Ding Dong, The Idiot’s Gone

As Barack gets sworn in as the 44th President of the US of A, here’s a few quotes by the jackass who precedes him.

“This thaw — took a while to thaw, it’s going to take a while to unthaw.” –George W. Bush, on liquidity in the markets, Alexandria, La., Oct. 20, 2008

“I didn’t grow up in the ocean — as a matter of fact — near the ocean — I grew up in the desert. Therefore, it was a pleasant contrast to see the ocean. And I particularly like it when I’m fishing.” –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Sept. 26, 2008

“Amigo! Amigo!” –George W. Bush, calling out to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in Spanish at the G-8 Summit, Rusutsu, Japan, July 10, 2008

“Let’s make sure that there is certainty during uncertain times in our economy.” — George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., June 2, 2008

“I heard somebody say, ‘Where’s (Nelson) Mandela?’ Well, Mandela’s dead. Because Saddam killed all the Mandelas.” –George W. Bush, on the former South African president, who is still very much alive, Washington, D.C., Sept. 20, 2007

“As John Howard accurately noted when he went to thank the Austrian troops there last year…” –George W. Bush, referring to Australian troops as “Austrian troops,” APEC Business Summit, Sept. 7, 2007

“The best thing about my family is my wife. She is a great first lady. I know that sounds not very objective, but that’s how I feel. And she’s also patient. Putting up with me requires a lot of patience.” –George W. Bush, Tipp City, Ohio, April 19, 2007

“Make no mistake about it, I understand how tough it is, sir. I talk to families who die.” –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Dec. 7, 2006

President Bush: “Peter. Are you going to ask that question with shades on?”

Peter Wallsten of the Los Angeles Times: “I can take them off.”

Bush: “I’m interested in the shade look, seriously.”

Wallsten: “All right, I’ll keep it, then.”

Bush: “For the viewers, there’s no sun.”

Wallsten: “I guess it depends on your perspective.”

Bush: “Touche.–an exchange with legally blind reporter Peter Wallsten, to whom Bush later apologized, Washington, D.C., June 14, 2006

“They misunderestimated me.” –George W. Bush, Bentonville, Ark., Nov. 6, 2000

“Laura and I are proud to call John and Michelle Engler our friends. I know you’re proud to call him governor. What a good man the Englers are.” –George W. Bush, Nov. 2000

“I think the American people – I hope the American – I don’t think, let me – I hope the American people trust me.” -George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Dec. 18, 2002

There’s way too many of them. There’s website, even a book. And to the US, I have just one statement after reading this : And you elected him to office…twice!!

RIP Kahn Noonien Singh aka Ricardo Montalban

I’m 6 days late and if I hadn’t been browsing Mike Boon’s blog I would have come to know about it even more later. Ricardo Montalban died on the 14th of January, 2009 – the first celebrity icon to pass away in the new year as far as I am concerned. He was 88 and he had a heart failure.

Montalban was born in Mexico city to Spanish parents and first made a name for himself playing role in Spanish language movies in his homeland. He would later become famous, after his move to Hollywood, in the tv role Mr. Roarke in the television series Fantasy Island, which he played from 1978 until 1984.
Another of his well-known roles was that of Khan Noonien Singh in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, in which he reprised a role that he had originated in the 1967 episode of Star Trek titled “Space Seed“.

He also acted in two Planet Of The Apes movies and was the villian in the first Naked Gun movie as well as the role of the spy grandfather in Spy Kids 2 & 3. May he rest in peace!

Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino (November 25, 1920 – January 14, 2009)