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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on May 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: above the law, civility, , , humanity, , legality, , , , Richard Nixon, , , Stonewell Jackson, ,   

    TRUMP COULDN’T HAVE SAID IT BETTER 

    As we know, our beloved, above-the-law President, Donald “Stonewall Maximum” Trump, is not one to account for his violations of civility, humanity or legality, but in case he ever feels a need to make excuses for his base….instincts, he can grab on to one of the following old floozies — I mean DOOZIES — for justification. Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, he may even want to lay claim to them all — no matter the doozies became noted quotes ere Trump ere heard of them or the quotees (well, maybe he heard of the first one.)

    “I haven’t committed a crime. What I did was fail to comply with the law.” –DAVID DINKINS, former NYC Mayor

    “I care not who makes the laws of a nation if I can get out an injunction.” –FINLEY PETER DUNNE, humorist

    “Suppression is 9/10ths of the law.” –EVAN ESAR (a pun on the expression “Possession is 9/10ths of the law.”

    “I simply misremembered it wrong.” –MARK KIRK, former Republican Senator from Illinois

    “My friends, no matter how rough the road may be, we can and we will, never, surrender to what is right.” –DAN QUAYLE, VP of the United States under George H.W. Bush

    “There are people in our society who should be separated and discarded.” –SPIRO AGNEW, V.P. of the U.S. under Richard Nixon

    “I AM the Federal Government.” –TOM DELAY, former GOP Majority leader, after telling a business owner to put out his cigar due to a federal law against smoking in the building

    Now that’s a quote we can lay on THE DONALD without DELAY.

     

     

     

     
    • calmkate 4:54 am on May 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      he is way above the law, he doesn’t need any quotes or excuses …
      he simply does what he wants when he wants!

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    • Notes To Ponder 4:55 am on May 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on notestoponder.

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    • rivergirl1211 9:01 am on May 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      If you or I ignored a subpoena, we’d be in jail. No one should be above the law.

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      • mistermuse 11:53 am on May 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Without question, rg. Trump is an ass, and they should put his ass in jail.

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    • Garfield Hug 10:24 am on May 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Good post! Trump is untouchable…till the house of cards fall down and then it is the beginning of the end for him.

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      • mistermuse 12:11 pm on May 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        It’s obvious that Trump is trying the three S strategy: Sandbag, Stonewall, and String this thing out until the 2020 election, which he thinks he can win by continuing to con enough gullible people to vote for him. I can only hope 2020 voters remember this truism: Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 11:51 am on May 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I can barely laugh anymore at this disgusting horrible cruel selfish man. You are valiant to try. And I’d be happy to throw the Republicans out with the bathwater. The leaders of that party are corrupt beyond my comprehension. Ugh.

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      • mistermuse 12:35 pm on May 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I feel the same, Diana, which is why I’ve laid off Trump for a while. But, because he is so unrelenting in his “horrible cruel” conduct, I think we must be unrelenting in nailing him. He is undoubtedly counting on good people getting so tired of him that they tune him out instead of calling him out.

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        • D. Wallace Peach 1:09 pm on May 12, 2019 Permalink

          I wish Congress (Democrats, at least) would do their jobs and hold him accountable. What wimps! And you’re right, of course, we have to keep talking about it and demanding sanity.

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        • mistermuse 4:13 pm on May 12, 2019 Permalink

          As much as I think Trump deserves to be impeached ASAP, I think House Democrats (led by Nancy Pelosi) are wise to wait until Robert Mueller testifies and gives witness to his 400+ page report and his rebuke of Attorney General Wm. Barr’s brazenly misleading summary of it. In falsely exonerating Trump and delaying release of the actual report, Barr acted more like Trump’s personal attorney than the Attorney General of the United States, and the impact was exactly what Trump and Barr intended: general acceptance of Barr’s initial spin.

          Barr knew that first impressions matter, and the only way to combat that impression of Mueller’s report is to have Mueller himself refute Barr’s summary on live TV. Only then will the majority of the American people learn the truth and support those in Congress who are ready to lead the fight to impeach.

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    • Lisa R. Palmer 11:55 am on May 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      So sad, but so true! So many need a good spanking this Mother‚Äôs Day! ūüėČ

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      • mistermuse 12:47 pm on May 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I agree, Lisa, but since the GOP-controlled Senate will never approve impeachment, the only “spanking” that will chastise Trump is to vote him out of office by an OVERWHELMING margin in 2020.

