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Dispatches Quotables

"It's OK. There's nothing in the Treasury anyway."

Shepard Smith of Fox News, after interviewee Mary Anne Marsh lamented that Barack Obama would take office without a Treasury secretary. The Senate delayed hearings on Secretary-designate Tim Geithner after reports that he had failed to pay about $40,000 in taxes.

"The South Fork or the Snake"

Vice President Dick Cheney in response to the question, 'What river are you going to fish first?' upon leaving office Jan. 20. Cheney also said he would keep North Korea and Iran in Bush's 'axis of evil' but declined when asked to include Pakistan.

"You know, this town's full of lawyers. I don't know if you've noticed."

President-elect Barack Obama on his fight against legal and security advisers to keep his Blackberry. Like Bush before him, Obama has been warned for security and other reasons he should not send direct emails during his presidency.

"I tell people, some days are happy, some days not so happy, every day joyous."

Outgoing President George W. Bush in an interview with columnist Cal Thomas.

"That posed some limitation on size."

Marc Schulman of Eli's Cheesecake Co. in Chicago on keeping a cheesecake made for the Commander-in-Chief Ball to 500 pounds because the event is being held indoors. The cheesecake reportedly included 100 pounds of cream cheese, 30 pounds of sugar, 25 pounds of sour cream, 126 eggs, 50 pounds of apples, and 30 pounds of butter. The company made 2,000-pound cheesecakes for both of President Bill Clinton's inaugurations.

"I will be pondering the future of my party at a remote location, aided in the conversation by my friend Jack Daniels."

Republican lobbyist Greg Crist on his plans for inauguration day.