The sad, unintentionally funny history of America's vice presidents

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7 Responses to “The sad, unintentionally funny history of America's vice presidents”

  1. googoogjoob says:

    I actually just got done reading “Veeps” ( http://www.amazon.com/Veeps-Profiles-Insignificance-Bill-Kelter/dp/1603090037/ ) which covers basically the same territory as this article only in much more detail. It was pretty great, I strongly recommend it if you like this article.

  2. MonkeyBoy says:

    Lyndon Johnson, a serious badass, was regarded as a joke by many as VP. From the comedy albumn “First Family” :

    Child’s voice: Can Caroline come out and play?
    Kennedy: I’m sorry, young man, but she can’t. She’s in Italy with her mother.
    Child’s voice: Oh. Well, then, what’s Lyndon doing?

  3. Halloween_Jack says:

    One of the most puzzling omissions from the article (maybe censored by the Smithsonian?) concerns William King, the Pierce VP mentioned in your excerpt, and James Buchanan, who were widely rumored to be lovers (Buchanan had been previously engaged to a woman who died of an overdose of laudanum–it’s not noted in the Wikipedia article if it was intentional or not–and confessed in a letter to having “gone a wooing to several gentlemen” while King was in France. 

  4. Amelia_G says:

    From one external pointofview (I can’t assess all of them, only what I’ve watched): what if we separated the action politician from the symbol politician. The politician who exhorts morally and attends state funerals = the vice president. The politician who welds coalitions = the president.

  5. I remember reading that when he was Eisenhower’s vice president, Richard Nixon was asked what it was like. Nixon said that it reminded him of the poor widow lady who had two sons. One ran off to join the merchant marine, and the other became vice president of the United States. Poor woman; neither one was heard from ever again.

    On the other hand, had Dick Cheney’s mechanical heart ever failed, George Bush would have actually become President.

  6. The trailer for the first action adventure movie based on the life of a Vice President has been released!  10th president John Tyler finally gets his moment: http://vimeo.com/44081318

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