Friday, January 27, 2012

Ten Question Quiz To Identify Politicians' Gaffes

I came across this on the Points and Figures blog, where Jeffrey Carter has come up with a 10 question quiz illustrating The Soaring Rhetoric of Politicians:
This is a fun quiz. Listed below are 10 direct quotes. You have to guess
which American politician said it. Your four choices are:

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin
Former VP Dan Quayle
President Barack Obama
Former President George W. Bush

Ready? Here we go!

1) “Let me be absolutely clear. Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s.”

A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin
D. George W. Bush

2) “I’ve now been in 57 states I think one left to go.”

A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin
D. George W. Bush

3) “On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen
heroes, and I see many of them in the audience here today.”

A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin
D. George W. Bush

4) “What they’ll say is, ‘Well it costs too much money,’ but you know what?
It would cost, about. It it it would cost about the same as what we would
spend. It. Over the course of 10 years it would cost what it would costs us.
(nervous laugh) All right. Okay. We’re going to. It. It would cost us about
the same as it would cost for about hold on one second. I can’t hear myself.
But I’m glad you’re fired
up, though. I’m glad.”

A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin
D. George W. Bush

5) “The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and
inefficiencies to our health care system.”

A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin
D. George W. Bush

6) “I bowled a 129. It’s like – it was like the Special Olympics, or
something.”

A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin
D. George W. Bush

7) “Of the many responsibilities granted to a president by our Constitution,
few are more serious or more consequential than selecting a Supreme Court
justice. The members of our highest court are granted life tenure, often
serving long after the presidents who appointed them. And they are charged
with the vital task of applying principles put to paper more than 20
centuries ago to some of the most difficult questions of our time.”

A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin
D. George W. Bush

8) “Everybody knows that it makes no sense that you send a kid to the
emergency room for a treatable illness like asthma, they end up taking up a
hospital bed, it costs, when, if you, they just gave, you gave them
treatment early and they got some treatment, and a, a breathalyzer, or
inhalator, not a breathalyzer. I haven’t had much sleep in the last 48
hours.”

A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin
D. George W. Bush

9) “It was interesting to see that political interaction in Europe is not
that different from the United States Senate. There’s a lot of I don’t know
what the term is in Austrian, wheeling and dealing.”

A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin
D. George W. Bush

10) “I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in
the future.”

A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin
D. George W. Bush

The answer to all of them is A. Quayle was tongue tied at times. Bush brought the West Texas dialect to the White House. I can forgive Bush. I have listened to a near Chicago South Side dialect in power for my entire life in Chicago. Sometimes, it’s not the words but the inflection and body language. You get the point. Palin is Palin. She has that northern Minnesota accent. Think the movie Fargo.

Obama though is Mr. International. He was supposed to be a rocket scientist. Over the past few years, we have found out he is merely human. He also was supposed to be so “pragmatic”. But, alas, he is not. He is just a brass knuckles idealogue.
I still remember when, after Obama was elected, we were told that comedians would have nothing to make fun of in the Obama administration.

How badly the media misrepresented Obama--both then and now.

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