(CNN) – With less than three weeks left in the year, the Yale Book of Quotations is out with its list of the 10 quotes for 2008, and statements some politicians probably wish they could take back dominate this year’s list.
This year had “a particularly important and dramatic election,” said Fred Shapiro, editor of the Yale Book of Quotations, about the fact that so many political quotations appeared on the 2008 list. “An election that had a cast of characters among the candidates,” Shapiro added
Indeed, Tina Fey’s “I can see Russia from my house” impersonation of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took the No. 1 spot on the list.
Palin herself was not far behind at No. 2 with an answer during one of her interviews with Katie Couric. "All of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years,” Palin told Couric when the CBS anchor asked the then-Republican vice presidential candidate what newspapers she read.
McCain economic adviser and former Republican Sen. Phil Gramm took third place for saying “we have sort of become a nation of whiners,” about the struggling economy in a July interview with the Washington Times.
Not to be outdone by Gramm or Palin, Sen. McCain took two spots on the top ten list: he scored fifth place for saying “the fundamentals of the American economy are strong” and the Arizona senator was also awarded seventh place for suggesting the U.S. troops might remain in Iraq for 100 years.
Quotes from Republicans take center stage in this year’s top ten because they were all potentially game changers that might have cost the GOP ticket the White House, according to Shapiro who also noted that McCain was potentially misunderstood in both of the quotes that made the list this year.
President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Biden had their own memorable quotes in 2008 that fell just shy of making the top ten. Shapiro cited Obama’s comment that rural Americans “cling” to guns and religion and Biden’s statement that leaders of other countries would test Obama if elected as statements that might have made the list in another year when there wasn’t a “super abundance” of political quotes from which Shapiro had to choose.
Celebutante Paris Hilton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. also made the list for their politically-oriented quotations.
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Updated: 3:15 p.m. with Shapiro quotes
Palin represents the idiots in this nation–and I believe that she does it very Well!
@ It's On Now-
"IYERS AND ROUGHT"
Are you trying to say Ayers and Wright. Well, I can see from the posts what is not on...the lights in the house.
Yeah Willy, it will be interesting to see how Obama and the Democrats are going to start "screwing up America." You mean continue screwing it up after the past 8 years of Bush and the Republicans putting us in the fast lane to Hell?
how come biden's three letter word did not make the list JOBS J-O-B-S
I just love the conservatives who respond on these stories. They were lousy, ungracious winners for eight years. Now, they are cry-baby losers. None of you "tards" got into Harvard, so JUST SHUT UP!
i would have liked to see:
"welcome to my hanging" – dubya
"in 1929 when the stock market crashed FDR adressed the nation on TV" – joe biden
"stand up chuck" – joe biden
i've been to 57 states and kenya.....
Kate has the IQ of a dirty diaper....except the diaper serves a purpose. Kate, maybe the US should have an IQ test for the right to vote. If we did, maybe George W wouldn't have crushed this country.
A Presidential Library? What will be the theme.....Green Eggs and Ham
You all need to get a life...stop being haters and pull together for a better country now.
I kind of wish people would stop quarreling over politics. The elections are over. Democracy has spoken. Regardless of who you supported prior to the election, you should now be fully ready to pledge your support to Obama and Biden. Dissent is detrimental to the success of our great nation.
Ah the righties miss ole' mumblin' George so much. Aint that cute.
"Can't wait to see and watch the liberal media covering up for Obama and the democrat ilk when they start screwing up America on Jan 22 2009"
Right. The current administration has done such a great job.
Hmm....you mean to tell me that the republican oral blunders of the campagin top the list, but the democratic gems like Biden going on about how FDR went on TV to calm the nation during the Great Depression are nowhere to be found? Haha, what liberal media?
It's shocking to me to see how eager everyone is, Democrat or Republican, to hate each other. People wonder why there are such problems in this country; everyone is practically foaming at the mouth for another crack at whatever ignorant member of either side. Things have become not so much about the issues anymore as they have about throwing verbal punches back and forth. The only way to get out of this dilemma is to work together. It's easy to sit back and whine about a result you find unfavorable. If you really cared, you'd go and do something about it that's productive instead of carrying on with this political bickering. Talk about blindness....this country can't even see itself being torn apart from the inside by stupidity and blatant ignorance. It's a real shame...
Can't wait to see how you Obama liberals blame the Chicago corruption – and Obama's participation in it – on Palin's "ignorance."
I can't fathom the connection – Palin can't see Chicago from her house – but since when has logic stopped the Obama idol worshippers from whacking away at the Palin pinata. Sorry but wailin' at Palin does not distract us from what's really going on with Mr. Obama.
we all now that before palin used the term "YOU BETCHA" obama used it starting in 2002.
All you silly people defending Gov Palin by listing the actual quote are just (as always) missing the forest for the trees. The original and exact quote was said by Palin in the midst of making the totally ridiculous argument that Alaska's proximity to Russia was part of her foreign policy credentials! Using her "logic" (term used loosely), since I live in Texas, if elected to office, I now have foreign policy experience with Mexico. This is why Republicans have almost run this nation into the ground. The nation is burning and they build straw men and set them on fire like a crazy mob all the while the nation continues to burn and they stand around patting themselves on the back for destroying the straw men. Can you guys start to focus on REAL issues?
How about "I've visited all 57 states" – The savior Barack Obama
"My uncle helped liberate Auschwitz" – The Russian Barack Obama
At least Dubya knows how many states there are...
Why have people quit listening to me? I'm still saying lots of stupid stuff. Why am I not on the quotes list? What am I, chopped liver? Just listen to me. I can be as stupid as anyone they quoted. I'm the stupidest of all. Somebody listen to me!! I'm a Nobel Prize winner!!!