Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House by Charles Osgood

If you've missed the excitement of the Presidential campaign, Charles Osgood's book offers you the other side of running for President, "The funny, unpredictable, humorous side."

And, there are some funny anecdotes in this book. It focuses on the election campaigns, beginning with the 1948 one, Truman vs. Dewey. Each chapter covers a different campaign, including the facts as to who the candidates were, their Vice-Presidential running mate, and the number of popular and electoral votes they received. The book ends with the election of 2004, Bush vs. Kerry.

Many of the quotes and jokes in this book are from the candidates themselves. If you're a fan of political trivia, this book will bring back memories. My favorite quote, though, was from Harry Truman, written after his terms of office were over. He said, "There's no reason why a woman shouldn't be in the White House as president, if she wants to be. But she'll be sorry when she gets there."

Subtitled, "Humor, Blunders, and Other Oddities from the Presidential Campaign Trail", Osgood's collection is a fun look back at campaigns.


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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House: Humor, Blunders, and Other Oddities from the Presidential Campaign Trail by Charles Osgood. Hyperion, ©2008. ISBN 9781401322298 (hardcover), 256p.

4 comments:

Clea Simon said...

This sounds like a wonderful corrective to all the hand wringing and teeth grinding. Thanks!

caite said...

I have had enough of politics at the moment but I do like Charles Osgood!

Lesa said...

Oh, it is, Clea. It shows how bad things have always been. (grin)

Lesa said...

I'm with you, Caite. I love politics, but I've had my fill. Charles Osgood's selections show how absurd it all is.