Mondale quote makes list of ‘Awful Things VPs Say About Being No. 2’

Vice President Joe Biden joked last week at Harvard about his job, saying to the university’s student body VP: “Isn’t it a bitch? I mean … excuse me. The vice president thing.”

Biden soon followed up, CNN said, with: “I’m joking, I’m joking, I’m joking. Best decision I ever made.” And he said: “I love the guy I work with.”

This prompted the Washington Post to look back at what other U.S. Vice Presidents across the years have said about the job, and Minnesota’s Walter Mondale made the list with his quip:

“Over most of America’s history, the vice president has been standby equipment.”

The nation’s first VP, John Adams, said:

“I am Vice President. In this I am nothing, but I may be everything.”

Adams also said:

“My country has in its wisdom contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived.”

Teddy Roosevelt, before he took the VP job, said:

“I would a great deal rather be anything, say professor of history, than Vice-President.”

John Nance Garner, FDR’s first VP, said:

“The vice presidency is not worth a bucket of warm piss.”

And the ever-quotable Dan Quayle said:

 “The job is just awkward, an awkward job.”

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