Voices in the News

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A sound montage of some of the voices in the week's news includes: The "Mayberry" theme; the late Don Knotts; speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno; President Bush; Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations; sound of chanting in Iraq; National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley; Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI).

(Soundbite of theme from The Andy Griffith Show)

Mr. DON KNOTTS (Actor): I'm glad I played Barney. That was the greatest character I ever got to play. The only thing that bothers me is that when you really identify with a character, they won't try you in something because they think every time somebody sees you on the screen, you'll be totally associated with that character. But overall, the positive outweighs the negative.

Mr. APOLO ANTON OHNO (Speedskater, United States): I'm not a 500 meter specialist by any means. If you look at my past results, I've never been able to shine consistently. But on this night, on this occasion, on this Olympic day, I was able to come through.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: I've had the honor of touring the laboratory on the other side of town there, and it was really neat to see the engineers and the scientists and the PhD's all working hard to apply their God-given talents to help this country remain on the leading edge of technology. It reminded me of one of the challenges we have in America, and that's to make sure a new generation of our citizens are interested in science and engineering and physics.

Mr. IBRAHIM HOOPER (Spokesperson, Council for American Islamic Relations (CARE)): It's obvious that this horrendous attack on the Shia shrine was an attempt to prompt the sectarian violence and hatred. And I think the way to respond is to promote calm, to promote religious unity in Iraq.

(Soundbite of crowd chanting)

Mr. STEPHEN HADLEY (United States National Security Advisor): In these very difficult circumstances and in the heat of the loss of the golden mosque, they have been largely statements of calm.

Senator CARL LEVIN (Democrat, Michigan): Managing U.S. port facilities enables a company's employees to more easily obtain visas, drivers licenses and bank accounts that open a window of vulnerability that could be exploited.

Senator CHARLES SHUMER (Democrat, New York): Outsourcing the operations of our largest ports to a country with a dubious record on terrorism is a homeland security accident waiting to happen.

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