Don’t be the boring guy who tries to impress people by quoting lame lines. Just learning a couple of badass political quotes will give you instant credibility by making you appear smart enough to pay attention to politics. In reality, we know that you probably don’t care about politics but, hey, it’s all about impressions. To help, we’re going to arm you with some really cool quotes from politicians that you can break out in several contextual settings. Use them wisely.

The Tough
“Mr. Gorbachev…tear down this wall.” – Ronald Reagan
“The Gipper” was as hard as they come as far as American presidents go.  Maybe not quite Teddy Roosevelt caliber, but come on, that guy bordered on barbaric. Reagan was talking some major smack to the premier of the Soviet Union and pretty much challenging him to a high-stakes staring contest.  Take down the Berlin Wall, dude. Your country is failing.  We won this whole Cold War thing, so, yeah, let’s not make this anymore awkward than it already has to be. Or else. Gorbachev blinked and the wall came down soon after.

The Call to Service
“Ask not what your country can do for you.  Ask what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy
President Kennedy was tough, too.  The PT-109 incident is legend.  He was also a great womanizer. Marrying the debutante, running for president, winning the election, saving the world from nuclear destruction and boffing Marilyn Monroe made JFK a busy man. This quote was a softer call to the young people of the troubled 1960s, but still one of the most badass quotes made by a politician ever. “Stop whining and contribute.”

The Mistake
“There’s Adam Clymer, major league ***hole from the New York Times.” – George W. Bush

While campaigning, George W. Bush forgot to treat every mic as if it was a live one and ended up leaning over to running mate Dick Cheney to share this tidbit of charm. Cheney wholeheartedly agreed, by the way. And who knows, maybe Adam Clymer is a major league ***hole.

The Funny
“For seven and a half years I’ve worked alongside President Reagan. We’ve had triumphs. Made some mistakes. We’ve had some sex…uh..setbacks.” – George H.W. Bush
Funny and awkward, but the elder President Bush was a little bit of a clown anyway so it made it easier to get away with. We wonder if Reagan made him do push-ups afterwards.

The Truth
Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” – Benjamin Franklin
That line is one reason why Benji is still admired by many people today. In modern times we might look at him as a sort of techno-freak. The dude was an inventor, diplomat, politician, ambassador, writer, poet and lover.  He just had a lot going on. And he sure loved those suds. Badass, Ben, badass.