When, you know, I’m busy and Nancy [Pelosi] is busy with our mop, cleaning up somebody else’s mess — we don’t want somebody sitting back saying, you’re not holding the mop the right way. (Applause.) Why don’t you grab a mop, why don’t you help clean up. (Applause.) You’re not mopping fast enough. (Laughter.) That’s a socialist mop. (Laughter and applause.) Grab a mop — let’s get to work.
BARACK OBAMA, speech at DNC fundraising reception, Oct. 15, 2009
“Don’t laugh. I wasn’t kidding about that socialist mop thing.”