Opinion: Politicians -- Obama, Bush, etc. -- sometimes say the darndest things


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Politicians say some pretty ridiculous things -- not that we needed to tell you that.

U.S. presidents especially, being in the center of the public eye, are constantly jostled for their almost never-ending stream of bad quotes. Of course, some leaders are more prone to slipping up than others.


The Russia Today blog has put together a list of what it calls the ‘Top 10 silliest quotes ever by politicians.’ It runs the gamut of the world’s most visible leaders in recent history, and we’re proud to say that half of the list is composed of U.S. politicians. Go America!

The blog pulls out some real gems. For example, we have President Obama blathering something about having visited 57 states during his campaign.

President Bush, the master of malapropisms, talks about inflecting harm on our country. And John McCain discusses a meeting with Vladimir Putin, the president of, er, Germany?

There’s also a surprising quote from President Clinton during his trials -- though, as far as we know, the statement came secondhand via Monica Lewinsky. It gets a little risque, so we’ll let your curiosity carry you there.

Adding a few of our picks, we liked President Ford’s assertion back in the 1970s that Poland was not under the domination of the Soviet Union. OK, Gerry.

We would also add something from Sarah Palin, like the one about ‘gotcha journalism’ or her library of news periodicals, but we could go on for days with that. What’s your favorite political babble?

-- Mark Milian

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