Out Loud: June 13, 2008

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"I think that in retrospect, I could have used a different tone, a different rhetoric."

President Bush, on his tough-guy language leading up to the war with Iraq that included phrases like "bring them on" and wanted "dead or alive"

"I thought basketball was dirty, but it's nowhere near as dirty as politics."

Kevin Johnson, retired NBA star, on his acrimonious bid for mayor of Sacramento, Calif.

"I refer to Newt Gingrich as the Mount Vesuvius of ideas. He's got a lot of them."

Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, on the influence of the former House speaker on the GOP

"You are my junk. More deadly than Afghan heroin. ... My guy, I roll him up and smoke him."

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the French model-singer, in a newly released song dedicated to her husband, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, whom she compares to illegal drugs

Sources: Times of London, New York Times, the Hill, London Telegraph