Guess The Presidential Quote
On January 20th Barack Obama becomes the 43rd president. So ending the 8 years of George Dubya. Will the world be a safer place without him? Is Americas first black president going to make a difference? I know one thing, he is sure to make mistakes in the speech department. As have most, if not all the previous presidents. So I thought I would compile a few of those classic faux pas made by those men of office, in the hope that Mr Obama doesn't follow suit.
Seeing as this is a site dedicated to writing, a certain Warren Harding seems like a good place to start. He was quoted as saying, ‘I would like the government to do all it can to mitigate, then, in understanding, in mutuality of interest, in concern for the common good, our tasks will be solved‘. Upon Harding's death in 1923, poet E. E. Cummings said ‘The only man, woman or child who wrote a simple declarative sentence with seven grammatical errors is dead.’
Sticking with an educational theme, Mr Bush Jnr must have realised, 'kids don't talk like what we does' and was noted to have said. 'Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?
The usual sound check used on a microphone is, 'testing testing 1, 2, 3'. Not, ‘My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes.’ Thank you Ronald Reagan, just the kind of reassuring words we needed to hear during the cold war.
‘I did not have sexual relations with that woman’. This the kind of thing you need to say if you want to become only the second president to be impeached. If ever I'm before a judge, I will definitely look into accomplishing this method. 'I tried to walk a line between acting lawfully and testifying falsely, but I now realize that I did not fully accomplish that goal'. Nice one Bill Clinton.
‘I am not a crook’. How on earth, does anyone, anywhere in the world get elected without being a crook? That quote alone deserves impeachment. Fair play though, he did resign. Richard Nixon then handed the baton to Gerald Ford, who, like our weasel of a Prime Minister (Gordon Brown) didn't even bother finding out if the people he was going to represent wanted to elect him.
Then we have Jimmy Carter getting lost in translation. Whilst wanting to get to know the people of Poland a bit better, he said. ‘Have carnal knowledge of Polish people’. Viagra wasn't around then, was it?
'If you cannot convince them, confuse them'. Harry Truman speaking like a true politician.
Rutherford Hayes tried out Alexander Graham Bell's new invention, the telephone and quips, 'That's an amazing invention, but who would ever want to use one of them?'
'My son made the same mistake with Iraq that I made with his mother..... I didn't pull out in time'. George Bush Snr.
See if you can guess who said what below.