The Political Gaffes Quiz

October 14, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Plenty of politicians have suffered from foot-in-mouth syndrome. How well do you remember these political gaffes?

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It was bad enough when Barack Obama bowled a 37 in Pennsylvania in 2008. But months later he dug a deeper hole when he:
Wrong.Right. Obama apologized for the joke, which he had made on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."
In 1948, who did Republican presidential candidate Thomas Dewey proclaim "probably should be shot at sunrise"?
Wrong.Right. Dewey was in Beaucoup, Ill., speaking from a train, when it lurched backward. The engineer said: "I think just as much of Dewey as I did before, and that's not very much."
In 1992, Vice Admiral James Stockdale was the vice presidential nominee on Ross Perot's third-party ticket. How did he begin his opening statement in the Oct. 13 VP debate?
Wrong.Right. While Stockdale's opening line actually drew applause from the audience, his overall performance was a disaster, mocked later that week on "Saturday Night Live."
Finish the following George W. Bush quote from 2005: "Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me..."
Wrong.Right. Bush made so many memorable linguistic gaffes over the years that they have have a name and a Wikipedia entry: "Bushisms."
True or false: During a sound check before a weekly radio address in 1984, President Ronald Reagan said: "...I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes."
Wrong.Right. Reagan's gaffe was leaked to the public, leading the Soviets to put their army on alert briefly.
When President Bill Clinton said, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman ...", to which woman was he referring?
Wrong.Right. The Lewinsky scandal ultimately led to Clinton's impeachment, but he was acquitted of all charges and remained in office.
To which magazine did President Jimmy Carter admit in 1976 that "I've looked on many women with lust. I've committed adultery in my heart many times"?
Wrong.Right. While this admission hurt Carter's support among women and evangelicals, President Gerald Ford committed blunders of his own, allowing Carter to win the presidency.
True or false: During a campaign stop in Columbia, Mo., in 2008, Joe Biden mistakenly called state Sen. Chuck Graham "Billy Graham."
Wrong.Right. His actual faux pas was worse: Biden asked Graham, who uses a wheelchair, to stand up.
Which U.S. president vomited onto Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa at a state dinner?
Wrong.Right. After this incident, the Japanese coined a new expression, "Bushu-suru," which means "to do the Bush thing."
Which of the following was NOT said by Sarah Palin during her infamous 2008 interview with CBS's Katie Couric?
Wrong.Right. The "maverick" line actually was spoken by comedian Tina Fey in a "Saturday Night Live" skit where she protrayed Palin.
During a quail hunt in 2006, Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot 78-year-old Harry Whittington. Who was the last sitting vice president to shoot a man?
Wrong.Right. Burr challenged Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton to a duel in New Jersey in 1804. The outcome? Hamilton died the next day.
What photo op gone awry is credited with leading Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis to defeat in 1988?
Wrong.Right. George Bush's campaign used footage of Dukakis in the tank in TV ads to portray Dukakis as incapable to be a leader.
QUIZ BY: Josh Renaud
SOURCES: Post-Dispatch files, Associated Press, MCT, cbsnews.com, abcnews.com, wikipedia.org, usnews.com, Time, Washington Post, New Statesman

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