- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 1, 2000

A the human race boldly goes where no man has gone before that would be into the third millennium it is the pleasure of The Washington Times editorial page to offer a moment of retrospection on the passed year. It is said that those who do not know history is bound to repeat it. In the case of 1999, with its Clintonian sex scandal and Senate trial on impeachment charges, it is hard to imagine a repeat performance in the immediate future, but who’s to say? At least, editors here hope it will be a while before we see the likes of the Clintons again in Washington’s halls of power. Beyond the Beltway yes, there is a world out there it was also an eventful year, so please enjoy our bids for quotations of 1999, on matters great and small. As a special bonus for Y2K, the editorial page also offers its choices for quote of the century and quote of the millennium.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;”I have wrinkles! Nobody thinks I’m 25 anymore. Ken Starr should pay for a face-lift!”
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; Monica Lewinsky, commenting on one of the consequences of her ordeal with with President Clinton.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; “I like to be able to reach up on my bookshelf for one of Shakespeare’s plays, and I would like to think that people will do that with this book.”
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; Monica Lewinsky on “Monica’s Story” in the London Sunday Mirror.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;”Return to sender. You must be morons to send me this letter.”
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; Monica Lewinsky’s father’s response to the Clinton Legal Expense Trust, which had solicited a contribution from him.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; “I would say, ‘You are a butthead.’ “
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; Barbara Lewinsky, Monica Lewinsky’s stepmother, explaining what she would tell President Clinton if their paths ever crossed.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; “He starts biting on my lip… . I tried to pull away from him. Then he forced me down on the bed. I felt the whole thing you can imagine of being violated… . There was pain.”
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; Juanita Hickey Broaddrick, “Jane Doe 5” in the Paula Jones case, describing what happened when, she charged, then-Arkansas Attorney General Bill Clinton raped her in 1978.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;”You better get some ice on that.”
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; Mrs. Broaddrick’s memory of Bill Clinton’s comment, referring to her lip, following her ordeal with him.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;”You know, I think that I think that whatever mistakes he made in his personal life are, in the minds of most Americans, balanced against what he has done in his public life as president.”
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; Vice President Al Gore, at a December 1999 town hall meeting, about Mrs. Broaddrick’s accusation against Mr. Clinton.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; “Yes, Bill Clinton is a big flirt. He flirts with men. He flirts with women. He flirts with pets.” Former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; “I haven’t really talked to him about that.”
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; Hillary Rodham Clinton’s straight-faced response to a question about the likelihood of her husband living with her in their new home in New York.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;”The president responded [under oath] to plaintiff’s questions by giving false, misleading and evasive answers that were designed to obstruct the judicial process… . There is simply no escaping the fact that the president deliberately violated this court’s discovery orders and thereby undermined the integrity of the judicial system.”
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; Federal District Court Judge Susan Webber Wright’s opinion announcing a fine of nearly $100,000 for President Clinton’s “contemptuous” conduct in the civil suit filed by Paula Jones.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;”During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.”
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; Vice President Al Gore describing his congressional role in establishing a computer network, which was actually developed in the late 1960s, about a decade before he entered Congress in 1977.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;”We’ve paid down the debt and tripled the stock market.”
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; Internet inventor and Vice President Al Gore citing still more accomplishments of the Clinton-Gore administration.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;”I only have a certain amount of time. I like to read good books.”
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; Democratic presidential candidate Bill Bradley explaining why “Earth in the Balance,” a book written by Vice President Al Gore, will unlikely find a place on his nightstand.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;”We really are the envy of the world.”
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, regarding America’s risk-taking entrepreneurial spirit.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;”If youre only going to have 10 rules, I dont know if adultery should be one of them.”
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; Media mogul Ted Turner recommending how the Ten Commandments should be updated.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;”Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers.”
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura commenting in a Playboy interview.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;”The idea of … having so-called works of art in which people are throwing elephant dung at a picture of the Virgin Mary is sick.”
