I’d wanted to include soundbites from local figures, but that would mean I would have to scour vast quantities of magazines and web articles to come up with decently witty and/or ridiculous quotes. (Manny Pacquiao would have been my ultimate favorite.)
So I stuck with the global celebrities. Silvio Berlusconi of course was this year’s obvious runaway winner, but very close behind is Hillary No-Surname and the very charmingly disarming Paris Hilton.
“There are tons of good-looking girls out there. I am not a saint. But you all know that. I hope those at La Repubblica newspaper also understand it.” — Italian premier SILVIO BERLUSCONI on latest allegations in La Repubblica that he paid call girls for sex.
“My hairdos have been the subject of PhD theses, so I want everybody to know that I got a good one in Nairobi.” — HILLARY CLINTON.
“You want me to tell you what my husband thinks? My husband is not Secretary of State. I am.” — Hillary Clinton, to CONGOLESE STUDENT who asked her “What does Mr Clinton think, through the mouth of Mrs Clinton?” The student had meant to say “Mr Obama”.
“The trouble with Twitter, the instantness of it, too many twits might make a twat.” — DAVID CAMERON, British Conservative Party leader.
“It’s not for the chicken to speak of his own soup.” — QUENTIN TARANTINO, asked if his latest movie Inglourious Basterds was his masterpiece.
“I will take questions from the guys but from the girls I want telephone numbers.” — SILVIO BERLUSCONI, Italian prime minister, addresses youth rally in Rome.
“Barbie has evolved from a toy into an intellectual property.” — SPOKESMAN FOR MATTEL explains why Barbie is now ready to do her first movie.
“I read in The New York Times this week that I’m an ice queen, I’m the Sun King, I’m an alien fleeing from District 9 and I’m a dominatrix. So I reckon that makes me a lukewarm royalty with a whip from outer space.” — ANNA WINTOUR, editor of US Vogue, tells chat-show host David Letterman why she has such a frosty reputation.
“I would do the baby voice and it’s kind of like this character I made up. But in real life, I’m completely different. I’m very smart.” — PARIS HILTON.
“Nobody wants to see a round woman.” — KARL LAGERFELD, clothing designer, after Brigitte, one of Germany’s top-selling women’s magazines, barred professional models from its pages in favor of “real women”.
“The Nobel Peace Prize is the rest of the world saying, ‘Don’t blow it’.” — BONO on Barack Obama’s award of the Nobel Prize.
“I kind of like being a President.” — HILLARY CLINTON, presiding over UN Security Council hearing on sexual violence against women.
“I’ve been in relationships where I’ve felt terribly alone. Just because you’re with someone, it doesn’t mean you’re happy.” — GEORGE CLOONEY.
“I went to sleep as Rihanna and woke up as Britney Spears.” — Rihanna, pop singer, on the unprecedented levels of media attention she endured after she was assaulted by former boyfriend Chris Brown in February.
“Gender is between your ears, not between your legs.” — CHAZ BONO, born a female to singers Cher and Sonny Bono, during a recent appearance on Good Morning America, discussing the process of becoming a man.
“Don’t hold your breath.” VLADIMIR PUTIN, Russian Prime Minister, when asked if he had any plans to retire soon. Putin said he is considering another bid for the presidency in 2012.
“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” — Mode KATE MOSS, asked if she had a personal motto. Her statement drew fire from eating-disorder experts.