Year 2009 had numerous moments that stood out for their sheer,
unforgettable strangeness in the world of politics.
enlisted the top 10 weirdest moments of 2009.
Obama gets sworn in - twice
swearing-in ceremony as US President drew a crowd of millions. But
when it came time for Chief Justice John Roberts to administer the
oath, he fumbled the words, putting the adverb “faithfully” in the
wrong place. Obama balked, but followed Roberts’s example,
misstating the oath. He was made to take the oath again.
Sarah Palin resigns
Former Alaska Gov.
Sarah Palin sudden resignation from the governorship remains one of
the year’s most talked about political event. After deciding not to
run for reelection in 2010, Palin said, she had concluded it did not
make sense to stay in office as a lame duck.
Sheila Jackson-Lee addresses Michael Jackson’s funeral
“I can tell you as
a member of the United States Congress, we understand the
Constitution, we understand laws and we know that people are
innocent until proved otherwise. That is what the Constitution
So declared Rep.
Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas) at the Los Angeles memorial service for
Michael Jackson. At a moment when other politicians hesitated to
honour the controversial musician, Jackson-Lee delivered an
enthusiastic paean to the man she called a “global humanitarian”
before a crowd of tens of thousands.
Patti Blagojevich teams up with Heidi and Spencer on reality TV
After the Illinois
Legislature impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a judge denied the
governor’s request to appear on the reality show “I’m a Celebrity,
Get Me Out of Here.” Patti happily stepped in, flying to Costa Rica
to join “The Hills” star and other nominally famous people for
misadventures in the jungle.
The White House beer summit
After years of
debating which politicians Americans would want to have beers with,
Washington finally got to see a president drinking with a couple of
guys. Obama decided to host the event after getting embroiled in the
controversy over Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s arrest.
The White House
beer summit of July 30, 2009, was anything but a casual affair - and
had more to do with damage control than with alcohol.
Known for his clean
image, conservative politician Mark Sanford attracted criticism
after vanishing for several days in June, leaving his staff with
only vague information about his whereabouts, the prospective 2012
presidential candidate resurfaced at Hartsfield-Jackson
International Airport in Georgia. Hours later, he held a tearful
press conference announcing that he’d been in Argentina visiting a
Tom DeLay goes on “Dancing With the Stars”
Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) burst back into public view on
the show “Dancing with the Stars” last fall but eventually withdrew
from the competition, citing stress fractures in his feet.
Bloomberg, Gingrich and Sharpton team up
During the 2008
campaign, candidate Obama pledged to bring together new political
coalitions in the White House. Few could have imagined he’d end up
hosting an Oval Office meeting with such an unlikely trio as New
York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and
the Rev. Al Sharpton.
Who’s the leader of the GOP?
A month after
Michael Steele won the chairmanship of the Republican National
Committee, he found himself scrambling to make peace with Rush
Doug Hoffman says ACORN stole his election
accountant, who forced moderate Republican Dede Scozzafava from the
race as his bid for Congress on the Conservative Party line caught
fire, fell narrowly short of beating Democrat Bill Owens at the
polls. But after conceding defeat on Nov. 3, Hoffman “un-conceded” a
few weeks later and released a statement blaming the community
organizing group ACORN for his loss.