"Today I want to make it absolutely clear to Assad and those under his command: The world is watching. The use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. And if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable." — President Barack Obama pointedly warning Syrian President Bashar Assad not to use chemical and biological weapons.
"Until the Republicans in Congress are willing to get serious about asking the wealthiest to pay slightly higher tax rates, we won't be able to achieve a significant, balanced approach to reduce our deficit our nation needs." — White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer addressing the 'fiscal cliff' debate.
"After the election I offered to speed this up by putting revenue on the table and unfortunately the White House responded with their la-la land offer that couldn't pass the House, couldn't pass the Senate and it was basically the president's budget from last February." — House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, after House Republicans put forth a $2.2 trillion "fiscal cliff" counteroffer.