The Top 20 Political Quotes Of The Decade

by John Hawkins | January 1, 2010 7:44 am

20) There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know. — Donald Rumsfeld[1]

19) George Bush doesn’t care about black people! — Kanye West[2]

18) Not only are we going to New Hampshire … we’re going to South Carolina and Oklahoma and Arizona and North Dakota and New Mexico, and we’re going to California and Texas and New York! And we’re going to South Dakota and Oregon and Washington and Michigan. And then we’re going to Washington, D.C. to take back the White House, Yeeeeeaaaaaargh! — Howard Dean[3]

17) You got into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And 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[4]

16) Now I believe, myself, that the secretary of state, the secretary of defense and you have to make your own decision as to what the president knows: that this war (in Iraq) is lost, that the surge is not accomplishing anything. — Harry Reid[5]

15) The Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not ‘insurgents’ or ‘terrorists’ or ‘The Enemy.’ They are the REVOLUTION, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow — and they will win. — Michael Moore[6]

14) Let the people see what war is like. This isn’t an Xbox game. There are real repercussions to Bush’s folly. That said, I feel nothing over the death of merceneries [sic]. They aren’t in Iraq because of orders, or because they are there trying to help the people make Iraq a better place. They are there to wage war for profit. Screw them. — Markos Moulitsas Zuniga[7]

13) I have to tell you, you know, it’s part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama’s speech. My, I felt this thrill going up my leg. — Chris Matthews[8]

12) The Pentagon as a legitimate target? I actually don’t have an opinion on that and it’s important I not have an opinion on that as I sit here in my capacity right now. — David Westin, ABC News President[9]

11) There are some who feel like that the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is bring them on. We’ve got the force necessary to deal with the security situation. — George W. Bush[10]

10) We have gone forth from our shores repeatedly over the last hundred years and we’ve done this as recently as the last year in Afghanistan and put wonderful young men and women at risk, many of whom have lost their lives, and we have asked for nothing except enough ground to bury them in. — Colin Powell[11]

9) You’re thinking of Europe as Germany and France. I don’t. I think that’s old Europe. — Donald Rumsfeld[12]

8) As you know, you go to war with the Army you have. They’re not the Army you might want or wish to have at a later time. — Donald Rumsfeld[13]

7) I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry. Number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home. And number three – what I think we know separate and apart from this incident – is that there is a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately, and that’s just a fact. — Barack Obama[14]

6) Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job. — George W. Bush[15]

5) I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it. — John Kerry[16]

4) Every nation in every region now has a decision to make: Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists. From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime. — George W. Bush[17]

3) Mr. bin Laden used to live in Sudan. He was expelled from Saudi Arabia in 1991, then he went to Sudan. And we’d been hearing that the Sudanese wanted America to start meeting with them again. They released him. At the time, 1996, he had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here because we had no basis on which to hold him, though we knew he wanted to commit crimes against America.” — Bill Clinton[18] explains to a Long Island, N.Y., business group why he turned down Sudan’s offer to extradite Osama Bin Laden to America in 1996.

2) States like (Iraq, Iran, North Korea), and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world. By seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger. They could provide these arms to terrorists, giving them the means to match their hatred. They could attack our allies or attempt to blackmail the United States. In any of these cases, the price of indifference would be catastrophic. — George W. Bush[19]

1) I can you hear you! The rest of the world hears you! And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon! — George W. Bush[17]

  1. Donald Rumsfeld:
  2. Kanye West:
  3. Howard Dean:
  4. Barack Obama:
  5. Harry Reid:
  6. Michael Moore:
  7. Markos Moulitsas Zuniga:
  8. Chris Matthews:
  9. David Westin, ABC News President:
  10. George W. Bush:
  11. Colin Powell:
  12. Donald Rumsfeld:
  13. Donald Rumsfeld:
  14. Barack Obama:
  15. George W. Bush:
  16. John Kerry:
  17. George W. Bush:
  18. Bill Clinton:
  19. George W. Bush:

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