'We dodged a bullet, but just barely.'

BARACK OBAMA, addressing senior security officials, on intelligence lapses that allowed the foiled Christmas Day bombing attempt on a Detroit-bound airliner

'I was the CEO. I was in charge. I'm really very sorry about the pain and suffering and loss that was caused. I take responsibility.'

GERALD LEVIN, former Time Warner chairman, taking the blame for the 2000 merger with AOL--"the worst deal of the century, apparently"--which cost shareholders billions of dollars

'We are not terrorists. We are jihadists, and jihad is not terrorism.'

RAMY ZAMZAM, one of five Americans arrested in...

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