By Charles Osgood
"If you're one in every of that benighted handful of people that is not clever to Charles Osgood's incisive and funny examine the foibles of your fellow males, this is your likelihood to capture up. attempt to not foul up again!" --Walter Cronkite Charles Osgood, one among America's favourite information personalities, deals a hilarious compendium of anecdotes from the final seventy years of presidential campaigns. With anecdotes from Harry Truman to JFK to George W. Bush, A humorous factor occurred to be able to the White condo captures the wit and humor of the crusade path. Culled from speeches, interviews, press meetings, in addition to articles written by means of and concerning the candidates--no resource is left untapped. From Bob Dole telling newshounds after a loss within the fundamental that "I slept like a baby--every hours I awakened and cried," and Barry Goldwater's remark that his talkative opponent Hubert Humphreys "has been clocked at 275 phrases a minute with gusts as much as 340," to Adlai Stevenson mentioning that "If I speak over the people's head, Ike has to be conversing less than their feet," this is often the go-to resource for crusade humor. simply whilst the US such a lot wishes a great snicker, A humorous factor occurred so as to the White apartment makes the probably unending race to the presidency much more enjoyable.
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William Proxmire, senator from Wisconsin from 1957 to 1989 Commenting again on his trip to Alaska, Kennedy said: “I am the ﬁrst candidate for the presidency to actively campaign in the State of Alaska. There are three electoral votes in Alaska. , this morning at eight o’clock. I have come, I ﬁgure, about three thousand miles per electoral vote. ” K E N N E DY VS . N I XO N | 55 Before the presidential campaign itself, the primaries were tough, and no primary was more critical than West Virginia.
An aide once told Stevenson that it cost $60,000 to put one of his speeches on TV. The candidate responded: “I wish you hadn’t told me. ’ ” Stevenson criticized what he considered inconsistencies in the Republican platform: 28 | T h e E l e c t i o n o f 19 5 2 “I have not changed my views to suit my itinerary. I have not talked titles in Texas, corruption in California, and love in Louisiana. ” The humor did not end when the election was over. ” Once again, commenting on his defeat in 1952, Adlai Stevenson made these comments about his presidential campaign: “Thousands even wrote gracious, ﬂattering letters after the election, explaining why they did not vote for me.
Caroline’s ﬁrst words were plane, good-bye, and New Hampshire, and she recently learned to say Wisconsin and West Virginia. ” Prior to the Democratic convention, former president Truman said at a press conference that Kennedy was not his ﬁrst choice for president. Kennedy was asked by the press to comment on Truman’s remarks. “The last conversation to which he referred in Independence was less precise than that. He said we must all join together to secure the best man. ” California governor Pat Brown was talked about as a potential presidential contender in 1960, but he denied the rumors.
Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House, A: Humor, Blunders, and Other Oddities From the Presidential Campaign Trail by Charles Osgood