top 10 quotes of 2007

The 10 most memorable quotes of 2007, according to Fred R. Shapiro, editor of the Yale Book of Quotations:

1. “Don’t tase me, bro.” – Andrew Meyer, a senior at the University of Florida, after being hauled away by campus police during a speech made by Sen. John Kerry.

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, when asked why one-fifth of Americans cannot find the U.S on a map.

3. “In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country.” – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, during a speaking engagement at Columbia University in New York.

4. “That’s some nappy-headed hos there.” – radio personality Don Imus, referring to the Rutgers University women’s basketball team.

5. “I don’t recall.” – former U.S. Attorney Alberto Gonzales’ repeated response to questions from members of Congress about the firing of U.S. attorneys.

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

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

8. “(I have) a wide stance when going to the bathroom.” – Idaho Republican Sen. Larry Craig, explaining why his foot touched the foot of an undercover police officer in an airport men’s room.

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.” – Sen. Joseph Biden referring to rival Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama.

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, referring to the Bush Administration in an interview with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper.

interesting commentary on what made the list and what didn’t, here.

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