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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (56 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Osgood, Charles Osgood Narrator: Norman Dietz Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9781400177523
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As Charles Osgood showed in his popular book Kilroy Was Here: The Best American Humor from World War II, sometimes the most intense situations yield the most unexpectedly funny stories. And few situations are more intense than a presidential campaign. From FDR to Harry Truman to JFK to George W. Bush, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House captures the wit and humor of the campaign trail-a place where levity is always welcome. Osgood includes fragments of speeches, interviews, and press conferences, as well as articles written by and about the candidates-no source is left untapped. Arriving exactly when America most needs a good laugh, this book promises to make the seemingly endless race to the presidency a little more bearable, if not downright enjoyable. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Anyone remotely interested in U.S. history or politics will find this an enjoyable tour. Publishers Weekly Starred Review
  • “If you are one of that benighted handful of people who isn’t wise to Charles Osgood’s incisive and humorous look at the foibles of your fellow men, here is your chance to catch up. Try not to foul up again!”

    Walter Cronkite

  • “Osgood thumbnails the issues and the candidates’ use of humor…Well-stocked with verbal pratfalls…Osgood’s collection provides welcome comedic relief during this year’s silly season.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Rogers | 11/23/2013

    " Finished in time for the end of campaign season. Funny, frightening. Reminds me that we've had stupid candidates, and even stupid elected officials before (like now) and have survived as a country. Some hysterical bits. Some finally placed long-heard quotes in context for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 8/7/2013

    " Simply a collection of humorous and/or pointed quotes from the various campaigns of the last 100 years. It could be called "Uncle Osgood's Political Bathroom Reader." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 3/1/2013

    " Very funny. Stories from presidentiaol campaigns. Of course, JWB was the funniest of them all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 2/23/2013

    " Passing interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nan | 3/16/2012

    " It was a fun, light read. Doesn't require much of the reader, except to be mildly amused. And Charles Osgood writes well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie Christian | 1/20/2012

    " Not bad, but definitely not interesting. Too many flat facts, not enough story. I want to know why what they said was funny - not just the quote and let's move on to the next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 1/2/2012

    " A must read this election year. I learned so much about past elections, and realize that it's the same old same old every time!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jec | 11/26/2011

    " i "read" this on playaway. it is not the type of book i normally read but i did find some interesting tidbits and funny comments about our presidents. it was ok...not great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 8/9/2011

    " It was all right. Nothing I'd read again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 5/15/2011

    " This was a perfect book to read while the campaign was in full swing! Funny, revealing, just plain interesting stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Converse | 3/13/2011

    " Amusing quotations from the 1948 to the 2004 campaigns. Since Spiro Agnew the Republican candidates especially seem to go for tautologies "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christa who loves the library | 1/15/2011

    " Not very good. Stopped at end of disc 1. More dry facts than humor. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 11/15/2010

    " It was all right. Nothing I'd read again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 10/7/2010

    " Very funny. Stories from presidentiaol campaigns. Of course, JWB was the funniest of them all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Converse | 7/5/2010

    " Amusing quotations from the 1948 to the 2004 campaigns. Since Spiro Agnew the Republican candidates especially seem to go for tautologies
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 7/28/2009

    " This was a perfect book to read while the campaign was in full swing! Funny, revealing, just plain interesting stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nan | 6/7/2009

    " It was a fun, light read. Doesn't require much of the reader, except to be mildly amused. And Charles Osgood writes well.
    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cecelia | 6/6/2009

    " From Truman v. Dewey to Bush v. Kerry, showing memorable and sometimes not-so-memorable tidbits along the way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 4/26/2009

    " Not bad, but definitely not interesting. Too many flat facts, not enough story. I want to know why what they said was funny - not just the quote and let's move on to the next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 11/1/2008

    " Finished in time for the end of campaign season. Funny, frightening. Reminds me that we've had stupid candidates, and even stupid elected officials before (like now) and have survived as a country. Some hysterical bits. Some finally placed long-heard quotes in context for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 5/29/2008

    " A must read this election year. I learned so much about past elections, and realize that it's the same old same old every time!! "

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About the Author

Charles Osgood writes and anchors The Osgood File four times daily over the CBS Radio Network, and anchors CBS News Sunday Morning. He was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1990 and has won numerous awards and honors, including three Emmys and three Peabodys. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Jean. They have five children.

About the Narrator

Norman Dietz is a writer, voice-over artist, and audiobook narrator. He has won six Earphones Awards and was named one of the fifty “Best Voices of the Century” by AudioFile magazine. He and his late wife Sandra transformed an abandoned ice-cream parlor into a playhouse, which served “the world’s best hot fudge sundaes” before and after performances. The founder of Theatre in the Works, he lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.