As usual, many people said many things in 2002, and many people ate their words, with mustard and relish on them.

Sen. Trent Lott to his speechwriter: "I have to say something for Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday, and I want it to be something everyone will remember. And while you're at it, write up a dozen apologies and also my resignation, in case my toast lays an egg."

Karl Rove, political adviser to the president: "The party of Lincoln has to do something to win the African American vote."

Aide to Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill: "He can't fire you. The entire country would be up in arms and your dismissal would cause another Saturday Night Massacre."

Al Gore's agent: "If you don't want to be president, I can get you a 13-week contract on 'Saturday Night Live.' "

A lumber lobbyist to the secretary of the interior: "If you can't see the redwood trees for the forest, then I say let us cut down the trees."

The adviser to Queen Elizabeth II: "If he keeps Diana's papers, then sue him. He is nothing more than a butler, and you're the queen."

One of Michael Jackson's lackeys: "Hang the baby over the balcony so your fans can see him."

The U.S. official who was asked why the United States permitted Iraq to stock up on nerve gas antidotes: "We warned Iraq they could only use it with a doctor's prescription."

The CIA official who assured the president: "Take our word for it. The North Koreans don't have a nuclear bomb; if they did our people would know about it."

The saleswoman at Saks who said to Winona Ryder: "This dress would look beautiful on you. Why don't you try it on?"

The bishop to Cardinal Law: "I'm sure all the pope will do is ask you to say three Hail Marys."

CEO of a multibillion-dollar worldwide corporation: "Dr. Kissinger, you can either investigate the September 11 affair or you can continue consulting for us at an enormous fee -- but you can't do both."

Jack Welch's lawyer: "Your wife has no right to ask for any money from you. We want this to be a friendly divorce."

Philip Morris lobbyist to New York Mayor Bloomberg: "Do you have a light?"

National security adviser to the president: "Here is the Iraq report by the U.N. inspectors. Do you want me to read it to you?"

President Bush: "No. Let's roll."

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