Presidential Gaffes: Romney, Obama and Biden Open Mouths, Insert Feet

See some of the latest silly quotes from the men vying for office in November.

If you talk long enough, eventually something stupid is going to come out of your mouth. Unfortunately for anyone trying to win election, much talking must be done.

President Obama is not nearly as famous for foot-in-mouth moments as Vice President Joe Biden or, more recently, Mitt "We are not the 47 percent" Romney. But even Obama has had his share of questionable quotes on the campaign trail. Let's take a look at some of the most recent bizarre lines to come out of the nominees' mouths.

Mitt Romney:

Following Ann Romney's scare in which her plane caught on fire: 
"When you have a fire in an aircraft, there's no place to go, exactly, there's no - and you can't find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don't open. I don't know why they don't do that. It's a real problem. So it's very dangerous."

Yes, Mitt Romney really did say airplane windows should open. Never mind that well-calculated cabin air pressure.

Joe Biden:

On domestic manufacturing and jobs:
"Folks, where's it written we cannot lead the world in the 20th century in making automobiles?"

Hey Joe, we entered the 21st century over a decade ago. We'll still be here when you catch up. 

Barack Obama:

On the political culture of Washington, DC:
"The most important lesson I've learned is you can't change Washington from the inside. You can only change it from the outside." 

To be fair, his did not misspeak. But what great bait for the piranhas in the Romney camp. Change from the outside? You got it. 

Since the quote above is a softball, let's remember a classic Obama gaffe, this one from a 2008 campaign stop in Oregon:
"Over the last 15 months we've traveled to every corner of the United States. I've now been in 57 states, I think one left to go. Alaska and Hawai'i I was not allowed to visit. I really wanted to visit, but my staff would not justify it." 

And you thought "I can see Russia from my house" was the best geographical reference from four years ago...

What are your favorite presidential gaffes? Any classic one-liners from Bush? Tell us in the comments!

Tamara C. September 25, 2012 at 10:47 AM
Let's compare a ball player to the leader of the free world. Wow. And I think it's laughable that YOU of all people would call someone a bigot after that lengthy diatribe on evil Iran.
Eye B. Tender September 25, 2012 at 01:05 PM
I see that you've now sunk to throwing your little rhetorical firebombs and then speeding away into the night. But, rather than attempting to insult the fruits of my late night research as [my] “diatribe”, why not attempt to refute some of it as factually inaccurate?
Tamara C. September 25, 2012 at 06:48 PM
I don't need to throw firebombs. You hang yourself with your hate speech. What is factually inaccurate are the conclusions you jump to after you find a historical precedent. Again, a corrupt government is not reflective of an entire group of people nor more than a moron like you with a keyboard is reflective of all the contributors on this patch. Will you now look down on all Germans for what happened in Nazi Germany? If we are playing THAT game, then I believe the African Americans, Native Americans and Latin Americans residing in the US should be really unhappy about the slavery and genocide that has entrenched this soil for centuries. p.s. Don't you work?
Just One Vote September 26, 2012 at 04:16 AM
After reading (and considering) the 5 comments above, I decided it was like witnessing a miniature Congressional debate. No wonder there's gridlock among our lawmakers. I'm sure there are some good points buried in that noise, but I'm just not patient enough to dig for it.......and I vote......every time.
Eye B. Tender September 26, 2012 at 06:23 AM
Actually, I know several nice Iranian-Americans. Good people - they really like Chopin's piano music. I don't believe that I have been “insulting” Iranians. The debate in question was about: “Censoring American Free Speech”. I laid out a few historical tidbits that – apparently –very few people are aware of. The other poster – rather than challenging my accuracy – labeled my outline as a “hate filled diatribe” or whatever. Not the first time she’s reacted in this way, so yeah, I gave it back. Yet, I’m not backing off one inch in my opposition to the Government Workers’ union. Let’s not forget that the "Left's" most cherished hero FDR himself was also absolutely opposed to unionized and politically active government workers. Because, like me, he too believed that it is a basic conflict of interest for the Government’s employees to crack the political whip over the American Public.


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