February 8, 2005

Dan Rather quotes

This month's issue of the Atlantic (hmmm, didn't it used to be the Atlantic Monthly?) includes a list of some classic Dan Ratherisms. I don't watch television news, so I don't really have any opinion on the man, but some of these quotes are hilarious.

"Well, we've said it many times--if a frog had side pockets, he'd carry a handgun." (uh, what?!!)

"Are your fingernails beginning to sweat?"

"Let's hit these biscuits with a dab of gravy."

"I know that you'd rather walk through a furnace in a gasoline suit than consider the possibility that John Kerry would lose Ohio."

"This [race] is as tight as the rusted lug nuts on a '55 Fort."

"...it's Spandex tight."

"... closer than Lassie and Timmy." (this is classic!)

"... shakier than cafeteria Jell-O."

"This race is as hot and tight as a too-small bathing suit on a too-long car ride home from the beach." (love it!)

"Frankly, we don't know whether to run, to watch, or to bark at the moon."

"Turn the lights down -- the party just got wilder."

"He swept through the South like a tornado through a trailer park."

"When the going gets weird, anchormen punt."


  1. They missed one good line ;

    "If you liked this broadcast, we hope you'll watch it again tomorrow night and maybe tell your neighbors about it."

    we have a quirky one (should i say that) like dan, called sidhu. player and commentator, used to pullout lines like "You may have a heart of gold, but so does a hard-boiled egg." or "That ball went so high it could have got an air hostess down with it." and now he is a Member of Parliament. May be dan can try that after sign off....

  2. love it!

    man, if i ever go back to teaching i'm going to have to pull some of these out and use them on the kids. eccentric teachers are the best kinds and i do try oh so hard to be at least a little bit eccentric.

  3. oh Meg you dont have to try, you just are eccentric, thats the thing i like best about you lol!!!


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