• “These seem to be appeals to the extreme white wing of the Republican Party. That is to say that there continues to be among many conservatives a real resentment against blacks....I think this is very intentional, it is pandering, there’s sort of a wink-wink that this base should be reminded that Barack Obama, President of the United States, is one of them, an African-American. Yes, I think this is very intentional. I think it is part of a hateful campaign that is being very methodically run in the hope it’s going to appeal to voters who would love to see us return to the good old days of Jim Crow.”

    Toby's Note:  Seems like Mr. Bob Franken needs to educate himself about the true racist history of the Democrat party... maybe he can start here:   Wrong on Race: The Democratic Party's Buried Past
  • “I was talking to a man outside the President’s town hall in Atkinson, Illinois. He was pounding in flags a couple hours before the President’s visit....He voted for Obama and he said he still believes in this President, but he said he must have the worst PR machine in history.... I said what do you mean by that? He said look at all of the good things he’s done and we haven’t heard about it.”
  • “It was an amazing time to be in the capital, that’s for sure. I have never experienced in my life anything like the swarms of people and the passion that I felt for the country.... [It] still gives me chills, even though the darkness has sort of overcome our country again.”
  • “So far, it is a couple of intellectual lightweights that are stealing the show. Since Michele Bachmann won the Iowa straw poll and Rick Perry entered the race, these two have been sucking up most of the media’s attention, mostly for saying stupid stuff....That’s a sad commentary on the state of our politics, isn’t it? Here’s the question: When it comes to presidential politics, why does America seem to be allergic to brains?”
  • “In an e-mail, [DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey] Katzenberg said outside Republican spending in 2010 led to the election of ‘Republican extremists’ who he said took the nation to the edge of default in the recent debt-ceiling showdown. ‘The stakes are too high for us to simply allow the extremism of a small but well-funded right-wing minority to go unchallenged,’ he said.”
  • Host Al Hunt: “What kind of shape is Barack Obama in for the 2012 campaign in Iowa?”
    Former NBC News President Michael Gartner: “I think he’s in pretty good shape. First of all, people out here have an attachment to him because he was out here. I think people have a fondness for him and I don’t think people blame him for anything that’s wrong in this country, unless — I think the far-right of the Republican Party does, but I don’t think the moderates do, and certainly the Democrats don’t.”
  • “The last time you were elected, you got Sasha and Malia a cute little puppy, Bo. What are you going to get them the next time, if you’re re-elected?”
  • Co-host Savannah Guthrie: “So you agree it’s biased?”
    Ex-CNBC host Donny Deutsch: “Well, but who says the media’s not biased? I can show you an old cover of Newt Gingrich with hair coming out of his nose....Why can’t they make a statement? Obviously that was a real picture and they didn’t air touch her. It’s not a flattering article. By the way, why can’t you write an unflattering, biased article? It has nothing to do with her sex.”
  • “I know you’re an objective reporter, but I smell birtherism about this guy. His attack on Obama isn’t just policy. It’s about the nature of the person who’s President....This could be Bull Connor with a smile.”
  • “Unmistakably Texan, unabashedly conservative, Governor Rick Perry does not care about the overwhelming scientific evidence that global warming is largely produced by humans burning fossil fuels.”