On August 29, 2008, Republican Presidential candidate, John McCain surprised everyone with his announcement that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin would be his running mate.
American politics have not been the same since.
1 "As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where– where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border."
--Sarah Palin, explaining why Alaska's proximity to Russia gives her foreign policy experience, interview with CBS's Katie Couric, Sept. 24, 2008
2. "I think on a national level your Department of Law there in the White House would look at some of the things that we've been charged with and automatically throw them out."
--Sarah Palin, referring to a department that does not exist while attempting to explain why as president she wouldn't be subjected to the same ethics investigations that compelled her to resign as governor of Alaska, ABC News interview, July 7, 2009
3. "We believe that the best of America is not all in Washington, D.C. ... We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation." -
-Sarah Palin, speaking at a fundraiser in Greensoboro, N.C., Oct. 16, 2008
4. "Ohh, good, thank you, yes."
--Sarah Palin, after a notorious Canadian prank caller complimented her on the documentary about her life, Hustler's "Nailin Paylin," Nov. 1, 2008
5. "Well, let's see. There's ― of course in the great history of America there have been rulings that there's never going to be absolute consensus by every American, and there are those issues, again, like Roe v. Wade, where I believe are best held on a state level and addressed there. So, you know, going through the history of America, there would be others but ―"
--Sarah Palin, unable to name a Supreme Court decision she disagreed with other than Roe vs. Wade, interview with Katie Couric, CBS News, Oct. 1, 2008
6. "All of 'em, any of 'em that have been in front of me over all these years."
--Sarah Palin, unable to name a single newspaper or magazine she reads, interview with Katie Couric, CBS News, Oct. 1, 2008
7. "They are also building schools for the Afghan children so that there is hope and opportunity in our neighboring country of Afghanistan."
--Sarah Palin, speaking at a fundraiser in San Francisco, Oct. 5, 2008
8. "They're in charge of the U.S. Senate so if they want to they can really get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes that will make life better for Brandon and his family and his classroom."
--Sarah Palin, getting the vice president's constitutional role wrong after being asked by a third grader what the vice president does, interview with NBC affiliate KUSA in Colorado, Oct. 21, 2008
9. "I told the Congress, 'Thanks, but no thanks,' on that Bridge to Nowhere."
–Sarah Palin, who was for the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it
10. "I'm the mayor, I can do whatever I want until the courts tell me I can't.'"
--Sarah Palin, as quoted by former City Council Member Nick Carney, after he raised objections about the $50,000 she spent renovating the mayor's office without approval of the city council~Compiled by Daniel Kurtzman