Who Said It?

Posted by on June 17th, 2010 at 7:55 AM

Sarah Palin, of course. She was trying to say that Obama should allow more foreign help in the Deepwater Horizon cleanup. It came out like this: “They can’t even get a phone call returned, Bill. The Dutch. They are known in the Norwegian. They are known for — for dikes and for cleaning up water and for dealing with spills.”

The item linked to above is titled “O’Reilly Grills Palin on Oil Spill.” He didn’t grill her; he just asked her a question here and there, as opposed to handing her cues dressed up as questions.

Cheer up! Read the following aloud and you’ll feel better. It doesn’t matter how down you are, by “nun Mitzi” your lips will twitch.

The passage describes a mid-1960s tv special with Lucille Ball:

. . . as her first endeavor, she planned an outing with Mitzi Gaynor — as two nuns touring Europe, the trip enlivened by nun Mitzi’s unusual ESP powers.

From Desilu: The Story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz by Coyne Steven Sanders and Tom Gilbert.

That didn’t work? All right, try this. From All the King’s Men, the Columbia adaptation (1949). It’s a real clunker, and somber John Ireland has to do a lot of voiceover to keep the script in one piece. Early on:

John Ireland (reflectively): “Burden’s Landing is a place separated from the mainland . . . by a body of water.”

This while the camera pans along . . . a body of water.

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