Loop Quote of the Week winner: Sebelius


President Obama shares a laugh with outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Once again the always entertaining crew in government and politics provided us with some zingers and face-palm moments this week, but in our humble estimation the real winner was saved for Friday morning.

Earlier in the week brought Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and the dueling Teddies.

“On the issue of Ukraine, my hero, Teddy Roosevelt, used to say talk softly, but carry a big stick. What you’re doing is talking strongly and carrying a very small stick, in fact, a twig,” McCain spat.

“Your friend Teddy Roosevelt also said the credit belongs to the people who are in the arena trying to get things done. And we’re trying to get something done. That’s a Teddy Roosevelt maxim, and I abide by it,” Kerry retorted.

Then there was this delicious bit of snark from Attorney General Eric Holder when he told Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) during a heated exchange, “Good luck with your asparagus,” — a reference to a classic, and ridiculed, line from Gohmert at a hearing last year where he accused Holder of casting “aspersions on my asparagus.”

And then Thursday evening there was Hillary Clinton’s calm and humorous reaction after she just dodged a flying shoe at an Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries speech.

“What was that a bat? Is that somebody throwing something at me? Is that part of Cirque de Soleil. My goodness, I didn’t know solid waste management was so controversial. Thank goodness she didn’t play softball like I did,” Clinton joked.

There were so many other contenders this week, but the Loop’s favorite came from resigning Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who in her final act as secretary, made one final mistake when giving her farewell remarks. As she flipped through her notes, she paused and said, “Unfortunately, a page is missing.”

A small technical glitch?

While giving a speech following the president's announcement Friday that she would be stepping down, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius discovered a page was missing from her remarks. (The Associated Press)
Colby Itkowitz is a national reporter for In The Loop.
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