“I love that woman. I love her more than sharks love blood.”
Although the comment was made as a discussion note between the viewer and Kevin Spacey’s character Frank Underwood in the series House of Cards, you have to admit that it’s a great line, and a great quote. If you Google famous quotes by politicians, you can see hundreds of thousands of quotes throughout history that are inspiring, uplifting, and filled with wisdom and greatness from all over the globe. Some as classic and memorable as when President Theodore Roosevelt quoted the West African proverb, “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” Or even when President Abraham Lincoln stated, “No man is good enough to govern another man without the other’s consent.” However, while you are also doing your Google search, you will also notice that there are also those statements that politicians that make us laugh almost instantly, and have in turn become famous quotes of theirs. One particular example is when Prime Minister Winston Churchill spoke to Lady Astor and said, “I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.” Another being when Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin stated in a CPAC speech addressing President Barack Obama, “Mr. President, the only thing that stops a bad guy with a nuke is a good guy with a nuke.” And that was just a week ago. This list of quotes come mostly from North American politicians (although, there are two quotes from England but they are just awesome and needed to be recognized). The most shocking thing about these quotes though is not necessarily the statement itself, but the fact that the statement was even made either in front of a camera, or with a reporter, and therefore captured in history.
10. Ralph Klein- Dinosaur farts?
If this man wanted to be Prime Minister, he could have ran and all of the West would have been behind him. Klein started his political career on October 15, 1980 when he was elected the mayor of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He was the mayor of Calgary when the ’88 Olympics came to Calgary and on December 14, 1992, he became the Premier of Alberta. With “King Klein’s” 14 year “reign”, many changes happened in Alberta. Klein’s government was one of few Alberta governments to really cut back on spending to pay back the provincial debt by doing things such as selling off AGT (the provincial telephone company) and demolishing hospitals, which resulted in the layoff of thousands of nurses, so that one day Alberta would be a debt free province, which it was as of 2004. That being said, while in office, Klein had some doozies in terms of getting the attention of journalists and the public with such classic acts as:
-going to a Edmonton-Area homeless shelter while “overly fortified with alcohol”, berating the homeless and throwing money at them
-stating, “I don’t need this crap!” while throwing the Liberal Health Care Policy book during question period in the Alberta Legislature. The same day, he had to apologize to the Legislature for calling Liberal leader Kevin Taft a liar, as apparently calling someone a liar is “unparliamentary”.
But, his best quote HAS to be when he was when he was asked about what may have caused the Ice Age. His response was filled with such a child-like innocence, but was also the most epic of quotes to answer the question.
“Dinosaur farts? I don’t know.”
9. Rep. Steve King- Calves the size of cantaloupes?
Steve King is a Republican who is a U.S. Representative for the state of Iowa. King worked in the field of construction and his involvement with the Iowa Land Improvement Contractors’ Association is how he came to have an interest in politics. During King’s tenure, he has helped in eliminating and passing laws such as the inheritance tax, workplace drug testing, and making English the official language in Iowa (I don’t even know what to say to that). However, that being said, King is known for being quite outspoken, which makes reading his quotes quite enjoyable. One of his most recent quotes is from July of 2013 when he made the statement about children of illegal immigrants that is quite controversial, but like any true politician, he stands his ground on it stating that his statement has yet to be debunked. The statement:
“For every one who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they are hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”
8. Rep. Anthony Weiner- Monty Python?
We all know about the infamous sexting scandal that pretty much ended his career in Congress, Weiner was no stranger to controversy during his time as the U.S. Representative for the Ninth Congressional District in New York. That being said, Weiner did have his good moments such as the bi-partisan he created for the Congressional Middle Class Caucus, sponsored a bill that would help foreign fashion models coming to New York get a job, and he also criticized UN diplomats for not paying their parking tickets, claiming the amount owed to the City of New York was around the $18,000,000 ballpark.
