Political Insults

“What makes him think a middle aged actor, who’s played with a chimp, could have a future in politics?”
- Ronald Reagan commenting on Eastwood’s bid to become mayor of Carmel

“An empty suit that goes to funerals and plays golf.”
- Ross Perot talking about Dan Quayle

“I have never seen. . .so slippery, so disgusting a candidate.”
- Nat Hentoff talking about Bill Clinton

“He’s nothing more than a well meaning baboon”
- General McCellan on Abraham Lincoln

“MacArthur is the type of man who thinks that when he gets to heaven, God will step down from the great white throne and bow him into His vacated seat.”
- Harold Ickes talking about Douglas MacArthur

“A triumph of the embalmers art”
- Gore Vidal on Ronald Reagan

“If he became convinced tomorrow that coming out for cannibalism would get him the votes he surely needs, he would begin fattening a missionary in the White House backyard come Wednesday.”
- H. L. Mencken talking about Franklin D. Roosevelt

“I believe that Ronald Reagan can make this country what it once was – an Arctic region covered with ice.”
- Steve Martin

“The enviably attractive nephew who sings an Irish ballad for the company and then winsomely disappears before the table clearing and dishwashing begin.”
- Lyndon B. Johnson on JFK

“I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born”
- Ronald Reagan

“Attila the Hen”
- Clement Freud on Margaret Thatcher

“Ronald Reagan doesn’t dye his hair, he’s just prematurely orange”
- Gerald Ford on Ronald Reagan


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