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US Political Scandals Quiz
Name the politicians described in these famous political scandals.
Position = position at the time the scandal was revealed
Last updated: September 12, 2012
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Covered up break-in at Watergate Hotel
Drove car off bridge at Chappaquiddick island. Passenger died
Invaded Iraq because of WMD's but none were found
Screamed wildly at campaign rally in 2004
Used high-class call girls
Killed Alexander Hamilton in duel (note: Hamilton fired first)
Solicited gay sex in airport bathroom
Unfaithful to wife during 1988 primaries
Took a long road trip with the family dog on roof of car
Said "you didn’t build that"
Had an affair with Monica Lewinsky
Shot a guy in the face while hunting
Couldn't name a single newspaper she read
Tried to sell a seat in the US Senate
Called the internet "a series of tubes"
Said that pregnancy can't result from "legitimate rape"
Sep 12, 2012
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Aug 22, 2018
Man, oh man, does this need an update.
Sep 30, 2012
How is Obama saying "you didn't build that" a scandal?
Oct 2, 2012
It is a scandal if it causes a wild amount of controversy. When you tell millions of Americans who built their businesses with their own money and hard work, that they didn't do it themselves, then you cause a scandal.
Nov 19, 2012
Of course, he didn't actually say that; what he said is that you didn't build the infrastructure on which your business depends. To quote: "Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business -- you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet. The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together. There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don’t do on our own. I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service. That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires. So we say to ourselves, ever since the founding of this country, you know what, there are some things we do better together. That’s how we funded the G.I. Bill. That’s how we created the middle class. That’s how we built the Golden Gate Bridge or the Hoover Dam."
Jan 3, 2013
As usual, the line is taken out of context, but is it too much that the President chose more precise language and grammar, after all, he is the leader of the free world. Also, the binder full of women thing. A scandal for sure, but obviously not the actual intent of the comment.
May 27, 2015
Nah BC, he's the leader of America. We have our own leader over here...
Jun 7, 2016
Thank you, Baltimorean, for comprehensively explaining how that was a totally manufactured "scandal". My other favorite was the government department deputy or something who used the word "niggardly" in a speech and everyone had an utter cow. I think he wound up having to resign. My GOD, I can't believe how willfully stupid people are.
Sep 30, 2012
How is Palin not naming a newspaper she read a scandal or Dean making a strange shout? This is either poorly titled or several "scandals" should be taken out.
Dec 29, 2013
Dean's strange shout cost him the presidency that year. He was endlessly ridiculed and no longer became a serious option to voters. It was more than a "strange shout." Now...to EDUCATED people, he was just excited...but to people who actually vote, he sounded dumb.
Mar 19, 2014
Yes, a key part of education is the ability to properly differentiate between one's screaming sounding "dumb" (a charge no one made) and sounding "excited".
Jun 6, 2019
It's a massive overstatement to say that his scream cost him the presidency. He had just finished third in the Iowa Caucus after he had a huge lead just prior to the voting, and the scream came later that night after the results came in. He only won a single primary in his home state of Vermont. He was mostly an outsider in the entire race, regardless of how much press he got.
Apr 11, 2020
Palin couldn’t name a single newspaper. When asked which newspapers she read, she said, “All of them.” When asked to give just one example of a newspaper she read, she kept saying, “All of them.” It seemed like she had never heard of any American newspaper. Why couldn’t she just say, “The Wall Street Journal”? That would have made many American conservatives happy. But she apparently didn’t know the name of any newspaper. She also apparently thought Africa was a country and that the Queen is really the ruler of the UK. But she’s about as knowledgeable as the current president, so maybe I’m being too hard on her.
Sep 30, 2012
Darn, couldn't spell Blagojevich. Remembered the scandal about Craig but couldn't recall his name... :\
May 9, 2014
Well, considering I couldn't spell Akin, not spelling blago isn't so bad. I had same problem with Craig - I could remember the Larry, and first letter C, but that was it.
Mar 1, 2014
At least Marion Barry did give us one of the all time great quotes: "The bitch set me up". Comedy gold.
Jan 31, 2015
I missed Marion Barry because I spelled it Berry. I guess I was thinking of Chuck.
Feb 2, 2015
Oh that's right, I'd forgotten that about Hart.
Jul 10, 2015
I'm missing the Iran-contra scandal, by far the biggest scandal every in US history.
Aug 22, 2018
I love how people think things they live through are the most [whatever] in the entire history. It's amazing how Clinton, Bush, Obam and Trump were all, one right after the other, the worst, most duplicitous, treasonous and corrupt by far in American history. That is, according to people who know none.
Aug 22, 2018
And no, I'm not entirely addressing Iran-Contra, which was a major treasonous, two-faced bit of b.s. just for one's political gain.
Jul 21, 2015
Didn't Hamilton fire his shot straight up into the air? What Burr did next was not unheard of in dueling, but it definitely looks bad 200 years later.
Jul 21, 2015
Accounts differ, but the correct way to signal non-lethal intention was to fire into the ground. Hamilton didn't, and probably deserved what he got.
Dec 27, 2015
Another politics quiz right here: GOP Presidential Candidates 2016
Feb 14, 2016
I shudder to think of the number of scandalous, or at least wildly embarrassing, comments we will be able to list from Trump by time November comes around.
Aug 31, 2017
He can have his own quiz.
Jan 15, 2017
Seems like a short/incomplete list of all the scandals/stupidity that our political leaders have partaken. Some of them are so innumerable that it is hard to put just one name to them without attaching a year. Some even then would be innumerable (i.e. financial scandals, etc.) Numerous Presidents have enjoyed extramarital affairs. By extrapolation, probably hundreds of members of Congress have also. It's odd that JFK's Marilyn Monroe "affair" didn't get a mention here--as that is quite well versed.
Apr 26, 2018
The Todd Akin, Ted Stevens and certainly the Howard Dean quotes are not scandals. The Akin and Stevens quotes can be attributed to sheer ignorance, while Dean should not be condemned for shouting into a mike in a crowded, noisy room at the very moment that the crowd finally decided to shut the hell up (as they had been asked to do no less than a half-dozen times).
Jul 11, 2018
When I saw "Smoked Crack" I immediately entered Rob Ford, but was confused as to why it didn't work... then I remembered it was US only.
Dec 30, 2018
Lol I remember the whole Larry Craig thing. Funny how some of those anti gay crusaders are so into gay sex themselves.
May 14, 2020
You forgot the Budd Dwyer one ps: we all saw how it ended
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