Wednesday, March 21, 2007

When Presidents and their Vices don't think....

"China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese."
- Former French President Charles De Gaulle

"When more and more people are thrown out of work,
unemployment results."

- Former U.S. President Calvin Coolidge

"Things are more like they are now than they ever were before."

- Former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower

"I don't know of anyone who wants this to be over more than me,
except maybe everyone else in America."

- President William Jefferson Clinton

"This is a great day for France!"
- Richard Nixon, during Charles De Gaulle's funeral

"Now, like, I'm President. It would be pretty hard for
some drug guy to come into the White House and start
offering it up, you know? ... I bet if they did, I hope I
would say, 'Hey, get lost. We don't want any of that.'’

- George Bush, talking about drug abuse to a group of students

"The caribou love it. They rub against it and they have babies.
There are more caribou in Alaska than you can shake a stick at.”

- George Bush, on the Alaska pipeline

"I hope I stand for anti-bigotry, anti-Semitism, anti-racism.
This is what drives me."
- George Bush

"If I listened to Michael Dukakis long enough I would be
convinced that we're in an economic downturn and people
are homeless and going without food and medical attention
and that we've got to do something about the unemployed."

- Ronald Reagan

"My fellow Americans, I've signed legislation that will outlaw
Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes."

- Ronald Reagan, about to go on the air for a radio broadcast,
unaware that the microphone was already on

"Now we are trying to get unemployment to go up and I think
we're going to succeed."
- Ronald Reagan

"Facts are stupid things."
- Ronald Reagan, misquoting John Adams in a speech

"The United States has much to offer the third world war."
- Ronald Reagan, in a speech about what the US has to offer
the third world. The error was repeated 9 times in the same

"I desire the Poles carnally."- President Jimmy Carter’s
mistranslation in a ‘77 speech in Poland

"A tree’s a tree. How many more do you need to look at."
- President Ronald Reagan

"Special note to all the press from the highest authority:
don’t touch the cat again."
- written statement from Bill Clinton

"There is no reason for that. I don’t think they gave me a
lobotomy because it’s not at that end that this happened."

- French President Francois Mitterrand, on potential
resignation after surgery for prostate cancer.

"Things are more like they are now than they ever were before."
- Former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower

"It is necessary for me to establish a winner image.
Therefore, I have to beat somebody."
- Richard M. Nixon

Their Vices
"For seven and a half years I've worked alongside President Reagan.
We've had triumphs, made some mistakes.
We've had some sex ... uh ... setbacks."
- VP George Bush

"When I have been asked during these last weeks who caused the
riots and the killing in L.A., my answer has been direct and simple:
Who is to blame for the riots? The rioters are to blame. Who is to
blame for the killings? The killers are to blame"

- Former U.S. Vice-President Dan Quayle on the complex social
issues behind the Los Angeles Riots

"The loss of life will be irreplaceable." - Former U.S. Vice-President
Dan Quayle on the San Francisco earthquake

"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities
in our air and water that are doing it."

- Former U.S. Vice-President Dan Quayle

"I love California. I practically grew up in Phoenix."
- Former U.S. Vice-President Dan Quayle

"Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a
mother and child."
-Former U.S. Vice-President Dan Quayle
on Republican family values

"I stand by all the misstatements that I've made."
- Former U.S. Vice-President Dan Quayle

"I was recently on a tour of Latin America, and the only regret
I have was that I didn't study Latin harder in school so Icould
converse with those people"
- Former U.S. Vice-President Dan Quayle

"The loss of life will be irreplaceable."- Former U.S. VP Dan Quayle
on the San Francisco earthquake

"You all look like happy campers to me. Happy campers you are, happy
campers you have been, and as far as I’m concerned, happy campers
you will always be."
- VP Dan Quayle, addressing Samoans.

"I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and
democracy. But that could change."
- Dan Quayle

"Mars is essentially in the same orbit. Mars is somewhat the same
distance from the sun, which is very important. We have seen pictures
where there are canals, we believe, and water. If there is water, that
means there is oxygen. If oxygen, that means we can breathe."

- Dan Quayle

"The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history...this
century's history.... We all lived in this century. I didn't live in this
- Dan Quayle

"Hawaii has always been a very pivotal role in the Pacific. It is in
the Pacific. It is a part of the United States that is an island that is
right here.
- Dan Quayle during a visit to Hawaii in 1989

"What a waste it is to lose one's mind. Or not to have a mind is being
very wasteful. How true that is."

- Former U.S. Vice-President Dan Quayle during a fundraising event
for the United Negro College Fund. He was attempting to quote the
line "a mind is a terrible thing to waste"

"If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure."- Danforth Quayle.

"Welcome to President Bush, Mrs. Bush, and my fellow astronauts."
- Vice President Dan Quayle

"One word sums up probably the responsibility of any vice president,
and that one word is 'to be prepared'.
-Vice President Dan Quayle

"Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things."
- Vice President Dan Quayle

"We don't want to go back to tomorrow, we want to go forward."
- Vice President Dan Quayle

"I have made good judgments in the Past. I have made good
judgments in the Future."
- Vice President Dan Quayle

"The future will be better tomorrow."- Vice President Dan Quayle

"People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions
and havea tremendous impact on history."

- Vice President Dan Quayle

"I stand by all the misstatements that I've made."
- Vice President Dan Quayle to Sam Donaldson

"We have a firm commitment to NATO, we are a *part* of NATO.
We havea firm commitment to Europe. We are a *part* of Europe."

- Vice President Dan Quayle

"I am not part of the problem. I am a Republican."
- Vice President Dan Quayle

"A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls."
- Vice President Dan Quayle

"Illegitimacy is something we should talk about in terms of not
having it."
- Vice President Dan Quayle

"Murphy Brown is doing better than I am. At least she knows she
still has a job next year."
- Vice President Dan Quayle

"We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur."
- Vice President Dan Quayle

"For NASA, space is still a high priority."
- Vice President Dan Quayle

"Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our

- Vice President Dan Quayle

"The American people would not want to know of any misquotes
that Dan Quayle may or may not make."
- Vice President Dan Quayle

"We're all capable of mistakes, but I do not care to enlighten you on the
mistakes we may or may not have made.
-"Vice President Dan Quayle

Quote of the post

Dan Quayle isn't all that smart, is he?

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