The truth of the matter is that my policies are so mainstream that if I had set the same policies that I had back in the 1980s, I would be considered a moderate Republican.
— Barack Obama during an interview with Univision, 2012
I had the conventional liberal's view of the CIA as a right wing incendiary group and i was amazed to discover that this was far from the case, that they were enlightened liberal non-partisan activists of the sort who characterized the kennedy administration for instance
— Gloria Steinem
You start out in 1954 by saying, "Nigger, nigger, nigger." By 1968, you can't say "nigger" — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states' rights and all that stuff. You're getting so abstract now [that] you're talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you're talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I'm not saying that. But I'm saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me — because obviously sitting around saying, "We want to cut this," is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than "Nigger, nigger."
— Lee Atwater, Republican Party strategist in an anonymous interview in 1981
 This quote was actually removed from the Wikipedia entry for "dog-whistle politics" once, and I had to put it back in. The IP address revealed it was removed by someone from Vanderbilt University, if I recall correctly.