Our long wait is over. The time has come to honor the most quotable quotes, in my opinion, from a bizarre political year that many of us wish we could forget.
I call my award, which includes no prize other than a firm handshake, "the Earl." That's my salute to the late Earl Bush, long-time press secretary to the late Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley or, in the memories of many Chicagoans, Richard the First.
Bush is famously remembered for telling reporters: "Don't print what (the mayor) said. Print what he meant."
Indeed, one of the nation's most powerful politicians sometimes seemed to speak English as though it were his second language.
Even reading from a prepared text did not save him on one occasion from misreading "plateaus" to declare, "We shall reach greater and greater platitudes of achievement."