Romney, Obama and Other Chiefs of Gaffes

Romney, Obama and Other Chiefs of Gaffes

With Election Day two weeks away and stakes for both parties rising higher by the hour, it’s never been more crucial for candidates to choose their words carefully. History has shown that the slightest slip of the tongue can make or break a campaign or career. Will Todd Akin, in his bid for a Missouri Senate seat, surmount the vitriolic controversy surrounding his comments about the biological unlikelihood of pregnancy from rape? Will Biden’s performance during the vice presidential debate—lambasted by many as over-the-top—cost Obama votes? How will Romney’s unfortunate phrase, “binders full of women” (which has spawned a Facebook page with over 350,000 followers), from the second presidential debate, affect his shot at the Oval Office?

Eyes will be peeled and ears open for any further verbal mishaps during tonight’s third and final presidential debate, and for good reason. These books about famous blunder-prone politicians show that a brief faux pas can cast a long shadow.

Rick Santorum: “Bullsh*t!”
Oh, dear. It appears the pressures of the campaign trail may have wore on Rick Santorum, whose nice-guy persona took a bit of a beating after he launched a verbal missile at New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny. Santorum, the author of “It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good,” was responding to Zeleny’s question about Santorum’s characterization of former Governor Mitt Romney as “the worst Republican in the country” to run against Barack Obama. Santorum told Zeleny in no uncertain terms that he’d been misquoted. One has to wonder what his wife Karen, the author of “Everyday Graces: A Child’s Book of Good Manners,” thinks of this kerfuffle.

Barack Obama: “This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.”
Though it didn’t contain a swear word, Obama’s statement to outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in South Korea launched quite a bit of excitement in the media, particularly among right-wing commentators. The author of “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream,” was speaking with Medvedev about his ability to negotiate various issues, including  missile defense. Romney called the exchange “a troubling development.”

Joe Biden : “This is a big f*cking deal.”
Joe Biden has a well-earned reputation as a straight-shooter who loves his family, his cars and his beer. Apparently, the author of “Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics” also loved the passage of health care reform, excitedly dropping an F bomb as he congratulated President Barack Obama in 2010.

George W. Bush: “Major-league a**hole.”
Santorum isn’t the only Republican presidential candidate to get fightin’ mad at a New York Times reporter. Back when W. was a candidate in 2000, the former Texas Rangers owner and author of “A Charge to Keep: My Journey to the White House” expressed his feelings to running mate Dick Cheney about reporter Adam Clymer. It’s fair to say he wasn’t the journalist’s biggest fan.

Ronald Reagan: “We begin bombing in five minutes”
President Ronald Reagan was just goofing around before his weekly radio address to the nation when he quipped, “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” Thankfully, the joker-in-chief’s statement wasn’t broadcast live, but it was leaked soon afterwards. Supporters of the author of “An American Life” found it funny; the Soviets, not so much.

Lyndon Baines Johnson: “Riding a wire fence”
Famous for his uncensored language and fondness for earthy metaphors, LBJ secretly taped many of his conversations—including one with tailor Joe Haggar in which the subject of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s bestselling “Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream” outlined his own dream for a good pair of pants. He was particularly descriptive when discussing the upper end of the inseam. Though LBJ knew the conversation was being recorded, it’s doubtful he thought it would ever be released. Then again, maybe the plainspoken Texan just didn’t care.

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  1. Santorum prefers Obama to Romney because Obama was raised by a Catholic grandmother. Vatican Osservatore Romano editor Vian said on May 18th that Obama “is not a pro-abortion president” – proves stand to encourage Catholics to breed and to encourage non-Catholics to abort out of spite. The Vatican likes the abortion status quo in the USA for this reason. Their purpose is only conquest, not faith. Carolignian Brzezinski spawned Zia al Haq, Khomeini, and bin Laden – breaks up superpowers via Aztlan and Kosovo as per Joel Garreau’s Nine Nations. Brzezinski, Buckley and Buchanan winked anti-Semitic votes for Obama, delivered USA to Pope’s feudal basket of Bamana Republics. Michael Pfleger and Joe Biden prove Obama is the Pope’s boy. Obama is half a Kearney from County Offaly in Ireland. Talal got Pontifical medal as Fatima mandates Catholic-Muslim union against Jews (Francis Johnson, Great Sign, 1979, p. 126), Catholic Roger Taney wrote Dred Scott decision. John Wilkes Booth, Tammany Hall and Joe McCarthy were Catholics. Now Catholic majority Supreme Court. Catholics Palmisano, Grasso, Damato, Langone, Mozilo, Ranieri, Dioguardi, Palmieri destroyed American industry with their casuistrous ethics. Subprime construction mobsters had hookers deliver mortgages to banks. McCain’s Keeting started it all. Brzezinski set up Arab Spring and Zia, so why surprised bin Laden was in Sineurabia code? Pakistanis descend from weasels who sold their Hindu brothers into hundreds of years of islamic slavery. That is why FIAT supplied Iran and every Catholic is like a Manchurian Candidate programmed to kill their best friend of they felt the “Holy Father” required it. They find American cars too advanced to use or their mechanics to fix. Ellis Island Popecrawlers brought in FDR. Since Pio Nino banned voting they consider our Constitution and laws immoral and illegitimate and think nothing of violating them or passing legislation that undermine them. They believe that they can not be fully loyal to their superiors if they do not go the extra stretch and break the law intentionally. Their slovenly, anti-intellectual work ethic produces vacuous, casuistrous blather and a tangle of hypocritical, contradictory regulations. Their clubhouse purges provided praetorian training for corporate misgovernance. They sided with the enemy in both World Wars and now, too. Every American boom has been caused by an Evangelical Revival and every major Depression by the domination of new Catholic immigrants. NYC top drop outs: Hispanic 32%, Black 25%, Italian 20%. NYC top illegals: Ecuadorean, Italian, Polish. Ate glis-glis but blamed plague on others, now lettuce coli. Their bigotry most encouraged terror yet they reap most security funds. View this life as casuistry training to survive purgatory. Rabbi circumcises lower, Pope upper brain. Tort explosion by glib casuistry. Hollywood Joe Kennedy had Bing Crosby proselytize. Bazelya 1992 case proves PLO-IRA-KLA links. Our enemy is the Bru666elles Sineurabia feudal Axis and the only answer is alliance with Israel and India. They killed six million Jews, a million Serbs, half a million freemasons, a quarter million Gypsies, they guided the slaughter of Assyrians and Armenians, and promoted the art of genocide throughout the world now they are relentless in their year to canonize nazi pope. 9/11 was Yugo Crimean blowback: Napoleon started the crusade against the Photius Heresy to avenge his uncle, Clinton wanted to cover Pacelli’s war crimes. They had no qualms hijacking American policy in Vietnam or Balkans to papal ends, but when American interests opposed those of the papacy in Iraq and Iran, they showed their true fangs (Frum, Unpatriotic Conservatives).

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