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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, 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.


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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, 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.

30 review for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House: Humor, Blunders, and Other Oddities from the Presidential Campaign Trail

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gary Anderson

    The presidential campaigns from 1948-2004 are presented here with everything removed except the funny parts. Adlai Stevenson and John Kennedy emerge as the sharpest wits from that time period, and remembering Dan Quayle's ineptitude is actually kind of frightening. Charles Osgood does a fine job of providing context for each election, although there are a couple of factual errors. Illinois Senator Carol Moseley Braun, for example, is referred to once as "Carl," although she is mentioned The presidential campaigns from 1948-2004 are presented here with everything removed except the funny parts. Adlai Stevenson and John Kennedy emerge as the sharpest wits from that time period, and remembering Dan Quayle's ineptitude is actually kind of frightening. Charles Osgood does a fine job of providing context for each election, although there are a couple of factual errors. Illinois Senator Carol Moseley Braun, for example, is referred to once as "Carl," although she is mentioned accurately in another place. (I listened to this on audio, so it's possible that the mistake was an audio-only error.) This is light fare, and enjoyable, but I was glad when it was over.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Todd Martin

    A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House is a compendium of political quotes written for people who like to read and poop at the same time. Unfortunately (yet predictably), that which emanates from the politicians mouths and that which emanates from the reader are largely indistinguishable. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House is a compendium of political quotes written for people who like to read and poop at the same time. Unfortunately (yet predictably), that which emanates from the politician’s mouths and that which emanates from the reader are largely indistinguishable.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dennis Phillips

    This is a must have book for any political junkie with the only drawback being that the book isn't longer. Both Democrats and Republicans say some pretty stupid things sometime and Mr. Osgood has taken this opportunity to remind us that a party label is no barrier to cleverness or unfortunately the occasional bit of stupidity. Even independent candidates like George Wallace and Ross Perot aren't immune form foot in mouth disease and both of them also show up in these pages. There are also little This is a must have book for any political junkie with the only drawback being that the book isn't longer. Both Democrats and Republicans say some pretty stupid things sometime and Mr. Osgood has taken this opportunity to remind us that a party label is no barrier to cleverness or unfortunately the occasional bit of stupidity. Even independent candidates like George Wallace and Ross Perot aren't immune form foot in mouth disease and both of them also show up in these pages. There are also little blurbs included that focus on local contests and in one of those there is a congressman who when asked what he planned to do if he was reelected replied, "I'm more worried about what I'm going to do if I'm not reelected." If honesty is the best policy then that guy should have won reelection in a landslide. This book may not make you any wiser and it may not be the stuff that Pulitzer Prizes are made of but it sure will remind you that all of the candidates are only human and if we are expecting perfection from our candidates or our presidents we are in big trouble. The only person that could fill that bill was born in Bethlehem and is therefore not eligible to be elected president.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    2.5 stars rounded up to 3. Timely book for the current presidential election year. This book reminded me that politics hasn't changed much in the last 70 years. Audiobook somewhat confusing with the insert of "living color" quotes from politicians that are unrelated to the chapter.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I read this for a library challenge Read a book about current events. It wasnt haha funny, but rather sardonic. At least it gives me some comfort that this year isnt actually unprecedented in its idiocy and awful mud-slinging. I read this for a library challenge “Read a book about current events”. It wasn’t haha funny, but rather sardonic. At least it gives me some comfort that this year isn’t actually unprecedented in its idiocy and awful mud-slinging.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Patreesha

    The title pretty much summarizes this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary

    An amusing book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mary Lou

    Not as interesting as I'd hoped. Subtly left-leaning.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    The subtitle for this book is "Humor, Blunders, and Other Oddities from the Presidential Campaign Trail" and that sums it up perfectly. Charles Osgood has gathered pages of humorous quotes, some intentional and many not, from and about Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates beginning with the 1948 election of Harry Truman. Truman told a tale on himself about campaigning on an Indian reservation. After every promise he made the crowd would yell "Oompah! Oompah!" As he got ready to leave he The subtitle for this book is "Humor, Blunders, and Other Oddities from the Presidential Campaign Trail" and that sums it up perfectly. Charles Osgood has gathered pages of humorous quotes, some intentional and many not, from and about Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates beginning with the 1948 election of Harry Truman. Truman told a tale on himself about campaigning on an Indian reservation. After every promise he made the crowd would yell "Oompah! Oompah!" As he got ready to leave he had to cross a horse corral and his Indian escort told him to be careful not to step in the "oompah". From JFK: "When I first began this campaign, I just wanted to beat Nixon. Now I want to save the country from him." From Frank Licht (governor of RI) campaigning for McGovern: " Nixon has been sitting in the White House while George McGovern has been exposing himself to the people of the United States." And no one was as unintentionally funny (I hope) than Dan Quayle:" One word sums up probably the responsibility of any vice president, and that one word is 'to be prepared'". If you want a good chuckle I recommend this book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    Now I was all excited about reading this book--given my interest in all things political and especially presidential politics. I was really disappointed. Instead of placing the often amusing stories into some type of context, the stories just rolled on and on. My other complaint is that I didn't realize that the stories were going to range from the funny to the not funny and beyond. Really Charles, did you throw this collection of quotes together over a long weekend. Great title, not so great a Now I was all excited about reading this book--given my interest in all things political and especially presidential politics. I was really disappointed. Instead of placing the often amusing stories into some type of context, the stories just rolled on and on. My other complaint is that I didn't realize that the stories were going to range from the funny to the not funny and beyond. Really Charles, did you throw this collection of quotes together over a long weekend. Great title, not so great a result.

