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15th Aug '17 6:48:43 PM ArJayKay
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* Hey, Hey, [[UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson LBJ]], how many kids did you [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar kill today]]? 9.5 times out of ten, the only aspect of Lyndon Johnson's presidency people remember is the Vietnam War, despite that he passed Medicare, launched the War on Poverty, and did the equivalent of a second Emancipation Proclamation when he[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKDVNSpsBZE championed Civil Rights]].

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* Hey, Hey, [[UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson LBJ]], how many kids did you [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar kill today]]? 9.5 times out of ten, the only aspect of Lyndon Johnson's presidency people remember is the Vietnam War, despite that he passed Medicare, launched the War on Poverty, and did the equivalent of a second Emancipation Proclamation when he[[https://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKDVNSpsBZE championed Civil Rights]].
12th Aug '17 9:39:10 PM wrpen99
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* Hey, Hey, [[UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson LBJ]], how many kids did you [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar kill today]]? 9.5 times out of ten, the only aspect of Lyndon Johnson's presidency people remember is the Vietnam War, despite that he passed Medicare, launched the War on Poverty, and did the equivalent of a President announcing that Black Lives Matter when he [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKDVNSpsBZE championed Civil Rights]].

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* Hey, Hey, [[UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson LBJ]], how many kids did you [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar kill today]]? 9.5 times out of ten, the only aspect of Lyndon Johnson's presidency people remember is the Vietnam War, despite that he passed Medicare, launched the War on Poverty, and did the equivalent of a President announcing that Black Lives Matter second Emancipation Proclamation when he [[https://www.he[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKDVNSpsBZE championed Civil Rights]].
12th Aug '17 8:07:23 AM danlansdowne
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** Considering their biggest hits were produced by ex-Beatles George Harrison and Paul McCartney (who also wrote one of them), they brought this one on themselves.


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** In 1999 he tried again with the opening of an Egyptian tomb, but the lack of treasure and riches left many viewers underwhelmed.
5th Aug '17 6:12:11 PM ArJayKay
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* Once upon a time, German pharmaceutical company Bayer created what they hoped would be a less addictive substitute for morphine. Its name? ''Heroin'' Needless to say, Bayer does not mention this piece of history anywhere they can help it.

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* Once upon a time, German pharmaceutical company Bayer created what they hoped would be a less addictive substitute for morphine. Its name? ''Heroin'' The name of this new substance? '''Heroin'''. Needless to say, Bayer does not mention this piece of history anywhere they can help it.
5th Aug '17 6:11:03 PM ArJayKay
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** And before China, it was Japan.
5th Aug '17 6:02:14 PM ArJayKay
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* Throughout history, UsefulNotes/WarrenHarding is best known solely for the many scandals to have plagued his presidency, not least of which was the infamous Teapot Dome Scandal which involved members of his own cabinet; Harding himself often lamented his election to the office and the various appointments he made coming into it, an especially unfortunate case as he himself never took part in the vast majority of these crimes and ultimately took the fall for them.

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* Throughout history, UsefulNotes/WarrenHarding is best known solely for the many scandals to have plagued his presidency, not least of which was the infamous Teapot Dome Scandal which involved members of his own cabinet; Harding himself often lamented his election to the office and the various appointments he made coming into it, an especially unfortunate case as he himself never took part in the vast majority of these crimes crimes[[labelnote:*]]He actually ''died'' before any of them came to light[[/labelnote]] and ultimately took the fall for them.



%% Dick Cheney is nowadays remembered as perhaps the most powerful Vice President in history, but this is a legacy that has often played against his image given his vast connections with special interests and tendency to act with or without final word from the President. He is also remembered as the Vice President who accidentally shot one of his friends in the face while hunting in Texas.

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Plumer William Plumer]] will probably never live down being the only person to vote against UsefulNotes/JamesMonroe in his second election, thus preventing him from becoming only the second president to get a unanimous electoral vote. In fact, many claim that he did so just so [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington Washington]] would be the only person to have that honor.[[labelnote:*]]He really just wasn't a fan of Monroe's policies.[[/labelnote]]
%% Dick Cheney is nowadays remembered as perhaps the most powerful Vice President in history, but this is a legacy that has often played against his image given his vast connections with special interests and tendency to act with or without final word from the President. He is also remembered as the Vice President who [[IShotMarvinInTheFace accidentally shot one of his friends in the face face]] while hunting in Texas.



