December 31, 2008

My idiosyncratic list of quotes from the second half of the year.

I've already done the months of January-June, and I simply must finish this project. So, quickly, here goes.

"This is someone thinking 'I'll just remove this indefinite article because Coren is an illiterate cunt and i know best.' Well, you fucking don't. This was shit, shit sub-editing for three reasons...." Giles Coren rants about copy editing.

"'Crackhead' is an embarrassing line item to have on a résumé." New York Times writer David Carr tells his sordid story.

"We have sort of become a nation of whiners. You just hear this constant whining." The quote that wrecked Phil Gramm.

"I wasn’t exactly sure what to say to you, except to start with, God, I love our country and I love what we stand for." Bush at the Olympics.

"The more I'm in public, I don't even want to pick my nose." Obama.



Eli Blake said...

My favorite quote was:

We have trade missions back and forth, we do. It's very important when you consider even national-security issues with Russia. As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right next to, they are right next to our state.

--Sarah Palin in the Katie Couric interview.

It's hard to imagine that this individual came as close as she did to being the one to send out "those" (jet fighters??)

Eli Blake said...

And not to be outdone, 'zap Albert,' the guy who once wrote that the Geneva Conventions were 'quaint,' is now saying that he is a casualty of the war on terror.


AllenS said...

"It is wonderful to be back in Oregon, 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. Alaska and Hawaii, I was not allowed to go to even though I really wanted to visit, but my staff would not justify it."

--Barack H. Obama

AllenS said...

"Look, John's last-minute economic plan does nothing to tackle 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, jobs."

--Joe Biden

Modern Otter said...

Two, and related in my mind:

1.) Barack Obama's reply to Pastor Warren's abortion question, widely considered a gaffe, but sums up a lot of why I voted for Obama:

"Well, you know, I think that whether you’re looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity, you know, is above my pay grade."

2. Obama to Barbara Walters. Think about it. When's the last time you heard a President ask a question?

"What is a Havanese?"