Talking Points: Did You See What They Said?

"This Meryl Streep speech is why Trump won. And if people in Hollywood don't start recognizing why and how, you will help him get re-elected."— Meghan McCain, the daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), criticizing actress Meryl Streep's barbs at Donald Trump during the Golden Globes (Twitter, Sunday) "We lost an old friend today."— Calaveras County resident Jim Allday on mudslides that destroyed a giant iconic California sequoia called the Pioneer Cabin, named for the tunnel carved into its base (Los Angeles Times, Monday)"I guess it's one of the traditions. If you get it wrong, you got to pay the parents a goat or something. So I was lucky. I smelled her to find the right one. So, I got lucky there. But that was just an experience that I'll never forget.— Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki, reflecting on a Kenyan marriage ceremony that required him to pick his wife-to-be Jessica from among several veiled women. (dallasnews.com, Monday)"This is ridiculous. He has been in the Senate all these years. And, every one of those senators knows he is not a racist. They're playing a game. The ones who come up there and do that are really being intellectually dishonest."— Rudy Giuliani, commenting on the mounting opposition to Sen. Jeff Sessions' nomination to be attorney general (Politico, Tuesday)"I enjoy a good magician every now and then but in [your] daily life do you want someone who's like, 'I'm not telling you my secrets!' It's like, 'Can you knock it off and at least tell me your secrets?'"— actress Anna Faris, telling Conan O'Brien that women should never date magicians (HuffingtonPost.com, Tuesday) "To know Joe Biden is to know love without pretense, service without self-regard, and to live life fully."— President Barack Obama, while awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the outgoing vice president (NPR.com, Thursday)"Those are foreign actors, foreign people, influencing the vote in Nevada. You don't hear the Democrats screaming and saying one word about that."— Texas Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Midland, comparing the use of Mexican entertainers to energize Democratic voters to the email hacking that officials say was orchestrated by Vladimir Putin's government (dallasnews.com, Thursday) "Anyone who knew Seth knew that wasn't the way he would have handled the problem. He would not go outside the system."—Joel Rich, father of Seth Rich, a Democratic National Committee staffer who was killed last year, responding to WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange's cryptic suggestion that Seth provided some of the emails that roiled the 2016 presidential election (FoxNews.com, Tuesday)"If Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability, because we have a horrible relationship with Russia." — President-elect Donald Trump, on whether he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin had directed the hacking effort to help him win the presidency (New York Times, Wednesday)"As far as hacking, I think it was Russia."— Trump, finally conceding the conclusions of United States intelligence officials that Moscow interfered in the 2016 election (New York Times, Wednesday) "I'll go down that road. I like that."— actor Denzel Washington, when asked whether Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott should win the Most Valuable Player (dallasnews.com, Thursday)"'Fake news' as a term is busted. It was like the first time you heard your dad say 'fo shizzle' and immediately thought, 'Well, that's over.'"— Comic Seth Meyers (HuffingtonPost.com, Thursday)  Continue reading...

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