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)