So much media attention has been focused on how the presidential inauguration in two weeks will remove Donald Trump from office that many may have forgotten that Mike Pence will also be out of a job soon. On January 20th Pence will become just the second Vice President of the United States in the last 40 years to have only served one term. The other was Dan Quayle who served under George Bush Sr. from 1989 – 1993. Pence’s imminent departure is reason enough to compare the two and try and answer the difficult question:
Who was the most forgettable Vice President of the United State in the last 40 years, Mike Pence or Dan Quayle?
Before proceeding, I should mention that I have intentionally limited the timespan under observation. If I had gone back much further in history I would have had to include Spiro Agnew and a three way race is just way too complicated. To learn more about Vice President Agnew’s incredible accomplishments I highly recommend Steve Goodman’s Ballad of Spiro Agnew.
And now, on to the comparison!
|Dan Quayle||Mike Pence|
|Marital status||married once||married once|
|American flag||American flag|
|Personal style||Dark suit, white shirt,|
|Dark suit, white shirt,|
as Vice President
|Chairman of the National Space Council||Chairman of the National|
|Key accomplishment after leaving office||??||time will tell|
|Biggest gaffe||misspelled potato while visiting a school||touched “do not touch” equipment on NASA tour|
|Stupidest quote||If we don’t succeed, we|
run the risk of failure.
|The U.S. Space Force will refer|
to its members as guardians.
Overall I would say it is a tossup. Feel free to make suggestions for additional categories I should include or critical facts I have missed.