Voices in the News

A montage of voices in the week's news, including Milwaukee Health Commissioner Bevan Baker; former Texas Gov. Ann Richards; Richards family spokesperson Cathy Bonner; a Sept. 11 reading of names in New York; President Bush; Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV); Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC); President Bush, redux; Pope Benedict XVI; Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit.


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. BEVAN BAKER (Milwaukee Health Commissioner): The preliminary epidemiological data suggests that bagged, fresh spinach is the possible cause of the outbreak.

Ms. ANN RICHARDS (Former Texas Governor): We're not going to have the America that we want until we elect leaders who are going to tell the truth.

Ms. CATHY BONNER (Ann Richards Family Spokesperson): She was a wonderful, warm, funny, funny, funny, energetic person that had a strong core value of equality and social justice. And that's the way she played out her politics all her life.

Unidentified Woman #1: Gordon M. Aamoth, Junior.

Unidentified Woman #2: Edlmiro Abad.

Unidentified Woman #1: Maria Rose Abad.

Unidentified Woman #2: Andrew Anthony Abate.

Unidentified Woman #1: Vincent Abate.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: For America, 9/11 was more than a tragedy; it changed the way we look at the world. On September the 11th we resolved that we would go on the offense against our enemies, and we would not distinguish between the terrorists and those who harbor or support them.

Senator HARRY REID (Democrat, Nevada): They deserved a break from politics to honor the spirit of 9/11. They deserved a chance to reclaim that sense of unity, purpose and patriotism that swept through our country five years ago.

Senator JOHN MCCAIN (Republican, Arizona): To redefine Common Article 3 would add to these doubts. Furthermore, it would put our own troops at risk.

Senator LINDSEY GRAHAM (Republican, South Carolina): Whatever we do to comply with Hamdan, we do not carve out the ability of one of our agencies to operate outside the law, because that will come back to haunt us.

President BUSH: It's unacceptable to think that there's any kind of comparison between the behavior of the United States of America and the action of Islamic extremists who kill innocent women and children to understand - to achieve an objective.

Pope BENEDICT XVI: (Through translator) He said, and I quote, Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith that he preached.

Mr. AHMED ABOUL GHEIT (Foreign Minister, Egypt): This was a very unfortunate statement, and it is a statement that shows that there is lack of understanding of real Islam.

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