"Rush Limbaugh, we expect nonsense from him. But the Vatican, that's another story. When the Vatican is so threatened that it launches attacks on nuns, well, you know what they say in politics, a hit dog hollers."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Jennifer M. Granholm on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Jennifer M. Granholm on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Jennifer M. Granholm on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Jennifer M. Granholm on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Jennifer M. Granholm on Joseph Stalin
"Sometimes leadership is planting trees under whose shade you'll never sit. It may not happen fully till after I'm gone. But I know that the steps we're taking are the right steps."
"This is the place where anybody - like an African American kid raised by a single mom - can be president."
"Our strength is not just in the size of our defense budget, but in the size of our hearts, in the size of our gratitude for their sacrifice. And that's not just measured in words or gestures."
"Ceremonies are important. But our gratitude has to be more than visits to the troops, and once-a-year Memorial Day ceremonies. We honor the dead best by treating the living well."
"As governor, when I visited our troops in Kuwait and Iraq, I served them Thanksgiving dinner. It was a small gesture compared to their sacrifice."