The Mocking of the President: A History of Campaign Humor from Ike to Ronnie

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Americans take their politics seriously - especially once the World Series is over. The nation's presidential campaigns are also a special time for America's humorists, wits, and cartoonists. Best-selling author Gerald Gardner explores the sweep of presidential campaign humor and underscores the contributions of America's wits to the election process.
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Overview

Americans take their politics seriously - especially once the World Series is over. The nation's presidential campaigns are also a special time for America's humorists, wits, and cartoonists. Best-selling author Gerald Gardner explores the sweep of presidential campaign humor and underscores the contributions of America's wits to the election process.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gardner, author of several political-humor books, here culls gaffes and jibes from nearly four decades of presidential campaigns. If his premisethat humor, especially satire, helps keep our politicians humanis neither profound nor thought provoking, there is nonetheless a lot of good fun in the book. Jules Feiffer, Art Buchwald and Mort Sahl are well represented, but Gardner does not rely solely on professional humorists for his material. Often, the laughs are supplied by the candidates themselves, as in Gerald Ford's unintentionally premature liberation of Poland during a 1976 debate, and by their families (e.g., Lillian Carter: ``Sometimes when I look at my children, I say to myself, `Lillian, you should have stayed a virgin' ''). Gardner also compares the reactions of presidents and candidates to barbs aimed at them. Lyndon Johnson, for one, was easily irritated at fun-poking, while John Kennedy could appreciate, if not always enjoy, a lighthearted skewering by the press. Appearing in an election year, the book provides a needed diversion from weightier political commentary. (June)
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Nearly every president and would-be president (and their veeps) have left behind a trail of inconsistencies, embarrassments, and downright absurdities. Naturally these have not gone unnoticed by columnists, humorists, cartoonists, and rival candidates. In this book, Gardner ( All the Presidents' Wits ) examines three decades of poking fun at presidential hopefuls and concludes that the relief it affords voters is a psychological necessity. He presents examples of the clever, sometimes malicious remarks commentators have made. A few of those represented are Art Buchwald, Mark Russell, Johnny Carson, and Jules Feiffer. One broad smile from start to finish, this book should appeal to a large audience. A.J. Anderson, G.S.L.I.S., Simmons Coll., Boston
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814320563
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1988
  • Series: Humor in Life and Letters Series
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 6.19 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.91 (d)

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