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Capital quiz: Political insults edition (round 2)

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A couple weeks back, the Capital Quiz explored famous political insults. Turns out, we only scratched the surface. And so, another round! See how many you know.

1. Which 20th-century president did Gore Vidal refer to as “a triumph of the embalmer’s art”?

2. Who was journalist Simon Hoggart referring to when he described “the first man in 20 years to make the presidency a part-time job, a means of filling up a few of those otherwise blank days of retirement”?

3. Who did John Quincy Adams call “a slur upon the moral government of the world”?

4.And who did Adams refer to as “a barbarian who cannot write a sentence of grammar and can hardly spell his own name”?


5. Harry Truman summed up one of his White House predecessors like this: “[a] complete fizzle. . . . [He] didn’t know what was going on, and even if he had, he wouldn’t have known what to do about it.” Who was it?

6 . Which former president did Woodrow Wilson sum up like this: “He combined great gifts with great mediocrity”?

7. And which former president did Wilson call “the most dangerous man of the age”?

8. Who was Harry Truman referring to when he described a presidency like this: “He sat with his feet in his desk drawer and did nothing”?

9. Who was Lyndon Johnson insulting when he said, “I had more women by accident than he ever had by design”?

10. Who described Barack Obama as “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy”?