Best lines of 2012 campaign
The presidential debates are over, and the candidates are making their final pushes in swing states to get voters on their side.
Not only is this crunch time for President Barack Obama and his challenger Mitt Romney, but it is also time to reflect back on the campaigns that were. It’s upsetting that Americans will soon forget some of the greatest moments in the 2012 presidential campaign. Have no fear disgruntled voters, I am here to give you the rundown of the best lines during the race, including the primaries.
Horses and Bayonets
This delightful sound bite came courtesy of Obama during the final debate on foreign policy last week, as Romney stated he wanted to increase the size of America’s Navy and Air Force.
After Romney said the Navy was at its lowest point 1917, Obama said “You mention the Navy, for example, and the fact that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets. We have these things called aircraft carriers and planes land on them. We have ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines. It’s not a game of Battleship where we’re counting ships, it’s ‘What are our priorities?’”
Many journalists, including myself, believed that Romney’s “47 percent” comment would have dropped him out of the presidential race immediately, but it didn’t make as big of an impact as many thought it would.
During a fundraiser in September, Romney began speaking about Obama supporters, and not in a good way.
“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what,” Romney said in a video of the fundraiser obtained by Mother Jones. “There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it… 47 percent of Americans pay no income tax. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
He managed to cover it up pretty quickly and recover, saying his remarks were “not elegantly stated,” and the remarks were “off the cuff.” If Romney loses the race, though, those comments are definitely something he should look back on.
Binders Full of Women
This comment took the Internet by storm during the second debate, when Romney attempted to explain his support for women’s rights when he referred to the large number of women candidates he had for his office when he was Governor of Massachusetts.
During the second debate, Romney recalled that when he assembled his cabinet, his administration “took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet.”
That’s a pretty standard statement for a presidential debate, but his next sentence is what caused Twitter to explode.
“I went to a number of women’s groups and said, ‘Can you help us find folks,’ and they brought us binders full of women.”
This comment prompted a number of memes, and even for people across the nation to take their own binders and cover the front in the words “women” or “binder full of women.” Classic.
Herman Cain quotes “Pokemon: the First Movie”
This op-ed isn’t just about the presidential race, it’s also about the primaries. And what would the Republican primary have been without Herman Cain?
I certainly didn’t knock Cain for quoting “Pokemon”, as it is one of the greatest movies of all time, but the first time he used the lines earlier in the campaign, he cited them as coming from “a poet.”
He did bring Pokemon into the mix as he announced the end of his campaign for President, however.
“I believe these words came from the Pokemon movie,” the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza said. “Life can be a challenge. Life can seem impossible. It’s never easy when there’s so much on the line. But you and I can make a difference. There’s a mission just for you and me. Just look inside and you will find just what you can do.”
Sure, this quote didn’t have much impact on the election itself, but it’s still a fantastic quote.
“Er…ok so….now…I….guys” – Jim Lehrer
Jim Lehrer uttered these words (but not really) throughout the night as he moderated the first of the debates.
Both Obama and Romney continuously went over their speaking times, and would stick on only one topic, but Lehrer stood idly by and would only occasionally interrupt.
Romney ended up winning that first debate, as Obama looked completely out of it and failed to call Romney out on several false statements, but Lehrer definitely didn’t win in the category of best moderator.
Rick Perry fails during the Republican primary debate
Good ‘ole Rick, I’ll just leave the quote by itself here with no further explanation of why this is one of the best moments during the race.
“I will tell you, it’s three agencies of government, when I get there, that are gone: Commerce, Education and the—what’s the third one there? Let’s see…..okay. So, Commerce, Education and the—…The third agency of government I would—I would do away with the Education, the … Commerce and—let’s see—I can’t. The third one, I can’t. Sorry. Oops.”