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U.S.News - Top 10 Most Memorable Quotes of 2011

For the 6th year in a row Yale Law School's associate librarian Fred Shapiro has ranked the top 10 most memorable quotes of the year. The list covers everything from politics and economic inequality to Steve Jobs and even the Anthony Weiner sexting scandal. The quotes noted really give insight to the wide range of interesting and even absurd issues that made an impact on the public and left their mark across the nation in the year 2011.
Most Memorable Quotes of 2011

#1. "We are the 99 percent." - Occupy movement

The trademark quote for the Occupy Movement that started in Lower Manhattan on September 17. The "Occupiers" who protested  against corporate greed set up camps in every major American city causing conflict with authorities. The "99 percent" represents the growing income inequality in which an extremely small group, dubbed "the 1%," controls most of the country's wealth with "corporate greed".

#2. "There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there—good for you! But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for." — 2012 Senate Candidate Elizabeth Warren

At an August campaign stop in Andover, Mass. for a seat in the for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts against incumbent Republican Scott Brown, Warren made it clear that she believes that those who've done well in business owe the public a share of their profits.

#3. "My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress." — Warren Buffett

When the question "Are the rich paying enough taxes?" came up, Warren Buffett,  CEO of Berkshire Hathway argued for "shared sacrifice" from the super-rich in the New York Times. President Obama shared the idea and put Mr. Buffet's name on it as well. He Called for the "Buffett Rule" that would impose, a tax on incomes of over $1 million to atone for the extension of the temporary payroll tax cut and emergency unemployment benefits.

#4. "I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy." — GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman

From Twitter on August 18th, a former Utah Governor and Republican Presidential candidate, Jon Huntsman grasped some scientific and environmental views that are conflicting with those of the conservative base.

#5. "Oops." — Texas governor Rick Perry

On November 9th during a  debate in Michigan, GOP Presidential hopeful Rick Perry failed to remember the third federal agency he would eliminate as president. The big "Oops" will go down in debate blooper history, and definitely opened the door for plenty of ridicule for GOP Presidential hopeful Rick Perry.

#6. "When they ask me, 'Who is the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan?' I'm going to say, 'You know, I don't know. Do you know?' " — former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain

On October 7 in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain  admitted that his knowledge of foreign policy were a bit rusty, but insisted his campaign was focused on America's distressed economy. Cain's campaign crumbled no more than two months later after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct and infidelity.

#7. "I am on a drug. It's called 'Charlie Sheen.' It's not available because if you try it once, you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body." — Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen,  known for his erratic behavior, spoke about his drug use in an interview with ABC News in February. Before making "ethnically insensitive comments" about the producer of the hit sitcom Two and a Half Men, Chuck Lorre, Sheen was America's highest paid actor, raking in $1.8 million per episode.

#8. "Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow." — Steve Jobs

 Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder, the creative visionary behind products like the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, and credited for making Apple the largest publicly traded company in the world, died after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. His last words were reported by his sister Mona Simpson in her eulogy.

#9. "I can't say with certitude." — Anthony Weiner

New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner (a.k.a) "The Peter Tweeter" denied that he posted a lewd photograph on his Twitter account. After several days of media of denial to the media that he had posted the image, Weiner finally admitted to posting the photograph and resigned from Congress in June.

#10. "Instead of receiving the help that she had hoped for, Mr. Cain instead decided to provide her with his idea of a stimulus package." — Gloria Allred

On November 7 Celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred discussed Herman Cain's alleged sexual harassment of her client and sarcastically described Mr. Cain's alleged behavior.
Allred represented Sharon Bialek, who accused Mr. Cain sexual harassment in a D.C. bar after she was let go from the National Restaurant Association and sought his assistance in seeking a new job. Cain denied the accusations as "completely false."



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