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Netlore Archive: A viral quiz consisting of ten public speaking gaffes attributed to various U.S. politicians including Barack Obama.

Description: Forwarded email
Circulating since: 2011
Status: Mostly accurate (see details below)

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Email text contributed by Deano, March 6, 2012:

Fw: WHO SAID IT ?? (a Quiz)

Listed below are 10 direct quotes. You have to guess which American politician said it.

Your four choices are:
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin
Former VP Dan Quayle
President Barack Obama
Former President George W. Bush

Who said it?

1) "Let me be absolutely clear. Israel is a strong friend of Israel."
A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin
D. George W. Bush

2) "I've now been in 57 states I think one left to go."
A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin
D. George W. Bush

3) "On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes, and I see many of them in the audience here today."
A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin
D. George W. Bush

4) "What they'll say is, 'Well it costs too much money,' but you know what? It would cost, about. It it would cost about the same as what we would spend. It. Over the course of 10 years it would cost what it would costs us. (nervous laugh) All right. Okay. We're going to do it. It would cost us about the same as it would cost for about hold on one second. I can't hear myself. But I'm glad you're fired up, though. I'm glad."
A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin
D. George W. Bush

5) "The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system."
A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin
D. George W. Bush

(6) "I bowled a 129. It's like - it was like the Special Olympics, or something."
A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin
D. George W. Bush

7) "Of the many responsibilities granted to a president by our Constitution, few are more serious or more consequential than selecting a Supreme Court justice. The members of our highest court are granted life tenure, often serving long after the presidents who appointed them. And they are charged with the vital task of applying principles put to paper more than 20 centuries ago to some of the most difficult questions of our time."
A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin
D. George W. Bush

8) "Everybody knows that it makes no sense that you send a kid to the emergency room for a treatable illness like asthma, they end up taking up a hospital bed, it costs, when, if you, they just gave, you gave them treatment early and they got some treatment, and a, a breathalyzer, or inhalator, not a breathalyzer. I haven't had much sleep in the last 48 hours."
A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin
D. George W. Bush

9) "It was interesting to see that political interaction in Europe is not that different from the United States Senate. There's a lot of I don't know what the term is in Austrian, wheeling and dealing."
A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin
D. George W. Bush

10) "I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future."
A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin
D. George W. Bush

* * *
This was a trick quiz. All of the correct answers are the same person. Each of these quotes are directly from Barack Obama. And now you know why he brings his teleprompter with him everywhere he goes ...even when talking to a 6th grade class.

And some members of the media continue to insist he is "The smartest man ever elected to the Presidency".

Yeah Right. Send it to all your family and friends so they can see how smart he isn't.



Analysis: Mostly accurate. All but one of the above-quoted statements are correctly attributed to Barack Obama. Here's a rundown, with citations:

1. "Let me be absolutely clear. Israel is a strong friend of Israel's."

Spoken by Barack Obama at a press conference in Amman, Jordan on July 22, 2008:

Well, let me — let me be absolutely clear. Israel is a strong friend of Israel's. It will be a strong friend of Israel's under a McCain government — administration. It will be a strong friend of Israel's under an Obama administration. So that policy is not going to change.

(Source: Transcript provided by the New York Times)

2. "I've now been in 57 states, I think one left to go."

Spoken by Barack Obama during a campaign stop in Beaverton, Oregon on May 9, 2008:

It is wonderful to be back 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 Hawaii, I was not allowed to go to even though I really wanted to visit, but my staff would not justify it.

(Source: Top of the Ticket, a Los Angeles Times blog)

3. "On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes, and I see many of them in the audience here today."

Spoken by Barack Obama during a Memorial Day address in Las Cruces, New Mexico on May 26, 2008:

On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes, and I see many of them in the audience today, our sense of patriotism is particularly strong. Because while we gather here under open skies, we know that far beyond the Oregon Mountains, in the streets of Baghdad and the outskirts of Kabul, America's sons and daughters are sacrificing on our behalf. And our thoughts and prayers are with them.

(Source: Excerpt provided by CNN.com)

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