While surfing, I stumbled upon this great index of Jean Chretien quotes that expose just how bumbling and brain-dead he actually is. The index includes such gems as:
Mr. Chrétien discusses the sensitive issue of control of Jerusalem. “I don’t know if I am in West, South, North or East Jerusalem right now.”
It is missing some very choice ones, however, including this one:
” A proof is a proof. What kind of proof ? It’s a proof. A proof is proof. And when you have a good proof, it’s because it is proven.” Quoted Page A-15, The Winnipeg Free Press, Sept. 21, reference to the possibility of Saddam Hussein’s production of weapons of mass destruction
Or, of course, the famous “moron” debacle, in which Chretien’s communications director called George W. Bush a “moron” and Chretien responded by saying that Bush is a friend of his and “not a moron after all”. Aw gee, thanks, that was heartfelt.
It may be childish to make fun of Chretien’s brand of incomprehensible non-French non-English. But when you contrast him with the sheer eloquence of other national leaders, it seems a bit incredulous that people kept on voting for this guy. His retirement simply cannot come soon enough.