Our good friend Daniel Kutrzman scours the late night talk shows for the funniest lines from the top comedians.
He also reports periodically on the oddest things said by the presidential candidates. Now that we’re still down to just three candidates, here are some of the odder moments:
10. "I've now been in 57 states -- I think one left to go." --Barack Obama, at a campaign event in Beaverton, Oregon.
When he gets back to wearing the flag lapel pin, maybe he should count how many stars on the flag.
9. "The issue of economics is not something I've understood as well as I should. I've got Greenspan's book." --John McCain, in an interview with the Boston Globe.
Seems like he understood it well enough, when he was one of the Keating Five.
8. "I'm not going to put my lot in with economists." --Hillary Clinton, after being asked by George Stephanopoulos about economists' claims that her gas tax holiday proposal would not bring down gas prices.
If she understands economics the same way she is touting her own campaign numbers, then we are all in trouble.
7. "Why can't I just eat my waffle?" --Barack Obama, after being asked a foreign policy question by a reporter while visiting a diner in Pennsylvania.
'Waffling' is not good for presidential candidates...or presidents.
6. "You know that old Beach Boys song, Bomb Iran? Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran." --John McCain, breaking into song after being asked about whether it was time to send a message to Iran.
Wow---McCain listens to the only group from the Sixties actually still younger than he is.
5. "Hold on one second, sweetie, we're going to do -- we'll do a press avail." --Barack Obama, to a female reporter for ABC's Detroit affiliate who asked about his plan to help American autoworkers.
Come on, sweeties, he was just being nice.
4. "It's not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations." --Barack Obama, explaining his troubles winning over some working-class voters.
Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth. Lillian Hellman (1905 - 1984).
3. "My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. You know, I just, I don't understand it." --Hillary Clinton, on why she is staying in the race.
'...I just don't understand it' ??? Don't understand what? One of the most insensitive things I have ever heard in a political race. And, strangely enough, from Hillary it seems almost like a planned 'gaff'. She is just too smart for it not to be.
2. "Make it a hundred...That would be fine with me." --John McCain, to a questioner who asked if he supported President Bush's vision for keeping U.S. troops in Iraq for 50 years.
Well, when you're his age, 100 years may not seem like a very long time, perhaps.
1. "I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base." --Hillary Clinton, on visiting Bosnia in 1996, contradicting other accounts that said there was no threat of gunfire. Clinton later said she "misspoke".
No, not 'sniper fire', but perhaps, 'liar, liar...pants on fire.'