** One pilot went by the callsign Mogas (pronounced Mo-Gas) because he once realised that he needed [[OhCrap more gas]].

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** One pilot went by the callsign Mogas (pronounced Mo-Gas) because he once realised realized that he needed [[OhCrap more gas]].



* UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}}: Where rivers are flammable. The infamous Cuyahoga River fire was in ''1969''. It wasn't the first, but it ''did'' get them to clean up their act. There hasn't been a fire on the river since 1969, but nobody outside the city cares--Cleveland will always be the city where the river caught fire.

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* UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}}: Where rivers are flammable. The infamous Cuyahoga River fire was in ''1969''. It wasn't the first, but it ''did'' get them to clean up their act. There hasn't been a fire on the river since 1969, but nobody outside the city cares--Cleveland gives a crap--Cleveland will always be the city where the river caught fire.



** Ditto Stone Mountain, Georgia, where the second, more powerful iteration of the Klan was born. Oddly, the actual mountain is now a state park and the town? [[{{Irony}} It's 75% black]].

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** Ditto Stone Mountain, Georgia, where the second, more powerful iteration of the Klan was born. Oddly, the actual mountain is now a state park and park. And the town? [[{{Irony}} It's 75% black]].



** And to extent, anything related to [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler that guy]] will NeverLiveItDown [[HitlerAteSugar as being associated with pure evil]].

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** And to extent, anything related to [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler that guy]] UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler will NeverLiveItDown [[HitlerAteSugar as being associated with pure evil]].



* '''France.''' Once one of the biggest badass nations in Europe, fighting [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire The Empire Where The Sun Never Sets]] to a stand-still cold war for ''over a hundred years'' [[note]]though back in the middle ages, when the British Empire consisted of England, Wales, Brittany and Calais[[/note]], not to mention helping Americans out in [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution fighting for their independence]]. And at one time was even led by [[UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte a real-life Magnificent Bastard]]. Then, one day, [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII they get ambushed by Germany]], and suddenly [[CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys they're the world's biggest pussies]]. For perspective, this is like if after Magneto ripped some of the adamantium out of his skeleton, everyone started calling ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} a wimp.

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* '''France.''' Once one of the biggest badass nations in Europe, fighting [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire The Empire Where The Sun Never Sets]] to a stand-still cold war for ''over a hundred years'' [[note]]though back in the middle ages, when the British Empire consisted of England, Wales, Brittany and Calais[[/note]], not to mention helping Americans out in [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution fighting for their independence]]. And at one time was even led by [[UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte a real-life Magnificent Bastard]]. Then, one day, [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII they get ambushed curbstomped by Germany]], and suddenly [[CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys they're the world's biggest pussies]]. For perspective, this is like if after Magneto ripped some of the adamantium out of his skeleton, everyone started calling ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} a wimp.



** Those who claim France didn't put up a fight forget that during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI France lost nearly 5% of its population doing exactly that.[[note]]France incurred 1.4 million military and civilian casualties during World War I, the second-highest of any Allied country and third-highest overall. Only Russia and Germany took heavier casualties, with much larger populations to absorb them, so proportionately their losses were smaller.[[/note]] France was still recovering when Germany came rolling over the border in 1940. Also, the forces that Germany put against France were larger than the ones that attacked the Soviet Union in 1941 (by then, the Reich was stretched a bit thin), yet, during the first weeks in USSR, the Germans advanced faster and with lower losses.

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** Those who claim France didn't put up a fight forget that during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI France lost nearly 5% of its population doing exactly that.[[note]]France incurred 1.4 million military and civilian casualties during World War I, the second-highest of any Allied country and third-highest overall. Only Russia and Germany took heavier casualties, with much larger populations to absorb them, so proportionately their losses were smaller.[[/note]] France was still recovering when Germany came rolling over the border in 1940. Also, the forces that Germany put against France were larger than the ones that attacked the Soviet Union in 1941 (by then, the Reich was stretched a bit thin), yet, during the first weeks in USSR, France, the Germans advanced faster slower and with lower greater losses.



** While we're at it, the French government's declaration that Chernobyl's radioactive cloud was somehow magically stopped at the French border still draws a lot of snark. Even though the sentence is a [[BeamMeUpScotty legend]].

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** While we're at it, the French government's declaration ([[BeamMeUpScotty which likely never happened]]) that Chernobyl's radioactive cloud was somehow magically stopped at the French French-Italian border still draws a lot of snark. Even though the sentence is a [[BeamMeUpScotty legend]].snark.



