Most Notable Quotations of 2008
fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Thu Dec 4 20:58:16 UTC 2008
I'm working on my list for the Associated Press of the top 10 most notable quotations of the year. By "notable" I mean "important" or "famous" or "particularly revealing of the spirit of our times" rather than necessarily being eloquent or admirable.
Below are ones I am considering. I would welcome suggestions of additional quotes from 2008, particularly ones from popular culture or entertainment or sports or business or technology. Many of the political quotes below are anti-Republican in nature (to some extent this is inevitable, I can't distort reality in the interest of balance, i.e., if you nominate people like Dan Quayle and Sarah Palin, you're going to have a lot of notable quotes that make you look foolish), so I would also welcome suggestions of particularly notable anti-Democratic quotes, so I can have some balance.
Also, if anyone cares to take the time to tell me which of the ones below they think deserve to be in the top 10, that would be extremely helpful.
I think the Straight Talk Express just lost a wheel.
I am not President Bush. If you want to run against President Bush, you should have run four years ago.
John McCain, 3rd presidential debate
The fundamentals of America's economy are strong.
John McCain, Interview with Peter Cook on Bloomberg TV, Apr. 17, 2008
If a company is too big to fail, it is too big to exit.
Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this President are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and many not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.
Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there are no libertarians in a financial crisis.
It's not based on any particular data point, we just wanted to choose a really large number.
Treasury spokeswoman to Forbes.com, explaining how the $700 million number was chosen for the initial bailout
Privatize the profits, socialize the losses.
Popular recent maxim
I can see Russia from my house.
Tina Fey, satirizing Sarah Palin
Make it a hundred [more years of having U.S. troops in Iraq]!
[Sarah Palin] is not any smarter than I am and that's not nearly smart enough.
Tina Fey on Letterman show
I've never been a part of a tie. I never even knew that that was in the rule book.
A man has a right to defend himself, even against his own leg.
Posting on Freakonomics blog about Plaxico Burress
Yes, we can!
Barack Obama campaign slogan
I remember landing under sniper fire [while visiting Bosnia in 1996].
We have sort of become a nation of whiners.
What's the difference between a pitbull and a hockey mom? Lipstick.
I drink your milkshake.
There Will Be Blood
Why so serious?
The Dark Knight
Drill, baby, drill!
Slogan of Palin supporters
Who would you have picking up the phone at 3 a.m.?
Hillary Clinton Campaign ad
Change you can believe in.
Obama campaign slogan
For the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback
I didn't major in math, I majored in miracles.
As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where -- where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border.
[Response when asked to name a single newspaper or magazine she reads:] All of 'em, any of 'em that have been in front of me over all these years.
Sarah Palin, Katie Courc CBS News interview, Oct. 1, 2008
[Response when asked how many houses he and his wife own:] I think -- I'll have my staff get to you. It's condominiums where -- I'll have them get to you.
John McCain, Interview with Politico, Las Cruces, N.M., Aug. 20, 2008
It's not surprising, then, that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to capture their frustrations.
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