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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Humour: Funny Political Comebacks

Chris Lamb lists political comebacks - mostly related to US politicians, in WaPo. Some are extremely funny!

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill is said to have been drinking at a party when he bumped into Bessie Braddock, a prudish political opponent. "Mr. Churchill, you are drunk," Braddock said.

"And Bessie, you are ugly," Churchill said. And then, after a pause, he added: "I'll be sober in the morning."

There's also the story about Churchill's encounter with Lady Nancy Astor, who told him: "If you were my husband, I would poison your coffee."

"If you were my wife," Churchill replied, "I would drink it."

When Huey Long was governor of Louisiana, he supposedly told then-Texas Governor James "Pa" Ferguson: "If there had been a back door at the Alamo, there wouldn't have been a Texas."

"But there there was a back door -- and that's why there's a Louisiana," Ferguson said.

If an explanation is needed here - Alamo is a town, in Texas, where some Americans stood their ground against the mighty Mexican Army, when they tried to capture it, until American military come to rescue, in the late 19th century. Hence the reference to back door leading to Louisiana.

Sen. Henry Clay of Kentucky and Sen. Daniel Webster of Massachusetts were sitting outside a Washington hotel when, according to legend, a man walked by with a pack of mules. "Clay, there goes a number of your Kentucky constituents," Webster said.

"Yes," Clay replied, "they must be on their way to Massachusetts to teach school."


Anonymous said...

The "Alamo" mentioned here was originally known as Mission San Antonio de Valero, a former Roman Catholic mission and fortress compound, site of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836, and now a museum, in Downtown San Antonio, Texas. The City of Alamo is located in the South Texas area known as the Rio Grande Valley far removed from the historic and hallowed ground.