Steve Eighinger

'Solutions are not the answer' and other infamous statements

Posted: Nov. 1, 2017 8:30 am

Once or twice a year I like to deviate from the norm when it comes to "Morons of the Month," sometimes venturing from everyday people into the worlds of pro sports, celebrities or some other high-profile group.

This month's topic deals with some of our all-time favorite politicians and their classic verbal gaffes. Granted, we've all been guilty of saying stupid things, but when it's done with the entire world listening it's a whole new ballgame.

Some of these (in)famous quotes may remind you of chuckles from years ago, and if some or all of them are new to you, I hope you enjoy them as much for the first time as I did reading over them again.

Bronze medal

The first podium finish goes to former President Bill Clinton, who once told us:

º "Politics gives guys so much power that they tend to behave badly around women. And I hope I never get into that."

We'll just permit that comment to stand on its own, and if you are unaware of some of the elements tied to the Clinton presidency, I suggest you examine his years in the White House.

Silver medal

I'm awarding silver medals to both Barbara Boxer and Richard Nixon. I simply couldn't decide which one's comment I liked best.

Boxer was a U.S. senator from 1993 to 2017 and before that served in the U.S. House of Representatives. Nixon, of course, was the president connected to the Watergate scandal.

Boxer once said in a public forum:

º "Those who survived the San Francisco earthquake said: ‘Thank God, I'm still alive.' But, of course, those who died, their lives will never be the same again."

I'm sure that's not what she meant, but unfortunately, it's what she said.

As for Nixon, his legacy is defined by numerous remarks he should never have made, including:

º "Solutions are not the answer."

His words, not mine.

Gold medal

I have to be honest. I always thought Dan Quayle seemed like an extremely nice guy, the kind of fellow you'd like to invite over for a barbecue. But the former vice president, who to me always resembled game show host Pat Sajak, had an uncanny knack for screwing up simple statements.

Here's a sampling:

º "It's not pollution that is hurting the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it."

º "A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls."

º "For NASA, space is still a high priority."

º "I was recently on a tour of Latin America, and the only regret I have was that I didn't study Latin harder in school so I could converse with those people."

Quayle took a lot of abuse for comments like those, but one man did come to his rescue with the statement:

º "He's a very different man than the intellectual midget that has been portrayed in much of the media."

That was compliments of Richard Nixon, and, no, I'm not kidding.

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