“He is such an egomaniac and such a religious zealot that he thinks he can ignore court orders with impunity. For the sake of our state, he should be kicked out of office.”
— Southern Poverty Law Center president RICHARD COHEN commenting on Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore. The judge faces potential removal from office for ordering the state’s probate judges to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
“To have a Muslim mayor seems preferable to me to any alternative regardless of the politics. I hope it’s an image that will go round the world as representing a new sort of England that’s at peace with itself regardless of race and so on. That’s the beauty of it.”
— SIR IAN McKELLAN celebrating the election of Sadiq Khan to serve as London’s first Muslim mayor. Khan represented the liberal Labour Party in the race. One million of the city’s 8.2 million residents practice the Muslim faith.
“A monument to sin? That’s unbelievable. War heroes deserve a monument, our nation’s founding fathers deserve a monument, people who have helped to make America strong deserve a monument — but a monument to sin?”
— Evangelist FRANKLIN GRAHAM, the son of now-deceased preacher man Billy Graham, mocking President Barack Obama’s plans to turn the Stonewall Inn and its surroundings in New York’s Greenwich Village into a National Monument.
“I will not rest and I’m going to make sure that the leaders at every level of government don’t rest until every drop of water that flows to your homes is safe to drink and safe to cook with and safe to bathe in.”
— President BARACK OBAMA during a visit to Flint, Michigan, where lead contamination forced residents to spend months drinking, cooking and bathing with bottled water.
“We love our girls. Thank you so much for so many years of joy. That’s history tonight there, ladies and gentlemen, true American icons.”
-— Ringmaster JOHNATHAN LEE IVERSON bidding farewell to the performing elephants of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The trained elephants were part of a 145-year-old tradition. They’ve retired to a 200-acre refuge in central Florida.
“Democracy requires compromise, even when you are 100 percent right. This is hard to explain sometimes. You can be completely right and you still have to engage folks who disagree with you. If you think that the only way forward is to be as uncompromising as possible, you will feel good about yourself, you will enjoy a certain moral security, but you will not get what you want. … This is how we cheat ourselves of progress.”
— PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA delivering the commencement address at Howard University. Pundits saw this remark as a mild rebuke to the supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who want to model their so-called “revolution” on the right wing’s uncompromising tea party faction.