Famous Quotes
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(Some Lies, Some Truth, Some Spin)
There is a measure of truth, or lies and/or spin in some of the following quotes. And to think that some of these people were leaders of our government. -Suppose you were a member of Congress. And suppose you were an idiot. But I repeat myself. Mark Twain (Is it possible to be both at the same time, Mark?)
      -What a waste it is to lose one's mind. Or not to have a mind is very wasteful. How true that is. Dan Quayle (Dan, have you lost yours?)
      -A zebra does not change it's spots. Al Gore (Zebras have stripes, Al, leopards have spots)
      -I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. These allegations are false. Bill Clinton (Did Hillary write that script, Bill?)
      -I'm not worried about the deficit. It's big enough to take care of itself. Ronald Reagan (What's in those jelly beans you're eating, Ronnie?)
      -I was under medication when I made the decision to burn the tapes. Richard Nixon (Was it Valium or Viagra you took, "Tricky" Dick)
      -Scientists often say, 'You know, that's a good argument. My point is mistaken,' and they actually change their mind. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion. Carl Sagan (You can't recall, Carl, because it never happened, and never will)
      -Every immigrant who comes here should be required to learn English or leave the country. Teddy Roosevelt (But what about all the English as a Second Language classes, Ted?)
      -I have a problem with people who take the Constitution loosely and the Bible literally. Bill Maher (You don't believe Moses parted the Red Sea, Bill?)
      -The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history. I mean in the century's history. We all lived in this century. I didn't live in this century. Dan Quayle (What century did you live in, Dan.....Dan?)
      -It depends on what the meaning of the word "is" is. Bill Clinton (I agree with you, Bill. My web site lists at least 11 meanings of "is", or a derivative of it. Hmmmmm! I wonder what the definition of "it" is?)
      -I'll be long gone before some smart person figures out what happened inside the Oval Office. G.W. Bush (We know what happened, G.W., Monica told us)
      -I've looked on many women with lust. I've committed adultery in my heart many times. God knows I will do this, and forgives me. Jimmy Carter (But Jimmy, does your wife really, I mean really, forgive you?)
      -During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the internet. Al Gore (Al, we appreciate your work in the Manhattan Project, too, building the Atomic Bomb, and sending men to the Moon, and.....)
      -When I was in England, I experimented with marijuana a time or two, and I didn't like it. I didn't inhale and never tried it again. Bill Clinton (It's OK, Bill, as long as you didn't inhale. Is that true for cigars also?)
      -Facts are stubborn things. Ronald Reagan (No Ronnie, mules are stubborn things)
      -Stand up Chuck. Let 'em see ya. (Chuck was a wheelchair-bound Congressman) Joe Biden (Joe, he can't stand up, can't ya see?)
      -If I was a single man, I might ask that mummy out. That's a good looking mummy. Bill Clinton (Bill, is that "mummy" like in someone's mother?)
      -I've been in 57 states. I think one left to go. Barack Obama (Mr. President, don't you recall, since you were "supposedly" born there, Hawaii became our 50th state in 1959, and none have joined since)
      -I promise you the president has a big stick. I promise you. Joe Biden (Joe, do you mean you can verify it?)
      -I love California. I practically grew up in Phoenix. Dan Quayle (Dan...Dan, Phoenix is in Nevada, come on)
      -If you want to keep your health care, you can keep your health care. Barack Obama (Do you mean unless you take it away, by executive privilege?)
      -The only reason people want to be masters of the future is to change the past. Milan Kudera (Change history? How can they do that? You mean lie?)
      -Welcome to President Bush, Mrs. Bush, and my fellow astronauts. Dan Quayle (How is it up there among the stars, Dan?)
      -Let's just pass the Affordable Care Act and then we'll see what's in it. Nancy Pelosi ( Voted one of the top three most idiotic statements of all time)
      - I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. Will Rogers (Wish the government dealt in facts, Will)
      -Society is like a stew. If you don't stir it up once in a while, a layer of scum comes to the top. Edwin Abbey (Are you insinuating our elected representatives are scum bags, Ed?)
      -Every politician has a promising career. Unfortunately, most of them don't keep their promises. Jarod Kintz (Promising politician is like army intelligence, an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms)
      -Remember, remember always, that all of us are descended from immigrants and revolutionaries. Franklin Delano Roosevelt (But Franklin, our forebearers all came here legally, through Ellis Island, remember?)
      -What right does Congress have to go around making laws just because they deem it necessary? Marion Barry (They do it because they can, Marion, for no other reason)
      -The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government. Patrick Henry (If only it worked out that way, Pat)
      -The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a Nativity scene in Washington D.C. This wasn't for any religious reason. They couldn't find three wise men and a virgin. Jay Leno (Was Mary really a virgin, Jay?)
      -What difference does it make...Hillary Clinton (Some things do make a difference. Doesn't it make a difference to you what Bill did in the Oval Office, Mrs. Clinton?)
      -Everything is changing. People are taking the comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke. Mark Twain (Seriously, Mark, people think politicians are a joke)
      -I am not a crook. Richard Nixon (Then you're the next best thing to it, Dick)
      -If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hair style. Hillary Clinton (So humble, modest and unpretentious; is that what is meant by freedom of the press, Mrs. Clinton?)

And the list goes on, endlessly...!