* Similar to the CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys above, Italy's army is often considered beyond bad. While this has a better base in reality than with French (for example, Italy's EpicFail in the first invasion of Ethiopia, or the Italian fleet getting spanked at Lissa by an outnumbered and outgunned Austrian fleet in the Austro-Prussian War of 1866), what most look at is the lackluster performance of the Italian military in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, where Italy fought a war they weren't ready for and didn't want to fight against a country they considered an ally (Britain - in fact, when Mussolini announced the declaration of war, the public ''booed'' him when he said it was against them), and glosses on the Royal Italian Army shortening UsefulNotes/WorldWarI by crushing the Austro-Hungarian Army and ''triggering the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire'' (Germany expected to be able to fight through the winter and get better peace conditions, but the collapse of Austria-Hungary meant there were over a million soldiers coming from the south with the entire army stuck in France), or multiple acts of valor Italian troops committed in World War II (there's a good reason Rommel considered the Italian soldiers better than his own, as long as he could separate them from their infamously incompetent high officers: he saw them doing what his German soldiers couldn't do multiple times).

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* Similar to the CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys above, Italy's the Italian army is often considered beyond bad. While this has a better base in reality than with French (for example, Italy's EpicFail in the first invasion of Ethiopia, or the Italian fleet getting spanked at Lissa by an outnumbered and outgunned Austrian fleet in the Austro-Prussian War of 1866), what most look at is the lackluster performance of the Italian military in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, where Italy fought a war they weren't ready for and didn't want to fight against a country they considered an ally (Britain - in fact, when Mussolini announced the declaration of war, the public ''booed'' him when he said it was against them), and glosses on the Royal Italian Army shortening UsefulNotes/WorldWarI by crushing the Austro-Hungarian Army and ''triggering the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire'' (Germany expected to be able to fight through the winter and get better peace conditions, but the collapse of Austria-Hungary meant there were over a million soldiers coming from the south with the entire army stuck in France), or multiple acts of valor Italian troops committed in World War II (there's a good reason Rommel considered the Italian soldiers better than his own, as long as he could separate them from their infamously incompetent high officers: he saw them doing what his German soldiers couldn't do multiple times).



* Bayer will never live down inventing heroin.

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* Once upon a time, German pharmaceutical company Bayer will never live down inventing heroin.created what they hoped would be a less addictive substitute for morphine. Its name? ''Heroin'' Needless to say, Bayer does not mention this piece of history anywhere they can help it.
** Or that they [[http://www.cracked.com/article_15767_third-reich-to-fortune-500-five-popular-brands-nazis-gave-us_p2.html used to manufacture Zyklon-B gas for Nazi death camps]].
* In fact, just about every modern German corporation that existed through the Nazi period, such as Mercedes-Benz, Siemens, and the aforementioned Bayer & Volkswagen, now treat the time period of 1933-1945 as a blank space in their histories and [[OldShame disown just about any contribution they made to the Third Reich]].



* Any weapon subject to a high-profile malfunction gets this sort of stigma associated with it, justifiably or not. The Walther PPK was famed as a concealed-carry sidearm for decades (particularly thanks to the antics of Franchise/JamesBond ever since he switched from a .25 Beretta to it in 1958's ''Literature/DrNo'', itself because of a reliability problem that nearly got him killed in the previous novel), but as soon as one jammed on Inspector James Beaton during [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne,_Princess_Royal#Kidnapping_attempt a kidnapping attempt on Princess Anne in March of '74]], the pistol was all but entirely withdrawn from every service that used it. The [=XM25=] CDTE had tested very well and started seeing preliminary deployment in Afghanistan, then after a single one misfired and injured the user in early 2013, ''all'' of them were pulled from service and the program had its funding cut due to "unreliable performance", pushing potential adoption back to 2017 at the absolute earliest.

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* Any weapon subject to a high-profile malfunction gets this sort of stigma associated with it, justifiably or not. The Walther PPK was famed as a concealed-carry sidearm for decades (particularly thanks to the antics of Franchise/JamesBond ever since he switched from a .25 Beretta to it in 1958's ''Literature/DrNo'', itself because of a reliability problem that nearly got him killed in the previous novel), but as soon as one jammed on Inspector James Beaton during [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne,_Princess_Royal#Kidnapping_attempt a kidnapping attempt on Princess Anne in March of '74]], the pistol was all but entirely withdrawn from every service that used it. The [=XM25=] CDTE had tested very well and started seeing preliminary deployment in Afghanistan, then after a single one misfired and injured the user in early 2013, ''all'' ''[[DisproportionateRetribution all]]'' [[DisproportionateRetribution of them were pulled from service and the program had its funding cut due to "unreliable performance", performance"]], pushing potential adoption back to 2017 at the absolute earliest.



