Things they wish they hadn’t said

August 1, 2006

A small selection of choice gaffes

There’s nothing wrong with pregnancy. Half the people wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for women being pregnant. –Sarah Kennedy
Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know.– United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld
I want the Nobel Peace Prize and I’m going to fight for it.   — Ronaldinho
They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist… —  General John Sedgwick
Mark my words, in 50 years there’ll be one of these in every city in the US.  –The American Senator who saw a telephone in the 1920’s:
Who the hell wants to have a computer in their own home ?  — Ken Olsen President Digital Equipment) 1977
For God’s sake, go down to reception and get rid of a lunatic there. He says he’s got a machine for seeing by wireless. Watch him- he may have a razor on him.– Editor of Daily Express about Baird 1925
This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us. — Western Union internal memo 1876
“His weapons of mass destruction programme is active, detailed and growing. The policy of containment is not working. The WMD programme is not shut down, it is up and running now. The intelligence picture is extensive, detailed and authoritative”  — Tony Blair September 25, 2002, in the House of Commons
‘I’m a pretty straightfoward guy’ — Tony Blair
“Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.” —George W. Bush LaCrosse, Wis., Oct. 18, 2000
“Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren’t able to practice their love with women all across this country.” —George W. Bush Poplar Bluff, Mo., Sept. 6, 2004
“They misunderestimated me.” —George W. Bush Bentonville, Ark., Nov. 6, 2000
“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.” —George W. Bush Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004
‘I’ve never wanted to leave. I’m here for the rest of my life, and hopefully after that as well.’ — Alan Shearer
‘I was watching the Blackburn game on TV on Sunday when it flashed on the screen that George (Ndah) had scored in the first minute at Birmingham. My first reaction was to ring him up. Then I remembered he was out there playing.’ – Ade Akinbiyi
‘I can see the carrot at the end of the tunnel.’ – Stuart Pearce
‘I always used to put my right boot on first, and then obviously my right sock.’ – Barry Venison
‘I definitely want Brooklyn to be christened, but I don’t know into what religion yet.’ – David Beckham
‘All that remains is for a few dots and commas to be crossed.’ – Mitchell Thomas
‘My parents have been there for me, ever since I was about 7.’ – David Beckham
“I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father” (Greg Norman)
“Sure there have been injuries and deaths in boxing – but none of them serious” (Alan Minter)
I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.– Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943
I stand by all the misstatements that I’ve made  — Dan Quayle
It will be years – not in my time – before a woman will become Prime Minister. — Margaret Thatcher
If you stay here much longer, you’ll all be slitty-eyed.  –Prince Philip, to British students in China during a 1986 state visit.
“Everybody was saying we must have more leisure. Now they are complaining they are unemployed.”  — Prince Philip at the height of the recession in 1981
It is not true that there a re a lot of homeless in Lincoln. This is just a rumour put about by people who happen to have nowhere to live. — Mayor of Lincoln 1958
The future will be better tomorrow.  — Dan Quayle
We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.– Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.
Outside of the killings, [Washington] has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.” — Marion Barry, Mayor of Washington, D.C.
“There are two kinds of truth. There are real truths, and there are made up truths.” — Marion Barry, on his arrest for drug use.
“[I want to] make sure everybody who has a job wants a job.” — George Bush, during his first campaign for the presidency.
“If crime went down 100%, it would still be fifty times higher than it should be.” — Councilman John Bowman, commenting on the high crime rate in Washington, D.C.
“Things are more like they are now than they have ever been.” — Gerald Ford
“The theories — the ideas she expressed about equality of results within legislative bodies and with — by outcome, by decisions made by legislative bodies, ideas related to proportional voting as a general remedy, not in particular cases where the circumstances make that a feasible idea…” — Al Gore
“The streets are safe in Philadelphia — it’s only the people who make them unsafe.” — Frank Rizzo, ex-police chief and mayor of Philadelphia.


One Response to “Things they wish they hadn’t said”

  1. mrskin Says:

    Ahhh, well it’s George Bush’s fault.

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