Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Speaking Freely Creates Memorable Legacy for Sarah Palin.

RJ Note: Wowee. So Sarah Palin is already more memorable than Obama. Interesting.

/PRNewswire/ -- President-elect Barack Obama may have used powerful prose to win the election, but America has decided that it's Alaska Governor Sarah Palin whose words are more memorable.

A poll of 1,010 Americans conducted through Facebook, Twitter and other social networks by voice-to-content leader SpinVox found that respondents credited Sarah Palin with delivering a more memorable quote over Barack Obama by an 8 percent margin.

But it was comedian Tina Fey -- portraying Sarah Palin -- who delivered the Most Memorable Quote of 2008. Fey's "I can see Russia from my house," which is often erroneously attributed to Sarah Palin, was given the top spot by 27 percent of the survey's participants. Fey was alluding to a moment during the famed interviews with CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric when Palin said parts of Russia are visible from land in Alaska.

Palin placed second with "What's the difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull? Lipstick!" Obama ranked a respectable third, with 14 percent of participants selecting as most memorable the resounding "change has come to America" line he delivered during his presidential acceptance speech.

"Great speeches will always play a key role in defining who we were, are, and aspire to be as a people," said Christina Domecq, SpinVox co-founder and CEO. "But it's often only a short message contained within them that really shapes how we will remember the people and events of our times."

It may surprise some that outgoing U.S. President George W. Bush, often and widely needled for his "Bush-isms," didn't even rank in this year's Top 10 Most Memorable Quotes.

"A mix of entertainment and politics, the Most Memorable Quotes of 2008 may not characterize or change the nation's cultural zeitgeist the way Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address or Neil Armstrong's 'one giant leap for mankind' did," Domecq continued, "But they say a lot about what commanded our attention and what we may remember most from this past year."

The Top Ten Most Memorable Quotes of 2008:

#10. "Wall-E!" - From the motion picture Wall-E

#9. "She is in dire need of both medical and psychological intervention."
- Dr. Phil McGraw on entertainer Britney Spears

#8. "There's a delicious irony in seeing private luxury jets flying in to
Washington, D.C. and people coming off of them with tin cups in their
hands." - Congressman Gary L. Ackerman on the Big Three automakers'
trip to Capitol Hill

#7. "That was really uncool." - Jennifer Aniston on Angelina Jolie
falling for Brad Pitt on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith

#6. "Although we weren't able to shatter that highest, hardest glass
ceiling this time, thanks to you, it's got about 18 million cracks in
it." - Hillary Clinton

#5. "I just don't want to be thought of as a monster." - Ashley Dupre,
Eliot Spitzer's call girl

#4. "Gay people got a right to be as miserable as everybody else."
- Comedian Chris Rock on gay marriage

#3. "Change has come to America." - President-elect Barack Obama

#2. "What's the difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull? Lipstick!"
- Alaska Governor Sarah Palin

#1. "I can see Russia from my house!" - Tina Fey, impersonating Sarah
Palin on Saturday Night Live



With SpinVox, anyone can be widely read and immortalized by speaking their blog posts and social network updates, dialing a number on their mobile phone, and leaving a message. The message is then automatically converted to text and posted on any Web site the user chooses. For users with several blogs and networks, a new 'Ping through SpinVox' service is available that simultaneously broadcasts spoken updates to thirty of the most popular social networking sites.

Visit http://www.spinvox.com/ for a free one-month trial. Sign-ups are also available through Ping at http://ping.fm/.

This survey was conducted online within the United States on behalf of SpinVox between December 1-5, 2008 among 1,010 U.S. citizens. No estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

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