Unfortunate Quotes - 2005
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Posted by Bob L. (+5099) 15 years ago
Since we're approaching the end of 2005, I thought it might be fun for folks to post their nominations for the worst quote from a public figure.

I'll start with one of my favs:

"I question it based on a review of the video footage which I spent an hour or so looking at last night in my office. She certainly seems to respond to visual stimuli." --Sen. Bill Frist, a medical doctor, diagnosing Terri Schiavo's condition during a speech on the Senate floor, March 17, 2005 (Her autopsy showed she was blind.)
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+9781) 15 years ago
"Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job."
--President Bush, to FEMA director Michael Brown, while touring hurricane-ravaged Mississippi, Sept. 2, 2005, Source:
http://www.washingtonpost...01590.html
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Posted by Van (+564) 15 years ago
Isn't it Ironic??
Following quotes by W. Bush.

Free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don't attack each other. Free nations don't develop weapons of mass destruction.

I'll tell you what PAYGO means, when you're a senator from Massachusetts, when you're a colleague of Ted Kennedy, pay go means: You pay, and he goes ahead and spends.

If the Iraqi regime is able to produce, buy or steal an amount of highly enriched uranium a little larger than a single softball, it could have a nuclear weapon in less than a year.

One of the common denominators I have found is that expectations rise above that which is expected.

Saddam Hussein is a homicidal dictator who is addicted to weapons of mass destruction.

Some have argued that confronting the threat from Iraq could detract from the war against terror. To the contrary, confronting the threat posed by Iraq is crucial to winning the war on terror.

The true history of my administration will be written 50 years from now, and you and I will not be around to see it.

There's no such thing as legacies. At least, there is a legacy, but I'll never see it.

To those of you who received honours, awards and distinctions, I say well done. And to the C students, I say you, too, can be president of the United States.

We know that dictators are quick to choose aggression, while free nations strive to resolve differences in peace.

Well, I think if you say you're going to do something and don't do it, that's trustworthiness.
When you turn your heart and your life over to Christ, when you accept Christ as the savior, it changes your heart.
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Posted by Heath H (+647) 15 years ago
"When I take action, I'm not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. It's going to be decisive."
George W. Bush
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+14821) 15 years ago
It unfortunate that so many would consider the above quote ... "unfortunate".
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+9781) 15 years ago
"We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did."
--Congressman Richard Baker, Republican, Louisiana

Source:
Charles Babington, "Some GOP Legislators Hit Jarring Notes in Addressing Katrina," THE WASHINGTON POST, September 10, 2005,
http://www.washingtonpost...01930.html
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Former first lady Barbara Bush in a radio interview on September 5, 2005, while speaking of the Katrina evacuees at the Astrodome found something to be alarmed about and yet saw a bright side to the disaster. Quote:

"Almost everyone I've talked to says, 'We're going to move to Houston.' What I'm hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas. . . .

And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this, this is working very well for them."


Source:
"National: The Former First Lady - Barbara Bush Calls Evacuees Better Off," THE NEW YORK TIMES, September 7, 2005,
http://www.nytimes.com/20...rbara2.asp
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"Now tell me the truth boys, is this kind of fun?"
--Then House Majority Leader, now indicted Congressman Tom Delay, Republican, Texas, to three young hurricane evacuees from New Orleans at the Astrodome in Houston. as he compared their experience during the worst natural disaster ever to hit the nation to a trip to summer camp.

Source:
Charles Babington, "Some GOP Legislators Hit Jarring Notes in Addressing Katrina," THE WASHINGTON POST, September 10, 2005,
http://www.washingtonpost...01930.html
Eric Naing, "Column: Let Them Eat Cake," DAILY ILLINI, September 12, 2005,
http://www.dailyillini.co...1704.shtml
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President George W. Bush while speaking at Mobile Regional Airport, Mobile, Alabama, on September 2, 2005, addressed the good news surrounding the Katrina disaster. Quote:

"The good news is -- and it's hard for some to see it now -- that out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast, like it was before. Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house -- he's lost his entire house -- there's going to be a fantastic house. And I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch."

Source:
The White House, Office of the Press Secretary, "President Arrives in Alabama, Briefed on Hurricane Katrina, Mobile Regional Airport, Mobile, Alabama," September 2, 2005,
http://www.whitehouse.gov...902-2.html
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Speaking to CNN on September 1, 2005, the then Director of FEMA, Michael Brown, demonstrated just exactly why he would join the ranks of the unemployed ten days later. Quote:

"Considering the dire circumstances that we have in New Orleans -- virtually a city that has been destroyed -- that things are going relatively well."

