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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 Narrator: Norman Dietz Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Mary | 2/23/2013

    " Passing interest. "

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