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    • arekhill1 12:58 pm on May 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Reminds me of a lady I was dating who, when I remonstrated her for gossiping, told me, “Richard, I wasn’t gossiping–I was just telling other people what I’ve heard.”

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    • Elizabeth 7:36 pm on May 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Glad to remember that we have outlasted a number of other lying scoundrels.

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    • Chris Karas 3:07 pm on May 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Ahh… the arrogance of political figures. Great quotes.

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    • literaryeyes 1:34 pm on June 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      The right-wing and loyal Republicans view him as the Righteous Warrior against the Left and Godless, so he has a good chance of winning again. We need to unite around a candidate, and understand our candidate may not be perfect, but is far above the cringing cowardice and corruption of the current crowd (a multiple of c’s!, like a tongue-twister).

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      • mistermuse 3:24 pm on June 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        We DO need to unite around a candidate. Right now, I think there are too many candidates running for the Democratic nomination, as evidenced during the debates by too much interrupting and talking at the same time, resulting in drowning out each other. I hope the field will narrow ASAP to a half dozen or so ‘serious’ candidates (those with the best chance of beating Trump) so that the choices are less cluttered (for want of a better term).

        I, for one, think it is imperative that (among other qualities) the finalist is able to take on the bully Trump in debates and put him in his place. So far, I think Kamela Harris has best demonstrated that ability, but she needs to become better known, and hopefully will become so as other candidates fall by the wayside.

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    • barkinginthedark 5:58 pm on January 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      i fear for us as a (quasi) democracy. continue…

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on June 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Al Gore, , , , , , , , Richard Nixon, , ,   

    HALFWIT HUNT 

    My last post ventured forth in search of the brilliant wit of certain Presidents/would-be Presidents (past and present). Now I think it only fair to give equal time to the dim-witted musings of those of such sapience as to merit their own re-visiting. By so doing, I intend to demonstrate that a politician need not be Ronald Obama, Barack Reagan, or even Lucy Lou* to prove his/her comedic bone fides (or fidos, as the case may be) for high office.

    *canine Mayor of Rabbit Hash, KY, whose dogged bid for the Presidency regrettably went up in smoke when her campaign headquarters went down in flames:

    So, without further adog, let us turn our attention to the business at hand (or paw):

    When a great many people are unable to find work, unemployment results. –Calvin Coolidge

    Rarely is the question asked, “Is our children learning?” –George W. Bush

    The voters have spoken — the bastards! –Morris Udall (after his loss in the 1976 Democratic¬†Presidential primary)

    It isn’t pollution that’s harming our environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it. –Dan Quayle (V.P. under George H. W. Bush and later a Presidential candidate for a short time)

    Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country, and neither do we.¬†–George W. Bush

    My friends, no matter how rough the road may be, we can and we will never, never surrender to what is right. –Dan Quayle

    Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren’t able to practice their love with women all across this country. –George W. Bush

    I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future. –Dan Quayle

    Hattie, I’m horny. –Bruce Babbitt to¬†Mrs. Babbitt¬†(not realizing his¬†microphone was on) during his 1988¬†Democratic Presidential campaign

    A zebra cannot change his spots. –Al Gore (not true; zebras change their spots every time they move — ha ha)

    I want to be sure¬†[the choice for new IRS commissioner]¬†is a ruthless son of a bitch, that he will do what he’s told, that every income tax return I want to see, I see, [and] that he will go after our enemies and not our friends. If he isn’t, he doesn’t get the job. –Richard Nixon (May 1971 tapes)

    There’s a place in Hell reserved for women who don’t support other women. –Sarah Palin on 10/4/08, when she was John McCain’s running mate

    Well, Sarah,¬†I may not be a woman, but¬†I’ll be damned —¬†who knew that¬†you could be counted on to¬†support Hillary Clinton for President in 2016? And now I can bring this post to a close, mercifully finding no need to inflict on my readers proof, in so many words,¬†of The Donald’s endlessly witless qualifications.

     
    • Cynthia Jobin 12:28 am on June 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for some good laughs, mistermuse. In my own twisted way,I think I like half-wit even more than wit. It’s often a whole lot funnier.

