The Little Giant Encyclopedia of Leadership Gaffes

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David Macfarlane
Sterling Pub., 2005 - Humor - 511 pages
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"If a person doesn't have the capacity that we all want that person to have, I suspect hope is in the far distant future, if at all." --President George W. Bush

No matter how powerful, no matter how rich, leaders from all walks of life make public faux pas from time to time (and some blunder more often than that). That's bad for them, but entertaining for us. From Richard Nixon's "I am not a crook" to Dan Quayle's world-famous "potato" fiasco, here are hundreds of laugh-out-loud gaffes, all categorized for easy reference. The topics include Ability, Authority, Character, Crime, Fidelity, Freedom, Political Correctness, Responsibility, and War. Some of the quotes are laugh-out-loud funny, others just reveal jaw-dropping stupidity.

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Contents

Ability
26
Accomplishment
29
Accuracy
31
Affection
35
Alliances
37
Analogies
40
Aphorisms
41
Appeal
43
Ideology
274
Imagery
276
Improvement
278
Inception
279
Indoctrination
280
Insight
282
Inspiration
285
Instructions
289

Appearance
45
Appreciation
50
Art
52
Associations
54
Attributes
57
Authority
60
Awareness
62
Beauty
66
Being
68
Brevity
71
Capital Punishment
72
Cause
76
Character
81
Charm
84
Civilization
88
Clarification
89
Clarity
91
Class
97
Close Encounters
99
Collateral Damage
100
Commitment
101
Communication
104
Comparison
108
Compassion
113
Consensus
114
Conservation
115
Consistency
116
Contradiction
119
Conviction
121
Cooperation
126
Crime
132
Cultural Sensitivity
134
Death
138
Decorum
141
DejaVu and Bill Clinton
146
Denials
152
Dilemmas
158
Diplomacy
161
Distinctions
168
Economics
174
Education
182
Endings
186
Entertainment
187
Environment
192
Equal Rights
198
Excess
206
Expectations
208
Experience
212
Explanations
213
Family
223
Fidelity
225
Flexibility
227
Following
229
Following Instructions
230
Food
231
Freedom
234
Freedom of Speech
236
Gender
240
Geography
245
God and Heaven
249
Government
253
History
257
Honesty
261
Hospitality
266
Identity
270
Integrity
292
Intellect
296
Irony
300
Knowledge
303
Leadership
307
Linguistics
311
Logic
316
Loyalty
317
Metaphors
323
Metaphysics
329
Modesty
331
Motivations
334
Negotiation
336
Neighbors
338
Objectives
341
Originality
343
Perceptions
344
Performance
347
Persuasion
352
Political Correctness
355
Politics
357
Predictions
362
Presidency The
369
Priorities
371
Progress
373
Providence
376
Provocation
377
Public Information
382
Qualifications
383
Quality
390
Race Relations
391
Recommendations
397
Recreation
401
Regret
403
Rehabilitation
406
Repartee
408
Responsibility
412
Sacrifice
413
Security
416
Sensitivity
419
Sequiturs
421
Service
424
Sexuality
426
Similes
434
Slips
435
Social Issues
437
Specificity
439
Strategy
443
Substances
447
Success
450
Timelessness
453
Titles
454
Tolerance
459
Trust
461
Validity
466
Value
469
Vice Presidency The
470
Virility
473
Vision
477
War and Peace
480
Wealth and Poverty
484
Wisdom
487
Work
490
Index
493
Copyright

About the author (2005)

David Macfarlane has won 6 gold National Magazine Awards as well as the Sovereign Award for Magazine Journalism and the Author's Award for Magazine Writing; he is also a national columnist for The Globe and Mail. His memoir of Newfoundland, The Danger Tree, won the Canadian Author's Association Award for Non-Fiction in l992. He lives in Toronto.

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