Sometimes, the president of the United States just screws up while talking. It can be in an offhand comment, an announcement to the public, or an address to Congress. Maybe it’s because they’re tired or not thinking clearly, or maybe they’re just not thinking at all. But luckily for us, these moments of inarticulateness are recorded to entertain us and remind us that even the president is just a regular person.
Fortunately, though, for most regular people, there’s seldom the chance to look foolish in front of millions.
George W. Bush making the entire country cringe.
President Bill Clinton contemplating English grammar during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Vice President Joe Biden getting his vice presidency off to a great start.
President Barack Obama foolishly revealing the eight secret states established by the government.
You learn something new every day…even if you’re President Ronald Reagan.
Apparently, Vice President Dan Quayle was a real space cadet.
Sure you didn’t, Bill.
President Warren G. Harding contemplating the one thing he should probably be certain about.
Vice President Al Gore showing his zoological prowess.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower showing his deep understanding of the difference between the past and present.
President Gerald Ford evoking Abraham Lincoln…buried alive.
President Jimmy Carter, from an interview with Playboy.
President George W. Bush sharing some of his wise words.
Word choice, Joe. Word. Choice.
Martin Van Buren referring to new trains that could travel at a whopping 15 mph.
Al Gore loves to brag about inventing the Internet. Thanks, Al.
President Ronald Reagan, obviously frustrated with reality.
President George H. W. Bush briefly revealing his internal struggles with his opinions that may or may not be his.
Vice President Dan Quayle revealing his psychic powers of foresight.
In one fell swoop, President Richard Nixon redefines what the term “illegal” means.
Well, even if these are some of our presidents at their worst, these stupid quotes should also help us appreciate them at their best. Right?