Dan Quayle, America’s 44th Vice President, was well known for his grammatical mistakes. He has many famous quotes such as, “I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future.” He was also well known for saying things that were not logical. He once said, “The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation’s history. I mean in this century’s history. But we all lived in this century. I didn’t live in this century.” Quayle said that one in 1988. The video I have attached to this blog shows one of Quayle’s worst grammar mistakes. In the video, a student spells out “potato.” Quayle then tells the student that potato is spelled “potatoe.”
The video is very funny, but it is also scary. The Vice President of the United States is one of the most important positions in America. The Vice President is the person next in line for the Presidency. I wonder what kind of message this video sends to American children. As stupid as Quayle might appear, he was successful. He was a Senator and a Vice President. I think Quayle’s video sends out the message that kids do not have to know grammar to become successful, which is bad. Everyone needs to know grammar to communicate well and become successful. I think this video is important because it is a reminder that Americans need to be careful who they pick to be such powerful role models. America needs role models who can stress the importance of education and grammar to America’s youth. I just hope we never elect another Dan Quayle.
Here’s the Video:
Here’s a webpage filled with Dan Quayle quotes (very funny):