You can love him or hate him. You can respect him or make fun of him. There is one thing you simply cannot deny. Rahul Gandhi is an awesome entertainer. But hey give the guy a break, we're sure he means well. In fact, we think the reason why he has so many face-palm moments is a faulty brain-mouth connection. Check it out.
1. On the 26/11 Mumbai attacks
What he thought: "Terrorists are clever assholes. And statistics make people sound smart. So..."
What he said: "We will stop 99 per cent of the attacks. But one per cent of attacks might get through and that is what I am saying."
2. On the drug problem in Punjab
What he thought: "Pie-charts are pretty. And drugs are bad, so..."
What he said: "10 out of 7 youths in Punjab are hooked on to drugs."
3. On India's youth advantage
What he thought: "Saudi Arabia has lots of oil. And India has lots of people, so..."
What he said: "India is the Saudi Arabia of 21st century."
4. On the meaning of politics
What he thought: "I am a politician. And I wear a shirt and pants, so..."
What he said: "Politics is in your shirt, in your pant."
5. On being officially appointed as the party's No. 2
What he thought: "I don't want this shitty job. And long sentences are cool, so..."
What he said: "All the public systems - administration, justice, education and political are designed to keep people with knowledge out. Such a system promotes mediocrity."
6. In a Congress Workshop on Social Media
What he thought: "Internet Explorer is the best. And I set it as my default browser, so..."
What he said: "If India is a computer, then Congress is its default program."
7. In the CII Summit
What he thought: "India's economy cannot be compared to that of China, as India is by its very nature, is much more diverse and complex than China. What we need here is grass-root development led by the creative energy and entrepreneurial passion of India's youth, so..."
What he said: "India is a beehive."
8. In an Ahmedabad Congress Meet
What he thought: "Gujarat is in the west. And geography is the worst, so..."
What he said: "Gujarat is bigger than the United Kingdom."
9. In the same Ahmedabad Congress Meet
What he thought: "Gujarat is in India. And since Gujarat itself is bigger than the UK, so..."
What he said: "n fact, India is you know, bigger than Europe and the United States put together."
10. On being asked about providing e-literacy for poor children.
What he thought: "Umm, I don't know anything about this, so..."
What he said: "Can I ask you a counter question? How are you going to help them?"
11. On poverty
What he thought: "I am confident. And I'm not poor, so..."
What he said: "Poverty is just a state of mind. It does not mean the scarcity of food, money or material things. If one possesses self-confidence, then one can overcome poverty."