** For that matter, Ford's Theater itself. The way most people know it, you'd think it was constructed just to shoot Lincoln in it.[[note]]After Lincoln's assassination it was purchased by the US government and an order was issued 'forever prohibiting its use as a place of public amusement'. It was used to house government offices and eventually stood vacant for a number of years until a restoration effort was initiated in 1945. Only in 1968 after the building was restored was the order rescinded and public performances were resumed. Keep in mind that the building was opened in August 1863. So given that plays were only performed in Ford's Theater for 21 months out of 105 years, it never really had a chance to establish a legacy for anything else (assuming it ever could).[[/note]]

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** For that matter, Ford's Theater itself. The way most people know it, you'd think it was constructed just to shoot Lincoln in it.[[note]]After Lincoln's assassination it was purchased by the US government and an order was issued 'forever prohibiting its use as a place of public amusement'. It was used to house government offices and eventually stood vacant for a number of years until a restoration effort was initiated in 1945. Only in 1968 after the building was restored was the order rescinded and public performances were resumed. Keep in mind that the building What's more, Ford's Theater was opened in August 1863. So given that plays were only performed in Ford's Theater for 21 months out of 105 years, it never really had a chance to establish a legacy for anything else (assuming it ever could).[[/note]]



* [[CoolAirship Airships]] used to be giants of the sky marveled at by people on the ground wherever they appeared and mere "routine" landings of the biggest of them were news so important to be covered live on radio and captured for newsreel footage in an age when either almost never happened for anything but Presidential speeches. Flying with one was the dream of millions of people and building them was the sign of progress and sophistication for the handful of countries that could. Then UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg happened and ever since the only thing you hear about airships is that they will essentially [[MadeOfExplodium go up in flames like a Roman candle]]. While blimps (emphatically not the same thing as Zeppelins; that would be akin to saying a two engine Fokker and the Airbus A380 are "basically the same thing") still have some limited use as airborne advertising, the era of Zeppelins for passenger transport died a fiery death that day in Lakehurst and their reputation has still not recovered almost eight decades later.

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* [[CoolAirship Airships]] used to be giants of the sky marveled at by people on the ground wherever they appeared and mere "routine" landings of the biggest of them were news so important to be covered live on radio and captured for newsreel footage in an age when either almost never happened for anything but Presidential speeches. Flying with one was the dream of millions of people and building them was the sign of progress and sophistication for the handful of countries that could. Then UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg happened exploded and ever since the only thing you hear about airships is that they will essentially [[MadeOfExplodium go up in flames like a Roman candle]]. While blimps (emphatically not the same thing as Zeppelins; that would be akin to saying a two engine Fokker and the Airbus A380 are "basically the same thing") still have some limited use as airborne advertising, the era of Zeppelins for passenger transport died a fiery death that day in Lakehurst and their reputation has still not recovered almost eight decades later.
4th Aug '17 9:44:40 AM Psychopompos007
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* The French town of Mourmelon-le-Grand would have remained obscure if it weren't the place were eight mysterious disappearances happened between 1980 and 1987 (six soldiers from the nearby military base, a civilian, and an Irish hitchhiker; only two corpses were discovered), a mystery which will probably never be solved since the only suspect ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Chanal Pierre Chanal]], accused of three of them; there wasn't enough evidences for the other five) commited suicide in prison before his trial.
2nd Aug '17 10:53:28 AM ryanasaurus0077
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* Wells Fargo station agent Lester Moore is today remembered almost exclusively for having been sent to Boot Hill with "four slugs from a .44, no less, no more". The punworthy name apparently didn't help his case.
31st Jul '17 1:57:57 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* The 1969 Chappaquiddick Incident, in which a car Edward "Ted" Kennedy was driving swerved into water, causing the car's sole passenger, campaign assistant Mary Jo Kopechne, to drown. Kennedy's swimming out of the sinking car (with Kopechne trapped inside), along with failing to report the incident, permanently stifled his presidential hopes and ruined his credibility as a politician. He did regain some of that later as a U.S. Senator, but his career was always sullied by this incident to the point where one popular defense of Richard Nixon, himself mentioned directly below, was "What about Chappaquiddick?", as well as by his reputation as a playboy and drinker.

