As someone who has been in and around the media for more than 20 years, I have a special appreciation (and affinity) for a good quote. You know the ones—maybe it’s the perfect analogy, a witty metaphor or some well-chosen words laced with emotion. These are the quotes we look to uncover in Notes on Quotes. And with that . . . a look now at five recent, noteworthy quotes:
5. "I believe everybody deserves an Etch-A-Sketch opportunity and an opportunity to start a new chapter."
Is there any better metaphor for a redo than an Etch-A-Sketch? As you may recall, back in 2012 the phrase gained fame thanks to a foot-in-mouth comment from Mitt Romney’s senior campaign advisor – who basically admitted that he might be flip-flopping on some of his earlier political positions. ("I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes," the campaign manager said. "It's almost like an Etch-A-Sketch. You can kind of shake it up, and we start all over again.")
Now the metaphor is back – and in a much more uplifting way. Jonathan Martin was the offensive guard who quit the Miami Dolphins this past season after allegedly being bullied by his teammates. He is once again in the league thanks to his former college coach at Stanford, Jim Harbaugh, who coaches the 49ers. "I believe everybody deserves an Etch-A-Sketch opportunity and an opportunity to start a new chapter," he said. Harbaugh and the NFL are both hoping this time the Etch-A-Sketch produces a much prettier picture.