Top political blunders caught on tape

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The controversy surrouning Mitt Romney’s comments made on an open camera are nothing new to politics. Here are some other notable blunders involving open microphones:


Prior to his weekly radio address, President Ronald Reagan warming up stated:

“My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.”


Then-Presidential candidate George W. Bush was recorded saying to VP candidate Dick Cheney at a labor day speech in Illinois:

“There’s Adam Clymer, major league asshole from the New York Times”


While lobbying for Paris to host the 2012 Olympics, French President Jacques Chirac was caught critiquing Paris’s rival London:

“The only thing that they have ever done for European agriculture is mad cow disease. You cannot trust people who have such bad cuisine.”

April 2008

At a fundraiser in San Francisco then presidential canddiate Barack Obama was caught saying that some people:

“Get bitter, they cling to their guns or religion or antipahty toward people who aren’t like them…”

July 2008

Following up on his criticism that then-Presidential candidate Barack Obama “talked down to people” Rev. Jesse Jackson stated unknowingly into a TV microphone:

“I want to cut his nuts off.”

March 2010

While congratulating President Obama on signing the health care overhaul legislation, Vice President Joe Biden was overheard whispering to Obama:

“This is a big f—— deal.”

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