That being said, he also had his moments of “glory” in such areas as the above sexting incident, and when the New York Times characterized him of being one of the most demanding and intense bosses as he would do things such as yell at his staff and demand that they be in constant contact with him by BlackBerry 24/7 (which sounds like a lot of bosses in high end business today actually). However, what some people don’t know, is that this guy actually ran for mayor…, twice. As the old saying is if at first you don’t succeed, then try, try again. It was in his second run for mayor that this goodie came out. He was in an interview with an English reporter, and it’s ALWAYS a good thing to do when running for mayor. On top of the statement, he also gave an impromptu weather report for the people of England, which in Weiner’s defense sounded fairly accurate. His quote:
“I just have a feeling like I stepped into a Monty Python bit.”
7. Vice President Joe Biden- Spread my what now?
Vice President Joe Biden, when you read his background story of his earlier years as a Senator, you just want to vote for this guy. He is the sixth-youngest senator in U.S. history, his wife and daughter from his first marriage were killed in a car accident a week before Christmas, traveled by Amtrak everyday during most of his time as a senator for almost 3 hours so he could spend time with his family, he doesn’t work on the anniversary of the death of his above mentioned wife and daughter, he married a teacher…, you just about fall in love with this guy. Biden has run for the Democratic presidential nomination twice and was not successful; he had to withdraw from his first run due to scandal for plagiarizing a speech, and his second run he was voted down because of comments he made towards then Senator Barack Obama and a remark he made about Indian Americans (referencing 7-11 and Dunkin’ Donuts in the comment), now “lovingly” dubbed “Joe bombs”. However, because of his campaign for the nomination, he and Obama got to know each other better, and Obama asked Biden to be his running mate to which Biden agreed. Now, in his second term in office as the Vice President of The United States, Biden had another “Joe bomb” when he was swearing in newly elected Senators. While having a photo op with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, the photographer asked her husband to drop his hands to his sides, and Biden chimed in:
“Spread your legs: You’re gonna be frisked. You say that to somebody in North Dakota, they think it’s a frisk. They think you’re in trouble, right?” To which Heitkamp’s husband awkwardly shrugged while Sen. Heitkamp laughed. However, Biden redeemed himself while holding Republican Sen. Ted Cruz’s toddler, who started to fuss while Biden was holding her, by saying. “It’s a Democrat. I know.” See? Love this guy!
6. Mayor Naheed Nenshi- The Birth of The Nenshi Noun
If you do not follow this man’s Twitter feed, do it now (@nenshi). And mark my words; the day this man runs for Premier of Alberta…, he’s gettin’ it. When he runs for Prime Minister of Canada…, he’s gettin’ it. And no one will oppose when he needs money for something, as many memes of Fry from Futurama will appear screaming, “Shut up and take my money!”
Mayor Naheed Nenshi, born in Toronto to immigrant parents, is the first Muslim mayor of a major North American city, and he has been in office since 2010. Nenshi’s campaign, the “Purple Revolution”, has been one of the most recognized campaigns as it was a predominately social media campaign by using websites like Facebook and Twitter to present his platform, promote it, and to engage voters. Before his campaign, you will remember a lot of TV ads in the US and in Canada geared towards younger voters as demographics showed that Generation Y, voting percentages were extremely low. With Nenshi’s campaign, he brought forth something that Generation Y voters needed; to bring the issues and his campaign onto their turf and their terms which is what needed to be done in order to increase voter turnout at the polls. Nenshi proved, with great success, that social media is an extremely useful tool for politicians to use. It was in 2013 however, that this mayor was truly put on the map, as everyone is watching to see what you do under the most pressure.
