Politicians Say The Dumbest Things


Last night we had the presidential debate.   I am not fond of Politicians,yet, I did watch it all. There are no winners in these things.  In this particular election it seems to be pretty juvenile and petty, with lots of name calling, maintaining positions even if they are wrong, lying through their teeth and of course the ol’ “you can’t vote for the other one because they aren’t suited to the job”.  Wait a minute what am I saying? This election is just like any other we have had, but now we have more access to information so it seems different. They said some pretty inane things last night as well. I heard “gun epidemic” “Climate change a hoax perpetuated by the Chinese” “Broad-based, inclusive growth” “the cyber” and my favorite “nobody called Sean Hannity.”

While at the time they all sounded good, (except gun epidemic, was wondering if one got rid of it, the epidemic, with a shot) and somewhat intelligent (at times) when you go back and read the transcript it gets a bit ridiculous.  It got me to wondering and remembering other elections, other debates and campaigning. I decided that politicians are ready and willing to make fools of themselves and say whatever comes to mind. Here are some of the dumb things politicians say.

“This is the worst disaster in California since I was


Al Gore


Pat Brown

elected” ~ Pat Brown discussing a flood

“E Pluribus Unum. Out of one , many.” ~ Al Gore on  ethnic  diversity. The phrase



actually means out of many, one.

“Maybe some of it is people who don’t like my hairstyle” ~Hillary Clinton explaining how she made so many enemies during her years as first lady.


James Watt

“We have every mixture you could have. I have a black, I have a women, two Jews and a cripple” ~ James Watt (secretary of the interior) describing an Interior Department advisory group.

“I want to make sure everyone who has a job wants a


George Bush

job” ~ George Bush

“Politics gives guys so much power that they tend to behave badly around women. And I hope I never get into that” ~ Bill Clinton to a woman while he was a Rhodes Scholar in Oxford.


Ted Kennendy

“Do you come here often?” ~ Ted Kennedy to a woman in a soup kitchen.