Episode 223

August 5, 2011



"John Boehner bragged that he got 98% of what he wanted from Obama in the deal. So, contrary to popular belief, ‘black does crack.'" - Bill Maher

"The Dow went down 500 points...Standard and Poor has downgraded us. Moody's turned us from AAA to ‘WTF.'" - Bill Maher

"Due to the Obama healthcare plan, birth control for women in this country is now free. So you may have no job, you can't pay your bills, you're losing your house, but YOUR FUCKING IS FREE!!" - Bill Maher

"We don't do sensible things. This is America." - Bill Maher

"We are turning into this nation of idol rich and whores." - Bill Maher

On the Stimulus Package:

"There are 15 million other unemployed people; let's do a big tax cut for any firm that's willing to hire, right? So, someone, I think, ought to be making the case for swinging for the fences not small programs." -Christina Romer

"It saved 3 million jobs. It worked in keeping us out of the ditch of a great recession. It worked, and you can't prove a negative. And that's Obama's problem: ‘it could have been worse' is not the best slogan for his stimulus." - Joan Walsh

"Obama should have had...a tandem exercise in describing what the economy would have been if it had gone ways that he had not guided it." - Neil deGrasse Tyson

On the Economy:

"Why is it Obama's economy? Because it seems like the Republicans have gotten everything they wanted. There's no more stimulus spending. That's over. We got the Bush tax cuts, you know, so the ‘job creators' are free to create all those jobs." - Bill Maher

"So, if we have all Republican policy in place, a) why is it Obama's economy; and, 2) shouldn't it be roaring? Haven't we unleashed the beast now?" - Bill Maher

"The Republicans always say ‘job-destroying tax hikes.' What about ‘job destroying spending cuts'? And why doesn't Obama say this?" - Bill Maher

"In a lot of ways, we're becoming a lot like the rest of the world, but mostly in bad ways." - Anthony Bourdain

"It's a time to scream. If there was ever a time to scream, it would be this week." - Joan Walsh

"Americans don't build, Democrats don't build, don't talk about the great monuments. And we sit here and we just talk about what we can't do." - Joan Walsh

"I also feel that part of our political problem right now is that the people who talk about and make decisions - people like us - are so cut off from the lives of the average Americans, and are not who are not going to fancy restaurants and are not being taken around in town cars." - Joan Walsh

On Obama:

"Do you think people on the left are having buyer's remorse about the president? It does feel like one of those relationships where you just had a giant fight and you said so many nasty things that you know you're never really going to get it back together...you'll stay together because you don't want to be alone, and who are you going to date, Mitt Romney?" - Bill Maher

On the Tea Party:

"From the Tea Party perspective, working men and women in this country, the middle class of this country, feel that there's socialism for the very wealthy and socialism for the poor, and a brutal form of capitalism for everybody else. And what they want to do is shrink the size of the federal government." - Steve Bannon

"I would be so much more sympathetic if I understood why a party that's supposed to be a populist party is always doing the bidding of billionaires who don't need the money and wouldn't notice would not notice it missing. And it could solve so much." - Bill Maher

On Investing in Space and Science:

"When someone says we don't have enough money for this space probe, I'm asking, No, it's not that you don't have enough money; it's that the distribution of money that you're spending is warped in some way that you are removing the only thing that gives people something to dream about tomorrow." - Neil deGrasse Tyson

"After we stopped going to the moon, it all ended. We stopped dreaming. And so I worry that decisions that Congress makes doesn't factor in the consequences of those decisions on tomorrow. Tomorrow is gone." - Neil deGrasse Tyson

On Food:

"That's going to be on my headstone, isn't it? You know, ‘Anthony Bourdain: He Ate An Asshole.'" - Anthony Bourdain

"I like to live by the ‘grandma' rule as I travel. Meaning, I may not like grandma's turkey but I'm going to eat it and I'll have seconds, and I'll say, ‘Thank you, Grandma, it was delicious,' no matter how bad or nasty it might be." - Anthony Bourdain

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