December 15th, 2008
08:09 PM ET
10 years ago

Fey, Palin, McCain dominate list of top 10 quotes for '08

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was bested by Tina Fey for the No. 1 spot on the list of the top ten quotes for 2008, according to the Yale Book of Quotations.'"]
(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.

Click here to read the entire list.

Updated: 3:15 p.m. with Shapiro quotes

Filed under: Jesse Jackson • John McCain • Phil Gramm • Popular Posts • Sarah Palin
soundoff (319 Responses)
  1. Pc from DC

    This is a recurring nightmare!!

    December 15, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. linda from South Dakota

    umm when is she goin to fade away? geezzz,

    December 15, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  3. AEK

    My favorite, "We're just havin' some out here!" Sarah Palin at the turkey farm.

    December 15, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. sunshine

    this is one reason why we have such a great leader today, american voters no best.

    December 15, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. Walt, Belton,TX

    Considering the huge number of our esteemed electorate that thought Gov Palin was Obama's running mate, the entire election was really a bad joke!

    December 15, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. 3strikes

    so when ya'll lemmings of the false nobama prophet stop worshipping your false nobama god? just sickening

    PALIN 2012

    December 15, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. Bob From Pittsburgh

    Peter (CA) December 15th, 2008 1:56 pm ET

    ""Ah! Those left wing Yalies are at it again.
    How can they disparage the genius of Sarah Palin and Paris Hilton.""

    Dear Sir as hard is to believe but unlike Sarah Palin, Paris Hilton is a smart woman, and she knows Africa is a continent not a country..

    December 15, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. Franky

    "This is the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen." -Bill Clinton

    Don't forget that one, LOL!! Boy, that was cool...

    December 15, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. DC Observer

    The quote I want kept in the news is Obama's promise to get out of Iraq – and I mean OUT. They don't want us there; Americans do not want to be there – just get out, and like Vietnam, let them figure this all out.

    As fas as Afghanistan goes, we have no business being in there either – GET OUT.

    1 – The elected President of Afghan is a heroin dealer in cahoots with the worst of that country which supplies 90% of the world's heroin being grown and harvested under the eyes of the US and UN forces there.
    2 – Afghan is corrupt from the top to the bottom and the US presence is doing nothing to stop it
    3 – NO army – not the Russians, and not Alexander the Great, has been successfull waging war in this country -- we have NO hopes of winning anything – We have 30,000 troops in country; the Russians had 100,000 there for 10 years and they left with little to show for it

    Just get out and come home ......our policy and our plans are circular, non distinct, and impossible to achieve anything lasting. Our country's history of regime change is abysmal – we stink at it, and we should just stop it. Let's fight our wn problems here at home - homeland security, the economy, illegal immigration, healthcare. et al

    December 15, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. obama-mama

    All's fair in love and politics

    Obama/Biden didn't have any.....

    December 15, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. arc, Lugano CH

    These 'Country First" Quotes from various McCain/Palin crossburnings should be included....

    "You Need Gloves to Touch Him"
    "He's an.....he's"
    "Kill Him!"

    Makes you proud to be an American....

    December 15, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. gerri

    Phil Gramm takes the "Moron of the year award" with his quote.His deregulation policies led to our financial collapse,but we shouldnt whine or cry about it.

    December 15, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. Maggie from Virginia

    Tina Fey’s “I can see Russia from my house” impersonation of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took the No. 1 spot on the list.

    If I hadn't heard it come out of Palin's mouth, I wouldn't believe it. To justify her foreign experience, she made this silly remark on several occasions.

    December 15, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. Doug, New Jersey

    Ha ha, lying dishonest libs act as if Biden never said that President FDR went on TV in 1929. Most libs probably think FDR was president then and that Americans had television in their homes as well.

    What is a Democrat without double standards, hate, and lies? No answer since you can't find one without that qualities-LMFAO!!!

    December 15, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Tina Fey does Palin better than Palin does Palin. It had to be number one!

    December 15, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. Tired of W, OH

    @Tom in Deleware

    You are correct that it was Tina Fey and not Palin who said "I can see Russia from my house!" That is why the quote is credited to Fey. Try reading the article.

    What Palin actually said was: "They're our next-door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska."

    I don't think Fey's line was much of a stretch, do you? Either way, it was idiotic. Regardless, she's now irrelevent, thank God. By the way, why do you think that "Libtards" as you call them, are worse that Conservatards? So-called conservatives just get their daily serving of BS from uncle Rush, so they're equally uninformed.

    December 15, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    What about McCain and "I WILL VETO ALL BEER?"

    December 15, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  18. Mari

    Palin= LOSER

    December 15, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. PL

    That Idiot will make Tina Fey rich, she just keeps on giving.

    December 15, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. Beverly in NC

    I don't know who is the bigger and least intellgent moron – Bush or Palin. Thank God neither will ever be in the White House! The age of stupidity is finally over.
    God help us all as Obama, his new team, and our new Congress who is finally focused on "We the People" tries to restore our nation both here at home and on the world stage. We finally have an intelligent and good and decent man as our incoming President. Honor and Integrity will once again return to the White House. Jan 20th cannot get here soon enough!

    December 15, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. To Jeff

    Jeff December 15th, 2008 2:05 pm ET

    Jackson made the list. Just read the whole article and you'll know.

    December 15, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. rob

    wait a minute did Sarah Palin actually say something ? Guess I slept through that

    December 15, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  23. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    I'm from New York. And I used to smell New Jersey from my house!!

    December 15, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  24. latina for Obama

    To Tom in Delaware,

    Hate to burst your "fantasy' bubble there buddy but she actually
    did say that. " you betcha!" LOL!!

    December 15, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. WILL IN AZ


    December 15, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
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