The careful Frying Pan News reader will note we make no claims that the following mots justes were 2012’s stupidest quotes. How could we, in a year exploding with extreme gaffery? How, in fact, could anyone even keep a reasonable tally? Enjoy – and Happy New Year!
1. “I would say to them, ‘Set me free.’ ” (Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, claiming Brooklyn’s African Americans were Dutch slaves in 1898.)
2. “The evidence is inarguable that Australia is becoming too expensive and too uncompetitive to do export-oriented business. Africans want to work, and its workers are willing to work for less than $2 per day. Such statistics make me worry for this country’s future.” (Gina Rinehart, the world’s richest woman, addressing the Sydney Mining Club.)
3. “We need a president accustomed to signing the front, not the back, of checks.” (National Review staff’s “689 Reasons to Defeat Barack Obama.”)