Most Memorable Quotes of 2007

I’ve been giggling at this all day, thought it was time to share. List compiled by Robert Shapiro, editor of the Yale Book of Quotations.

10. “I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history.” — Former President Jimmy Carter in an interview in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper.

9. “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” — Biden describing rival Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

I think my eyes bugged out of my head when I heard this.

8. “(I have) a wide stance when going to the bathroom.” — Idaho Republican Sen. Larry Craig’s explanation of why his foot touched that of an undercover policeman in a men’s room.

Try to picture the logistics of that. Just try.

7. “I’m not going to get into a name-calling match with somebody (Vice President Dick Cheney) who has a 9 percent approval rating.” — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat.

As House would say, oh snap…

6. “There’s only three things he (Republican presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani) mentions in a sentence: a noun and a verb and 9/11.” — Sen. Joseph Biden, speaking at a Democratic presidential debate.

5. “I don’t recall.” — Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ repeated response to questioning at a congressional hearing about the firing of U.S. attorneys.

4. “That’s some nappy-headed hos there.” — Shock jock Don Imus’ comment about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team.

3. “In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country.” — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad’s October comment at Columbia University in New York.

I’m keeping my mouth shut…

2. “I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because some people out there in our nation don’t have maps and I believe that our education like such as in South Africa and Iraq and everywhere like such as and I believe that they should our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S. or should help South Africa and should help Iraq and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future for us.” — Lauren Upton, the South Carolina contestant in the Miss Teen USA contest in August.

What, you may wonder, was the question she was answering? It was this:

Upton had been asked why one-fifth of Americans are unable to locate the United States on a map and later apologized for her answer not making a lot of sense.

I think we might have our answer now.

I also bring you the accompanying YouTube video link because this really must be seen to be believed. My skin crawls in sympathetic embarrassment for this girl.

And the number one most memorable quote of the year:

1. “Don’t Tase Me, Bro!” — University of Florida student Andrew Meyer on September 17, accompanied by Meyer’s screams as he was tased. In was on t-shirts and cell phone ringtones across the nation days later.

A fascist, police state attack on first amendment rights, or a somewhat thoughtless kid reaping the consequences of using profantiy (for which, apparently, the company hosting the forum has a sero tolerance policy) and resisting arrest?