Quotes to remember - or should we?
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There is nothing more memorable than something you can't forget. Often things people say
stand out as memorable. The Gettysburg Address, the Sermon on the Mount, and some lines in motion pictures are truly easy to remember,
you can even cite them word for word. "Go ahead, make my day", by Clint Eastwood, "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn", by Clark
Gable, and the oft mis-quoted 'Play it again, Sam', by Ingrid Bergman, are recalled by movie goers around the world. And then there
are the quotes in the political world, statements made in the heat of the moment, or remarks made to try to cover up improprieties.
Most of us can tell which is which.
Many of us remember "I am not a crook", Richard Nixon's
remark just before he resigned the presidency. And Nancy Pelosi's, paraphrased, 'Let's just pass the Health Care Bill, then we'll
find out how it works', which even brought out feelings of sympathy for the poor lady from some disbelievers of her credibility as
a lawmaker. Then there's Bill Clinton's most famous, being either "I did not have sex with Monica Lewinski", or "That depends on what
the definition of is is", take your pick. Intelligent readers, like those of The Spectator, saw through that awful charade.
I would add these two current zingers, statements so strange it's hard for me to imagine how anyone could take the remarks seriously,
or the speakers for that matter.
One: We did not intentionally burn down that cabin. We
threw pyrotechnic (fireworks) tear gas into the cabin and it erupted in flames. (John McMahon, San Bernardino County Sheriff, during
the Big Bear, California manhunt involving Christopher Dorner).
Two: Let's raise the minimum
wage to $9 an hour because if you work full time, you shouldn't be in poverty. (Barack Obama) And the beat goes on!
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