The 10 Most WTF Political Moments of 2011

This year has been a trying one for many politicians. From those who are working to fix our economy to the individuals trying to clench a spot as a presidential candidate, every word and every move is subject to public scrutiny. As the year comes to an end, it's only necessary that we rehash the good, the bad, and the WTF moments in politics.

  1. Rick Perry forgets his own policy

    Rick Perry has had quite a few political gaffes throughout his career as governor of Texas, but one of his biggest blunders happened at the Republican presidential debate on November 9, when Perry failed to remember the third government agency he would axe if elected president. Needless to say, his poll numbers dropped after this hilarious WTF moment.

  2. Herman Cain breaks out in song during press conference

    Herman Cain gave us several WTF moments in 2011, but one of his most interesting ones occurred on October 31, when he burst into song at the end of the National Press Club conference. Cain sang "He Looked Beyond My Faults," not "Amazing Grace," as many first thought. Interestingly enough, Cain's "faults" became the focal point of his candidacy and eventually its demise.

  3. Michele Bachmann mixes up John Wayne with John Wayne Gacy

    The Tea Party's leading lady, Michele Bachmann, has kept us on our toes this year, but her celebrity-serial killer mix-up was a real doozy. The Republican presidential candidate mixed up the legendary actor John Wayne with the serial killer John Wayne Gacy while campaigning in Spartanburg, S.C., in August. To make matters worse, Bachmann urged supporters to wish Elvis Presley happy birthday, but it was actually the 34th anniversary of the King's death.

  4. Herman Cain stumbles over Libya

    Former presidential candidate Herman Cain proved to be a little behind on his foreign policy when interviewed by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on November 14. Cain's lack of interest in global affairs became apparent when he was asked if he agreed with Obama's decision-making on Libya and he could barely give a response. Cain took a long pause and asked the interviewer to clarify if President Obama supported the uprising and if he called for the removal of Gaddafi. Cain later blamed the media for using the flub to embarrass him, but he definitely made it a little too easy to do.

  5. Weinergate

    Former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner got himself into trouble this summer when a sexually suggestive photograph of the politician was sent to a woman on his public Twitter account. At first, Weiner claimed that his Twitter and Facebook accounts had been hacked and denied that he posted the photo. Weiner later admitted to exchanging messages and sending explicit photos with about six women over the last three years. After one of his explicit images leaked, Weiner resigned from Congress. Sadly, he will never live down this WTF moment.

  6. Donald Trump shares "birther" theories and expresses interest in running for president

    In the spring, Trump shared his strong disbelief about President Obama's citizenship and questioned his birthplace. Trump credited himself for getting Obama to release his birth certificate, but his heckling proved to be a bad decision. Many Republicans criticized the real estate mogul for pushing the birther issue too far and potentially hurting their chances of defeating Obama in the 2012 election.

  7. John Boehner's weeping ways

    Speaker of the House John Boehner has been known to shed some tears whenever the moment arises, and those moments seemed to happen all in 2011. Boehner's waterworks were at an all-time high at the beginning of the year, when Nancy Pelosi handed him the speaker's gavel during the first session of the 112th Congress. Later that day, Boehner wept again during an interview on Fox News and cried even more to questions about his crying.

  8. Arnold Schwarzenegger's love child

    Everyone, including his own family, was shocked to hear that the former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, had fathered a secret love child with a member of his own household staff more than a decade ago. Schwarzenegger owned up to his mistakes, but left a bad taste in many people's mouths. The "Governator" and his equally famous wife, Maria Shriver, ended their marriage of 25 years in July.

  9. Chris Lee's Craigslist scandal

    In February, former New York Representative Chris Lee abruptly resigned after photos surfaced of the politician shirtless and flexing his muscles in front of a mirror. The (very married) Republican had sent the photos to a woman he met through Craigslist. He issued a statement on his site in response to the scandal, saying he made "profound mistakes" and regretted the harm he caused those involved and his constituents. Four hours after the photo leaked, he stepped down.

  10. President Obama and President Sarkozy's broadcasted gaffe

    President Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy found themselves in hot water after their private conversation about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was accidentally broadcasted at November's G-20 summit. The open mic picked up Sarkozy saying, "I can't look at him [Netanyahu] anymore, he's a liar." Obama replied, "You've had enough of him, but I have to deal with him every day."

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