Select Quayle Topics: The Art of Spelling

May our nation continue to be the beakon of hope to the world.
-- The Quayles' 1989 Christmas card. [Not a beacon of literacy, though.]

Sam, had a great time this weekend but the golf was lousey.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle in a handwritten note written to Sam Snead in the summer of 1991, after they had played a lousy round of golf. (Herald-Times, Bloomington, IN, July 15, 1992)

Add one little bit on the end... Think of 'potatoe', how's it spelled? You're right phonetically, but what else...? There ya go... all right!
-- Vice President Dan Quayle correcting a student's correct spelling of the word 'potato' during a spelling bee at an elementary school in Trenton. If you're interested, Carolyn Gargaro provides a defense of Quayle in the potatoe incident.

I should have caught the mistake on that spelling bee card. But as Mark Twain once said, 'You should never trust a man who has only one way to spell a word'.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle, actually quoting from President Andrew Jackson.

I should have remembered that was Andrew Jackson who said that, since he got his nickname 'Stonewall' by vetoing bills passed by Congress.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle, confusing Andrew Jackson with Confederate General Thomas J. 'Stonewall' Jackson, who actually got his nickname at the first Battle of Bull Run.

Office of the Vice President... The Council on Competativeness.
-- the letterhead on stationery, complete with misspelling, found in Dan Quayle's old White House office by Clinton adminstration staffers. (Newsweek, 2/8/93)

Just think what people would say if I said something like that.
-- Private Citizen Dan Quayle after being introduced as `Don Quayle' at the first tee a practice round of the AT&T Golf Tournament at Pebble Beach, 2/1/93.

I love football and potato chips, so this was a natural. Potatoes have become a big part of my life, but this time I'm enjoying them!
-- Private Citizen Dan Quayle commenting about his appearance in a Lay's Potato Chips commercial aired during the Super Bowl (San Francisco Chronicle 1/30/94).