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* The 1969 Chappaquiddick Incident, in which a car Edward "Ted" Kennedy was driving swerved into water, causing the car's sole passenger, campaign assistant Mary Jo Kopechne, to drown. Kennedy's swimming out of the sinking car (with Kopechne trapped inside), along with failing to report the incident, permanently stifled his presidential hopes and ruined his credibility as a politician. He did regain some of that later as a U.S. Senator, but his career was always sullied by this incident to the point where one popular defense of Richard Nixon, himself mentioned directly below, Nixon was "What about Chappaquiddick?", as well as by his reputation as a playboy and drinker.



%% Chris Christie will likely always be remembered for "Bridgegate". And for being really fat. And for closing down New Jersey's beaches during the 4th of July weekend and hanging out in one of them during the closure. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And for catching a foul ball at a Mets-Cardinals baseball game.]]

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%% Chris Christie will likely always be remembered for "Bridgegate". And for being really fat. And for closing down New Jersey's beaches during the 4th of July weekend and hanging out in one of them during the closure. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And for catching committing a foul ball at a Mets-Cardinals baseball game.bunch of baseball-related antics throughout the month of July 2017.]]
31st Jul '17 2:43:09 AM AgentKyles
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* President Francois Mitterand is well known for his alleged role in ordering the bombing of the ''Rainbow Warrior'', which resulted in the death of a civilian photographer during the Greenpeace vessel's protests of French nuclear tests in the Pacific.



* President Francois Mitterand is well known for his alleged role in ordering the bombing of the ''Rainbow Warrior'', which resulted in the death of a civilian photographer during the Greenpeace vessel's protests of French nuclear tests in the Pacific.



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* Roger Taney was arguably a brilliant chief justice and a staunch defender of conservatism. But of course, he'll always be remembered for one single case he presided over: ''Dred Scott''.

