Actually, this was done on purpose. With the current set-up you can
share databases between C programs and Python code. If you want to
store arbitrary Python values in a database, just place them between
`reverse quotes` when putting them in and pass them through eval()
after taking them out.
--Guido van Rossum, CWI, Amsterdam <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"Eric, being such a happy cat, was a piece of cake."