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The 25 Most Embarrassing Political Moments of the '00s

Decade in Review: 2000-2009


21. Barack Obama Bowls His Way to Disaster

Barack Obama was widely heckled after bowling a 37 while attempting to woo blue collar voters in Pennsylvania. As one pundit put it, "He bowls like my four-and-a-half-year-old daughter." Obama's bowling embarrassment was compounded when he attempted to joke about it months later during an appearance on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." He compared his bowling prowess to the Special Olympics, and ended up having to issue an apology afterward. After rolling two gutter balls, Obama discovered that bowling is probably a subject best avoided.

22. Hillary Clinton Boasts About Landing Under Sniper Fire

During the 2008 presidential primaries, Hillary Clinton tried to prove her foreign policy bona fides by boasting how as first lady she once landed in Bosnia under sniper fire. Her account was debunked when video footage showed her being greeted on the tarmac not by gun shots, but by a young girl’s poetry reading. "If only she had channeled that active fantasy world into her marriage," quipped Bill Maher.

23. McCain Strikes Zombie Pose after Debate

In one of the most amusing images of the 2008 campaign, John McCain was caught on camera sticking out his tongue as he walked off stage the wrong way following the final presidential debate. Photoshoppers went wild mocking "Zombie McCain." In fairness, though, if you'd just been bashed and bludgeoned in in three successive debates and knew you were about to become political roadkill, you'd look like that, too.

24. Ted Stevens Calls the Internet a 'Series of Tubes'

While serving as Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee during a hearing on Net Neutrality in 2006, Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens helpfully explained that the Internet is "not a truck, it's a series of tubes." Stevens' laughable statement inspired widespread mockery across the Intertubes (including this classic techno remix), as well as hilarious derision from The Daily Show, which milked Stevens' dump-truck-tubes symposium for every laugh it was worth.

25. Bush Jokes About Failure to Find WMDs in Iraq

As part of a bizarre comedy skit at the 2004 Radio & TV Correspondents' Association dinner, Bush showed a series of photos depicting him searching for those elusive WMD's in the White House. Because who doesn't find it hilarious when the commander in chief makes a mockery out of his entire rational for war.
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