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Decade's top 10 news conferences

From NBC's Domenico Montanaro and Mark Murray
Today's Top 10 list looks at what we consider the wackiest/most entertaining/most memorable news conferences of the decade.

1. McGreevey's 'My truth is I am a gay American': Nothing came more out of left field than McGreevey's announcement that not only was he resigning from office, but that the married-with-kids governor was having an affair with a man. His wife stood by his side for this announcement, but they later divorced.

2. Rod Blagojevich: In three separate news conferences, the disgraced former Illinois governor gave us quotes from Rudyard Kipling, Tennyson, Ulysses, and even the Golden Rule in professing his innocence. He vowed, "I am not guilty of any criminal wrongdoing. … I will fight. I will fight. I will fight until I take my last breath. I have done nothing wrong." He gave us Roland Burris -- with Congressman (and former Black Panther) Bobby Rush taking to the stage with an impromptu defense of Blago and Burris. And if that wasn't enough, there were even crying babies and a man in a wheeelchair on the day the Illinois House voted to impeach him. You can't make this stuff up.

3. Mark Sanford admitting his affair: Was he hiking the Appalachian Trail? Uh, no. This was the epitome of a rambling news conference -- you weren't quite sure what he was going to say next.

4. Larry Craig... 'I am not gay': What else can you say about Larry Craig's straight-faced defiant Idaho news conference? He gave us this line: "I did nothing wrong ... I am not gay, I never have been gay." Instead of resigning, he said, his biggest mistake was not getting a lawyer initially. And he claimed to be "viciously harassed" by the local newspaper. 

5. Donald Rumsfeld -- pick it: From going to war with the Army you have, to known unknowns, to going off on Jim Miklaszewski on Oct. 26, 2006 on the Iraqi security situation, a Rumsfeld news conference was quite the sight to behold.

6. The Bush shoe-thrower: Bush showed why he's one of the best athletes we've had as president. In Iraq, Bush dodged -- not questions -- but shoes thrown at him by an Iraqi "journalist."

7. Palin's resignation: Aside from the rambling and verbal ambling, the news of her resignation -- despite having a year and a half left on her term as Alaska governor -- came out of nowhere. It was just another chapter in the unconventional book of Palin.

8. Harry Whittington: Don't remember his name? That was the guy who Dick Cheney shot in the face! Incredibly, Whittington practically apologized for being shot in the face: "My family and I are deeply sorry for all that Vice President Cheney and his family have had to go through this past week." Wow.

9. Obama and Skip Gates: During a news conference dedicated almost exclusively to health care, President Obama took a question at the very end about the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis "Skip" Gates. Obama's answer -- that the police acted "stupidly" -- became THE news for days, rather than health care. It was an undisciplined moment for a normally disciplined president and White House.

10. David Vitter and wife: Instead of bowing out like many others embroiled in sex scandals before him -- wife by his side -- Vitter instead was defiant and came out swinging. Vitter, implicated in the DC Madam scandal, accused "political enemies" of spreading "falsehoods" and said he wouldn't take "endless questions." He didn't take any -- and instead talked about water and highway policy! His wife shot back at the press, calling for privacy.

Honorable mentions: The Chamber of Commerce news conference hoax; Sarah Palin flanked by all-male governors at the 2008 Republican Governors Association.