"I've come to appreciate that it's not what people call you when you enter the room but what people say about you when you've left the room that counts." — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, addressing the Harvard Kennedy School's graduating students (including her son Ned)
"I was a very dispensable quarterback." — Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., in La Cygne, recalling his gridiron days during a reunion of Prairie View High School's class of 1974
"Someone has a sense of humor." — Andrea White, spokeswoman for the Kansas Democratic Party, denying that the party placed an on Craigslist for Democrats to run for the U.S. Senate next year
“Madame Secretary, thank you for taking on this difficult job, leaving the beautiful state of Kansas. Today has been a Kansas day of appropriation hearings. Secretary (Robert) Gates testified this morning. He's from Wichita and . . . he went to a very distinguished grade school. It's called College Hill. Only went to the sixth grade. I went there not quite at the same time but the same school." — Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., who also incorrectly said during the Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday that native Ohioan Sebelius was "from a town not too far from Russell"