Politics' Silliest Moments of '09
From Dancin' DeLay to Roberts' inaugural flub, 'twas a weird year
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2009 1:22 PM CST

(Newser) – Politics isn’t always a deadly serious game of statesmanship. Sometimes it’s goofy. Politico recalls the most bizarre moments of 2009:

  • Barack Obama sworn in—twice: Obama joked that they’d done it because “we decided it was so much fun.”
  • Sarah Palin resigns: Even her aides were surprised, and a meandering resignation speech did little to explain away possibly the year’s biggest political curveball.

  • Patti Blagojevich goes on reality TV: There’s no better place to defend your scandal-plagued husband than on, I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! Also, how is Patti Blagojevich a celebrity?
  • White House beer summit: One of the stranger bits of presidential damage control ever.
  • Mark Sanford’s hike: The only thing more surreal than Sanford’s jaunt down the Appalachian Trail—aka Argentina—was the series of rambling, emotional confessions that followed.
  • Tom DeLay on “Dancing With the Stars”: Yes, Tom. You are decidedly a “Wild Thing.”