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"Congratulations, Dave! I don't think I've read a more beautifully evasive and subtly misleading public statement in all my years in government."
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Desk plaque: 'The buck pauses, but does not actually stop here.'
"I'm afraid 'It's a surprise', doesn't cut it as a growth strategy."
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Intoduction to Cheneyspeak
"The senator really has these press conferences down pat...by the time he's finished answering, the reporter has forgotten the question!"
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"That one's for invasion, and this one is for evasion."
"Is there something going on with you that I should know about?"
"Let me get straight to the point, in a roundabout way."
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'Sharks have to keep moving to survive, you say?', 'Yep - They're nature's politicians.'
'He has two distinct personalities, and neither one of them will pay his bill.'
"Is it wrong to be evasive and not answer questions?"
'Look at this mess! Egg everywhere! You're benched, Collins. I have no use for a quarterback who can't scramble.'
Tags:football, american football, footballer, footballers, scramble, scrambles, scrambling, egg, eggs, dodge, dodges, evade, evades, evasion, evasive, avoid, avoids, avoiding, quarterback, quarterbacks, mess, messes, messy, useless, select, selected, selection, selections, fail, fails, in the bleachers, bleachers, in the bleachers
Shall we check it oversight by oversight?
"...and then I'll tell you when I plan to go on holiday."
Inland Revenue Area 4 - "If they are honest mistakes, how come they're all in your favour."
"It's conceivable that I'd give you my phone number. It's also conceivable that an alien will burst out of my stomach and go on a killing rampage. Spoiler alert: only one of those things is going to happen."
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"Did you manage to pass the buck on our dodgy food?"
Weight loss programme.
'Rumsfeld wants a leaner, more agile military that's harder to pin down at budget hearings...'
'Mrs Smith, get me a dictionary for my TV interview and have the words yes and no removed!'
'We interrupt this program to look in on the Shelton's in their tacky apartment in Greenwood Heights.'
He's at a shareholder's meeting deflecting questions.
...could you be a little more specific than 'significant loss'?
"For 'Total wages, salaries and tips', we need an actual number, not whatever.'"
"Some say filling out the census form puts your privacy in jeopardy. So I answered everything in the form of a question."
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