Best Political Quotes of the Weekend

John Boehner

Miss the best political quotes of the weekend? The Caucus didn’t. Here’s a rundown of our favorites. Consider this a special Donald Trump edition, with a few extras thrown in.

1. Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union” program, Donald Trump, the real estate mogul and Hollywood star who is considering a presidential run in 2012, continued insisting that President Obama was not born in the United States. “The fact is, nobody has any information. And his people in the United States don’t even know which hospital. His relatives don’t even know which hospital he was born in,” Mr. Trump said. He refused to relent under tough questioning from the host Candy Crowley. “The birthers, they got labeled and they got labeled so negatively and even the word birther is a negative word…because if you come out and say — and even question, the press goes wild. They get angry at the question. And the fact is, if he wasn’t born in this country, he shouldn’t be the president of the United States.”

2. Mr. Trump’s birther comments were praised by Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska and another possible 2012 contender. Ms. Palin had previously said the subject was a non-issue. But speaking on Fox News’s “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” Ms. Palin said, “I appreciate that ‘The Donald’ wants to spend his resources in getting to the bottom of something that so interests him and many Americans — you know, more power to him.” She added that “he’s not just throwing stones from the sidelines, he’s digging in there, he’s paying for researchers to find out why President Obama would have spent $2 million to not show his birth certificate.”

3. All of which was too much for David Plouffe, a senior adviser to Mr. Obama, who appeared on just about every Sunday talk show. He noted a poll that showed Mr. Trump gaining on other 2012 hopefuls, saying that “I hope he keeps on rising, because I don’t think there is a — there is zero chance that Donald Trump would ever be hired by the American people to do this job.”

4. Just days after his party reached a deal with Mr. Obama to cut $39 billion and avert a budget shutdown, Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia, the majority leader in the House, slammed Mr. Obama for not really wanting to cut the budget deficit. “For the last two months, we’ve had to bring this president kicking and screaming to the table to cut spending,” Mr. Cantor said on “Fox News Sunday.” “I then hear they’re going to present a plan as far as how to address the fiscal situation. And, by the way, they’re insisting that we have to about looking at raising taxes again, all while holding up the tax agreement that was signed in December.”

5. Not everyone liked the budget deal that Mr. Cantor and Mr. Boehner cut with Mr. Obama on Friday. Count Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota among them. She called the deal a “disappointment” and said that Americans “wanted to make sure their tax dollars stopped flowing to the nation’s largest abortion provider, and who wanted us to defund ObamaCare.” Instead, she said in a statement, “We’ve been asked to settle for $39 billion in cuts, even as we continue to fund Planned Parenthood and the implementation of ObamaCare.”

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