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HWNN1961
Posted: Saturday, March 20, 2010 12:44:25 PM

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This is too funny not to be shared. It is borrowed from a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Editorial about the office of The Vice President of the U.S.A. I won't go into the full meaning of the article itself, but, the descriptions of this banishment from relevance that is the job of Veep in the US is hilarious:

John Adams: "the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived".

Thomas Jefferson: "a station where no effort to render service can avail anything".

Thomas Marshall: "like a man in a cataleptic state; he cannot speak, he cannot move, he suffers no pain, and yet he is perfectly conscious of everything that is going on about him".

Walter Mondale: "Fire hydrant of the nation".

....upon being offered the position of Vice President on the ticket, Daniel Webster famously remarked:

"I do not propose to be buried before I am dead".

The English language, well-and creatively spoken, is a joy....

To which one might add: human hat rack, door-stop, and scarecrow to the list of descriptions of His Redundancy.

MarySM
Posted: Saturday, March 20, 2010 2:44:06 PM

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Vice-president John Nance Garner (1868-1967) “The vice-presidency ain’t worth a picture of warm spit.”

Will Rogers (1879-1935) “The man with the best job in the country is the Vice President. All he has to do is get up every morning and say, “How’s the President?”
HWNN1961
Posted: Saturday, March 20, 2010 2:53:53 PM

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Mary: too funny,

But, hey, there's always a future for an ex-veep if he can master a secure grip on a bundle of cigars, he can always be paid to stand in front of a barber shop!

A little-known hazard of the job: standing in one place too long invites pidgeons to land, roost, and do their business all over the V.P. Seems the difference between this position and any of a number of bronze statues is too subtle for them to discern....
HWNN1961
Posted: Saturday, March 20, 2010 3:26:28 PM

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Hmm,

One might well wonder if the vice president is such a stationary object as to be best described as a geographic feature. Perhaps any topographical map of Washington D.C. is incomplete without including the necessary hills, rivers, penninsulas, and, the vice president!

My guess is the itinerary of the cleaning staff for the White House is to dust and polish the veep daily.....

boneyfriend
Posted: Saturday, March 20, 2010 6:35:48 PM

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Jeez, how quickly we forget Dick Cheney.
HWNN1961
Posted: Saturday, March 20, 2010 7:41:59 PM

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Cheney has been the exception. Most V.Ps. don't have much influence. Cheney, depending on whom you listen to, was at the least an influential advisor, and at the other extreme, the power behind the throne of the Bush years. Good point.
oxymoron
Posted: Saturday, March 20, 2010 10:31:01 PM

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Didn't Cheney's skin peel n bubble when da pope annointed him widda holy water?
HWNN1961
Posted: Saturday, March 20, 2010 10:45:26 PM

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Oxy,

Mr. cheney is not my favourite person, as you can imagine. I wish pigeons were pooing on him even now.

To borrow from Monty once again:

"And they were forced to consume Dick Cheney...and there was much rejoicing....yeaaahhhh".
Articulate Dreamer
Posted: Sunday, March 21, 2010 4:03:12 AM

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"Democracy means that anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn't grow up can be vice president."
~John Carson
" They had two sons; but both were lost to them: one never returned having gone to Africa on a mission; the other became Vice-President."
~Richard Armour
Ellenrita
Posted: Sunday, March 21, 2010 2:58:17 PM

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Darth Vader did command some consideration while in office.
What a combination Bush and Cheney...lurching around, as pals, in our White House.
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