What's in a name?
President Clinton: "I'm sorry to say Mr. Sharif that what you are doing in Kargil is not very 'sharif'(meaning gentlemanly)."
Nawaz Sharif: "Mr. President, names have no meaning in political moves. Do you think what Madam Madelein Albright has been doing in Kosovo makes her all that bright?"
* Russian President Putin's call to President Bush after Secretary of State Condolitza Rice's visit to Moscow:
"Mr. President, Ms Rice has just concluded her trip and you know what? Your Candy turned out to be too bitter a pill to swallow."
* British Prime Minister Tony Blair to President Bush when the latter wanted his support for Mr. Wolfovitz, nominated to become President of World Bank:
"Ofcourse, you can take my support for granted, George, even if I have to pay a heavy price for it. They are already calling me your Poodle for supporting you on Iraq war and now they will create some 'Poodle and the Wolf(ovitz)' tales."
* Tony Blair to his wife Cherie Blair, a human rights lawyer of international repute, after she made a scathing attack on her husband's government in a speech in Malasia for changing laws to detain terror suspects for indefinite period without charging them--"It would be all too easy for the U.K. to fight back against terror in a way which cheapens our right to call ourselves a civilized nation":
" Hi Cherie, sorry to say your speech certainly brought no cheers for me or my supporters in Britain, even if you were enthusiastically cheered by your audiance in Malasya."
* According to polls, President Bush's rating is very much reduced in his second term of presidency. Political analysts have mentioned many factors for this but somehow they missed the most important one:
"The woman behind the successful man, the First Lady Laura Bush. The fateful day 'the desperate housewife' came out from behind the Bushes at White House Correspondents' Dinner held April 30, President Bush's ratings started to slip dramatically, as the First Lady's popularity progressed instantly."
* President Bush announces John Bolton's installation as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations:
A Bolt(on) from (de)Blue for Kofi Annan!