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Hamid Karzai

Former President of Afghanistan

By the first of October of 2001, just a month and a few days after 9/11, I was one day sitting with four of my colleagues and I told them that Afghanistan cannot have any more of this. Let's move in and the world community might help us. They said, "No, the world will not help us." I said, "They will." They said, "You have been telling us for five or six years. Nobody has helped." I said, "This is a different time. Think of New York. Think of what happened there. The world has woken up. Let's move into Afghanistan. Let's move into the heart of Taliban."
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Hamid Karzai

Former President of Afghanistan

In the morning before we moved into Afghanistan, I told my colleagues, I said, "Listen, friends, we are moving into Afghanistan. It's taken over by terrorists. It's taken over by Taliban. It's taken over by all sorts of foreign people that have come to Afghanistan that are ruining life for us and for the rest of the world. We might be captured the moment we enter Afghanistan and be killed. Are you willing to face that?" I also said, "We have 60 percent chance of death and 40 percent chance to live and survive." Winning was no consideration. I mean we could not even think of that. They said, "All right, let's do it." We got on two motorbikes. We drove into Afghanistan, straight from the Pakistani border.
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Hamid Karzai

Former President of Afghanistan

The man came to me, woke me up at about 4:30 in the morning and I was in a tent that was made out of a parachute of the things that came from the sky and he said that, "They are coming." I said, "Who?" He said, "What do you mean 'who?' The Taliban!" This villager is here and he said, "They are coming." I said, "All right. Let's go and stop them." I went back to sleep. Imagine. I never imagined that they would dare come to us 11 hours away and walk all that long. After another half an hour he came by. He said, "I have two prisoners." I said, "What do you mean two prisoners?" He said, "The Taliban. Two Afghans have come and surrendered and they told him that 400 are on their way. They are mostly Arabs and Pakistanis. They are after you. They will kill you, you can be sure."
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Hamid Karzai

Former President of Afghanistan

We decided to take him (my father) to Afghanistan, to Kandahar. The Taliban were in charge there. And lots of people came to me and said, "Don't do that. You will go into Afghanistan and the Taliban will arrest you." I said, "No. I want to go, and if they have the guts, let them arrest me." So I just went on the -- together with the procession. We were about --I don't know -- a hundred cars or something, and we took my father's body to Kandahar and buried him there and then left Kandahar. People felt at that time that that was a silly move.
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Thomas Keller

Culinary Hall of Fame

Thomas Keller: This was one of those -- truly -- moments in a person's life I think that is -- I was blessed. The Schmitts, lovely people, had agreed to sell me their restaurant for $1.2 million. They agreed to take $5,000 in escrow. They believed in me. Had they not, I wouldn't be here today. An attorney in Los Angeles named Bob Sutcliffe, who I was introduced to by way of Joachim Splichal, Bob was an attorney who did, on the side, restaurant deals. He loved food. He loved wine. He loved chefs. So he worked with a couple chefs in helping them raise money, organize their businesses. So I went to Bob's office with this idea of the French Laundry and hoping that he would be my attorney. Now, before I went to see Bob, you have to realize that I had worked on this business plan, right? And there was another friend of mine in Los Angeles who taught me how to use a computer. There was a friend here in Napa Valley who was a banker turned vintner who helped me with finance, and who helped me with putting together the financial component of the business plan. So when I went to see Bob Sutcliffe, I had a 300-page business plan and a bottle of olive oil. And this olive oil was a small olive oil company I began to kind of keep me solvent in some ways, but also keep me motivated and keep me busy and have kind of -- I wouldn't even call it plan B. Maybe it was a plan D as an olive oil purveyor. So I went to talk to Bob and I gave him this whole spiel about the French Laundry and here was my business plan. And he said, "Okay, this is how much this is going to cost you." And I said, "You know, Bob, I really don't have any money, but I have this olive oil." I put this olive oil on his desk and I told him about this olive oil and what I was doing with it and the French Laundry and all this. And for some reason he said, "Okay, Thomas. I believe in you, but I need something. So if you can give me $5,000, then I'll take on the project, and if it's successful, we'll take our money on the back end." I said, "Great." So for the next two weeks I went to the ATM machine, and on my credit card I took out $500 until I got $5,000, and I took $5,000 in cash and gave it to him and he started to modify the business plan and produce a bona fide business plan that I could then present to partners, which we did.
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Anthony Kennedy

Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

The dynamic of the law is that it transcends -- or attempts to transcend -- the emotions of the time. That's the dynamic of the legal system. Most law professors and many commentators say that the judicial review -- the idea that courts can set aside legislation -- is anti-majoritarian, or contra-majoritarian, so that a majority can't make its will binding on an injured minority. That's true in one sense, false in another. It may be true that when we set aside a particular congressional enactment or a state law -- which is an awful function, awful in the sense of powerful -- it's true that we, for the moment, may displease the majority. But, if you look over time, if you ask what the American people -- the majority of the American people -- want over time, over our history, they want judicial review. They want to make sure that the promises of the Constitution are honored, that the commitments we made basically over time with our ancestors are followed.
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