"Arlen Specter was always a fighter. From his days stamping out corruption as a prosecutor in Philadelphia to his three decades of service in the Senate, Arlen was fiercely independent – never putting party or ideology ahead of the people he was chosen to serve. He brought that same toughness and determination to his personal struggles." – President Barack Obama in a statement after the death of Pennsylvania's longest-serving U.S. senator and prominent moderate in Congress.
"When I was standing there on top of the world, you become so humble, you do not think about breaking records anymore, you do not think about gaining scientific data. The only thing you want is to come back alive." – Daredevil skydiver Felix Baumgartner after becoming the first person to reach supersonic speed without traveling in a jet or a spacecraft after hopping out of a capsule that had reached an altitude of 128,100 feet above the Earth.
"I think Mitt Romney's performance was, indeed, magical and theatrical. Magical and theatrical largely because for 90 minutes he walked away from a campaign he had been running for more than six years previous to that." – President Barack Obama senior campaign adviser Robert Gibbs in comments about the first presidential debate and the Massachusetts governor downplaying plans to strengthen the nation's abortion laws.