“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?
-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?
“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?
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?
“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
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
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
“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?
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
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?
“‘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?
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