Best Top Ten List of the Year

John Hawkins at Town Hall has come up with the very best 2009 retrospective Top Ten list I’ve seen so far.

10.  No, no. I have been practicing…I bowled a 129. It’s like — it was like Special Olympics, or something.
— Barack Obama

9.  I mean, if you think about — if you think about it, UPS and FedEx are doing just fine, right? No, they are. It’s the Post Office that’s always having problems.
— Barack Obama makes the case for socialized medicine in a rather odd fashion

8.  Before a crowd of troops holding cameras and cell phones, the president joked, “you guys make a pretty good photo op.”
— Political Punch

7.   I know, too, that Islam has always been a part of America’s story.
— Barack Obama distorts America’s history in Egypt

6.   I won.
— Barack Obama to Republicans in Congress who were trying to discuss the stimulus plan with him

5.   Chuck Todd: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed — can you understand why it is offensive to some for this terrorist to get all the legal privileges of any American citizen?
Obama: I don’t think it will be offensive at all when when he’s convicted and when the death penalty is applied to him.
— NBC Interview with Barack Obama

4.   Our friends have fought and bled and died alongside us in Afghanistan. And now, we must come together to end this war successfully. For what’s at stake is not simply a test of NATO’s credibility — what’s at stake is the security of our allies, and the common security of the world.

But taken together, these additional American and international troops will allow us to accelerate handing over responsibility to Afghan forces, and allow us to begin the transfer of our forces out of Afghanistan in July of 2011.
— Barack Obama announces the “common security of the world” of the world is at stake in Afghanistan and then sets a timeline for withdrawal a sentence later.

3.   Oprah: What grade would you give yourself, for this year?

Obama: Um, good solid B+

…Oprah: So B+, what could you have done better?

Obama: Well B+ because of the things that are undone. Health care is not yet signed. If I get health care passed we tip into A minus.
— Oprah Winfrey interview with Barack Obama

2.   But I don’t want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess. I don’t mind cleaning up after them, but don’t do a lot of talking.
— Barack Obama

1.   The Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home. . . . What I think we know — separate and apart from this incident — is that there is a long history in their country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately, and that’s just a fact.
— Barack Obama on the arrest of his friend, Henry Louis Gates.

Sadly, you just can’t make this stuff up. Happily, however, we’ve only got three more years of this before he’s gone!



2 Responses to Best Top Ten List of the Year

  1. slamdunk says:

    Great list. My favs are #10, #5 and obviously #1.

  2. Gerry Ashley says:

    Honorable Mentions:

    1.) Joe Biden – providing handy tips how to protect against the swine flu and cause general panic. April 30, 2009

    “I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places now. … When one person sneezes it goes all the way through the aircraft. That’s me. I would not be, at this point, if they had another way of transportation, suggesting they ride the subway.” Yeah, THAT oughtta help the struggling airline industries already reeling from high fuel prices and fewer travelers due to the economy… Say, why not repeat that comment about how the enemy will probably be “testing” Obama. Who knows? Maybe that will finish off those pesky airlines once and for all. Did you happen to mention to the folks whether you have stock in AMTRACK?

    2.) Joe Biden (again) – Feb. 6, 2009
    “If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, there’s still a 30% chance we’re going to get it wrong.” Yeah, Joe, and don’t forget that “error margin” of yours. What is it… 30%?

    3.) Joe Biden again (February 25th, 2009). Talking to the press about the web address set up so the public could track how the stimulous package money was being spent: “You know, I’m embarrassed.” Then, off-mic to an aid: “Do you know the Web site number? I should have it in front of me and I don’t. I’m actually embarrassed.” You actually should be. I know those who voted for you are.

    4.) Uh… still Joe Biden. This time, caught on a live mic speaking to a former Senate colleague after arriving on Amtrak at Union Station in Washington, D.C., March 13, 2009: “An hour late, oh give me a (f-bomb) break.”

    5.) Joe Biden, yet again (see a trend here, folks?), this time at an AARP meeting in Virgina (July, 16, 2009): “Folks look, AARP knows and the people with me here today know, the president knows, and I know, that the status quo is simply not acceptable. It’s totally unacceptable. And it’s completely unsustainable. Even if we wanted to keep it the way we have it now. It can’t do it financially.We’re going to go bankrupt as a nation. 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.” Oh! My! Gawd! And all these years, I’ve been doing it ass-backwards… saving up for things before I buy them. Hey, thanks for clearing this up for me, Joe. Boy do I feel dumb!

    6.) Joe Biden… Oh, wait a second! Here’s one by Barack Obama (from the just-released book; Game Change, talking about… you guessed it… Joe Biden):
    “How many dumb things is Joe Biden going to say??”

    But, if I could stretch this to include dumbest top 10 quotes of the past 24 months, my personal choice for THE DUMBEST would be… drum roll, please…

    Bill Clinton speaking to then-Senator Ted Kennedy, while trying to woo Kennedy’s support for Hillary (talking trash about Barack Obama): “You know, a few years ago, he’d have been bringing us coffee…”

    Oh to have been a fly on the wall when THAT comment got back to Hillary…

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