Calgary was celebrating many milestones in 2013, but the city of Calgary earned a new title in June of 2013: The Worst Flood in Alberta History. And guess who the mayor was?! Nenshi was actually out of town at the beginning but immediately booked a flight back to Calgary. Nenshi tweeted live shots of the river for people to see and urged Calgarians to seek assistance for the mental and emotional distress that an event like this can bring. But during a time of crisis, sometimes a need for the obvious needs to be said. It shouldn’t, but sadly, it had to. After this infamous statement at a press conference, the term Nenshi Noun became the rage on Twitter, and has and forever will, lock this man into history (as we were all thinking it, but Nenshi had the balls to say it):
“I can’t believe I actually have to say this, but I’m going to say it. The river is closed. You cannot boat on the river. I have a large number of nouns that I can use to describe the people I saw in a canoe on the Bow River today. I am not allowed to use any of them. I can tell you, however, that I have been told that despite the state of local emergency, I’m not allowed to invoke the Darwin law. If you are on the river we have to rescue you. If we have to rescue you we’re taking away valuable resource from others. Every time we have to pull a rescue boat onto the river, it means there is not a rescue boat in a community that is flooded. It is selfish and it is ridiculous for you to be on the river. So, do not do it. Stay off the river no matter what kind of thrills you’re interested in coming for and I won’t use any of the nouns that I really want to use.”
5. President George Bush Jr- The Black comment
Ahhhhhh, George. When you are feeling…, sad, low, or horribly depressed, and you still feel this way having read Mayor Nenshi’s Twitter feed, then go to the all trusted and mighty Google. Go, and type into the search “George Bush Jr Quotes”, sit back, and enjoy the laughs and shock that will come. Again, not necessarily shocking in the words that were said, but the fact that some of the statements were actual legit questions and statements. Saying them at all, was the shocking part. But first, some background.
Former U.S. President George W. Bush Jr. is the second president to be the son of a former president (George W. Bush Sr.), and in 2000 when he won the Presidential Election, he was the fourth president to be elected that had fewer popularity votes than his opponent (just like being voting for School Council, being popular is important). He was the man in charge when the nation was hit with some of the worst disasters that have ever come to the U.S. such as Hurricane Katrina, the Great Recession and 9/11. He is rated as being one of the most unpopular presidents of all time, but has also been rated as one of the most popular presidents of all time. For him being popular, it was probably because of statements he made while in the Oval Office.
One of them was made in 2001. Now, the quote is up for debate on whether it is fact or not, but judging by other statements that Bush made when he WAS in office, this sounds par for the course but we’ll let you be the judge. Bush was having a conversation with then Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso at the time, in which Bush was still in his “learning phase” according to then National Secretary Advisor Condelezza Rice when Bush stated:
“Do you have blacks too?”
4. President George Bush Jr- He may have been unprepared
Like I said previously, it just might hurt to Google it, but if this guy’s quotes do not bring you out of the pit of despair, then we don’t know what else to do. Since we went through a brief rundown of the former President in the previous point, we’ll just jump to the scenario and quotes (as these two are tied together). So, it’s September 2006, about a week before the 5 year anniversary of 9/11. Good ol’ George W. takes a seat across Katie Couric. They discuss the events of 9/11, how it’s changed and remolded the country, and the war in Iraq. During the interview, Katie asks this question:
“You have said we can’t cut and run on more than one occasion. We have to stay until we win. Otherwise, we’ll be fighting the terrorists here at home on our own streets. So what do you mean exactly by that, Mr. President?”
And this is how the former President answered:
“Well, I mean that a defeat in Iraq will embolden the enemy and will provide the enemy – more opportunity to train, plan, to attack us. That’s what I mean. There – it’s – you know, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror. I believe it. As I told you, Osama bin Laden believes it. But the American people – have gotta understand that a defeat in Iraq – in other words, if this government there fails – the terrorists will be emboldened, the radicals will topple moderate governments.”
Those statements were made in 2006. Now, in 2008, World News conducted another interview with the former President, in which George W. reflected on his presidency, making statements such as:
“I think I was unprepared for war,”
“In other words, I didn’t campaign and say, ‘Please vote for me, I’ll be able to handle an attack” Bush said. “In other words, I didn’t anticipate war. Presidents — one of the things about the modern presidency is that the unexpected will happen.”
