Now that 1993 is upon us, the local newspapers are printing their lists of the best quotes of 1992. Here is the list compiled by the San Jose Mercury News.
You know, Bush is always comparing me to Elvis in sort of unflattering ways. I don't think Bush would have liked Elvis very much, and that's another thing that's wrong with him.
My motto is, don't get mad, don't get even, just get elected. Then get even.
---James Carville, Clinton strategist
Who am I? Why am I here?
---Admiral James Stockdale
I mean, if black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people.
I look back at my 30 years in the Senate and I think that I can truthfully say that after about 12 years I'd about shot my wad.
Are they taking DDT?
---Dan Quayle, asking staff members at a hospital about their AIDS patients. Staffers explained that DDT is a pesticide and he probably meant AZT.
We are enjoying sluggish times, and not enjoying them very much.
I can't think of a better way to spread the message of world peace than by working with the NFL and being part of Super Bowl XXVII.
There he stands, looking down at his notes, trying to remember how he feels.
---Rush Limbaugh, commenting on Bush at the Republican convention
George Bush won by not losing. Bill Clinton lost by not winning.
---Tom Shales, on the debate
My dog Millie knows more about foreign affairs than those two bozos.
---George Bush, on Clinton and Gore
Nearly everyone will lie to you, given the right circumstances.
He's a candidate for change. He changes his mind every day.
---Dan Quayle, on Bill Clinton
For too long, the men have messed things up. It's time to give women an opportunity.
I'm a revolutionary, and yes, it's a burden.
If there's a fairer way, I'm all ears.
---Ross Perot, deflecting questions about his proposed tax increases
I'll put you down as doubtful, fella.
---George Bush, to a caller on "Larry King Live," who said "I think you're out of touch."
Ross Perot had more trouble entering a race than anybody since Michael Jackson.
His sensitivity is such that if he reread his memoirs, he'd be outraged that they're not favorable enough.
---Walter Isaacson, on Kissinger
---Dan Quayle, telling a boy he had misspelled potato
You want a wife that's intelligent, but not too intelligent.
When I was in England, I experimented with marijuana a time or two, and I didn't like it and didn't inhale and never tried it again.
I like to play the saxophone because you don't inhale.
You cannot be president of the United States if you don't have faith. Remember Lincoln, going to his knees in times of trial and the Civil War and all that stuff. You can't be. And we are blessed. So don't feel sorry for - and don't cry for me, Argentina.
---George Bush, on who knows what
Nobody has ever had a Duncan Hunter check returned for insufficient funds.
---Rep. Duncan Hunter, before it was disclosed that he had 407 overdrafts at the House of Reps bank
All I have ever been is a normal down-to-earth person.
---Tammy Faye Bakker
I've been here so long that when I got here, the Dead Sea wasn't even sick.
---Wimp Sanderson, basketball coach at the University of Alabama for 32 years
Replacing (Rep. Gus) Savage with even a stalk of celery would elevate the intellectual and moral tone of Congress.
There are two things I've learned in life: You should never race a guy named Flash and never bring a girl named Bubbles home to meet your mother. Both of which I've done by the way.
I don't want to be accused of child abuse.
---Pat Buchanan, on refusing to get into a war of words with Dan Quayle
Get this (economic plan) passed. Later on, we can debate it.
If Jerry Brown is the answer, it must be a peculiar question.
---Senator Lloyd Bentsen
I like to hurt women when I make love to them. I like to hear them scream with pain, to see them bleed.
Paul Tsongas is too responsible to be president.
It does have redeeming value, coaching at the college level - unless it's USC.
---Bill Walsh, returning to the college football coaching ranks
The last time (ESPN announcer Dick) Vitale said anything that made sense was when the doctor slapped him on the behind.
---Bill Fitch, former professional basketball coach
I came from a disadvantaged home. They were Republicans.
While searching for the causes of our social ills, we could choose to blame the media, the Congress, or the administration that has been in power for 12 years - or we could blame me.
---Murphy Brown, during the season premiere of the show
My doctor ordered me to shut up, which will make the American people happy.
---Bill Clinton, explaining doctor's orders to rest his vocal cords
It's a screwy year.