Charles Osgood - A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The White House
Unabridged Audio Book
Osgood, a soothing voice on the radio and a comforting visage on Sunday-morning television, here compiles campaign quotations for his sizable audience. Picked from presidential campaigns between 1948 and 2004, the speakers’ lines prompt chuckles that are sometimes intentional, frequently unwitting, and always amusing. Osgood’s eye for the political funny bone covers the myriad ways a politician gets a laugh, including self-deprecation, ridiculing the opposition, satirizing the carnival aspects of campaigning, and foot-in-the-mouth goofs. Some pols probably would have been better stand-up comics than presidents, such as 1976 also-ran Morris Udall, who quipped: “The voters have spoken—the bastards!” Osgood’s nomination for the funniest candidate is two-time loser Adlai Stevenson, who furnished this collection’s title and a string of wry remarks about his egghead image and hopeless chances against the popular Eisenhower. For each campaign, Osgood thumbnails the issues and the candidates’ use of humor, noting their reliance on the risible with the increasing political influence of comedy shows. From Richard Nixon’s “Sock it to me” delivery on Laugh-In to appearances on the shows of Leno and Letterman, presidential hopefuls have used jokes to connect with folks. Well-stocked with verbal pratfalls (“Republicans understand the importance of the bondage between parent and child.” ––Dan Quayle), Osgood’s collection provides welcome comedic relief during this year’s silly season. --Gilbert Taylor
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Charles Osgood, one of America\'s favorite news personalities, offers a hilarious compendium of anecdotes from the last seventy years of presidential campaigns.
With anecdotes from Harry Truman to JFK to George W. Bush, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House captures the wit and humor of the campaign trail. Culled from speeches, interviews, press conferences, as well as articles written by and about the candidates--no source is left untapped.
From Bob Dole telling reporters after a loss in the primary that \"I slept like a baby--every two hours I woke up and cried,\" and Barry Goldwater\'s comment that his talkative opponent Hubert Humphreys \"has been clocked at 275 words a minute with gusts up to 340,\" to Adlai Stevenson declaring that \"If I talk over the people\'s head, Ike must be talking under their feet,\" this is the go-to source for campaign humor.
Just when America most needs a good laugh, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House makes the seemingly endless race to the presidency a lot more fun.