US politicians have always had a way of keeping us entertained, and baffled at the same time. From downright hilarious to outright bizarre political statements, these politicians are setting new standards of what could be considered dumb. Hence, we have decided to provide a limitless list of carefully selected bizarre political statements that have been so far made. The purpose of this list to help you approach November 8 in a state of sober reflection, and vote wisely on who you consider appropriate to chart our political history. This list is non-partisan and a clear attempt at a balanced appraisal of the most bizarre and funny political statements. We shall start with a subtle reminder of Napoleon Bonaparte’s words, “in politics, absurdity is not a handicap.”
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10. “Reports that say something has not happened are always [fascinating] to me, because as we [all] know, there are [what we consider] the ‘known, knowns’ – these are things we know very well that we know. [On the other hand] We also know [are very much aware] that there are [what we can consider] the ‘known unknowns’ – that is [in other words] to say we know there are some things [which] we do not know. But there are also [what we consider] the ‘unknown unknowns’ – the ones [those things] we don’t know, we don’t know.”
By: Donald Rumsfeld
Date: February 12, 2002
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In an attempt at clarifying the justification for the search of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, Donald Rumsfeld created a parable for the ages. If you feel it isn’t so, then kindly distinguish between known knowns, known unknowns and unknown unknowns. No wonder the war on Iraq was so confusing.
09. Our enemies are resourceful and innovative, and so are we. They never stop finding new ways to harm our people and our country, and neither do we.”
By: George Bush
Date: August 2004
We could make an entire list of bizarre political statements using George Bush’s words alone. Bush committed numerous grammatical assaults on the English language during his eight years in office. Whilst Bush’s exquisite show of a tenuous understanding of the mother tongue and his Bushisms are fit for a lexicon of its own, this quote emphatically stands out as proof of Bush’s chaotic relationship with the English language.
08. “It all depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.”
By: Bill Clinton
Date: August 17th, 1998
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No scandal made a greater jest of the white house than the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal. However, through some ridiculously funny political statements and remarks during the height of the scandal Clinton was successful in turning what initially looked like relevant political news to a comic relief.
07. “Outside the killings, DC [Washington DC] has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.”
By: Marion Barry
Date: March 34, 1989
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Few funny political statements could match Marion Barry’s remarks about his city. I wonder what was going through his head when he made these comments. But sincerely speaking, what’s so serious about murder?
06. “My choice early in life was between whether to be a piano player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference.”
By: Harry S. Truman
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Need we say more?
05. You cannot become the president of the United States of America if you do not have faith. Remember Lincoln. Went on his knees in times of trial — and the Civil War — and all that stuff. You can’t be – and we are blessed. So do not feel sorry for [me] — do not cry for me, Argentina. [The] Message: I care.
By: George Bush Sr.
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We have on offer US$100 for anyone who can proffer a clear explanation of what George Bush Sr. said to some insurance company employees during his 1992 New Hampshire primary. With downright bizarre political statements such as this, it is therefore little wonder he never had a second term.
04. “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it; away from the fog of the controversy.”
By: Nancy Pelosi
Date: March 7th, 2010
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Let us just say the speaker of the House doesn’t know what the body she was voted to represent does. Interesting.
03. “Well, I [have] learned a lot… I went down to [South America] to find out from them and [know more about] their views. You would be [very] surprised. They [South/Latin America] are all individual countries.”
By: Ronald Reagan
Date: December 6, 1982
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Interesting discovery Reagan. Since we are clear on what he didn’t know, we can only pray he understood what he heard.
02. “Goodbye from the world’s biggest polluter.”
By: George Bush
Date: July 10th 2008
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Grinning and punching the air at his last G-8 summit in Japan, George Bush thought these eccentric yet funny political statements the most appropriate final address. Fewer US politicians have kept a middle finger permanently raised the way Bush did in office. He just couldn’t be bothered.
By: Dick Cheney
Date: March 19, 2008
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Here is the context in which it was used. An ABC news correspondent had cited a poll conducted showing that a majority of Americans did not feel that the Iraq war was worth the fight. This remark serves as a defining moment in US politics and the relationship between the elected and the electorate.
The list of bizarre and funny political statements is endless – we had to choose from what we could find. Please feel free to add to the list as much as you can. We would appreciate it. If this serves as a consolation, politicians make bizarre political statements everywhere, not just on home soil. Remember what Napoleon said.