Newt Gingrich recently pointed out that his use of the phrase "Winning the Future" pre-dates that of President Barack Obama. In fact, it was the title of his 2005 book, Winning The Future: A 21st Century Contract With America (as if I have to tell YOU!).
While I think the commander-in-chief is allowed a slip up* every once in a while, it does make you wonder: How many other popular phrases throughout history could have been lifted from Newt Gingrich? Here are a few quotes that struck me as possible contenders for points to be made in Newt’s next book, Winning the Future, and Other Great Sayings That Have Been Stolen from Me – I’m Mad as Hell and I’m Not Going To Take This Anymore (That’s Mine Too!).
What if Marie Antoinette didn't coin the phrase, "Let them eat cake!”? It could have been Newt! Though, that would mean it had to be a misquote, because the original would have had to have been, "Let ME eat cake." That makes more sense. He wouldn’t want to share.
In The Empire Strikes Back, when Princess Leia tells Han she loves him just before he gets frozen in carbonite, he says, "I know." That seems too good to have not been coined by Newt, doesn't it? Couldn’t you see the staff at his ex-wife's hospital CRACKING UP over that one? It's sooo Newt to cut through all that pre-radiation treatment tension like that.
"Cut. It. OUT!" Most people attribute this phrase and accompanying hand motion to Joey Gladstone from "Full House." I never bought this, though. Could Gladstone have come up with something so clever, and so physically demanding? No, I don’t think so. It sounds more like something to Newt would say to his third fiancé when she tried to sneak an adultery clause into their pre-nup.
And of course, who could forget the all-too-often abridged, "Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn — that you have cancer; now sign these papers here and here”?
* Keep in mind that the slip up as I see it isn’t lifting the phrase, it’s using it at all. Seriously, it sounds annoying.
Tags: Barack Obama, Books, Newt Gingrich, Primaries, Republicans, Star Wars