„This is an ironic choice for a president-elect who has promised to change Washington, make politics more civil and govern from the center.“

—  Rahm Emanuel, House Minority Leader John Boehner on Obama's hiring Emanuel as White House Chief of Staff, as quoted in San Francisco Chronicle http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/11/06/MN6C13VKH5.DTL&type=politics.
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„You have shown what history teaches us — that at defining moments like this one, the change we need doesn't come from Washington. Change comes to Washington.“

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„The First Amendment was added to the Constitution to stand as a guarantee that neither the power nor the prestige of the Federal Government would be used to control, support or influence the kinds of prayer the American people can say -- that the people's religions must not be subjected to the pressures of government for change each time a new political administration is elected to office.“

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