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    j2k4's Avatar en(un)lightened
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    This certainly demonstrates a lack of attention to detail.

    Idiot Quote of the Century

    'My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history

    of the world. I hope you'll join with me as we try to change it.'

    - Barack Obama
    “Think about how stupid the average person is, and then realize that half of 'em are stupider than that.” -George Carlin

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    That is pretty badly thought out.

    EDIT: So not to spread disinformation (There's enough of that around as it is) Here's a link that everyone should visit.

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/change.asp

    I would strongly urge J2K4 to include this link in the above post
    Last edited by Barbarossa; 09-16-2008 at 10:04 AM. Reason: FALSE QUOTE

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    I can't help but keep thinking of the scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz.
    I also can't believe that someone didn't catch that in a read-through.

    I am certainly no Bush fan but that statement makes some of his gaffes look rather pedestrian.

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    That statement was originally attributed to McCain in January 2008
    Three weeks ago, after New Hampshire, when Hill and McCain and the gang were all bragging about being "agents of change," a (non-U.S.) correspondent of mine e-mailed me his all-purpose stump speech for this primary season:
    My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you'll join with me as we try to change it.
    http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/change.asp
    Last edited by bigboab; 09-15-2008 at 12:28 PM.
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    "First of all, I don't see America having problems." --George W. Bush, interview with Bob Costas at the 2008 Olympics, Beijing, China, Aug. 10, 2008
    "I am the one who knocks."- Heisenberg

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    Quote Originally Posted by j2k4 View Post
    This certainly demonstrates a lack of attention to detail.
    Idiot Quote of the Century
    Apparently on this occasion for your part, yes, yes it does

    Still nobody is perfect
    Last edited by devilsadvocate; 09-15-2008 at 01:44 PM.

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    Priceless. Hands down.

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    When did "great" and "perfect" start to mean the same thing?
    "I am the one who knocks."- Heisenberg

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    It is good but not as good as "our enemies never stop trying to find ways of harming our country and neither do we"

    Which is a peach.
    Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum


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    The full quote from bigboab's link

    Claim: Barack Obama urged his supporters to join him in changing "the greatest nation in the history of the world."

    Status: False.

    Example: [Collected via e-mail, March 2008]

    Is this true?

    "My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world.
    I hope you'll join with me as we try to change it." — Barack Obama

    Origins: The
    quote cited above sounds like the kind of verbal slip-up that occasionally escapes from the lips of politicians and other public figures: An idea that seems reasonable in thought (i.e., just because something is the best or greatest doesn't mean it can't be further improved) comes out expressed in wording that, when taken literally, can be interpreted as meaning just the opposite of what the speaker intended to say.

    In this case, however, the quote is a fictional double whammy: It not only began as a political in-joke rather than something uttered by Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama, but in its original incarnation its humor was apparently directed at the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Arizona senator John McCain.

    Here's how the quote appeared on the National Review Online blog The Corner, where it was posted by Mark Steyn on 28 January 2008:
    Obama never said it.

    It's funny but it was meant to be and it was a foreigner that made the line up.

    Barracking Barack [Mark Steyn]

    Derb, Derb, Derb, remember the Obamabopper-in-chief Ezra Klein?
    He is not the Word made flesh, but the triumph of word over flesh, over color, over despair.
    Poor old Derb seems vainly to be arguing the opposite: He's the triumph of flesh, color, despair over word.
    Three weeks ago, after New Hampshire, when Hill and McCain and the gang were all bragging about being "agents of change," a (non-U.S.) correspondent of mine e-mailed me his all-purpose stump speech for this primary season:
    My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you'll join with me as we try to change it.
    01/28 11:28 AM
    Last edited by devilsadvocate; 09-15-2008 at 06:52 PM.

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