3. MP Ed Miliband- Belgian communist?
There are going to be a lot of you who don’t know who this guy is, so breakdown:
1) He’s British and a fan of the Red Sox
2) He’s the Leader of the Labour Party in the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland) AND he’s the youngest guy to BE the Leader of the Labour Party
3) He’s the Leader of the Opposition
4) Been a MP (Member of Parliament) since 2005
5) Do not say his dad killed innocent kitties
The article in question is an article that was posted in the British tabloid The Sunday Sport. The response to the article was posted in a video format for an award that he received. Milibrand stated that he was sorry he couldn’t be there to accept the award in person, but that he wasn’t really expecting to win, and he had a bigger battle to take on, with The Sunday Sport. He shows the article and in true sarcastic form states that, “And-quite frankly- you can’t make this stuff up.”
This article followed an article that was posted in another paper about Miliband’s dad as his father was very open about his Marxist views. Miliband reads the article, practically word for word. The article tells the story of a woman named Eunice, and her cat Winston. The gist is that Winston was Eunice’s only friend and was late coming home one night and she went out to look for her beloved cat. She saw a Navy officer, riding a bike and clearly drunk who was speaking a language that she later learned to be Belgian. The man ran over poor Winston, squishing him FLAT and then carrying on as if nothing had happened. And the woman was sure that the man in question, was Ralph Miliband (Ed’s dad) as Miliband reads: “Only a Belgian- a Belgian Communist- could have killed a kitten in cold blood.” While reading the article though, you can totally tell the Miliband is trying not to bust a gut over this claim, and finishes the video with:
“Now my friends, that is the kind of stuff I have to deal with, sorry I can’t be with you.”
2. Mayor Rob Ford- More than enough at home
If you don’t know who Rob Ford is, welcome dear friend from out under the rock in which you have been clearly living under for far too long. Rob Ford is the Mayor of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Ford got his start with City Council though and served three terms on the council from 2000-2010. Ford has been known recently for his huge media blunders and turbulent past, but he has done some good things for Toronto. He made the TTC an “essential service” (so that transit workers could not collectively strike as part of the negotiation process), made strides in changing the LRT and subway system in Toronto, axed the personal vehicle tax, and the 2013 budget was actually increased due to a surplus from the prior year. However, with popularity comes more media attention, and those guys like to dig for dirt. And it’s never a good thing when your press secretary leaves to join a media outlet as Ford’s did.
However, in and amongst the soon building list of scandals that was surrounding Ford, one particular comment caught his attention, and the attention of the world. Even people like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert played the clip and commented on it…, because they couldn’t believe that someone would say what Ford said. What happened was a former female staffer who said that Ford stated he wanted to have oral sex with her. His response (epic):
”I’ve never said that in my life to her. I would never do that. I’m happily married. I have more than enough to eat at home. Thank you very much.”
1. Councilman Simon Parkes- Aliens, eh?
There is no way that I could make this up, even if I put forth all of my time and energy to it. Not at all. Councilman Simon Parkes is a member of the Labour Party in England, and he makes YouTube videos in his spare time. Topic of conversation: aliens because aliens are awesome! However, what he says about aliens is…, ummmm…, interesting? Here come the quotes:
“‘I was looking straight into its face. It enters my mind through my eyes and it sends a message down my optic nerve into my brain, saying “I am your real mother, I am your more important mother”.’
“The reason why extraterrestrials are interested in me is not because of my physical body but what’s inside – my soul,”
“For many of the people who don’t experience it, it’s very hard to accept. We are taught to only see and believe what we can touch, but it’s acceptable to believe in religion.”
“What will happen is that we will hold hands, and I will say ‘I’m ready’ and then the technology I don’t understand will take us up to a craft orbiting the earth,”
“That caused a few problems, but it is not on a human level, so I don’t see it as wrong.” –In this quote, Parkes is talking about NOT ONLY having SEX with an alien, but also ended up FATHERING A CHILD because of it.
Rob Ford is looking pretty good now huh?