United States list of Presidents and Vicepresidents
First, some interesting Quotes from several Vicepresidents:
THE VICE PRESIDENTS – Quotes
Which vice president said: “Once there were two brothers. One ran away to sea; the other was elected vice president of the United States. And nothing was heard of either of them again”?
Which vice president believed that the presidency should be for life and that members of Congress should be granted seats on a hereditary system?
What former vice president upon his retirement turned down an honorary degree from Oxford University by saying that he did nothing to deserve it and that no one knew who he was?
Millard Fillmore, who actually made the claim after having been President.
Which vice president admitted that he might have been one of the worst Presidents of the Senate ever?
Theodore Roosevelt, who admitted to sleeping through sessions and enrolled in law school while Vice President because of boredom.
What message did Vice President Thomas Marshall telegraph to Calvin Coolidge upon his election as vice president in 1920?
Marshall’s message to Coolidge was “Please accept my sincere sympathies.”
What Vice President defined the office perfectly when he said: “I am not in a leadership position. I am supporting the President. He can exert the leadership and I can support him.”font>
Which vice president said: “Some newspapers dispose of their garbage by printing it?”
Which vice president said, “One useless man is a disgrace, two a law firm, three or more a Congress” ?
What was Rutherford Hayes response when informed that William Wheeler had been nominated to be his vice presidential candidate?
Upon hearing the news, Hayes politely asked, “Who is Wheeler?”
Who claimed that the vice presidency was “not worth a warm bucket of spit”?
John Nance Garner.
What vice president coined the phrase, “What this country needs is a really good five cent cigar”?
Why did Calvin Coolidge say he enjoyed his time as vice president?
Coolidge claimed that the job never interfered with his mandatory eleven hours of sleep a day.
Who claimed that taking the job of vice president was “the worst damn fool mistake I ever made” ?
John Nance Garner.
Which vice president said he didn’t campaign in inner cities, because, “If you’ve seen one slum you’ve seen them all”?
Which vice president was said by his wife to enjoy golf more than sex?
To dispel rumors of infidelity by her husband with a female admirer on the golf course, Marilyn Quayle said of the Vice President, “Everyone knows Dan would rather play golf than have sex any day” .
Which vice president defined the vice presidency by saying: “The Vice Presidency is the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived”?
Which president once said, in response to a reporter’s question about a major policy contributed by then-vice-president Richard Nixon: “If you give me a week, I might think of one”?
Which vice president said: “A little over a week ago, I took a rather unusual step for a vice president…I said something”?
What Vice President stated that “The second office of this government is honorable and easy, the first is but a splendid misery”?
“Look at all the Vice Presidents in history. Where are they? They were about as useful as a cow’s fifth teat.”
Harry S. Truman
“I would a great deal rather be anything, say professor of history, than vice president.”
“This is a hell of a job. I can only do two things: one is to sit up here and listen to you birds talk….The other is to look at newspapers every morning to see how the president’s health is.”
Charles Dawes, speaking to Alben Barkley.
“Genius enough to have made him immortal, and unschooled passion enough to have made him infamous.”
Woodrow Wilson, commenting about Aaron Burr.
“If the tide of defamation and abuse shall turn and my administration come to be praised, future vice presidents who may succeed to the presidency may feel some slight encouragement to pursue an independent course.”
“I should hate to think that the Senate was as tired of me at the beginning of my service as I am of the Senate at the end.”
Charles G. Dawes.
“Keep your mouth shut, your head down, and don’t act like you want it.”
Jack Kemp, discussing the Vice Presidency.
“Vice president — it has such a nice ring to it!”
Geraldine Ferraro, 1984.
“Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy, I knew Jack Kennedy, Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you are no Jack Kennedy.”
Lloyd Bentsen, to Dan Quayle, in 1988 Vice Presidential Debate.
“I do not propose to be buried until I am really dead.”
Daniel Webster, on not accepting the Vice Presidency.
“The President has only 190 million bosses. The Vice President has 190 million and one.”
“This man is certainly deranged.”
Attorney General James Speed’s remarks during Andrew Johnson’s vice presidential acceptance address in 1865.
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