Verbatim: May 1, 2006

"This too will pass."

DONALD RUMSFELD, Secretary of Defense, predicting that calls from retired generals for him to step down will fade away

"You, Mr. Bill Gates, are a friend of China, and I'm a friend of Microsoft. I am dealing with the operating system produced by Microsoft every day."

HU JINTAO, President of China, to Bill Gates at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Wash., at the start of a U.S. visit last week

"It almost makes me want to run for office. Almost."

DICK CHENEY, U.S. Vice President, in response to his warm reception by Republican donors at a fund raiser...

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