Voices in the News A montage of voices in the past week's news, including: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA); President Bush; Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA); CNN's Wolf Blitzer; Vice President Dick Cheney; Defense Secretary Robert Gates; Sen. John Warner (R-VA); Lt. Gen. David H. Petraeus; protesters at an anti-war rally; Jane Fonda.
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A montage of voices in the past week's news, including: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA); President Bush; Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA); CNN's Wolf Blitzer; Vice President Dick Cheney; Defense Secretary Robert Gates; Sen. John Warner (R-VA); Lt. Gen. David H. Petraeus; protesters at an anti-war rally; Jane Fonda.

REBECCA ROBERTS, host:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rebecca Roberts and these were some of the voices in the news this past week.

House Speaker NANCY PELOSI (Democrat, California): I have the high privilege and the distinct honor of presenting to you the President of the United States.

(Soundbite of cheering and applause)

President GEORGE W. BUSH: Tonight I have the high privilege and distinct honor of my own as the first president to begin the State of the Union message with these words: Madame Speaker.

Like many before us, we can work through our differences and we can achieve big things for the American people. Our citizens don't much care which side of the aisle we sit on as long as we're willing to cross that aisle when there's work to be done.

(Soundbite of applause)

Senator JIM WEBB (Democrat, Virginia): The war's cost to our nation has been staggering; financially, the damage to our reputation around the world, the lost opportunities to defeat the forces of international terrorism, and especially the precious blood of our citizens who've step forward to serve.

Mr. WOLF BLITZER (CNN Anchor): What if the Senate passes a resolution saying this is not a good idea, will that stop you?

Vice President DICK CHENEY: It won't stop us. And it would be, I think, detrimental from the standpoint of the troops.

Mr. ROBERT GATES (U.S. Secretary of Defense): Any indication of flagging will in the United States gives encouragement to those folks. I'm sure that that's not the intent behind the resolutions, but I think it may be the effect.

Senator JOHN WARNER (Republican, Virginia): I personally, speaking for myself, have great concern about the American G.I. being thrust into that situation, the origins of which sometimes go back over a thousand years.

Lieutenant General DAVID H. PETRAEUS (U.S. Army): None of this will be rapid. In fact, the way ahead will be neither quick nor easy, and there undoubtedly will be tough days. We face a determined, adaptable, barbaric enemy. He will try to wait us out. In fact, any such endeavor is a test of wills and there are no guarantees.

(Soundbite of chanting)

CROWD: Impeach Bush! Impeach Bush! Impeach Bush!

Ms. JANE FONDA (Actress): That's right.

CROWD: Impeach Bush! Impeach Bush! Impeach Bush!

Ms. FONDA: I haven't spoken at an anti-war rally in 34 years, but silence is no longer an option.

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