Verbatim: Aug. 1, 2005

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"I am about the only person they did not rough up. I expect an apology before we land."

CONDOLEEZZA RICE, Secretary of State, after members of her delegation and the news media were shoved and blocked from an official meeting between her and President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan; she received an apology

"It's a game, as you'll see. I am a prisoner of the Iraqi government, but that government was appointed by the Americans."

SADDAM HUSSEIN, former Iraqi dictator, in a new court videotape, complaining to a judge about his lack of access to his lawyer while Iraqi prosecutors prepare to try him for atrocities committed during his 24-year rule

"In Washington, I work with boobs every day."

SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN, responding to the Drudge Report's criticism of his cameo appearance in Wedding Crashers, a film Matt Drudge called a "boob raunch fest"

"He's good in every way, except he's not a woman."

SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, while returning from a fly-fishing trip, commenting on John Roberts, President Bush's nominee to replace her on the high court

"I have more guts in my broken little finger than you have in your whole body."

EMILY LYONS, former director of nursing at the women's clinic that Eric Rudolph bombed in Birmingham, Ala., who underwent 21 operations and lost sight in her left eye as a result of the explosion, in a statement to Rudolph the day he was sentenced to life in prison

"This is a huge victory for sunshine lovers."

EDWARD MARKEY, Massachusetts Congressman and co-author of a measure to extend daylight saving time by four weeks that House and Senate negotiators have agreed to add to a sweeping energy bill

"Here's the deal: Michael Jackson likes children, Willy Wonka can't stand them. To me, that's a big difference in the whole persona, you know?"

TIM BURTON, director of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, on speculation that Johnny Depp's portrayal of Willy Wonka in the children's film was inspired by the Gloved One

Sources: New York Times (3); Salon.com Spokane (Wash.) Spokesman-Review; USA Today; London Free Press