BuzzChatter Tuesday: Obama pays his respects to veterans

11/11/2013 5:12 PM

11/11/2013 5:12 PM

The hot quotes on this Tuesday morning:

• “On this hillside of solemn remembrance and in veterans’ halls and in proud parades across America, we join as one people to honor a debt we can never fully repay.” — President Barack Obama in remarks Monday near the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.

Well said, Mr. President.

• “As many of you have heard, sometimes our fathers didn’t get along. (But) they shared so much, and shared a love of country.” — Lynda Johnson Robb, daughter of former President Lyndon Johnson,

at a gala party Saturday night

that reunited former Kennedy staffers in Washington. Robb said this with her arm around a Kennedy, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, daughter of Robert Kennedy.

“Sometimes didn’t get along” is a dramatic understatement. But burying the hatchet is probably never a bad thing. The renowned historian Doris Kearns Goodwin pointed out that what Kennedy started, Johnson finished, whether it be civil rights or Medicare.

• “He’s no more conservative than Harry Reid.” — Scott Hofstra of Vine Grove, Ky., who’s active in the Tea Party movement on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Christie may be a favorite among some Republicans for the 2016 presidential nomination. But some conservatives, such as Hofstra, are recoiling at the idea. Christie, it turns out, is a polarizing figure for many in today’s GOP.

• “Frankly, I am nervous.” — Pentagon comptroller Robert Hale on the military’s wildly fluctuating budget numbers for fiscal 2014.

Sequestration is causing all sorts of headaches for the military, and one of them is turning out to be unpredictable budget figures. One recent report by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments on the defense budget was titled “Chaos and Uncertainty.”

• “The best thing he can do is take a toke on the mayor of Toronto’s crack pipe, because his numbers are about 48.” — Democratic strategist and commentator James Carville joking about what President Barack Obama should do to improve his poll numbers. Carville was referring to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford who has admitted smoking crack.

Carville was joking. We think.

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