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2009's Quotations of the Year

2009 is drawing to a close. Fred R. Shapiro, editor of the Yale Book of Quotations (I am a contributor to this book; we try not to discuss politics), has again listed his top ten.

In my opinion, the best quotations of the year can be found at the Tea Party Slogans Repository. The tea party people missed out on TIME’s “Man of the Year”, and now their slogans are ignored as well!

One year ago, Michelle Malkin ripped into Fred’s list:

What happens when liberals decide “Quotes of the Year”
By Michelle Malkin • December 15, 2008 02:28 PM Fred R. Shapiro is a Yale historian. He compiles an annual “memorable quotes of the year” list and has publishes the “Yale Book of Quotations.”

MSM outlets love Shapiro’s lists.

Shapiro, you see, is an admitted liberal historian.

And the omissions on his authoritative list of quotes are revealing.

Topping the list are quotes from Sarah Palin and Tina Fey. John McCain made the list, too.

But out of all the gaffetastic gaffes committed by Barack Obama and Joe Biden, Professor Shapiro couldn’t find a single noteworthy quote to include on his definitive list. Because, you see, he did not find the Democrat ticket’s gaffes “memorable” or “remarkable:”

Here’s 2009’s Top Ten:

1. “Keep your government hands off my Medicare.” Speaker at health care reform town hall meeting in Simpsonville, S.C., commenting on the government-created Medicare program, quoted by The Washington Post on July 28.

2. “We’re going to be in the Hudson.” Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, responding to air traffic controllers asking on which runway he preferred to land US Airways Flight 1549 on Jan. 15 before he landed in the Hudson River.

3. “There’s an app for that.” Apple’s advertising slogan for the iPhone.

4. “You lie!” Wilson’s shouted retort to Obama’s address before a joint session of Congress on Sept. 9.

5. “The Cambridge police acted stupidly.” Obama, commenting on a white police officer’s arrest of black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. at his home in Cambridge, Mass., at a news conference July 22.

6. “I’m going to let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time! One of the best videos of all time!” Kanye West, interrupting Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 13.

7. “Um, you guys said that we, um, did this for the show.” Falcon Heene, during an interview on CNN about his parents’ balloon hoax on Oct. 15.

8. “The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel.'” Palin, posting on her Facebook page on Aug. 7.

9. “The governor is hiking the Appalachian Trail.” Spokesman for South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford regarding Sanford’s disappearance on June 22.

10. “You give me a water board, Dick Cheney and one hour, and I’ll have him confess to the Sharon Tate murders.” Jesse Ventura, during a CNN interview May 11.

I have a few favorites, from the old “elections have consequences,” to the even older “question with boldness’ (Jefferson’s line that opens Glenn Beck’s show), to Congressman Conyers mocking of “Read the bill!”

Does anyone here have any other favorites?