A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House: Humor, Blunders, and Other Oddities from the Presidential Campaign Trail (Google eBook)

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Charles Osgood
Hyperion, May 13, 2008 - Humor - 256 pages
15 Reviews
"If you are one of that benighted handful of people who isn't wise to Charles Osgood's incisive and humorous look at the foibles of your fellow men, here is your chance to catch up. Try not to foul up again!"
--Walter Cronkite

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

User Review  - Annette - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Jec - Goodreads

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. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
THE ELECTION OF 1948
THE ELECTION OF 1952
THE ELECTION OF 1956
THE ELECTION OF 1960
THE ELECTION OF 1964
THE ELECTION OF 1968
THE ELECTION OF 1972
THE ELECTION OF 1984
THE ELECTION OF 1988
THE ELECTION OF 1992
THE ELECTION OF 1996
THE ELECTION OF 2000
THE ELECTION OF 2004
Acknowledgments
About the Author

THE ELECTION OF 1976
THE ELECTION OF 1980

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About the author (2008)

Charles Osgood writes and anchors The Osgood File four times daily over the CBS radio network and anchors CBS television's Sunday Morning every week. He is the winner of two Emmys and three Peabody Awards; Washington Journalism Review named him "Best in the Business" five years running; and in 1990 he was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters' Broadcasting Hall of Fame. He lives in New Jersey.

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