      In the interest of fair play, however, I should point out that just this past February of 2016, Madeleine Albright, Democrat, former Secretary of State and FOH (Friend of Hillary) said, at a Clinton rally in New Hampshire: ‚ÄúThere is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” Did she steal that from Sarah P. or vice versa? As a person of the female persuasion, I say a pox on both their houses.

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      • mistermuse 7:36 am on June 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Funnier indeed, because most of those statements came out the opposite of what the speaker meant. Dan Quayle, of course, was notorious for his malapropisms, and George W. Bush was no slouch either.
        Thanks for the point about Madeleine Albright, which made me so curious about the origin of the quote that I turned to Google, but Barney wasn’t exactly definitive. I did see that when asked if she agreed, Hillary replied that Madeleine’s “been saying that for as long as I’ve known her, which is about 25 years.” So, if you believe Hillary (and who doesn’t?), Madeleine said it first and Sarah was being a tiny bit fey — and no one can tell Tina Fey and Sarah apart ever since.

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    • Carmen 6:16 am on June 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It’s 3:13 a.m and I am stuck at San Francisco airport for 24 hours. .. I laughed out loud at these, mistermuse! Thanks for the humour injection. Oh, and I’m with Cynthia re: the pox. ūüôā

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      • mistermuse 7:50 am on June 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Carmen — I’ve got a feeling you’re not going to leave your heart in San Francisco, but if it’s any consolation, it could happen at any airport. ūüôā
        P.S. I look forward to your resuming posting when you get home. It’s been a while!

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    • Midwestern Plant Girl 6:52 am on June 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      These were funny! I found a few recent dooseys from Hillary…
      “No. We just can’t trust the American people to make those types of choices…. Government has to make those choices for people.” –Hillary, on whether Americans should be able to make their own health care decisions.
      ‚ÄúWe are going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.‚ÄĚ
      ‚ÄúThe American people are tired of liars and people who pretend to be something they‚Äôre not.‚ÄĚ

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      • mistermuse 8:07 am on June 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Her biggest doozy was on March 13 in the coal mining state of West Virginia when she said “we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” She meant it in the context of replacing those jobs with clean energy jobs, but it was a tone-deaf thing to say and (although she later apologized) it will no doubt cost her the state of West Virginia in the election.

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        • Midwestern Plant Girl 9:45 pm on June 30, 2016 Permalink

          Oops. Always remember what state you’re in!

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    • Don Frankel 7:11 am on June 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      “If nominated I will not run. If elected I will not serve.” William Tecumseh Sherman. No half wit he.

      Yes others have said this but I think he was the first.

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    • mistermuse 8:09 am on June 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      If only The Donald were so noble (Trump, not Frankel).

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    • linnetmoss 8:32 am on June 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      “Rabbit Hash” is very funny in and of itself. I don’t think anyone will ever wrest the King of the Morons title from Dan Quayle. With George W., one felt that he had a wire loose that kept discombobulating him. With Quayle, one could only conclude that he was wireless.

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      • mistermuse 10:56 am on June 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        It certainly makes one wonder why in the world George H. W. Bush would pick someone like the “King of the Morons” as his VP (not to mention John McCain choosing Sarah Palin as his running mate). But, not content with wacko VP candidates, Republicans have now come up with The Donald to run for Pres. All I can say is that Hillary must be living right to find herself pitted against the only office seeker in the country more disliked than she is.

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        • linnetmoss 2:22 pm on June 30, 2016 Permalink

          Haha! Well, as a Hillary supporter I don’t understand the intense dislike. But I realize that she doesn’t excite people–she is too wonkish for that. She’s got to find a way to communicate that has more intuitive appeal, and I’m hoping she will do it through humor ūüôā

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    • Richard Cahill 12:05 pm on June 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      There are certainly a lot of places that have been reserved in Hell to this date, and I think that’s all to the good–when I get there, I’m hoping to be turned away for lack of a reservation.

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      • mistermuse 2:30 pm on June 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Here’s hoping that the old saying “There’s always room for one more” doesn’t hold true for either of us, Ricardo.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 9:13 pm on July 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Ha ha. Oh my. GWB was full of them. Quayle’s are pretty hysterical too. And Trump is going to need a whole post to himself!

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    • mistermuse 11:16 pm on July 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Re GWB and Quayle, I think linnetmoss got it exactly right with the first of her two comments (above). As for Trump, I need a long vacation from anything he says (or has said)!

