: As Judge Roberts prepares to lead the judicial branch of government, all Americans can be confident that the 17th chief justice of the United States will be prudent in exercising judicial power, firm in defending judicial independence and, above all, a faithful guardian of the Constitution.

Chief Justice JOHN ROBERTS: ...and that I will well and faithfully discharge...

Unidentified Man: ...the duties of the office on which I am about to enter.

Chief Justice ROBERTS: ...the duties of the office on which I am about to enter.

Unidentified Man: ...so help me, God.

Chief Justice ROBERTS: ...so help me, God.

Ms. JUDITH MILLER (The New York Times): I served 85 days in jail because of my belief in the importance of upholding the confidential relationship journalists have with their sources.

Mr. RONNIE EARL (Prosecutor): The indictment charges DeLay with conspiring with Ellis and Colyandro to violate the Texas election codes by contributing corporate money to candidates for the Texas Legislature.

Mr. TOM DeLAY (Former House Majority Leader): Now let me be very, very clear. I have done nothing wrong. I have violated no walk--I have violated no law, no regulation, no rule of the House.

(Soundbite of explosion, screaming)

Prime Minister JOHN HOWARD (Australia): I see this primarily as an attack on Indonesia and the democratic instincts of the Indonesian people.

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