Quotes from the Great Debt-Ceiling Debate of 2011

“It’s going to get harder. So we might as well do it now. Pull off the Band-Aid. Eat our peas.” — President Obama

“Dealing with them the last couple months has been like dealing with Jell-O. Some days it’s firmer than others. Sometimes it’s like they’ve left it out over night.” — House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, about the White House

“The idea seems to be that if the House GOP refuses to raise the debt ceiling . . . the public will turn en masse against Barack Obama. . . . Then Democrats would have no choice but to pass a balanced-budget amendment and reform entitlements, and the tea party hobbits could return to Middle-earth having defeated Mordor.” — Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

“Let’s pass a bill to cover the moon in yogurt. That will cost $5 trillion today.” — House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

“This deal is a sugar-coated Satan sandwich. If you lift the bun, you will not like what you see.” — Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., tweeting about final compromise bill