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    • RMW 5:23 pm on July 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      “The voters have spoken ‚ÄĒ the bastards!” Overheard in London very recently…

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    • mistermuse 6:23 pm on July 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Although most losing politicians may not say it, I suspect they think it. In London, probably even most non-politicians (who voted to remain in the EU) think it!

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    • eths 12:16 am on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Wonderful, wonderful quotes!

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    • heidi ruckriegel 8:06 am on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Oh dear. I fear our politicians are not much better. No Donald trump, though, at least. That’s something to be grateful for, I guess.

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    • mistermuse 9:46 am on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I just read your ANTHONY GREEN post on your Australian blog and wonder if he would be just as accurate at predicting the outcome of the American Presidential election. If he would come to America and predict with certainty Trump will win, he can stay here and I’ll move to Australia!

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  • mistermuse 10:43 am on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Devil's Dictionary, George Stephanopolous, , , , Richard Nixon,   

    POL POTLUCK 

     

    April 17 being both¬†NATIONAL CHEESEBALL DAY¬†and BLAH, BLAH, BLAH DAY, my thoughts naturally turn to politics and politicians as subject matter for today’s post.¬†Of course,¬†many politicians are unintentional comedians, so there is a verbal¬†plethora of political humor to choose from — too much, in fact, to arrange here¬†in any coherent fashion in¬†one day¬†(not that I would¬†care¬†to do so anyway,¬†had I¬†the election of a plethora of days). I’ll start with¬†an entree — The¬†Devil’s Dictionary definition of politics¬†— followed by a potluck buffet¬†of jokes, quotes, axioms,¬†etc.¬†in no pontifical order:

    Politics, n.¬† A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.¬† –Ambrose Bierce

    Four surgeons are taking a coffee break and discussing their profession. The first says, “I think accountants are the easiest to operate on. You open them up and everything inside is numbered.”
    The second says, “I think librarians are the easiest. You open them up and everything is in alphabetical order.”
    The third says, “I like to operate on electricians. You open them up and everything inside is color-coded.”
    The fourth says, “I like to operate on politicians. They’re heartless, mindless, spineless, and their heads and their asses are interchangeable.”

    We’ll let the other countries of the world be the peacekeepers and the great country called America be the pacemakers.¬† –George W. Bush

    “I have had great financial sex.”¬† –Presidential candidate Ross Perot (intending to say “financial success“)

    Congress is strange: a man gets up to speak and says nothing; nobody listens, and then everybody disagrees.¬† –Evan Esar

    “I was recently on a tour of Latin America, and the only regret I have is that I didn’t study Latin harder in school so I could converse with those people.”¬† –Dan Quayle, former Vice President

    The highest function of conservatism is to keep what progressiveness has accomplished.¬† –R. H. Fulton

    “The American peole’s expectations are that we will fail. Our mission is to exceed their expectations.”¬† –George W. Bush

    The chief defect of a democracy is that only the political party out of office knows how to run the government.¬† –Evan Esar

    “The President has kept all of the promises he intended to keep.”¬† –George Stephanopolous, former aide to Bill Clinton

    I have never found in a long experience in politics that criticism is ever inhibited by ignorance.¬† –Harold Macmillan¬†

    “This is a great day for France!”¬† –Richard Nixon (while attending President DeGaulle’s funeral)

    Etc., etc., etc….

     

     

     
    • arekhill1 10:58 am on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I thought financial sex was screwing people out of their money. Happy Cheeseball Day!

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    • mistermuse 12:27 pm on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I think you’re right on the money. By the way, today is also National High Five Day, a day when politicians celebrate their biggest scores of the past year in that regard.

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    • Don Frankel 3:12 am on April 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      No matter what they do or what they say, they are spending your money. In all fairness and why should we be fair, but in all fairness if you speak in public enough you’ll say some stupid things. Of course some people make a career of it. Sorry to pick on Dick Nixon, and he said we wouldn’t have him to kick around anymore, but he said one of my favorites. He was President and sex was the issue of the day and in the middle of some speech he said. “When it comes to the question of sex, no one can stand pat.” Of course he was married to Pat Nixon. Even he laughed at that.

