"My heart stopped." — Mayor Mitch Landrieu, describing his reaction to the blackout at the Superdome during the Super Bowl. "But 34 minutes of darkness will never overshadow or outshine the city of New Orleans — or how we performed this Super Bowl week."
"I think if you were there and you saw the delay of game ... and you saw the mood of the people there, it was a real tribute to the people of New Orleans who had extended such gracious hospitality in every way." — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, who grew up in Baltimore but was in New Orleans to cheer on her home state's San Francisco 49ers.
"He didn't seem to care one bit, actually. He was eating some popcorn, checking his Blackberry. He seemed relatively unconcerned, and I looked and I said, 'That's leadership — look at this guy.' He figured he's got people who are working on this." — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, explaining to David Letterman what NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell did during the blackout.