Health care debate sparks most memorable quotes

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Posted: Dec 15, 2009 2:26 PM

The fierce debate over health care hasn't led to a new law yet, but it's produced some of this year's top quotes compiled by a Yale librarian.

Fred Shapiro is releasing his fourth annual list of The Yale Book of Quotations. His top quote: "Keep your government hands off my Medicare," by a speaker at a town hall meeting in Simpsonville, S.C., in July on the government-created Medicare program.

Shapiro says he picks quotes that are famous, important or revealing of the spirit of the times. The quotes are not necessarily the most eloquent or admirable.

The health care debate sparked two other quotes that made the list: The shout of "You lie!" by Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., during President Barack Obama's September speech on health care and Sarah Palin's "death panel" allegation.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ The fierce debate over health care hasn't led to a new law yet, but it's produced some of this year's top quotes, according to a Yale librarian.

Fred Shapiro, associate librarian and lecturer in legal research at Yale Law School, is releasing his fourth annual list of The Yale Book of Quotations. His top quote: "Keep your government hands off my Medicare," by a speaker at a town hall meeting in Simpsonville, S.C., in July on the government-created Medicare program.

"This to me shows the polarization most clearly," Shapiro said. "That struck me as embodying the friction and polarization on the role of government."

Shapiro says he picks quotes that are famous, important or revealing of the spirit of the times. The quotes are not necessarily the most eloquent or admirable.

The health care debate sparked two other quotes that made the list: The shout of "You lie!" by Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., during President Barack Obama's September speech on health care and Sarah Palin's "death panel" allegation.

Here is the list:

1. "Keep your government hands off my Medicare." Speaker at health care reform town hall meeting in Simpsonville, S.C., Comment on the government-created Medicare program, Quoted by Washington Post, July 28, 2009.

2. "We're going to be in the Hudson." Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, Response to controllers asking which runway he preferred to land US Airways Flight 1549, Jan. 15, 2009.

3. "There's an app for that." Apple's advertising slogan for iPhone.

4. "You lie!" Congressman Joe Wilson of South Carolina, Shouted retort to President Obama's address before joint session of Congress, Sept. 9, 2009.

5. "The Cambridge police acted stupidly." Barack Obama, Comment on Henry Louis Gates, Jr. arrest in Cambridge, Mass., News conference, July 22, 2009.

6. "I'm going to let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time! One of the best videos of all time!" Kanye West, Comments interrupting Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at MTV Video Music Awards, Sept. 13, 2009.

7. "Um, you guys said that we, um, did this for the show." Falcon Henne, CNN Wolf Blitzer interview about Henne's parents' balloon hoax, Oct. 15, 2009.

8. "The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel.' " Sarah Palin, Posting on her Facebook page, Aug. 7, 2009.

9. "The governor is hiking the Appalachian Trail." Spokesman for Mark Sanford of South Carolina, Statement about Sanford's disappearance, June 22, 2009.

10. "You give me a water board, Dick Cheney and one hour, and I'll have him confess to the Sharon Tate murders." Jesse Ventura, CNN Larry King Live interview, May 11, 2009.