Saturday, December 15, 2012
For the past seven years, Yale Law associate librarian Fred Shapiro has released his “most notable quotes of the year.” As you might expect, the quotes topping the list for 2012 are political. Here are the top four:
1. "There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what ... who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims. ... These are people who pay no income tax. ... and so my job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
Mitt Romney, remarks at private fundraiser, Boca Raton, Fla., May 17
2. "We took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet (in Massachusetts). I went to a number of women's groups and said, "Can you help us find folks?" and they brought us whole binders full of women."
Mitt Romney, second presidential debate, Hempstead, N.Y., Oct. 16
3. "If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business — you didn't build that."
Barack Obama, remarks at campaign appearance, Roanoke, Va., July 13
4."Please proceed, Governor."
Obama, second presidential debate, Hempstead, N.Y., Oct. 16 (lead-in to Romney's denial that Obama had called Libya attack an act of terrorism).