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Quote of the Day || October 8, 2012

“Congressman, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Congressman, you’re no – What? What do you mean, ‘It won’t work this time?'”

– Joe Biden during debate preparation this week

A note from our attorneys: This is not a real quote

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13 Responses to Quote of the Day || October 8, 2012

  1. DQ should have replied to LB:”Yes sir, I am not and there are more than few young female interns who can still claim their virtue.” The Kennedy clan is the most overrated political family, based on a fortune from smuggled whiskey, in American history.

    • I never understood the sting of that comment at the time.
      JFK was not that good a President, but he looked good, said the right things and had a lovely wife. Bay of Pigs, VietNam, the Mafia, the Teamsters, heck even the Rat Pack made his short term look bad.
      His legacy or ascention into the beloved Presidential aura was the reaction to the horrible assasination and it’s aftermath.

      VP Biden, who has enjoyed the same political cover as MrO for four years, won’t be able to stop himself from saying something just off the wall or worse in the debate. I predict that he will find a way to insinuate that MrRyan is just a kid, too young to understand anything important. Why? because that’s how us old fogeys think..

      • Don’t forget the that the Cuban Missile Crisis, which Kennedy did handle well when it occurred, happened at least in part because Khrushchev was so unimpressed by Kennedy during an earlier meeting.

      • srdem, after reading your last three words and Keith’s comment, it was an instant flashback [see below]. I often wondered, considering what happened in the 1960’s and 70’s just how inept the Feds have been leading up to September 11, 2001.

        Hijackings remained infrequent until the late 1950s, when they would increase after Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba. Originally, it was anti-Castro Cubans hijacking planes from Cuba and escaping to the U.S., but that changed in 1961, after the U.S. broke diplomatic relations with Cuba.

        On May 1, just weeks after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, Puerto Rico-native Antulio Ramirez Ortiz, who wanted to migrate to Cuba, hijacked a plane and flew it to Cuba. He became the first man to hijack a plane in the U.S.

        Four other planes were hijacked that year, and there were sporadic hijackings in the followings years, mostly by “homesick Cubans or politically motivated leftists,” writes Encyclopedia Britannica.

        There was a surge in hijackings of U.S. planes from 1968 to 1972, peaking in 1969. Hijackings became so common that “airliners carried approach plans for the Havana airport and crews were instructed not to resist hijackers. There were also standard diplomatic procedures for obtaining the return of planes and passengers..

        The nature of hijackings began to change during this period, as more began to be made as part of extortion attempts, especially in the Middle East. Palestinian and other Arab militants hijacked planes to garner attention for their cause, secure the release of prisoners and receive ransom payments. These hijackings could become violent, and passengers were put at risk.

  2. Keith, I truly adore the QOTD. Have you considered bundling them (pardon the expression) and linking them somewhere on this page. I think you need to start selling some swag. How about some sticky notes?

  3. How much does this debate matter ? A great win for Ryan is of course extremely helpful, but what if he does so-so or, heaven forbids, failes ?
    I am somewhat nervous about this debate. Don´t get me wrong. Ryan is a brilliant, talented man with a fantastic cv but he is young and up against an experienced old fox who can lie with a straight face and charming manners, he may be difficult to unsettle. I hope that Ryan is not over-prepped and too aggressive. Romney is a very controlled man, with steel underneath those corteous manners. Ryan has more temper. Well, it may serve him well, the viewers might find him more natural, likeable and trustworthy (which of course he is) compared to that constantly wolfishly grinning man on the other side. And he sure has all the issues on his side. How about mentioning Bidens plagiarism ? So , please pick a nice tie and look rested and well.

  4. Who would have ever thunk it! The onus is now on the court jester, Bumblin’ Joe, to save Obama’s royal posterior! Last month in Charlotte, it was Bubba who had to step in and carry the heavy load for the skinny Kenyan wunderkind.

    And who can ever forget December, 2010 when Bill Clinton received an emergency 911 call from a desperate Obama while enroute to the West Coast to return to DC and take over the podium in the briefing room to sell the dreaded Bush tax cut extensions to the DEMOCRATS! Obama promptly scampered off to join his wife at the WH Christmas party – leaving Bubba to finish the job.l

    We’ve had six glorious days to luxuriate and revel in the fact that the emperor has no clothes. Never before has a sitting president been so brutally skewered by members of his own party and the entire MSM. If nothing else, the Biden/Ryan debate will prove that Bite Me would make a better POTUS than the TOTUS – a sad commentary.

  5. Paul Ryan can open and close his remarks at the debate with this shocking example of Obama’s fiscal ineptitude and wreckless fiscal responsibility:


    “In May 2009, President Obama released his updated budget estimates, which projected that the federal deficit for fiscal year 2012 would be $557 billion (see table S-1). The Congressional Budget Office now says that the deficit for fiscal year 2012 (which ended on September 30) was about $1.1 trillion – or about twice what Obama said it would be. In other words, Obama’s estimate was off by more than half a trillion dollars. ”

    “To put this colossal error into perspective, at the time that Obama was elected, the United States had16 never once had a deficit as large as Obama’s error would prove to be. Our largest deficit as of November 4, 2008 (the day that Obama beat John McCain) had been $459 billion.”