Tom Brady -- May 1, 2005

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was in town for Saturday's White House Correspondents Association dinner, so we took the chance to ask him about the recent hearings on steroids in the NFL, leadership and what he thinks about coming back to the Capitol for a more permanent gig.

Tom Brady: "Whatever I've chosen to do in my athletic career, and hopefully in my post-athletic career, I'm going to want to inspire people to do more and to encourage them to be better people, to be better Americans, to be better representatives of this great country that we live in.

"I think I enjoy the leadership aspects. I enjoy the greater good, I think, of what this country has to offer. And really, the things that I feel are fulfilling for me are beyond throwing a football. It's making influence in people's lives. And if that's politics, that's politics.

"I enjoyed playing sports because it was the competitiveness of everything, the competitiveness of the game. And I've never felt like I needed to push the envelope. I've never felt like I've needed to step beyond what I thought was fair. To cheat in sports is not something I would think about doing.

"Hopefully, steroids scares a lot of fans and scares a lot of children. Hopefully, they do look at these and say 'Never would I even think of trying steroids.'

"As a fan of the game, as a fan of baseball, as a fan of football, as a fan of basketball, you want to see the pure competition, the purest it could be. I think that's what every fan and young kid would want to see."

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White House Correspondents Association Dinner:

Laura Bush: "I am married to the president of the United States, and here's our typical evening: 9 o'clock -- Mr. Excitement here is sound asleep. And I am watching 'Desperate Housewives' with [vice presidential wife] Lynn Cheney. Ladies and gentlemen, I am a desperate housewife.

"One night after George went to bed, Lynn Cheney, [Secretary of State] Condi Rice, [White House adviser] Karen Hughes and I went to Chippendales. I wouldn't even mention it except [Supreme Court justices] Ruth Ginsburg and Sandra Day O'Conner saw us there. I won't tell you what happened, but Lynn's secret service code name is now "Dollar Bill."

"I saw my in-laws down at the ranch over Easter. We like it down there. George didn't know much about ranches when we bought the place. Andover and Yale don't really have a strong ranching program. But I am proud of George. He has learned a lot about ranching since that first year when he tried to milk the horse. What's worse, it was a male horse.

"George's answer to any problem at the ranch is to cut it down with a chainsaw, which I think is why he and Cheney and Rumsfeld get along so well."

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