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s reaction to an “artwork” showcased by the Brooklyn Museum in an exhibit partly funded with tax dollars.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;”Streets do not exist in civilized societies for the purpose of people sleeping there. Bedrooms are for sleeping.”
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani explaining why he has embarked on a campaign to remove homeless people from the city’s streets.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;”From (Columbine High School in) Colorado to Atlanta, these things occur. We do not know why. We’ll simply have to search our souls… . Pray for our city.”
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell after a gunman killed several family members.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;”I think these officials ought to just get a life.”
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams on a botched attempt by the FBI in 1998 to nab Marion Barry.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; “I’ll say he was a thief and a thug.”
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; Former D.C. Auditor Otis Troupe on the same attempt to nab Marion Barry.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;”Oh Lord.”
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; Diane Simmons Williams after her husband was egged into plunging, fully clothed, in the pool of Argentine Ambassador Diego Guelar.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;”I will go serve children in another place if I am not allowed to really do the work that I came to do.” D.C. Superintendent Arlene Ackerman on the school system’s status quo.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;”I note your distress at my floccinaucinihilipilification of the CTBT.”
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms, using a word he said Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan taught him, commenting on the demise of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;”At the end of the day, all of the world’s major trading partners believe that failure is not an option.”
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky at the meeting of the World Trade organization in Seattle before the White House pulled the plug on her.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; “They have been treating us like animals, keeping us out in the cold and telling us nothing.”
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; Egyptian trade negotiator Munir Zahran on the American negotiators at the WTO meeting.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; “Yes, I would defend him. And I would win.”
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz explaining what would have happened if he had been asked to defend Adolf Hitler.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;”They “did not subscribe to traditional forms of patriotism.”
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; Historian Ellen Screcker, explaining the motivations of American Communist spies in the New York Times.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; “We want more bombs, please, so we can go home.”
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; a 12-year-old Kosovar refugee boy in Tirana, Albania.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;”I’m much more civilized these days. They’ve got me programmed so I don’t say what I think.”
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;David Trimble joking in an editorial meeting at The Washington Times after he got the Unionists to agree to establish a shared executive with Sinn Fein.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;”This is the way of democracy. It lives in the darkness.”
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; a Kazakh journalist in Almaty, Kazakhstan, pointing to the darkened hallway leading to the Center for Democracy.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; “If the U.S. provokes a war of aggression on the DPRK, considering its strength to be almighty, it will face a fate of a tiger moth.”
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; the official North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;”I will not vote for Democrats its too dangerous for the country.”
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;Sergei Khrushchev, the son of former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, explaining what will influence his vote next year, the first time the recently naturalized citizen will be able to cast an American ballot.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;”Yesterday, Clinton permitted himself to put pressure on Russia. It seems he has for a minute forgotten that Russia has a full arsenal of nuclear weapons.”
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; Russian President Boris Yeltsin, referring to criticism of Russia’s military campaign in Chechnya from President Clinton.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;”It will be a triumph of confidence over cynicism, boldness over blandness, excellence over mediocrity.”
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;British Prime Minister Tony Blair on the strange Millennium Dome erected by his government at Greenwich. The Dome features among other things “The Body,” an 54-feet high sculpture of a man’s torso with a woman’s legs.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;”Once New Year’s Eve comes and goes, anything that says ‘2000’ on it could seem backward-looking.”
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; Richard Schreuer of Chadwick Martin Bailey on product names.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;RUNNER UP QUOTE OF THE CENTURY: “The war situation has developed not necessarily to Japan’s advantage.”
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; Emperor Hirohito announcing Japan’s surrender in World War Two after atomic bombs had devastated Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; QUOTE OF THE CENTURY: “Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; Winston Churchill in a speech before the House of Commons in 1947.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160; QUOTE OF THE MILLENNIUM: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The Declaration of Independence.

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