==> Mitt Romney (Presidential Candidate, Republican Party):
“Corporations are people!”
Corporations are not people. They are supposed to serve the people while making a reasonable profit. But how many corporations put people before profit? When a person makes so much money from a long corporate career, he and the corporation naturally become inseparable. He cannot see the plights of ordinary citizens from his ivory tower. Is this the presidential quality you are looking for?
==> Bill Clinton (President 1993-2000):
“I did not inhale.”
“I’ve never had sexual relations with that woman!”
The first remark is about pot smoking at young age. The second is about his affair with Monica Lewinsky. Both are attempts to hide the truth.
==> Richard Nixon (President 1969-74):
“Your President is not a crook!”
At the height of the Watergate crisis, Nixon made this Freudian slip in a press conference.
==> Edward Kennedy (US Senator 1962-2009):
“I never saw Senator Hayakawa. I only saw his pillow.”
Senator Hayakawa was notorious for dozing off while the Senate was in session. The press asked Kennedy to confirm the rumor because their seats were next to each other.
==> Ronald Reagan, (President 1981-88):
“Government is the problem!”
When your home catches fire and you’re desperate for a fire engine to come to the rescue, would you still say government is the problem?
==> Joe Barton (US Representative):
“I’m ashamed of what happened in the White House. I think it is a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown, in this case, a $20 billion shakedown.”
The Republican Party was shocked to hear from one of their members an apology to BP regarding the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf Coast. The $20 billion settlement had been negotiated between the White House and BP as compensation for the people affected in the region. Being a friend (or beneficiary?) of BP, Barton lamented the settlement as a “shakedown”.