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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.

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  • adam 07.21.03, 6:28 PM

    When comnpared to other national leaders? Oh Sari, you’ve really asked for this one:

    We are working hard to convince both the Indians and the Pakis there’s a way to deal with their problems without going to war.
    — Washington, DC, January 7, 2002. The term ‘Paki’ is considered an ethnic slur. “The President has great respect for Pakistan and for the Pakistani people,” White House spokesman Scott McClellan later clarified.

    “I think anybody who doesn’t think I’m smart enough to handle the job is underestimating.”
    –U.S. News & World Report, April 3, 2000

    One for Mr. Spiro:
    “It’s clearly a budget. It’s got a lot of numbers in it.”
    –Reuters, May 5, 2000

    “If you’re sick and tired of the politics of cynicism and polls and principles, come and join this campaign.”
    –Hilton Head, S.C., Feb. 16, 2000

    I did denounce it. I de-I denounced it. I denounced interracial dating. I denounced anti-Catholic bigacy… bigotry.”
    –Referring to his Bob Jones University visit and the subsequent criticism, Virginia, February 25, 2000

    “First, we would not accept a treaty that would not have been ratified, nor a treaty that I thought made sense for the country.” -George W. Bush, on the Kyoto accord, April 24, 2001

  • segacs 07.21.03, 7:07 PM

    Um, since when does other=American? Are you suggesting that there are no other countries out there besides Canada and the U.S.? Or that none of them have leaders?

  • Saruman 07.23.03, 12:35 AM

    It is rather interesting to meet Jean Chretien in person and talk to him. One then wonders who the hell is that bozo on TV.

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