  11. 4 out of 5

    J

    well organized. however, I found this monotonous. seemed like endless array of one-liners. at first, many of the quips were before my time. as it went through it fit more and more my generation. hoping this would spark more investment. yet the emotional connection never really hit home. it was like having bad wi fi. there would be a start but after a few minutes it would drop. found my self doing my runners mantra, just 20 more seconds. . .I am pushing through this barrier. . .I can rest after well organized. however, I found this monotonous. seemed like endless array of one-liners. at first, many of the quips were before my time. as it went through it fit more and more my generation. hoping this would spark more investment. yet the emotional connection never really hit home. it was like having bad wi fi. there would be a start but after a few minutes it would drop. found my self doing my runners mantra, just 20 more seconds. . .I am pushing through this barrier. . .I can rest after this. it became more of an exercise of will , my will push through rough patches

  12. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    This was an amusing book and a nice review of elections from 1948 through 2004. I didn't realize that George Bush was just as prone to silly speaking blunders as his son. Apparently I wasn't paying close enough attention, or was distracted by Dan Quayle. His humor I do remember. It's a pretty quick read, and it's readily apparent the difference between the erudite humor of Clinton, Gore and Adlai Stevenson, and the ridiculous mistakes that the Bushes and a number of others make.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Donna Jackson

    This was such a disappointment. It felt like Osgood got bored half way through writing this and lost interest. There are some funny quotes but many of them needed more context or explanation to show why they'd been included. There was a very basic summary of the themes for each election that provided a reasonably good overview but, as I often say to students, this reads more like a final draft than the finished product.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Frank Roberts

    I've read much better collections of political one-liners and anecdotes. The jokes Osgood compiled in this book were one-sidedly by Democrat candidates and Presidents, and many were at Republicans' expense. This made the humor less enjoyable for one on that side of the aisle. And, honestly, most of the anecdotes weren't that funny.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Charles Osgood compiled amusing anecdotes from Presidential candidates covering Truman/Dewey to Bush/Kerry. Light but entertaining. I did listen to an audio version and was disappointed that Osgood did not narrate his own book. In addition, Norman Dietz, the narrator said "Carl Moseley Braun in stead of Carol Moseley Braun. I even rewound to make sure I heard the mispronunciation. I had.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    A light and interesting read of politics, elections, candidates, and winners of Presidential Races starting with the Truman election and ending with the George Bush race. If only we knew some of these tidbits before the elections, elections may have turned out differently... A fast and fascinating read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Rogers

    Finished in time for the end of campaign season. Funny, frightening. Reminds me that we've had stupid candidates, and even stupid elected officials before (like now) and have survived as a country. Some hysterical bits. Some finally placed long-heard quotes in context for me.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    A must read this election year. I learned so much about past elections, and realize that it's the same old same old every time!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Janice

    light read with interesting history points made thru out the political humor

  20. 5 out of 5

    Katie Christian

    Not bad, but definitely not interesting. Too many flat facts, not enough story. I want to know why what they said was funny - not just the quote and let's move on to the next.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nan

    It was a fun, light read. Doesn't require much of the reader, except to be mildly amused. And Charles Osgood writes well.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    This was a perfect book to read while the campaign was in full swing! Funny, revealing, just plain interesting stuff.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Converse

    Amusing quotations from the 1948 to the 2004 campaigns. Since Spiro Agnew the Republican candidates especially seem to go for tautologies

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    Very funny. Stories from presidentiaol campaigns. Of course, JWB was the funniest of them all.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lee

    It was all right. Nothing I'd read again.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Simply a collection of humorous and/or pointed quotes from the various campaigns of the last 100 years. It could be called "Uncle Osgood's Political Bathroom Reader."

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jec

    i "read" this on playaway. it is not the type of book i normally read but i did find some interesting tidbits and funny comments about our presidents. it was ok...not great.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    Funny? Well, not really but generally interesting and engrossing...though being reminded about the election of 2000 still gives me spasms. Yeesh!

  29. 5 out of 5

    David Corleto-Bales

    Some funny moments. A bit thin on the ground, however.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sheryl

    Our politicians say some funny things, sometimes not intentional. Its too bad they cant run our country as well as they make jokes Our politicians say some funny things, sometimes not intentional. It’s too bad they can’t run our country as well as they make jokes

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