It’s been a good year for gaffes, and not just for Obama and Romney.
There’s been an embarrassment of riches, and it’s really hard to pick a favorite, but, for me, it’s gotta be this one…go to :18…
What makes it for me is that Cain is completely unapologetic for his gaffe. Not only does he not give a flying f&*k who who the president of Uzbekistan is, he makes fun of the country’s name! That’s hubris! That’s nationalist American bigotry at its finest.
Now of course I don’t know who the president of Uzbekistan is, but who cares? That’s not my job. But I do expect it in a president. I hate all those “who would you rather have a beer with?” presidential polls.
I don’t want to have a beer with the leader of the western world, the person with the finger on the red button – they should be too busy to have time for me – and they sure as hell better be WAY smarter than I am.
I want Joe Sixpack operating a backhoe, not federal monetary policy.
That’s why it’s good intellectual heavyweights like this guy didn’t make the cut, either:
And even though I am a raging leftie, believe me, I love gaffes on both sides of the aisle. Remember this doozie from Biden when he was describing his then-rival Obama:
Yes, a CLEAN black man! How unexpected! How refreshing! Biden might have won the nomination had Obama not been so scrupulous with his hygiene.
And then after Obama taps him as VP, Biden, showing another side to his big mouth, actually, to my mind, redeems himself:
Did you catch it? It’s kind of buried in the applause. Papa Joe says, “This is a big fucking deal.” to Obama as he hugs him. Love that guy!
In the case of the previous president, Dubya, it’s hard to know where to start. There are at least two books (that I know of) containing nothing but the wit and wisdom of our 43rd president. Again, gun to my head, if I had to narrow it down, think I’d go with:
“Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.”
Sure, “They misunderestimated me” is a great malapropism, but for sheer dada-ist absurdity and incomprehensibility and cramming in of saccharine metaphors, nothing beats “wings take dream.”
Gaffes are wonderful: obviously there’s the schadenfreude of it all, and the candor, the peek behind the well scripted, over sanitized veneer, and, of course, the laughs.
And there are still 39 days left until the election. Keep your fingers crossed!