JOHN YDSTIE, host:
From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm John Ydstie. And these were some of the voices in the news this past week.
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Unidentified Man (Sportscaster): Boise State for the win. They hand it off to Johnson! Boise State has won the Fiesta Bowl!
Mr. DONALD RUMSFELD (Former Secretary of Defense): The words President Ford used to reassure our country and the American people were plain and they were straightforward. Even in a country coarsened by skepticism, few doubted that the gentleman from Michigan would keep his word.
Mr. HENRY KISSINGER (Former Secretary of State): Gerald Ford had the virtues of small-town America: sincerity, serenity and integrity.
Mr. TOM BROKAW (Former NBC News Anchor): The country knew who he was, and despite occasional differences, it never lost its affection for this man from Michigan; the football player, the lawyer and the veteran, the congressman and suburban husband, the champion of Main Street values who brought all of those qualities to the White House.
Reverend ROBERT CERTAIN (Ford Family Pastor): With faith in Jesus Christ, we receive the body of our brother Gerald for burial. Let us pray with confidence to God, the giver of life, that he will raise him to perfection in the company of saints.
Mr. TONY SNOW (White House Press Secretary): The Pentagon has announced recommendation by Defense Secretary Gates to elevate General George Casey to become Army chief of staff, General George Petraeus to be head of the multi-national forces in Iraq, Admiral William Fallon to assume command of Central Command, and announces the retirement of General John Abizaid.
Ms. KAREN HAAS (House ouHousefffdadClerk): The Honorable Nancy Pelosi of the state of California is duly elected speaker of the House of Representatives for the 110th Congress, having received the majority of the votes passed.
Representative JOHN BOEHNER (Republican, Ohio): To the first woman speaker in our history, the gentle lady from California, Nancy Pelosi.
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House Speaker NANCY PELOSI (Democrat, California): This is an historic moment, and I thank the leader for acknowledging it. Thank you, Mr. Boehner. It's an historic moment for the Congress. It's an historic moment for the women of America.
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