Presidencies in One Line

 Posted by on 20 March 2014 at 11:00 am  Politics
Mar 202014
 

Here’s an interesting phenomenon, I think. Some statements by US Presidents have taken on the status of memes. They’re false statements made by the President that cynically summarize his character and policies.

For example:

  • Richard Nixon: “I am not a crook.”
  • George H W Bush: “Read my lips: no new taxes.”
  • Bill Clinton: “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinski.”

What would you propose for Barack Obama? I’d say, without a doubt:

  • “If you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance.”

That’s a pretty damn good summary of his two terms, I think.

Can you think of examples for other recent presidents? George W Bush? Ronald Reagan? Jimmy Carter?

  • https://www.facebook.com/drmichaelhardy Michael Hardy

    There’s flaw in the Clinton quote. The verbatim quote would say “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinski.”

    • http://www.philosophyinaction.com/ Diana Hsieh

      Fixed, thanks!

  • http://nomayo.mu.nu Stephen_Macklin

    George H.W. Bush: “Read my Lips. No New Taxes.”

  • http://nomayo.mu.nu Stephen_Macklin

    Ronald Reagan: “Mr. Gorbachev. Tear down this wall.”

  • Michael Dowling

    Jimmy Carter: “I was attacked by a killer rabbit” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Carter_rabbit_incident

    George W. Bush: “Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?” or maybe “I’ve abandoned free market principles to save the free market system.” (there are so many Bushisms that it’s hard to choose just one!)

   
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