"We all knew he was going to steal. But he told us he was going to do it." — Lake Charles resident Jacinda LeJeune at the 75th International Rice Festival in Crowley, La., describing the event's grand marshal, former Gov. Edwin Edwards, to New York Times reporter Campbell Robertson. Edwards, in shirtsleeves and suspenders, rode in the back of a convertible, waving to cheering crowds. Robertson's story was headlined "WELL-KNOWN FELON STILL DRAWS A CROWD, BUT LOUISIANA HAS MOVED ON."
"At halftime — and I'm not making this up — the Southern University band marched into a formation that read '34-7.' Now, when the band is dogging you, things are hitting rock bottom." — Indianapolis Star sports columnist Bob Kravitz on the Oct. 23 shellacking of the Indianapolis Colts by the New Orleans Saints. The final score was 62-7, a franchise points record for the Black and Gold.
"Yet for me the lingering wound of Katrina is that some used the explosive 'race card' to paint the President [George W. Bush] as a prejudiced, uncaring man. It was so unfair, cynical, and irresponsible." — Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, describing her personal "lingering wound of Katrina" in her new memoir No Higher Honor.