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A Work of Literature – “Politics: Observations and Arguments, 1966-2004″ – Hendrick Hertzberg

June 8th, 2011 · No Comments · Campaigning, Culture, Literature, Politics

Tom Brokaw sadistically asked (Quayle) to describe the last time he had visited a poor family and to tell how he had explained to that family his votes against the school breakfast program, the school lunch program and the expansion of the child immunization program.
In a quavering voice Quayle said he had too met with ‘those people’ and that ‘they didn’t ask me those questions on those voters, because they were glad that I took time out of my schedule to go down and talk about how we’re going to get a food bank going..’

Asked to name a ‘work of literature or art’ that had impressed him lately, Quayle cited a book… by Richard Nixon….

One CBS guest commentator said that this answer ‘came across as non-prepared’.


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