We have listed the last 10 presidents below, and we have given you one memorable, public SNAFU for each of them. The points below do not necessarily speak to their quality as presidents, but they are some quick, juicy points to get you thinking. When voting, consider more than the superficial personal attacks we have given you here. Consider their entire presidency.
From the most recent:
Barack Obama: President Obama’s attempts to be witty in the spotlight landed him in trouble on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2009 when he suggested his bowling score of 129 was “like the Special Olympics, or something.” Haha, Mr. President. Ha frickin’ Ha.
George W. Bush: Finding a public gaffe was challenging for this brilliant public speaker. After hours of searching, however, we did find one, and it’s a doozy. Stop me if you have heard it: “Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?” Technically, I guess, if you think about it, he was right. He might be the only person to have ever asked that grammatically awful question.
Bill Clinton: “I did not have sex with that woman.”
George H.W. Bush: “Kon’nichiwa, Mr. Japanese Prime Minister. Thank you hosting me, and also for the delicious sushi. May I throw up on you now?”
Ronald Reagan: Comedian Ronald Reagan, when sound-checking for his weekly radio address, did not realize the microphone was on and people were listening. So, he tested out his material, stating, “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” I’m sure he had the country in chuckles.
Jimmy Carter: This mastermind of debate cited his 13 year old daughter as an expert on nuclear warfare during a 1980 debate with Reagan. He said, “I had a discussion with my daughter, Amy, the other day, before I came here, to ask her what the most important issue was. She said she thought nuclear weaponry, and the control of nuclear arms. This is a formidable force.”
Gerald Ford: Anyone remember this debate?
Richard Nixon: A paranoid crook who was removed from office. Nothing wrong with this guy.
Lyndon Johnson: This clip is just too funny to not to show. While it is not necessarily a presidential gaffe, if you have never heard President Johnson order pants from his tailor, you have not lived, and you must listen to it now.
John F. Kennedy: If you think Bill Clinton was a player, consider J.F.K. the O.G. playboy. This cat slept with Marilyn Monroe, and no doubt many others. This, I must say, is not exactly the worst image to have in the public, but it surely tarnished the legacy of our first Catholic president.
There they are, folks! Your last 10 brilliant presidents. Now go vote on these candidates. Remember, unlike voting for presidents in real life, you do not have to register to vote here.