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5. “I can’t, the third one, I can’t. Sorry. Oops.”

It’s amazing that ignorant and/or easily-flustered people can actually manage to climb the political ladder. Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) fits nicely into that category. During a Republican presidential debate in 2011, Perry was talking about three government agencies he would do away with if elected president. The problem? He couldn’t remember all three of them. For those keeping score, Perry wanted to eliminate the Department of Commerce, the Department of Education, and the uh, the uh, the um, wait for it, wait for it, the Department of Energy.

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6. The entity that is Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

When they’re written in a thousand years, the annals of human history should have an entire chapter devoted to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who is pretty much a gigantic gaffe himself. Whether admitting to smoking crack, calling a journalist a pedophile, getting drunk and threatening to kill someone or telling reporters he had “more than enough to eat at home” after being asked if he was sexually harassing his staff, Ford is the gaffe machine that keeps on giving. To think: After all these scandals, the guy is still mayor of Canada’s largest city. And he’s running for reelection. If you’re interested in being entertained for the next 24 minutes, you might want to check this video out.

Politicians are certainly not strangers to controversy. From a skeptical perspective, you have to wonder how much of what these people say is actually what they believe, or if they approach speaking with political motivation in mind every time they open their mouths.

Listening to politicians pontificate can be brutally miserable. But every now and again, they say something so memorable that you just have to scratch your head and wonder. Do any of these measure up against George HW Walker’s famous tax-relatedread my lips” quote? You can decide for yourselves.

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At the end of the day, you have to figure that if some of the most powerful men and women in the country are prone to these kinds of missteps, the rest of us aren’t so bad off after all.

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