Select Quayle Topics: His Close Political Friends
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?
-- Vice President Dan Quayle (LA Times 5/21/89)
-- Senator Dan Quayle describing his relationship with Bush
on the campaign trail in Irvine, California.
(reported in the NY Times, 8/28/88)
I spend a great deal of time with the President. We have a very
close, personal, loyal relationship. I'm not, as they say, a potted
plant in these meetings.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle defending himself
(Tampa Tribune-Times 1/7/90)
Although in public I refer to him as Mr. Vice President, in private I call
him George... When I talked to him on the phone yesterday. I called him
George rather than Mr. Vice President. But, in public, it's Mr. Vice
President, because that's who he is.
-- Senator Dan Quayle shortly after being named
George Bush's running mate, 8/27/88
(reported in Esquire, 8/92, The NY Times, 8/28/88 )
They asked me to go in front of the Reagans. I'm not used to going in
front of President Reagan, so we went out behind the Bushes.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle after the swearing in ceremony
on Inauguration Day, 1/20/89. No, he's not discussing his
sanitary habits. (reported in the NY Daily News, 1/21/89)
I'm the Vice-President. They know it, and they know that I know it.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle talking about his political
enemies, 3/13/89 (reported in Esquire, 8/92)
You know, before I left, President Bush and I were talking and he said to
me, "I knew Spiro Agnew. I worked with Spiro Agnew. And believe me, you are
no Spiro Agnew."
-- Vice President Dan Quayle to those who had compared
his attacks on the 'cultural elite' to Agnew's
denunciations of 'effete intellectuals'.
(The Los Angeles Daily News, 6/28/92 - taken from the
Quayle Quarterly, Summer/Fall 1992)