"In the coming year, I will continue to reach out and seek your good advice. Yet there is a difference between responsible criticism that aims for success and defeatism that refuses to acknowledge anything but failure. Hindsight alone is not wisdom. And second-guessing is not a strategy."
--George W. Bush
"The president sounded to me like someone who has lost touch with middle-class families. They are concerned about gas prices, medical costs, the cost of student loans and a Medicare drug benefit that is a mess. ... This speech had no glue.''
-- Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.
"The president is an oil man. There is no way he can reduce our nation's reliance on foreign oil. ... He's stuck by who he is and what these Republicans are. They're captives of the oil industry, just as they're captives of the health care and pharmaceutical industries."
--Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco
"The sad part about the health savings account proposal is that it is part of George Bush's Orwellian world. ... He says one thing and means another. This does nothing to solve the medical crisis in America.''
--Harry Reid of Nevada