Verbatim 2006

"This too will pass."

DONALD RUMSFELD, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, predicting in April that calls from retired generals for him to step down would fade away. Seven months later, Rumsfeld resigned

"I learned some lessons about expressing myself maybe in a little more sophisticated manner."

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH, on his regrets about the Iraq war. He said such phrases as "bring it on ... sent the wrong signal"

"How do you make chocolate? You take dark chocolate, you mix it with white milk, and it becomes a delicious drink."

RAY NAGIN, mayor of New Orleans, who, five months...

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