Rick Perry went blank at last nights GOP debate while announcing the three federal agencies he would target to tame the budget deficit. “Oops,” he proclaimed after stammering for 43 seconds, trying to name the final one. Many theorize that this was the death blow to his campaign. How dare a candidate stammer and, umm...  what's the word  I'm looking for? Um... ummm.... well, screw it. It's gone now.

Cheer up, though, Rick Perry. Your blunder wasn't nearly as embarrassing as these famous political screw ups.

Howard Dean

Howard Dean's campaign for the Democratic nomination fell to shit after he admitted a spastic scream while working the crowd at a rally. I love the idea that someone can be in a room filled with their strongest supporters, but as soon as they do something dorky, it's all over. It's the political equivalent of your wife catching you watching Torchwood.

Sarah Palin with Katie Couric

Katie Couric's interview of Sarah Palin confirmed everyone's suspicion that the vice presidential candidate didn't have too much going for her in the smarts department. She failed to mention any Supreme Court rulings beyond Roe v. Wade, couldn't recall the names of any of the newspapers she reads ("All of 'em, any of 'em"), and got her head stuck in a honeypot.

The Hip Hop Stylings of Karl Rove

The Radio & TV Correspondents' Dinner has given us so much in the past few years. It's the perfect chance for our world leaders to cut loose and share a laugh or two with members of the media. When done correctly.

Other times, it's the perfect venue for political disambiguation. Like when Karl Rove chose to dance and freestyle rap in the wackest way imaginable. Malibu's Most Wanted was less painful.

Bush Jokes About WMDs

The Radio & Television Correspondents' Dinner was also the place where George W. Bush decided to share his funny side. The President prepared a skit where he searched for the elusive WMD's himself in different areas of The White House. They've got to be somewhere, amiright?!! Suffice to say that after guiding the country to war under false pretenses and personal agendas and then laughing about it in the face of the press, Bush's comedy career proved short-lived.

Zombie McCain

It's amazing just how uncoached presidential candidates can be. Especially at a debate that decides whether or not they will lead the free world. John McCain was caught on camera sticking out his tongue and posing like a zombie after he accidentally walked the wrong direction on stage. He was begging to be Photoshopped. America wants a leader. Not a LOLCat.

Hillary Clinton Sniper Fire

During the 2008 primaries, Hillary Clinton tried to look street by boasting that she landed in Bosnia under heavy sniper fire. B.F.D., it's not like she was piloting. This story blew up in her face when footage emerged of her being greeted with a little girl reading a poem, not gunfire.

Maybe the little girl was a Trojan Horse used to ambush Clinton. I wouldn't put anything past Bosnia.

Mission Accomplished

Early on in the War in Iraq, Bush went on national television and prematurely declared "Mission Accomplished." Eight years and hundreds of thousands of military and civilian causalities later, the fighting was finally deemed over. To make matters worse, Bush played dress up by strutting across the flight deck of an aircraft carrier in a flight suit as if he'd just personally dropped a nuclear bomb in Osama bin Laden's lap. I'm surprised he didn't insist on playing beach volleyball after the address.

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