President Obama was overheard on an open microphone at the U.N. General Assembly on Monday saying that he quit smoking six years ago “because I’m afraid of my wife.”
It’s not the first time a conversation intended to be private was made public by a hot mike. And it won’t be the last.
Below we give you the eight most memorable hot mike moments in politics, in reverse chronological order. Have a favorite that we didn’t list? The comments section awaits!
Margaret Thatcher, Britain's first woman prime minister, died Monday at age 87.
The longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century, the "Iron Lady" held the office for more than 11 years, including all of the 1980s. During that time, she left a major mark on U.S. politics, mainly through her close relationship with President Ronald Reagan.
Former House speaker Newt Gingrich was either a key lieutenant of President Ronald Reagan or a backbench congressman throwing rhetorical bombs at the president of his own party.
Which one is closer to the real Gingrich-Reagan relationship depends almost entirely on who you’re asking.
Former First Lady Nancy Reagan herself said: “Ronnie turned that torch over to Newt and the Republican Members of Congress to keep that dream alive.”
When Gingrich quoted her, he conveniently left out the second half of the quote. It’s that kind of exaggeration that has left Gingrich open to attack regarding just how close he really was to Reagan.
And, that picture is further muddled by the fact that Romney and Gingrich have been trotting out former Reagan administration with competing histories.