‘Didn’t the White House prepare you?’

By Sadie Bass

Jul 16, 2009 9:48am

"It’s amazing. They did a good job being able to do what they did to control the vehicle to prevent additional events." — Michigan State Police Trooper Charles Kemp, after a gasoline tanker exploded last night on I-75, about 10 miles north of downtown Detroit, collapsing an overpass and causing a spectacular fire which burned for hours

“What we can't do is pretend that somehow with all the waste that's in the system — and everybody acknowledges that — that we can just keep on doing business as usual and somehow bend the curve on health care costs in a way that not only provides affordable coverage to families but also makes sure that we don't have the federal budget blowing up.” — President Barack Obama, to ABC's Medical Editor Tim Johnson

“Have you set publicly available greenhouse gas reduction targets? If yes, what are those targets?” — one of 15 questions Wal-Mart plans to ask of its roughly 100,000 global suppliers, about "sustainable practices"

"Didn’t the White House prepare you?” — Senator Al Franken, D-Minn., in mock incredulity that Judge Sonia Sotomayor couldn’t recall the episode of “Perry Mason” in which the defense attorney lost

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