"I told Tony I was painting and he brushed it off.…That was an art pun." 

-President George W. Bush, describing his recent paintings of world leaders, including former British Prime Minster Tony Blair, to his daughter Jenna Hager in an interview for NBC, April 4

"I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm, so when I get to Washington, I'll know how to cut pork."

-Iowa Republican senate candidate Joni Ernst in a campaign ad, Mediaite, March 25

"Lobbying is an honorable profession. More than that, it is vital, and it is necessary. To be sure, the bad conduct of a tiny minority of lobbyists has, in the eyes of some, maligned the whole profession. But they're the rare exception. Anyone who shares that view simply misunderstood what lobbyists do."

-Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), in a speech after receiving an award from the Bryce Harlow Foundation, Politico, April 9