For years I enjoyed the show by Art Linkletter, “Kids Say The Darndest Things.” If you have kids or grandkids, you understand how true that statement is. Well, it seems politicians are kids too, as far as that relationship goes. I thought I’d take a break from my normal writing to share some crazy and funny things said by politicians and wanna be politicians.
I understand things can be taken out of context, and certainly, we all say things we wish we could “unsay” at times. However, most of these are clearly someone who has no common sense or connection with reality.
We can include things such as George HW Bush and his, “Read my lips, no new taxes” statement. While not funny, it clearly was a central reason he was not re-elected.
What list of crazy politician statements would be complete without a Joe Biden comment? “…put that double-barreled shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house…” So if you think an intruder is near, you empty your weapon outside into the air. Well done Mr. Vice President.
“I think incest can be handled as a family matter within the family.” This brilliant statement was made by Arkansas Congressman, Jay Dickey, Jr. when he was running for office.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld once said, “We know there are known knowns: there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns: that is to say there are things we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns– the ones we don’t know we don’t know.” This is actually true, we just don’t normally think in these terms.
There are of course two classics by former President Clinton. ‘It all depends on what the meaning of the word is is.” And, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.”
"Seniors love getting junk mail. It’s sometimes their only way of communicating or feeling like they’re part of the real world." -- Harry Reid
"The number one job facing the middle class, and it happens to be, as Barack says, a three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S." -- Joe Biden
"Civil rights laws were not passed to protect the rights of white men and do not apply to them." -- Mary Frances Berry, former Chairwoman, US Commission on Civil Rights
"Now, people when I say that look at me and say, ‘What are you talking about, Joe? You’re telling me we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt?’ The answer is yes, that’s what I’m telling you." -- Joe Biden
"During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet." -- Al Gore
"Every month that we do not have an economic recovery package 500 million Americans lose their jobs." -- Nancy Pelosi
"Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go." -- Barack Obama
"But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of controversy." --Nancy Pelosi
"Well, when the President does it that means that it is not illegal." --Richard Nixon
"When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened.'" --Joe Biden ( Never mind FDR was not president in 1929 and television was only experimental at the time.)
"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
“Outside of the killings, DC has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.” --Former Washington DC Mayor Marion Berry
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“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.” --George W Bush
“I will tell you these are ammunition, they’re bullets, so the people who have those know they’re going to shoot them, so if you ban them in the future, the number of these high-capacity magazines is going to decrease dramatically over time because the bullets will have been shot and there won’t be any more available.” -- Colorado Rep. Diana DeGette speaking about 30 round rifle magazines.
In the past, for my money, Congressman Hank Johnson took the prize for the craziest comment regarding the Island of Guam getting too many people on one side and tipping over. Here’s the video of that statement. Note the Admiral is kind enough to let it slide, not sure I could be so diplomatic!
However, I think we have a new winner!
Brianna Wu is a congressional candidate for the House seat in Massachusetts 8th district. In response to Elon Musk’s SpaceX plan to sell trips into space to fly around the moon.
She suggested that the space tourism industry could give private corporations a “frightening amount of power” to destroy the Earth with rocks because of the Moon’s military importance. “The moon is probably the most tactically valuable military ground for earth,” the since-deleted tweet read. “Rocks dropped from there have the power of 100s of nuclear bombs.”
Responses to her social media posting questioned her scientific literacy. She clarified she was, “talking about dropping [rocks] into our gravity well.”
She then blamed the criticism on sexism, “That’s the danger of being a woman on the internet!” “Like, you all can make fun of that statement, but it will still be true,” another Wu tweet said. “This is why the militarization of space is so dangerous.”
Maybe my effort to lighten things up a bit might have also reminded us of who leads us at the state and federal level. Perhaps I should have taken a nap instead.
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