Associate librarian at Yale Law School and author of ‘Yale Book Of Quotations’, Fred Shapiro has released his annual list of 2012’s most notable quotations. Not surprisingly political quips feature in all but one of the ten places, but we have 12 quotes, with a tie of 3 in the last place, President Obama take the cake with three places with three different quotes. Let us take a look,
At the uno position is Mitt Romney,
There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what…who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims. …These are people who pay no income tax…and so my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care of their lives.
Romney’s infamous comment at a private fundraiser in Boca Raton.
Its Romney again at second position,
We took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet [in Massachusetts]. I went to a number of women’s groups and said, “Can you help us find folks?” and they brought us whole binders full of women.
It’s President Obama at the third, fourth, and fifith place with,
If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that.
Please proceed, Governor
You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military has changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines.
This one is the most hilarious and according to me should have been higher up in the list…
U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) with
If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.”
Romney’s senior advisor Eric Fehrnstrom with his famous,
You hit a reset button for the fall campaign; everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch a sketch. You can kind of shake it up and we start all over again.
Takes the seventh place.
Tampa socialite Jill Kelley is at the eight place with her frantic 911 call,
I’m a honorary consul general, so I have inviolability.
The only non-political quote on Shapiro’s list is at the ninth place and it is the line from South Korean megastar Psy’s hit song
Oppan Gangnam style.
Tenth place is a tie with three quotes,
Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke,
Under current law, on January 1st, 2013, there is going to be massive fiscal cliff of large spending cuts and tax increases.
US Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA),
I care more about my country than I do about a 20 year old pledge.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie,
I have a job to do…If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics, then you don’t know me.
The list might not interest those who are not politically inclined with only one fun quote, maybe what they say is true, politics does rule the world…