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March 28, 2009
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"After 12 months of hard work dismantling the company . . . we in the financial products unit have been betrayed by AIG and are being unfairly persecuted by elected officials. In response to this, I will now leave the company and donate my entire post-tax retention payment to those suffering from the global economic downturn."
Jake DeSantis, an executive vice president of the American International Group's financial products unit employee, in his resignation letter to Edward Liddy, the company's chief executive

"It's like, OK, you got to help me screw you. And by the way, I'm going to take your money and I'm going to slap you with it."
Representative Elijah Cummings, on the bonuses paid to AIG executives after AIG accepted billions of dollars in bailout money

"It's not gonna happen. I'm a Wasp. I was raised to suppress my emotions."
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, refusing to dance with Ellen DeGeneres during an appearance on her show

"Too many bishops are treating parishes as if they were Starbucks franchises. It's about more than money."
Christine Schenk, a Cleveland-area nun, on the closing of many churches due to financial problems

"You can see them cruising . . . with their mouths open. I'm delighted to welcome them back to the Commonwealth."
Ian Bowles, the state secretary of energy and environmental affairs, on the appearance of over 70 right whales in Cape Cod Bay

"Our biggest concern is an ice jam in the river just 10 miles north of Bismarck, which we're hoping does not dislodge. . . . An ice jam is kind of like my teenage daughter. Sometimes there is just no way to predict what they'll do next."
Bill Wocken, a Bismarck, N.D., city administrator, on the flooding in his city and Fargo

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