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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.'
"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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"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.'
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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."
"...I can only tell you one of those things is going to happen."
"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.'"
"My motto in life has always been: 'Never commit to something you might possibly regret at some vague, unspecified later date, given 20/20 hindsight!'"
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