Saturday, December 13, 2008

Political Bloopers, Gaffes, Quotes and more Stupidity

Thot of collating a small collection of some of the stupidest things said/done by our politicians

  • Robbery is common.
    o Original: Daketi to hota rahta hai.
    o Laloo Yadav Answering to the issue of railway security" ("Laloo girds up for his big day", The Hindu, July 06, 2004. URL accessed on 2006-05-08.)

  • "We must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose." Indira Gandhi.
  • Indian Railways is the responsibility of Lord Vishwakarma. So is the safety of passengers... It is His duty, not mine. I have been forced to don His mantle.
    o Laloo Prasad Yadav Reacting to increasing number of train mishaps, Patna ("Boarding a train? Pray to God", The Times of India, July 02, 2004)
  • In response to the Sethusamudam controversy, Karunanidhi questioned the existence of Hindu god Rama. He asked
    “ Some say there was a person over 17 lakh years ago. His name was Rama. Do not touch the bridge (Ramar Sethu) constructed by him. Who is this Rama? From which engineering college did he graduate? Is there any proof for this?[17] ”
  • I work so much. If I don't get all the comforts, I will turn mad.
    Laloo Prasad Yadav Responding to the criticism of his adversaries that he always travelled in a salon. (July 3, 2004 The Times of India)
  • A few years back, as the Louisiana legislature was arguing a bill to prevent flooding, state Rep. Sherman Copelin Jr. said, "This is the most important bill of the session. . . . I have not read the bill."
  • Alaska Gov. Walter Hickel once justified a plan to kill hundreds of wolves by saying, "You just can't let nature run wild."
  • "I would never approach a small-breasted woman." -- President Clinton, denying that he had sexually harassed Kathleen Willey

  • "I think that gay marriage should be between a man and a woman." – Schwarzenegger

  • "I think incest can be handled as a family matter within the family." -- Jay Dickey Jr., U.S. representative from Arkansas

  • "I have said that I'm not running and I'm having a great time being pres — being a first-term senator." —Hilary Clinton on her presidential ambitions

  • "I'm the mayor, I can do whatever I want until the courts tell me I can't.'" --Sarah Palin, as quoted by former City Council Member Nick Carney, after he raised objections about the $50,000 she spent renovating the mayor's office without approval of the city council


girish said...

Dan Quayle Quotes(extending his hand during a campaign stop): I'm Dan Quayle. Who are you?
Woman: I'm your Secret Service agent.

olive oyl said...

book on bushism: ("The people in Louisiana must know that all across our country there's a lot of prayer -- prayer for those whose lives have been turned upside down. And I'm one of them." --George W. Bush, Baton Rouge, La., Sept. 3, 2008)

Bhing said...

This is really funny!LOL.. Politicians really do whatever it takes just to attract people.. tsk tsk tsk..

Deepa Subbaraman said...

I think Bushism, Sarah Palinism and Dan Quale(ism) are the funniest..if you watched Jimmy Krimel Live there was a section on "We will miss you Goofy" and it was so hilarious!

Toasty said...

Some of this stuff just does make your teeth hurt, doesn't it? Kinda like President George W. Bush saying: "I just don't understand why they hate us so much, because we're so GOOD." Oh, God, what an imbecile!

I love your sense of irony and the way you use it to prick the bubbles that "important" people live in. Sad, isn't it, how disconnected we become from where life is really lived by real people who go to work every day. RE the killings in Assam, I recall a classmate coming to me in tears back in 1957 because she'd just received the news that part of her family back in Nagaland had been killed in their sleep by "revolutionaries". I've never forgotten it. In my mind, these "revoilutionaries" were and are just murderers, killers sho see reality from inside a bubble of ideology that they call "reality". The reality was that my friend's family was dead and that she was broken-hearted.

Clinton said...

One more of Palin,s..

this one were among the top two spots of the most memorable quotes compiled by Fred Shapiro.

first place was, I can see Russia from my house spoken in satire of Palins foriegn policy on Saturday Night Live..

actual quote..

"They're our next door neighbours and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska..

HealthiaCynthia said...

Great collection of stupidity-- I am happy to see no Canadian quotes... could be that we are so reserved and mumbly in our stupidity that it never gets international attention?

~Cynthia at

Deepa Subbaraman said...

Well Cynthia, as long as someone does'nt get featured on this post/comment, they must be doing something right..or have plain been overlooked. Not much is known about Canadian politics per se. Perhaps you can share some goofups/bloopers with us ? Cheers, D :)