"If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, there's still a 30% chance we're going to get it wrong."

— Vice President Joe Biden, speaking to members of the House Democratic caucus who were gathered in Williamsburg, Va., for their annual retreat on Feb. 6, 2009. He was being candid about how the Democratic Party could face major political repercussions in 2010 for its support of the $900 billion economic-stimulus package.

He was recalling a White House meeting with President Obama and senior aides—something that probably wasn't expected to leave the room. The White House later dismissed the remark, with Obama quipping at a prime-time press conference, "I don't remember exactly what Joe was referring to, not surprisingly."

From Time's Top 10 Quotes of 2009
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