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O.O.P.S.: Observing Our Politicians Stumble: The Worst Candidate Gaffes and Recoveries in Presidential Campaigns

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Almost every politician has occasionally misspoken, sometimes with disastrous effect, sometimes with little effect at all. O.O.P.S.: Observing Our Politicians Stumble: The Worst Candidate Gaffes and Recoveries in Presidential Campaigns observes and analyzes this phenomenon to document why some gaffes prove fatal while others are easily survived.

Combining humor with a thorough knowledge of American politics, author Stephen Frantzich uses detailed vignettes to showcase a wide ...

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O.O.P.S.: Observing Our Politicians Stumble: The Worst Candidate Gaffes and Recoveries in Presidential Campaigns

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Overview

Almost every politician has occasionally misspoken, sometimes with disastrous effect, sometimes with little effect at all. O.O.P.S.: Observing Our Politicians Stumble: The Worst Candidate Gaffes and Recoveries in Presidential Campaigns observes and analyzes this phenomenon to document why some gaffes prove fatal while others are easily survived.

Combining humor with a thorough knowledge of American politics, author Stephen Frantzich uses detailed vignettes to showcase a wide range of slipups committed by presidential candidates from 1968 through 2008. He looks at what really happened in each case, as well as whether the video and reportage accurately reflected what was said or done. By delving into the reasons the media and the public react to gaffes as they do, this thoroughly entertaining analysis provides fresh insights into the workings of presidential campaigns and the roles of candidates, their handlers, the media, and the voting public, underscoring, among other things, how the media revolution has changed the landscape of presidential campaigns.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440803130
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/31/2012
  • Pages: 249
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface v

1 The Devil Made Me Do It: Seeing the Faults in Others 1

2 Entering the Political Arena: Joining the Gaffe Track 7

3 The Public Gets into the Act: From Private Mistake to Public Embarrassment 19

4 A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste: George Romney (1968) 32

5 For Crying Out Loud: Edmund Muskie (1972) 35

6 1,000% Dissolution: George McGovern (1972) 41

7 Aw Shucks: Gerald Ford (1976) 45

8 A Ford Not a Lincoln? Gerald Ford (1976) 50

9 Lusting to Be President: Jimmy Carter (1976) 55

10 Purely Stupid Ethnically: Jimmy Carter (1976) 58

11 Don't Blame Me, Amy: Jimmy Carter (1976) 63

12 Bomb Check: Ronald Reagan (1984) 67

13 Catch Me If You Can: Gary Hart (1988) 72

14 Read My Slips, a Taxing Mistake: George H.W. Bush (1988) 76

15 Tanked: Michael Dukakis (1988) 80

16 Rape Rap: Michael Dukakis (1988) 83

17 Biden Time: Joe Biden (1988) 87

18 Check This Out: George H.W. Bush (1992) 90

19 Watch Out: George H.W Bush (1992) 94

20 One Potato, Two Potatoe-Spelling Trouble: Dan Quayle (1992) 96

21 I Wonder as I Wander: Elizabeth Dole (2000) 99

22 Soap Box Dirty: George W. Bush (2000) 104

23 Out Sighed Pitch: Al Gore (2000) 108

24 Caught in the Net: Al Gore (2000) 111

25 Not to Be "Misunderestimated": George W. Bush (2000) 115

26 Mission Accompliced: George W. Bush (2003) 121

27 I Scream, You Scream, We All Heard the Dean Scream: Howard Dean (2004) 125

28 Emerging from the Waffle House: John Kerry (2004) 129

29 Heck of a Job, Georgie: George W. Bush (2005) 136

30 Macaca, Schmacaca: George Allen (2006) 139

31 Bomb, Bomb, Bomb When I Ran: John McCain (2008) 142

32 In the Lying of Fire: Hillary Clinton (2008) 145

33 The Race to the Bottom: Hillary Clinton (2008) 149

34 Stand Up and Stumble: Joe Biden (2008) 153

35 Mis-STATE-ment: Barack Obama (2008) 156

36 Shooting from the Lip: Barack Obama (2008) 159

37 Out of Sight, in the Mind: Sarah Palin (2008) 164

38 Captain May I? Joe Biden (2009) 168

39 Four-Letter Words: Joe Biden (2009) 171

40 Striking Out: Barack Obama (2009) 174

41 The Mother of All Fibs: Barack Obama (2009) 177

42 The Joke's on Who? 180

43 Year 2012, the Audience Is Waiting 186

44 The Gaffe Goes On: Reflections on the Media 190

45 The Role of Gaffes in Political Debate: Distraction or Enhancement? 202

Notes 213

Index 245

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