When I was young, I lived through Vice President Dan Quayle. You see my young friends, you may think Sarah Palin has no experience for a VP, or that President George W. Bush can’t speak English, but Dan Quayle was equally ridiculed by MAD Magazine, SNL, the MEDIA, Hollywood types, TIME, and ordinary families.
It’s a shame cable news was not 24/7 everywhere, and that there was no Youtube and widespread Internet penetration (in almost every home, on iPhones and Blackberries, part of our culture now) back in the old days of 1989–1993.
It’s like the world has forgotten about the man named Dan Quayle.
The Youtube only has a few of his greatest clips:
But I write today not to attack Mr. Quayle. The purpose of the post is to put things in perspective.
1) The way the MEDIA and technology is today (camera phones, cell phones, blogs, digital video, etc.), every little gaffe is captured and immediately spread worldwide. From town hall meetings, to eating at a restaurant, to walking outside a courthouse, it’s all captured and distributed instantly. Radio shows and news shows are digitized and archived with ease today.
2) You’d think we’d have been conditioned not to be surprised about President George W. Bush’s miscommunication, gaffes, and goofs. Apparently, Bush’s grammatical errors and misspoken words are all new to everyone.
3) Eloquence goes a long way, it seems. President Bush is easily mocked and not taken seriously. Sarah Palin’s speech patterns and content are very humorous (or downright offensive) to everyone. John McCain couldn’t compete with reading speeches with President Obama.
4) How the times of changed regarding qualifications (or have they- it depends if your name is Sarah Palin or Barack Obama). The MEDIA clearly had MAJOR issues with Dan Quayle’s six years in the National Guard, BA in political science from DePauw, J.D. from Indiana University, two terms in the House of Representatives, and two terms as Senator as qualifications for VP. Maybe he should have taken up more community organizing or taught at a class for 10 years.
Oh, and here’s a great clip of President Bush I defending Dan Quayle’s “lack of experience”, including the “heartbeat away” situation: