|We have work to do, and Tuesday Americans sent Washington
a clear message get the job done.
The US representative from Illinois on
his mandate as US President-elect Obama's chief of staff November
|In the White House, you can be on the pitcher's mound or you
can be in the catcher's position. Put points on the board. Show
people you can govern. Deliver on what you said you were going
to deliver on.
On US presidential candidate Barack Obama's
need for an aggressive agenda to fulfill his campaign promises,
said on breakfast discussion hosted by Politico, The Denver
Post and Yahoo News, August 2008.
|Good evening. I'm from Chicago, the hometown of the next president
of the United States, Barack Obama.
Prophetic words at Democratic Party's National
Convention, August 2008.
|A strong economy depends on a strong middle class, but George
Bush has put the middle class in a hole, and John McCain has
a plan to keep digging that hole with George Bush's shovel.
At Democratic National Convention, August
|When it comes to the economy, when it comes to job creation,
when it comes to health care reform our deficit reduction, there
are three words to describe the Bush-McCain record: mission
At Democratic National Convention, August
|I'm weird. I do my office hours at grocery stores. I don't
go do town halls.
On his unorthodox method of connecting
with voters, greeting and talking with them at supermarket entrances,
to Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker magazine, May 2008.
|I said to him, "You're not one of those tri-bathletes,
are you, Mr. President? You know - steam, sauna, shower?"
Recalling a 2005 conversation with George
Bush in which each took jabs at the other's athleticism, quoted
in Fortune October 2006.
|I've never been in a place where winning has hurt the ability
to do anything.
The chairman of Democratic Congressional
Campaign Committee after defeats for Republicans in two gubernatorial
races and state constitutional contest in November 2005.
|The American people want change. They want big ideas, big
On NBC Meet the Press, October 2005.
We invoke the sacrifices of our fallen heroes in the abstract,
but we seldom take time to thank them individually.
As 2,000th American fatality of Iraq war
is marked by reading of names of fallen soldiers into US Congressional
Record, October 2005.
|There's no safe Republican district. You can run, but you
The chairman of the Democratic Congressional
Campaign Committee in August 2005.
|I sometimes joke, Paula, even paranoid people have enemies.
To CNN news anchor Paula Zahn, November
|I still believe the Lewinsky investigation was way off from
the focus of what Whitewater was, which turned out to be nothing
at the end of the process. And I think that there were people
who were determined as political opponents to not allow his
presidency to succeed.
The former senior advisor to US President
Bill Clinton, during CNN discussion about history's judgment
of President Clinton, November 2004.
|You all felt under tremendous pressure, not wanting to get
beat. And rather than doing the kind of fact-checking that normally
goes with a story, you ran with certain stories for not wanting
to get beat. There's a pressure that exists in your profession.
I would be surprised in any honest exchange that you say that
doesn't exist. And things happened there that I don't think
are the finest hours for anybody, whether it was a journalist,
the legal system or, in that case of the political system, who
would say that was an example of when Washington worked best.
On some of the reporting of Kenneth Starr's
President Clinton/Lewinsky investigation, to CNN news anchor
Paula Zahn, November 2004.
|I don't think that period of time was the finest hour for
journalists. I don't think it was the finest hour for the judicial
system, the finest hour also for Washington as kind of a city
or a town.
On Kenneth Starr's President Clinton/Lewinsky
investigation, CNN news, November 2004.
|As individuals, we will be judged in our lives by the totality
of our actions. Not one thing will stand out. And I think that's
how we get judged by our colleagues and that's how we get judged
by the good lord.
CNN news, November 2004.
|I wake up some mornings hating me too.
On his reputation as Democratic attack
dog, Chicago Tribune November 2002.