'I want Barack Obama to be the next President of our country. As an official celebrity, I know my endorsement has just made your mind up for you.' TOM HANKS, endorsing the Illinois Democrat on his MySpace page

'We are closer to the end of this problem than we are to the beginning.' HENRY PAULSON, U.S. Treasury Secretary, on the country's economic troubles, as the credit crisis enters its ninth month

'I recognize that the media is going to play this up again tomorrow, as they do every single year.' DANA PERINO, White House spokeswoman, speaking a day before the fifth...

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