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The John Murtha "Redeploy Them to Okinawa" Award
Posted by: McQ on Friday, January 09, 2009

Today's category in the ongoing First Annual QandO Awards is the John Murtha “Redeploy Them to Okinawa” Award – The dumbest quote by a politician for 2008.

And the nominees are:

- Barack Obama on Barack Obama:
“I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.
- George W. Bush on the reason for backing the bailout:
"I’ve abandoned free-market principles to save the free-market system."
- Alcee Hastings (D-FL) on Sarah Palin:
"Anybody toting guns and stripping moose don't care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks."
- Joe Biden in a Joe Biden moment talking about a man in a wheelchair:
"Chuck, Stand Up, Chuck. Let Them See You. Oh, God Love You, What Am I Talking About?"
- Jesse Jackson Jr on the election of Barack Obama:
"I cried all night. I'm going to be crying for the next four years. What Barack Obama has accomplished is the single most extraordinary event that has occurred in the 232 years of the nation's political history. ... The event itself is so extraordinary that another chapter could be added to the Bible to chronicle its significance."
- Harry Reid "bankruptcy" talk sends already hard-hit stocks sharply lower:
"We don't have a lot of leeway on time. One of the individuals in the caucus today talked about a major insurance company. A major insurance company — one with a name that everyone knows that's on the verge of going bankrupt. That's what this is all about,
- Nancy Pelosi dazzles everyone on Meet the Press with her knowledge of fossile fuels:
“I believe in natural gas as a clean, cheap alternative to fossil fuels,” she said at one point. Natural gas “is cheap, abundant and clean compared to fossil fuels.”
The John Murtha "Redeploy Them To Okinawa" Award
Barack Obama
George Bush
Alcee Hastings
Joe Biden
Jesse Jackson Jr
Harry Reid
Nancy Pelosi free polls

Nominations for the rest of the awards can still be made here. Vote once a day. Voting will close Saturday.

You can still vote for the Rosie O'Donnell "Bush is a War Criminal" Award here.
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Previous Comments to this Post 

Jesse Jr gets my vote, only because I too will spend the next 4 years crying...

I suspect, however, it will be for vastly different reasons.
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Oh man. So many worthy contenders. It’s awful.
Written By: Bryan Pick
I voted for George Bush. He should know better.
Written By: SK
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Biden, all the way.
I mean, it’s just brilliant.
And there will be sooooooo many more.
Written By: looker
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He should know better.
I become less sure of that with each day.
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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You STILL didn’t use the Harry Reid "the war is lost" quote.

That one is a winner, hands down.
Written By: James Marsden
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No, McQ wants to place it in competition with the Decade award where
"The war is lost"

will come up directly against

Baghdad Bob
"I triple guarantee you, there are no American soldiers in Baghdad."

(I really think an honorable mention should go to Bob for incredible creativity and I’d like to suggest it now so we can get a little shovel statue ordered and made up in time - here’s the quote -
"We have destroyed 2 tanks, fighter planes, 2 helicopters and their shovels - We have driven them back." )

Written By: looker
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James - that’s because he said it in 2007.

But don’t despair - he has a whole category dedicated to that statement, as in "The Harry Reid "the war is lost" Award" for the dumbest statement about the war in Iraq in 2008.
Written By: McQ
Lightworker gets my vote.......and this is the only place he ever can get a vote from me.

Monumentally stupid to utter this during a campaign
Written By: shark
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Can Joe Biden get a special lifetime acheivement award? I thought for sure his nomination would be the one about President Roosevelt going on TV in 1929 to talk about the Depression. There’s just too many from him to choose from!

I voted for Reid since his quote was the only one that had consequences outside everyone thinking him a moron.
Written By: Mariner
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If it were viewed in isolation, Bush’s comment would win, but he has a rich history of mangling the english language. Pelosi’s comment reveals stunning stupidity, especially for a person deemed by her colleagues the best person to fill the Speaker of the House position.
Written By: bains
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Spoiled for choice, but I had to go with Pelosi. Most of the rest were just blather, albeit some damned egotistical blather in a couple of cases. But hers betrayed an absolute and fundamental lack of understanding of just what the hell she was talking about.
Written By: Achillea
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I went for Pelosi for basically the same reasons as what Achillea said. The rest are standard politician crap. Well, Biden’s is pretty dumb too, but I think it’s a little more of an understandable gaffe.
Written By: Kevin R
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I voted for Bush, just because of the corresponding damage. Reid runs a close second, but the markets would have dropped when AIG problem became public anyway.

I like Obama’s quote. I have paraphrased it a lot, since temperatures have dropped significantly since he made that statement. I claim that was the moment that global warming was over, and I’ll keep using it till March at least ;)

Written By: newshutz
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No contest: "This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow."

T-minus ten days and counting until that delusional fool takes charge of the national security apparatus of the most powerful country in the history of mankind.

Apprehension and dread.
Written By: Martin McPhillips
Apprehension and dread.
Yeah, but it’s the kind of apprehension and dread you can believe in.
Written By: Come on, Please
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How about an "all of the above" answer?

Once you get past a certain level of stupidity, they might as well be clones.
Written By: Dan Melson

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