"I see what we are capable of -- not just as a matter of history, but as a matter of character. And I am asking you to touch that part of our shared legacy, and reach with me for something better."
Governor DEVAL PATRICK, in his inauguration speech outside the Massachusetts State House
"He forced you to bring your A game to the table, and I give him credit for that."
Senate President ROBERT TRAVAGLINI,assessing Mitt Romney as governor
"No comment on that."
House Speaker SALVATORE DIMASI,asked a similar question about Romney
"I call on you not to hate because hate does not leave space for a person to be fair."
SADDAM HUSSEIN, in a letter posted online urging Iraqis not to hate US forces there, after an appeals court upheld his death sentence
"What we really expect out of the Democrats is for them to treat us as they would liked to have been treated."
Representative JOHN BOEHNER of Ohio, the new House minority leader
"There is nothing political about finding a policy to end the war in Iraq, raising the minimum wage, achieving energy independence or helping kids afford college. In fact, politics has prevented progress on these issues for too many years."
HARRY REID, the new Senate majority leader, in response to President Bush's challenge that Democrats not pass "bills that are simply political" statements
"Democrats are back, and that is cause for celebration, and we are back after 200 years with the first woman speaker. Thanks to you, working moms in this country know there's a mom in the speaker's office who understands their challenges."
Representative NANCY PELOSI after assuming her duties as the country's first female speaker of the House