"There are only two options to deal with the debt limit: Congress can pay its bills or they can fail to act and put the nation into default." — White House press secretary Jay Carney on congressional Republicans asking for significant spending cuts in exchange for raising the borrowing limit.
"A tough fight to push a bill through a bitterly divided House of Representatives: Winning it required the president to make a lot of unsavory deals that had nothing to do with the big issue. ... I wouldn't know anything about that." — Former President Bill Clinton in introducing the film "Lincoln" at the Golden Globe awards.
"What does this say? I beat Meryl." — Golden Globe winner Jennifer Lawrence joking as she looked at best-actress award, referring to a line from "First Wives Club" about her fellow nominee Meryl Streep.