In the last debate, Obama responded to Hillary's claim that he has voted the same way she has on the Iraq war, since he entered the Senate. He said that he never supported the war, unlike Hillary, but that once the bus had been driven in the ditch, he had to vote to keep funding the troops. The exact line was,
Once we had driven the bus into the ditch, there were only so many ways we could get out. The question is, who's making the decision initially to drive the bus into the ditch?
That "I didn't drive the bus into a ditch" phrase is going to be one of the most memorable soundbites of this campaign. Steve said that someone at work used it yesterday, and everybody got it. It has endless applications -- global warming, the sub-prime interest rate fiasco, the bankrupcy of social security, the popularity of TMZ, the outing of Harry.
This is a good thing, because there are all sorts of other catchphrases that need to be retired, such as "talk to the hand" and all references to "f$cking Matt Damon".