Whether you identify more with Republicans, Democrats, Independents, or one of the many other political parties, I believe we have one thing in common: an appreciation of laughter.

Everyone, at some point, will misspeak. Everyone will do something silly they later regret. I’ve done plenty. The delightful part of public positions is that we are shown much of what they do—including all those “oops” moments. And we laugh. My hope is that the politicians laugh, too. “The ability to laugh at yourself shows great character.” I don’t know who said that, but I’m sure someone did, and I agree. I do know who said the rest of these quotes…

“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.” – Dan Quayle

“They misunderestimated me.” – George W. Bush

“Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.” – Marion Barry

“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

“Let me be absolutely clear. Israel is a strong friend of Israel's.” – Barack Obama

“Facts are stupid things.” – Ronald Reagan, misquoting John Adams

“A man who will be the next President of the United States—Barack America!” – Joe Biden

“I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future.” – Dan Quayle

“Stand up, Chuck, let 'em see ya.” – Joe Biden, trying to honor a man in a wheelchair

“Fool me once, shame on—shame on you. Fool me—you can't get fooled again.” – George W. Bush

“A zebra does not change its spots.” – Al Gore

“I love California, I practically grew up in Phoenix.” – Dan Quayle

“My mother believed and my father believed that if I wanted to be president of the United States…I could be Vice President!” – Joe Biden

“But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” – Nancy Pelosi

“A three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S, jobs.” – Joe Biden

Sometimes, politicians are funny on purpose. They’re actually quite witty when they try to be!

“Being president is like running a cemetery: you've got a lot of people under you and nobody's listening.” – Bill Clinton

“I hope you're all Republicans.” – Ronald Reagan, speaking to his doctors after an assassination attempt

“I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.” – John F. Kennedy, to a gathering of Nobel Prize winners

“He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas better than any man I ever met.” – Abraham Lincoln

This is not meant to be disrespectful. I purposely included a mix of parties, to show that these blunders can happen to anyone. I couldn’t do what politicians do, nor would I want to. But we can always use reasons to smile. (Quotes from “Political Humor”.)

Jansina G.
Managing Editor