Revolution

Dan Quayle -- From the Horse's Mouth

J. Danforth Quayle was U.S. vice president under George H.W. Bush from 1992-1996. Some of his actual quotes:

"Hawaii has always been a very pivotal role in the Pacific. It is in the Pacific. It is a part of the United States that is an island that is right here." Hawaii, September 1989

"What a terrible thing to have lost one's mind. Or not to have a mind at all. How true that is." -- speaking to the United Negro College Fund

"Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child."

"You all look like happy campers to me. Happy campers you are, happy campers you have been, and, as far as I am concerned, happy campers you will always be." -- to the American Samoans

"We expect them to work toward the elimination of human rights." -- on El Salvador

"El Salvador is a democracy so it's not surprising that there are many voices to be heard here. Yet in my conversations with Salvadorans... I have heard a single voice."

"I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy -- but that could change."

"If we do not succeed, then we run the risk of failure." -- Quoted in the Phoenix Republican Forum, March 1990

"Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things."

"I have made good judgements in the Past. I have made good judgements in the Future."

"We're going to have the best-educated American people in the world."

"I stand by all the misstatements that I've made."

"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it."

"We have a firm commitment to NATO, we are a part of NATO. We have a firm commitment to Europe. We are a part of Europe."

"The other day [the President] said, 'I know you've had some rough times, and I want to do something that will show the nation what faith that I have in you, in your maturity and sense of responsibility.' (He paused, then said) 'Would you like a puppy?'" -- (LA Times 5/21/89)

"I love California, I practically grew up in Phoenix."

"My friends, no matter how rough the road may be, we can and we will, never, never surrender to what is right." -- In a speech to the Christian Coalition

"We are leaders of the world of the space program. We have been the leaders of the world of our ... of the space program and we're not going to continue where we're going to go, not withstanding the Soviet Union's demise and collapse -- the former Soviet Union -- we now have independent republics which used to be called the Soviet Union. Space is the next frontier to be explored. And we're going to explore. Think of all the things we rely upon in space today: communications from ... Japan, detection of potential ballistic missle attacks. Ballistic missiles are still here. Other nations do have ballistic missles. How do you think we were able to detect some of the Scud missles and things like that? Space, reconnaissance, weather, communications -- you name it. We use space a lot today."

"I deserve respect for the things I did not do."

"I feel that this [1981] is my first year, that next year is an election year, that the third year is the mid point and that the fourth year is the last chance I'll have to make a record since the last two years, I'll be a candidate again. Everything I do in those last two years will be posturing for the election. But right now I don't have to do that."

"This president is going to lead us out of this recovery." -- At a campaign stop in California and and then at California State University, Fresno (The Quayle Quarterly, Spring/Summer 1992)

"We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur."

"For NASA, space is still a high priority."

"[The U.S. victory in Gulf war was a] stirring victory for the forces of aggression."

"The best thing about rain forests is they never suffer from drought."

"The global importance of the Middle East is that it keeps the Near East and the Far East from encroaching on each other."

"Our party has been accused of fooling the public by calling tax increases 'revenue enhancement.' Not so. No one was fooled."

"People are not homeless if they're sleeping in the streets of their own hometowns."

"Republicans have been accused of abandoning the poor. It's the other way around. They never vote for us."

"Bank failures are caused by depositors who don't deposit enough money to cover losses due to mismanagement."

"Air travel efficiency would improve if more travelers started going to less popular places."