September 2011 celebrity quotes
Pilot Heather Penney
"I genuinely believed that was going to be the last time I took off."
The then-rookie F-16 pilot flew one of the two planes on Sept. 11, 2001, that was ready to shoot down United Airlines Flight 93. What happened to the flight?
American Jobs Act
"The question is whether, in the face of an ongoing national crisis, we can stop the political circus and actually do something to help the economy."
President Obama asked Congress to pass his jobs bill in a televised speech
September 11 anniversary terror threats
"The best thing we can do to fight terror is to not let it intimidate us."
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg reacted to increased terror threats as the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks neared.
Central Texas wildfires
"We're going to get back in, we're going to move forward, it's going to be a better time. We're going to get through this."
Bastrop County Judge Ronnie McDonald reassured the community of Bastrop, Texas after more than 1,500 homes were destroyed by wildfires.
Peyton Manning neck injury
"We will leave him on the active roster as long as the doctors tell us there's a chance for him to come back."
Indianapolis Colts vice chairman Bill Polian responded to rumors that Peyton Manning would be out for the season with a neck injury.
Republican presidential debates
"Those are wonderful things, but Governor Perry doesn't believe that he created those things. If he tried to say that, well, it would be like Al Gore saying he invented the Internet."
Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Gov. Rick Perry sparred at their first debate together
Schweddy Balls ice cream
"We've always been a company that has had a sense of humor."
Ben & Jerry's spokesman Sean Greenwood on his company's latest flavor – inspired by an innuendo-filled "Saturday Night Live" skit
Tropical Storm Lee
"We feel terrible that we did not do more to avoid this tragedy, are truly saddened by what has occurred, and accept full responsibility."
Petco CEO Jim Myers responded after at least 100 animals died in a Petco store in Johnson City, N.Y., (find it on a map) after it was deluged with floodwaters from Tropical Storm Lee.
September 11 10th anniversary
"So many names, there is barely room on the walls of the heart."
Former New York Gov. George Pataki read a verse by a former poet laureate at the Ground Zero memorial service.
"I am happy because the frizzhead has run away."
Libyan students and teachers – including one outspoken 10-year-old – began their first school year in 42 years without the longtime dictator in charge.
Coach David Bennett
"Be a dog. We don't need no meows. We don't need no cats. We need more dogs."
Coastal Carolina football coach David Bennett (find the school on a map) became an Internet sensation with his entertaining post-game press conference
"I will wear these underwear until we lose. I can tell you that right now. And they will not be washed. And I don't give a who knows it."
The manager of the Detroit Tigers delivered his unusual strategy to extend his team's winning streak before their game against the Oakland Athletics on the 15th.
Poverty levels rise
"This is truly a lost decade. We think of America as a place where every generation is doing better, but we're looking at a period when the median family is in worse shape than it was in the late 1990s."
Harvard economics professor Lawrence Katz spoke about the record numbers of Americans living below the poverty line
Netflix renames DVD business
"For me the Netflix red envelope has always been a source of joy. The new envelope is still that lovely red, but now it will have a Qwikster logo. I know that logo will grow on me over time, but still, it is hard. I imagine it will be similar for many of you."
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings sent an email to subscribers apologizing and explaining the company's decision to split its streaming and DVD businesses.
2011 Emmy Awards
"A lot of people are curious why I'm a lesbian. Ladies and gentlemen, the cast of "Entourage."
Emmy host Jane Lynch (which TV show does she star in?) zinged the all-male cast of the HBO series at this year's ceremony.
'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' ends
"All these years later, it is a relief to see the end of a bad law that has been with us for far too long."
Sen. Dianne Feinstein – who voted against the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law in 1993 – spoke about the controversial ban on gays in the military that ended Sept. 20.
NASA satellite crashes to Earth
"In over 50 years of these things coming back around the world, no one has ever been hurt."
Nicholas Johnson spoke about the 12,500-pound NASA satellite that tumbled to Earth.
"I need a miracle."
The so-called "rogue trader" reportedly left the Internet message shortly before being arrested on charges of defrauding his company of $2 billion.
Reno air show crash
"As soon as I saw his nose pointed at the ground, I knew he wasn't going to recover."
An eyewitness described what he saw as a World War II-era plane crashed, killing 10 spectators at an air race in Reno, Nevada.
"I am not proud of it. I regret it infinitely. I have regretted it every day for the past four months, and I think I'm not done regretting it."
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn spoke publicly for the first time about his May 14 arrest on rape charges in New York City and subsequent release.