Obama, Biden, make top quote list

Jan. 1, 2011 at 10:08 AM
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- The vice president's use of profanity to describe the passage of healthcare reform was among the Top 10 political quotes of the year, The Hill said.

The Washington publication released its top quotes of 2010, and Vice President Joe Biden's whispered comment to President Obama at the healthcare reform legislation signing in March was among the top.

"This is a big f------ deal," Biden whispered to Obama, unaware his comments were audible.

A quote by Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, angered many people. Barton made his quote as the White House was trying to fend off criticism over how it handled the massive gulf oil spill.

"I apologize," Barton said to BP Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward during a House hearing in June. "I don't not want to live in a country where any time a citizen or a corporation does something that is legitimately wrong is subject to some sort of political pressure that is -- again, in my words -- amounts to a shakedown. So I apologize."

President Obama made the list as well, commenting on what he called the "shellacking" Democrats took in the midterm elections, which resulted in losing a majority in the House of Representatives.

"It feels bad," Obama said in a post-election news conference on Nov. 3.

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