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Last week, Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson stumbled while answering a question about the Syrian refugee crisis during an interview on MSNBC. MSNBC Panelist Mike Barnicle asked Johnson, “what would you do if you were elected, about Aleppo?” After a moment of silence Johnson replied “what is Aleppo?” Naturally, the internet exploded. Republicans and Democrats and everyone in between mocked the former Governor of New Mexico for his “lack of knowledge about foreign policy.”

Sometimes people forget that politicians are human. They stumble. Yes, they misspeak. No, they aren’t all knowing and all powerful. They’re just like us. Johnson now joins the long list of politicians who have said something completely stupid that they will never live down. In honor of this, here are some quotes from other politicians.

10) Joe Biden, 2008When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened.’”

This is funny because FDR wasn’t president when the stock market crashed.  The stock market crashed in 1929, FDR didn’t take office until 1933.

9) Bill Clinton, 1996 “The last time I checked, the Constitution said, ‘of the people, by the people and for the people.’ That’s what the Declaration of Independence says.”

You tried Bill, you tried. It’s actually the Gettysburg Address.

8) George Bush, 2004 “”Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB/GYNs aren’t able to practice their love with women all across the country.”

This is…awkward.

7) Hank Johnson, 2010 “My fear is that the whole island will become so overpopulated that it will tip over and capsize.”        

In a discussion regarding a planned military buildup on the Pacific island of Guam, Johnson expressed his concern that the island will flip over. Yes, he actually believed that was a real concern.

6) Nancy Pelosi, 2008 “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”

Pelosi was referring to the Affordable Care Act. People from both sides of the spectrum were scratching their heads and thinking that doesn’t sound right.

5) Rudy Giuliani, 2010 “We had no domestic attacks under Bush – we’ve had one under Obama.”

This statement is far from true. We all remember 9/11. Giuliani never stops talking about it. It’s hard to believe he would even make a statement like this.

4)  Mitt Romney, 2012 “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.”

I’m sure Romney meant well by this phrase, but the internet and the media went nuts after he spoke those words at the second presidential debate. He didn’t live the phrase down.

3)  Hillary Clinton, 2004 “”We are going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.”

Yikes.  Even liberals didn’t like that statement.

2) Barack Obama, 2008“It is just wonderful to be back in Oregon, and over the last 15 months we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. Uh, I’ve now been in fifty … ss-seven states. I think one left to go. Uh, one left to go.”

To Gary Johnson’s credit, at least he didn’t know something about a DIFFERENT country. President Barack Obama on the other hand didn’t know how many states were in OUR country.

 1) Joe Biden, 2008 “I’m told Chuck Graham, state senator, is here. Stand up Chuck, let ’em see you.”

Unfortunately, Missouri state senator Chuck Graham couldn’t stand up when Biden asked him to….. he is confined to a wheelchair. This made for an awkward moment for Biden.

While many of the politicians on this list meant well in their statements, the internet doesn’t care. They all received backlash and mockery. This list just proves one thing: Politicians occasionally say dumb things – just like the rest of us.

Stephanie F
FFL Cabinet Member