This Week in Powerful People Over-Emoting

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Feb. 21 2013 7:44 PM

This Week in Powerful People Over-Emoting

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Former President Jimmy Carter attends the Inaugural Luncheon in Statuary Hall on Inauguration day at the U.S. Capitol building January 21, 2013 in Washington D.C.

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Sen. Chuck Schumer on how he told Chuck Hagel that the phrase "Jewish lobby" might rub people the wrong way:

I told him what a double standard is. That Jewish people throughout the centuries have suffered a double standard. Everyone could be a farmer except Jewish people. Everyone could live in Moscow except Jewish people. I said when everyone else can lobby but all of a sudden when those of us who are pro-Israel lobby, it’s a negative, that’s a double standard. And I’m sure you didn’t mean it, but it harkens to the old days. And he really, you know, he almost had tears in his eyes when he understood. So I believe he will be good.
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Former President Jimmy Carter on how President Obama greeted his grandson, the video researcher who snagged the "47% tape":

When James went to meet President Obama, President Obama ran across the room, embraced him and thanked him profusely for his time, by the way.

All we need is appropriately dramatic music. Suggestions?

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.