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Thursday, October 02, 2008

Sarah Palin's Mouth

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I'm starting to feel a little sorry for Sarah Palin. Everytime she opens her mouth to speak, her words ring more and more like an out-of-tune bell -- I mean like a bell the size of the one in Philadelphia's Independence Hall.

Some people think Michelle Obama was referencing Palin last month when she spoke at an L.A. fundraiser about Barack's vice-presidential choice. "I think it was a really good pick -- Senator Joe Biden ....What you learn about Barack from his choice is that he’s not afraid of smart people,” Obama is quoted as saying in the Sept. 4 edition of the LA Weekly. After her remark about Biden's intelligence, the crowd softly chuckled, the paper reported.

Why did the crowd chuckle? Were they comparing Obama's V.P. choice to McCain's choice? Did Michelle mean to imply that Palin is not too bright, or did the crowd just assume this, given all the media coverage about her snafus and ill-informed comments? I think the crowd had their own thoughts in their head which made them laugh.

Here are some Palin goodies, just for the fun of it:

When Katie Couric asked Palin to name a Supreme Court case other than Roe v. Wade in an interview with the Alaska Governor this week, Palin couldn't name one. (Ask any middle school or high school student to name some Supreme Court cases and many would tell you about Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka, Plessy v. Ferguson, the Dred Scott decision.)

"The fact is that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have gotten too big and too expensive to the taxpayers." --Sarah Palin, on the two companies which are in fact private entities, Colorado Springs, CO, Sept. 13, 2008

"They're our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska." --Sarah Palin, on her foreign policy insights into Russia, ABC News interview, Sept. 11, 2008


Are those as bad as some of former Vice President Dan Quayle's cringe-inducing quotes? Let's see. Here are a few of Dan Quayle's delicious gaffes. I'll let you decide.

“It isn’t pollution that is hurting the environment, it’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.”

"The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history. I mean in this century's history. But we all lived in this century. I didn't live in this century."

"The future will be better tomorrow."

"We have a firm commitment to NATO, we are a part of NATO. We have a firm commitment to Europe. We are a part of Europe."


And here's my favorite Quayle quote. He was trying to restate the United Negro College Fund's slogan -- "The mind is a terrible thing to waste." This is what he came up with:

What a waste it is to lose one's mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is.

How true, Dan, how true.

2 comments:

PatricktheRogue said...

I had forgotten those choice "Quayle moments." But what is even more striking is that, with all his faults, Sen. Quayle held a press conference the day after he was nominated. And he held many more by the time he was elected. Gov Palin has never given a press conference to the national press since she was nominated. Never. This has never happened before since the advent of the television age. Pretty much says it all. I cast my ballot by mail from overseas four weeks ago, for Obama, if you were wondering - I explain why on my blog. For the rest today is the day. Know hope.

Alicia Michele Benjamin said...

Hey Shaun,
Even though he made quite a few gaffes, I do think that Quayle actually knew a lot more than it appeared. Can't say the same thing for Palin....phew, I'm glad that ticket didn't win. Praise God that Obama is now the Chief of the country. I can rest a little more comfortably today with lots of wonder and hope for the future.
Thanks for commenting! Hope all is well with you and your loved ones.
Alicia