“I don’t know. You’ll have to call all the people who’ve written these books about me, who claim they know me, the psycho-babblers.”
– George W. Bush when asked why he’s taken up painting since his retirement from politics.
“People are surprised. Of course, some people are surprised I can even read.”
– George W. Bush again.
“In the age of constant communications, our politics has devolved to the point that political rehab is now the norm.”
– Republican strategist Alex Castellanos, adding that “there is no distinction between private and public life… everything is public.”
“People are tired of her antagonistic, propagating gridlock. A lot of people come up to me and say we’re kind of embarrassed by our representation in Washington.”
– Democrat Jim Graves discussing his intent to challenge Republican Representative Michele Bachmann again in 2014.
“Here’s a general rule. You don’t put stuff on your head if you’re president. That’s politics 101. You never look good wearing something on your head.”
– President Obama after two Navy football players presented him with a helmet, and someone in the crowd at the ceremony shouted “put it on.”
“This guy is a clown. He’s a fool, so was his father and so was his grandfather.”
– Republican Senator John McCain dismissing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
“A national gun registry would be similar to a database used by the ruling Hutu tribe in Rwanda in the 1990s to locate and slaughter members of an opposing tribe in a genocide that killed up to one million people.”
– Republican Representative Jeff Duncan.
“Acting idiotically is no violation of the law. Considering the recent and threatened spate of indictments and arrests of New York public figures, Weiner’s two-year-and-more old acts are a wiggle on an elephant.”
– Democratic strategist Hank Sheinkopf on the possibility of a comeback by former Representative Anthony Weiner.