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Quotes of the Week: Lehigh Coach Brett Reed, President Obama on Sgt. Robert Bales, and Mitt Romney rips Rick Santorum

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The Omelette Sunday March 18, 2012 Quotes of the Week

Lehigh University Coach Brett Reed on Upsetting Duke

Lehigh University became the 6th team in NCAA history to knock off a #2 seed as a #15 seed in the NCAA tournament on Friday. And, they were the second #15 seed that day to pull off the feat when Lehigh defeated Duke 75-70 in a stunning upset of Coach K's squad.

Lehigh Coach Brett Reed addressed the upset victory after the game:

“It only fueled, basically, the message that I had for our players without the specifics in that this is March Madness, upsets happen,” Reed said. “It’s why the general public and the nation really appreciate the tournament because anything can happen and the games are played within the 40-minute realm.”

Lehigh will take on Xavier tonight at 7:40 P.M.

President Obama Addresses Atrocities By American Soldier Robert Bales

President Obama and Hillary Clinton went on the defensive quickly after word spread that an American soldier murdered 16 Afghan civilians this week. Sgt. Robert Bales, known as a family man and "nice guy" went berserk and killed numerous Afghan civilians while they were sleeping - including women and children. Bales has been returned to the U.S. but Afghan citizens want him returned to their country to face justice and rightfully so.

President Obama addressed the mass murder this week:

“The United States takes this as seriously as if it was our own citizens and our own children who were murdered....We’re heartbroken over the loss of innocent life”, said President Obama, who went on to say:

“The killing of innocent civilians is outrageous, and it’s unacceptable,” the president said. “It’s not who we are as a country, and it does not represent our military.”

Robert Bales will possibly face the death penalty for this massacre. His defense team is expected to cite stress as a possible defense for the massacre.

Mitt Romney Calls Rick Santorum an Economic Lightweight

Rick Santorum won a few more states this week by winning the primaries in Mississippi and Alabama, while Mitt Romney finished in third place in each contest.

Mitt Romney ripped Santorum this week and called him an "economic lightweight."  Romney said:

“Sen. Santorum, for instance, is going to be campaigning in Illinois. I think you’ll find he’s an economic lightweight—not because he isn’t an intelligent person but because not having ever spent any time in the private sector, he really doesn’t understand fundamentally what it takes to make this economy grow and thrive and add jobs. The economy is in my wheelhouse, it’s something I know well.”

Santorum still has plenty of catching up to do as he trails Romney in the delegate race. Romney has 495 delegates to Santorum's 252.

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com

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