Political media is a bizarre place, where the press and public officials interact in unpredictable ways, where the usual suspects take to the stage and do and say the most unusual things. And while most press conferences serve to inform about the many necessary and mundane goings-on about politics, some politicians, mostly embroiled in scandal, have elevated the press conference to all its own art form. Below are some of the most memorable press conference moments of the last few years.
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Donald Trump Reacts To The President's Long-Form Birth Certificate
Donald Trump spent much of 2011 trying to get President Obama to admit that his birth certificate was a fake, as his "investigators in Hawaii" were finding, allegedly. President Obama finally obliged by releasing his birth certificate, which made Trump extremely proud of himself, unbelievably.
Sarah Palin Resigns
"I promised you four years ago that I would be showing my independence,"
Sarah Palin told the people of Alaska halfway through her first term, discussing her surprise resignation that summer.
Gloria Allred Demonstrates Unspeakable Acts On A Baseball Bat
Gloria Allred is no stranger to bizarre press conferences, but this one, where she tried to explain what was allegedly done to her defendant may take the cake.
Rod Blagojevich Recites Poetry Beside Man In Whelchair During Impeachment Conference
Former Illinois Governor
Rod Blagojevich made a name for himself through the entire process by which he now arrived in jail through florid, poetry-laden press conferences, but this one with crying children and a man in a wheelchair, who weren't really there for any particular reason. Yes, there is more poetry here too.
Herman Cain Accuser: 'He Reached For My Genitals’
Herman Cain skyrocketed to the top of the Republican primary polls and threatened to take the crown from presumptive nominee Mitt Romney. And then this press conference happened, where Sharon Bialek claimed Cain had drunkenly attempted to sleep with her.
Mark Sanford Resigns
South Carolina Governor
Mark Sanford disappeared for a weekend. His staff said he was "hiking the Appalachian Trail" and later just admitted they had no idea where he was. He came back, with a tragic story of Argentine love gone politically wrong.
George Zimmerman's Lawyers Resign
The beginnings of the Trayvon Martin story were weeks filled with confusion and uncertainty, but nothing was more confusing than his two attorneys resigning after what they argued was gross misconduct on
George Zimmerman's part.
Andrew Breitbart hijacks Anthony Weiner press conference
America was already prepared for a really weird trip when it was announced that then-Rep.
Anthony Weiner was going to update the nation on the developing story of a photo of his lower body that mysteriously appeared on Twitter. And then Andrew Breitbart showed up and made it the most bizarre, fascinating press conference in recent history.
Anthony Weiner Angrily Denies Sexting Over Twitter
It's hard to pick just one Weinergate-era press conference, so we had to do another one:
Anthony Weiner's initial denial of any wrongdoing, aggressively telling Dana Bash and a gaggle of reporters to leave him alone.
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