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Quotes of the week 

  "Buying health insurance is never going to be like buying a song on iTunes." ­— President Barack Obama at a Nov. 14 news conference, addressing the problems with, the federal website portal to the national health exchange program.

  "How can President (Barack) Obama recover from his Katrina?" — Good Morning America's George Stephanopoulos Nov. 15, comparing Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods to the problems with

  The website Media Matters pointed out that the phrase "Obama's Katrina" has been used in the mainstream press to describe events as disparate as the Gulf oil disaster (too many cites to mention), the response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti (The Wall Street Journal) and the 2009 flu-shot shortage (Rush Limbaugh).

  "I am shirt-bustingly proud to announce that I have been offered the Throne of Bacchus in the next Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Be there!! My reign will be firm but benevolent. Peace and harmony will be upon the land, and the crops will thrive. Please don't get up. My raiment shall be of the finest, and I will be exquisitely scented. I might carry a bird of prey on my arm." — Actor Hugh Laurie, who has long loved New Orleans and its culture, announcing his 2014 reign as Bacchus.


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