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    • mistermuse 6:19 am on April 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Good point, Don. Some of the “stupid things” said by politicians are the spoken equivalent of written typos — funny but entirely excusable (like what Dick Nixon said about standing pat, which I hadn’t heard before).

      On the other hand, some guys’ verbal screwups (and it’s usually guys, notwithstanding the Sarah Palins of the world) are so ingrained and such a window into their real self that you have to question their capability for the office they hold or seek. To me, the poster child for this is former VP Dan Quayle, who I shudder to think what this country would’ve endured if he had become President. No doubt many right-wingers feel the same about current VP Joe Biden, but his malapropisms strike me as being of the “typo” type, not of being gravitas-and-insight challenged (if I’m not being too unkind).

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  • mistermuse 7:44 pm on November 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , political equivocation, , poolitical humor, Richard Nixon   

    POLITICS MEANS NEVER HAVING TO SAY YOU’RE SORRY (AND MEANING IT) 

    Some men would rather be right than be President, while others are not so particular.¬† — Evan Esar

    The PEANUTS comic strip in this¬†morning’s paper had Peppermint Patty asking Roy what you do when something you “really believed¬†was going to happen didn’t happen?” Roy answers, “Well, you could admit you were wrong.” Peppermint Patty¬†replies, “Besides that, I mean.”

    Now that’s¬†humor that hits the nail on the head, which may be a cliche (like DENIAL IS NOT A RIVER IN EGYPT), but¬†it’s a cliche¬†because it’s right on target. Guilt-evasion, admission-advoidance¬†and denial practicioners excel in many professions — one of my favorites is end-of-the-world prophets who always manage to come up with excuses why their predicted Armageddon dates come and go,¬†yet we’re still here — but life is too short to delve into many professions. Politicians alone comprise a category of¬†equivocation beyond belief,¬†so it’s enough to¬†let their cup runeth over onto this page….in their own words:

    It depends on what¬†the meaning¬†of “is” is.¬† — Bill Clinton

    I hope you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you’ve heard is not what I meant.¬† — Richard Nixon

    First, it was not a strip bar, it was an exotic club. And second, I’m a night owl.”¬† — Washington D.C. mayor Marion Barry (when accused of inappropriate behavior at a strip joint)

    I was walking around dictating responses and simply wanted to make sure the pieces of paper were not weighing me down.¬† — British Cabinet Secretary Oliver Letwin, after having been caught dumping sensitive Government papers in park bins.

    I haven’t committed a crime. What I did was fail to comply with the law.¬† — former NYC mayor David Dinkins

    Oh, did I say Norwegian army? What¬†I really meant was that he’s with Britain’s¬†special forces on a totally secret foreign mission, so I can’t tell you where he is or anything.¬† — Norwegian parliament member Saera Khan, who claimed,¬†after Norwegian parliament refused to pay her¬†$7750 cellphone bill, the charges were satellite phone calls to her boyfriend, a Norwegian special services soldier (she finally admitted¬†the calls were to psychic hotlines after the British ISAF repudiated her claim)

    Why do Sunnis kill Shiites? How do they tell the difference? They all look the same to me.¬† — Mississippie Senator Trent Lott

    I simply misremembered it wrong.¬† — Illinois Senator Mark Kirk, regarding claims he’d made¬†about his military record, including¬†having been Naval Intelligence Officer of the Year, having¬†commanded the Pentagon War Room and served in Desert Storm.

    Well, it doesn’t sound [appropriate] now, [if] you bring it up that way.¬† — Texas state representative Joe Driver, in response to revelations that he’d been routinely double-billing the government for travel expenses despite his opposition to the “big spending habits of liberals in government.”

    I never know what I’m going to say until I say it, so I am kind of interested in hearing what¬†I think.¬† — South Carolina state representative John G. Altman

      

     
    • Ricardo 8:01 pm on November 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      And you compiled this list without a single Bushism! Very commendable. Personally, I’m not the type of guy who resists low-hanging fruit, so never forget “Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?”

      That’s Dubya at the peak of his powers!

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    • mistermuse 10:06 pm on November 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      That’s a classic, Ricardo.
      I ran across many classic Bushims in compiling this list, but none seemed to go well with the theme of this post, so i gave him a pass. I added the Norwegian parliament member quote after posting my original list, so I may add an appropriate Bushism tomorrow if I feel like doing more research and can find one that fits.

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