Palin Leads Top Quotes of 2008 | NBC New York

Palin Leads Top Quotes of 2008



    She has a way with words.

    Sarah Palin lost the election, but she's a winner to a connoisseur of quotations at Yale.

    The Republican vice presidential candidate and her comedic doppelganger, Tina Fey, took the top two spots in this year's list of most memorable quotes.

    First place was "I can see Russia from my house!," spoken in satire of Palin's foreign policy credentials by Fey on "Saturday Night Live."

    Palin actual quote was, "They're our next-door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska."

    Palin came in second for her inability to name newspapers she reads. When questioned by CBS anchor Katie Couric, Palin said she reads, "all of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years."

    The list is compliled annually by Fred Shapiro, associate librarian and lecturer in legal research at the Yale Law School, who released his Yale Book of Quotations with about 13,000 quotes two years ago after six years of research.
    The Top 10 quotes of 2008, as compiled by the editor of the Yale Book of Quotations:

    1. "I can see Russia from my house!" — Comedian Tina Fey, while impersonating Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on "Saturday Night Live," broadcast Sept. 13

    2. "All of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years." — Palin, responding to a request by CBS anchor Katie Couric to name the newspapers or magazines she reads, broadcast Oct. 1

    3. "We have sort of become a nation of whiners." — former Sen. Phil Gramm, an economic adviser to Sen. John McCain, quoted in The Washington Times, July 10

    4. "It's not based on any particular data point, we just wanted to choose a really large number." — a Treasury Department spokeswoman explaining how the $700 billion number was chosen for the initial bailout, quoted on Sept. 23

    5. "The fundamentals of America's economy are strong." — McCain, in an interview with Bloomberg TV, April 17

    6. "Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency." — the Treasury Department's proposed Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, September 2008

    7. "Maybe 100." — McCain, discussing in a town hall meeting in Derry, N.H., how many years U.S. troops could remain in Iraq, Jan. 3

    8. "I'll see you at the debates, bitches." — Paris Hilton in a video responding to a McCain television ad, August 2008

    9. "Barack, he's talking down to black people. ... I want to cut his ... off." — Rev. Jesse Jackson, overheard over a live microphone before a Fox News interview, July 6

    10. (tie) "Cash for trash." — Paul Krugman discussing the financial bailout, New York Times, Sept. 22.

    10. (tie) "There are no atheists in foxholes and there are no libertarians in financial crises." — Krugman, in an interview with Bill Maher on HBO's "Real Time," broadcast Sept. 19

    10. (tie) "Anyone who says we're in a recession, or heading into one — especially the worst one since the Great Depression — is making up his own private definition of "recession." — commentator Donald Luskin, the day before Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, The Washington Post, Sept. 14