Quotes of the week October 7-1315 october 2012, 16:43
Some of the best quotes of the week from around the world:
GET ME A DICTIONARY
"With all due respect, that's a bunch of malarkey."
-- Vice President Joe Biden sparks laughter -- and a Twitter frenzy -- at the US vice presidential debate with a typically forthright, if not very American, choice of word to counter Republican rival Paul Ryan's dim view of the Obama administration's foreign policy.
US Vice President Joe Biden. ©AFP
STONES AND GLASS HOUSES
"I think the vice president very well knows that sometimes the words don't come out of your mouth the right way."
-- Ryan gets the biggest laugh of the night when he trips Biden up over the latter's allegation that Mitt Romney doesn't care about 47 percent of Americans.
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan. ©AFP
NO MORE WAR
"The last thing we need is another war."
-- Biden, alluding to Iraq and Afghanistan, stands firm on why the Obama administration does not want to see American troops deployed in Syria.
"Governor Romney had a good night. I had a bad night. It's not the first time I've had a bad night."
-- US President Barack Obama in an interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer, offering his most expansive mea culpa yet for a drowsy debate performance which let Mitt Romney back into the White House race.
US President Barack Obama. ©AFP
NOT PART OF MY AGENDA
"There's no legislation with regards to abortion that I'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda."
-- US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney in an interview with an Iowa newspaper, suggesting he had softened his platform on abortion.
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. ©AFP
"The Turkish prime minister continues to lie in order to justify his government's hostile attitude towards Syria."
-- The Syrian foreign ministry, hitting back at Recep Tayyip Erdogan's claims that military equipment was on board a Damascus-bound flight intercepted in Ankara.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. ©AFP
"Diplomatic security remained weak."
-- Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Wood, in remarks prepared for a congressional hearing on the September 11 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Lt. Col. Andrew Wood of the Utah National Guard. ©AFP
"It's very good to be with the same family. I feel reassured knowing that when I advance, someone will always watch my back."
-- Ahmad, one among 30 men from a single Syrian rebel family who are all fighting President Bashar al-Assad's forces in the northern city of Aleppo.
"These sanctions are barbaric. This is a war against a nation... But the Iranian nation will defeat them."
-- Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a speech reacting to sanctions after the Islamic republic's currency plunged against the dollar.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. ©AFP PHOTO/HO/LEADER.IR
"She is a Western-minded girl. She always speaks against us. We will target anyone who speaks against the Taliban."
-- Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan claims responsibility for an assassination attempt on 14-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai who was shot in the head in retaliation for her campaign for education rights.
A Pakistani veiled activist of an Islamic Sunni Tehreek party carries a placard during a protest against the assassination attempt by Taliban on child activist Malala Yousafzai. ©AFP
MAN IN THE MIRROR
"If he wants to know what misogyny looks like in modern Australia, he doesn't need a motion in the House of Representatives, he needs a mirror."
-- Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard launching a scathing attack on opposition leader Tony Abbott, accusing him of sexism as he attempted to have the parliamentary speaker sacked.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. ©AFP
"It was like a big dude hitting you in the leg with a baseball bat. It was a pretty good thump... I looked down and just thought, 'Awesome, my leg is still here'.
-- US soldier Devin Hagar describing the moment he was hit by a grenade on his first patrol in Afghanistan -- he survived after the explosive bounced off.
US Army soldier Devin Hagar. ©AFP
"From Jamaica to Guyana the party must have started... And I tell you we know how to party. I am sure they will need a lot of bartenders out there tonight."
-- West Indies captain Darren Sammy hailing his side's World Twenty20 triumph, their first world title in 33 years.
West Indies cricket team captain Darren Sammy. ©AFP
"There were ministers dying on the ground. I thought, 'Oh, God, how could this happen?' and then started clicking away with my camera."
-- Kim Sang-Yeong, South Korean government photographer who witnessed the 1983 North Korean assassination attempt on the South's president in Myanmar which left 21 dead, after his graphic photos were published for the first time.
I'll BE BETTER
"I commit to being a better president than I've been these past few years."
- Hugo Chavez after being elected to a third term as president of Venezuela.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. ©AFP
CHAVEZ BEHIND ASSAD
"How can I not support the government of Bashar al-Assad if it is the legitimate government of Syria? ... Who am I going to back, the terrorists... who run around killing people right and left?"
- Hugo Chavez firmly behind Syria.