Vice President of the USA from 1989-1993 C.E., while George Bush (senior) was President.

Widely known for quotes which make him sound stupid or at least very bad at public speaking.

Removed himself from candidacy in the 2000 Republican primary election due to lack of funds.

See also: potatoe.

J. Danforth Quayle was born in Indianapolis in 1947. He graduated from DePauw University in 1969 with a B.S. in Political Science. After matriculation, he joined the National Guard and attended law school at Indiana University. In 1976, after five years in various public servant positions, he was elected to Congress from Indiana's Fourth Congressional District. Four years later, he was elected to the Senate and became the youngest Senator in the history of the U.S. (he was 33). During his tenure, he wrote the Job Training Partnership Act. At the Republican National Convention in 1988, George Bush, Sr. called upon him to be his running mate. Bush and Quayle won that election, so Quayle served as Vice President from 1989-1993. Afterwards, he took a job as a consultant at an investment firm in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the author of two books: "The American Family: Discovering the Values that Make Us Strong" and "Standing Firm." He has a wife, Marilyn, and three children.


I think Dan Quayle suffered from trying too hard to sound good, similar to Jimmy Carter's ineptitude because he had to think everything out. Nonetheless, Quayle's quotes are some of the funniest lines ever said by any political leader. Here are some.

"The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history. I mean this century's history. We all lived in this century. I didn't live in this century." -- 09-14-1988

"If we do not succeed, then we run the risk of failure." -- 03-23-1990

"Welcome to President Bush, Mrs. Bush, and my fellow astronauts." -- 07-20-1989 (Speaking during the 20th anniversary of the moon landing.)

"[It's] time for the human race to enter the solar system." -- (Speaking about a manned mission to Mars)

"Are they taking DDT?" -04-30-1992 (Speaking to doctors at an AIDS clinic about their medications of choice)

"Vietnam is a jungle. You had jungle warfare. Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, you have sand. [There is no need to worry about a protracted war because] from a historical basis, Middle East conflicts do not last a long time." -- 10-02-1990

"I was known as the chief grave robber of my state."

"It's wonderful to be here in the great state of Chicago." -- 04-30-1991

"Hawaii is a unique state. It is a small state. It is a state that is by itself. It is a -- it is different than the other 49 states. Well, all states are different, but it's got a particularly unique situation." -- (When a woman at a hospital in Colorado Springs asked Mr. Quayle whether Hawaii's universal health-care plan might serve as a national model.)

"We have a firm commitment to NATO, we are a part of NATO. We have a firm commitment to Europe. We are a part of Europe."

"May our nation continue to be the beakon of hope to the world." -- (The Quayles' 1989 Christmas card.)

"What a waste it is to lose one's mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is." -- (Attempting to quote the United Negro College Fund's well known line, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste.")


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