If you’ve managed to block the sad, sad memories of Christine O’Donnell and the BP oil spill out of your memory here’s a year-in-review list that’ll bring both of those messes flooding right back. They both the top 10 quotes of 2010.
Fred Shapiro is an associate librarian at Yale University who compiles the “Yale Book of Quotations” and he puts out an annual list of the top 10 quotes of the year.
This year, there’s a tie for first place, between Republican Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell, and BP’s former CEO, Tony Hayward.
O’Donnell’s quote is “I’m not a witch” which she said during one of her Senate campaign ads, after news came out that she used to dabble in witchcraft when she was younger.Hayward’s quote is “I’d like my life back” . . . which he said after the BP oil spill.
Shapiro says he picked O’Donnell’s “witch” line because, quote, “It was such a remarkable unconventional quote to be part of the political discourse.”
He picked Hayward’s quote, “[Because] people resented the fact that he was wanting to get back to his yacht races . . . when those little problems were dwarfed by the magnitude of what people on the Gulf Coast were dealing with.”
–Here’s the full list of the top 10 quotes of the year . . .
#1.) Tie: “I’m not a witch.” Christine O’Donnell in her Senate ad, October 4th. And . . .
#1.) “I’d like my life back.” Tony Hayward to reporters, May 30th.
#3.) “If you touch my junk, I’m gonna have you arrested.” Airline passenger John Tyner to TSA workers at the San Diego airport, November 13th.
#4.) “Don’t retreat. Instead, reload!” Sarah Palin Tweet, March 23rd.
#5.) “Chi! Chi! Chi! Le! Le! Le! Los mineros de Chile!” A Chant at the Chilean mine rescue, October 13th.
#6.) “I hope that’s not where we’re going, but, you know, if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies. They’re saying: My goodness, what can we do to turn this country around?” Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle, January
#7.) “We have to pass the [health care] bill so you can find out what is in it.” Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, March 9th.
#8.) “I’m going to take my talents to South Beach.” LeBron James, on his ESPN broadcast “The Decision”, July 8th.
#9.) “You’re telling me that the separation of church and state is found in the First Amendment?” Christine O’Donnell, during a Delaware debate, October 19th.
#10.) “They should never have put me with that woman. She was just a sort of bigoted woman who said she used to be Labour [Party].” Gordon Brown, British prime minister from the Labour Party, talking about a voter he met, April 28th.