Source:
"FEMA Chief: Victims Bear Some Responsibility - Brown Pleased With Effort: 'Things Are Going Relatively Well'," CNN, September 1, 2005,
http://www.cnn.com/2005/W...ema.brown/
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Then FEMA Director Michael Brown described his upcoming agenda on the day he was relieved from his responsibility to manage Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, September 9, 2005. Quote:

"I'm going to go home and walk my dog and hug my wife, and maybe get a good Mexican meal and a stiff margarita and a full night's sleep."

Source:
Peter Baker, "Relief Chief Sent Back Home - Shakeup - Embattled Official Stripped Of Duties In Katrina Response," Washington Post byline, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, September 10, 2005,
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi...ELNJO1.DTL
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After sacrificing two days of his vacation time because of Katrina, President Bush returned to D.C. on August 31 - Katrina hit on the 29th of course. The President observed while flying several thousand feet over the stricken region. Quote:

"It's totally wiped out. . . . It's devastating, it's got to be doubly devastating on the ground."

Source:
"Bush Flies Over Disaster Area - The President Is Expected To Visit Hurricane Sites Later This Week," CNN, August 31, 2005,
http://www.cnn.com/2005/P...atrina.ap/
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Speaking of lost vacation days. . .

When asked by a reporter why he did not return from his vacation until three days after the Katrina hit, Vice President Dick Cheney was quick to point out that he had cut his vacation short. Quote: "I came back four days early."

Source:
Roger Simon, "A Heck Of A Job," U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, September 12, 2005,
http://www.usnews.com/usn...2simon.htm
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Posted by Bob L. (+5099) 15 years ago
"If I would do another 'Terminator' movie, I would have Terminator travel back in time and tell Arnold not to have a special election."

--California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, after his ballot initiatives failed (Nov 10, 2005)
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Posted by Danny T (+58) 15 years ago
Is this the "I hate Republicans" forum?
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Posted by Cory Cutting (+1279) 15 years ago
Most (not all, though...well, most, yeah, ok....all) forums in this site turn into the "I hate Republicans".
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Posted by Sam (+72) 15 years ago
Leave the children alone now. They specialize in complaining on how bad things are, have been or will be. If you look in about any forum on this site, one of these people (along with some others) will eventually blame all the worlds woes on the Republicans. You will also notice that they don't offer any solutions to anything, they just like to sit and complain.
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Posted by Pete Petro (+287) 15 years ago
Cheers, Sam!!!!
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Posted by Brian (+355) 15 years ago
And if the democrats were in power, they would be complainging about them. First rule of management/leadership: Everything is your fault. Oh, and I blame the republicans for my coffee shop being closed last Monday.
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Posted by Bob L. (+5099) 15 years ago
Here's one for you wing-nuts:

"I think with a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, you can't play, you know, hide the salami, or whatever it's called."
--- Howard Dean, requesting that the Bush administration release Harriet Miers' records (I guess)
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+9781) 15 years ago
On The Side Of Angels?

When questioned about his role in landing lucrative defense contracts for business interests that had contributed tens and tens of thousands of dollars to his re-election campaigns - Congressman Randall "Duke" Cunningham, Republican (CA), told a reporter that anyone who dared paint his actions as anything but aboveboard "can go to hell," adding, "I'm on the side of angels here."

Of course as we all know, On November 28, Cunningham resigned his House seat after confessing that he had accepted $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors, including the very "angels" mentioned above.

Source:
"Poway Firm Contributed To Cunningham"
By David Washburn
SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE
June 25, 2005
http://www.signonsandiego...5adcs.html

"Prosecutors Await Cunningham's Participation"
By Onell R. Soto
San Diego Union-Tribune
December 13, 2005
http://www.signonsandiego...secut.html

"Cronies' Deals May Have Put GIs At Risk"
By George E. Condon Jr.
SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE
December 1, 2005
http://www.signonsandiego...ssess.html
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Posted by Van (+564) 15 years ago
Danny T., Yes.
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Posted by Cory Cutting (+1279) 15 years ago
Bob, I LOVE that! Very funny....what were the Dems thinking putting him in charge of the party? Maybe he could be the leader of "victory yells" at the next convention pep rally.
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Posted by Bob L. (+5099) 15 years ago
Cory:

I'm not sure. Bad decision on the Dems' part.

My best guess is they thought he could drum up grass-roots support among the faithful. Unlikely.

He is a quote machine, though.
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Posted by Bob L. (+5099) 15 years ago
"See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."

--- George W. Bush, May 24, 2005
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Posted by Eric Brandt (+839) 15 years ago
Well, He is right...

Why should that statement surprise - or alarm for that matter - anyone?
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+9781) 15 years ago
Something for both sides of the aisle.

Stupid Conservative Quote Quiz - Match 15 Idiotic Quotes With Their Source
http://politicalhumor.abo...tequiz.htm

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http://politicalhumor.abo...tequiz.htm
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