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* Roger Taney UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson is a very complicated individual. He is a badass war-hero who beat people with his cane, and seemed to represent the rise of the common man to the presidency. He created a budget surplus that was greater than the year's government expenditures, leading to the one and only time in U.S. history that all interest bearing national debt was paid off. However, his treatment of millions of Native Americans, which culminated in a downright genocidal eradication and relocation program, that he was both architect and enforcer of, has forever tainted his image. And justifiably so. Ironically, he was a childhood hero of many later great Americans who had pretty good track records on racial issues, such as UsefulNotes/HarryTruman.
* Prior to being elected President of the United States, General UsefulNotes/WilliamHenryHarrison spent many successful years as a Congressman and a Governor (the very first governor of the Indiana Territory, no less), and he
was arguably one of the most important military leaders of early 19th century America, playing crucial roles in "Tecumseh's War" and the UsefulNotes/WarOf1812, and defeating the last major Indian military confederation in the United States; his victory at the Battle of Tippecanoe, in fact, was so celebrated in its time that it allowed Harrison to win the presidency almost entirely on the strength of his "war hero" reputation. Today, though? Unless you're an American history buff, you probably just know Harrison as "that guy who was only President for a brilliant chief justice month because he was too stupid to dress warm at his inauguration."
* UsefulNotes/ZacharyTaylor was a renowned general of the Mexican-American War who eventually rose to the Presidency; his premature end after consuming a bowl of cherries and iced milk on a hot July 4th has sparked endless debate regarding the circumstances of his death, with persisting claims that he had been poisoned despite these claims having since been proven inaccurate; whatever the truth, Taylor's short time in the White House has left him little more memorable than one-month wonder UsefulNotes/WilliamHenryHarrison.
* Most Americans know that there was once a President by the name of UsefulNotes/MillardFillmore. Unfortunately for him, his name is usually the first and only thing most remember of him.
* UsefulNotes/FranklinPierce is best known for perhaps more than anything else, his compulsive drinking.
** Those who have done their homework however may also know him as the President who signed the Kansas-Nebraska Act, expanding slavery westward across America and sparking a brief but bitter war between slave owners and abolitionists, serving as a sign of worse things to come. Perhaps one of the more brutal examples in history as Pierce never did escape the shame of this act even before he left the office, losing reelection and giving rise to the Republican Party
and a staunch defender man by the name of conservatism. But of course, he'll UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln.
** Some people nowadays may also remember him as being a very good looking president.
* UsefulNotes/JamesBuchanan will
always be remembered as the President who did nothing to stop the American Civil War, and as the man to precede UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln. [[note]]Unless you're a comic book fan... in which case, you also probably know him as the namesake of [[ComicBook/BuckyBarnes James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes]][[/note]]
** Many also remember him as the only president who never married.
** It could've been worse
for him--he's more remembered for taking no actions to prevent the Civil War than he is for taking actions to help ''accelerate'' it.
* UsefulNotes/AndrewJohnson is perhaps best known for three things: Being the man to succeed Abraham Lincoln upon his assassination, his racism against the former African slaves in what he declared was to remain "a government of and for white men", and for the fact that he could not read and write for much of his earlier life given his lack of a formal education.
** Among his other spectacular failings was his handling of Reconstruction, being widely blamed for having stagnated the movement towards racial equality for decades more[[note]]we're talking something like '''nine''' decades more[[/note]]; also his bitter rivalry with Congress, where he narrowly avoided impeachment and was thus quickly reduced to a lame duck president.
** Trivia buffs may recall Johnson's [[http://mentalfloss.com/article/18490/andrew-johnson-mice-and-men affinity for white mice]], or [[http://blog.constitutioncenter.org/2012/06/a-u-s-presidents-real-life-vampire-connection/ pardoning an alleged vampire]]. Not that they redound to his credit.
* Go on, try to name
one single thing about UsefulNotes/GroverCleveland without pointing out the fact that he's been the only president to have two non-consecutive terms. We'll wait.
** He paid a substitute to serve in his place in UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, and was accused of fathering a child out of wedlock during his first Presidential campaign.[[note]]The actual parentage of Oscar Folsom Cleveland, the child in question, was never determined decisively; Grover Cleveland, as the only bachelor among several possible candidates, assumed responsibility for the child's support.[[/note]]
* When thinking of UsefulNotes/WilliamHowardTaft, what are people more likely to remember: His trustbusting activities? His military action against Nicaragua? His support of the 16th Amendment, the foundation of the US's modern tax code? Or that he's the only former President to also serve on the Supreme Court, where he was Chief Justice? Nope. None of that. People remember he was so fat he got stuck in the bathtub (which likely didn't happen). Within a year of leaving the presidency, Taft lost approximately 80 pounds, but nobody remembers that either. Failing that, they will remember him as the last president with facial hair or as the President who first had electrical power added to the residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, or maybe as the first President known for being a fan of baseball and playing golf.
* Throughout history, UsefulNotes/WarrenHarding is best known solely for the many scandals to have plagued his presidency, not least of which was the infamous Teapot Dome Scandal which involved members of his own cabinet; Harding himself often lamented his election to the office and the various appointments he made coming into it, an especially unfortunate
case as he presided over: ''Dred Scott''.himself never took part in the vast majority of these crimes and ultimately took the fall for them.



* UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy remains one of the great liberal icons of American politics and is admired for his many strides in diplomacy and civil rights during his short time in office; however, revelations over his unfaithfulness to his wife Jackie in multiple affairs, among them an alleged one with Creator/MarilynMonroe, have brought Kennedy's personal image back into question. Politically, JFK himself was furious over the spectacular failure of the Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba, which would further damage relations between Cuba and the United States for many more years to come.



* When thinking of UsefulNotes/WilliamHowardTaft, what are people more likely to remember: His trustbusting activities? His military action against Nicaragua? His support of the 16th Amendment, the foundation of the US's modern tax code? Or that he's the only former President to also serve on the Supreme Court, where he was Chief Justice? Nope. None of that. People remember he was so fat he got stuck in the bathtub (which likely didn't happen). Within a year of leaving the presidency, Taft lost approximately 80 pounds, but nobody remembers that either. Failing that, they will remember him as the last president with facial hair or as the President who first had electrical power added to the residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, or maybe as the first President known for being a fan of baseball and playing golf.
* The 1969 Chappaquiddick Incident, in which a car Edward "Ted" Kennedy was driving swerved into water, causing the car's sole passenger, campaign assistant Mary Jo Kopechne, to drown. Kennedy's swimming out of the sinking car (with Kopechne trapped inside), along with failing to report the incident, permanently stifled his presidential hopes and ruined his credibility as a politician. He did regain some of that later as a U.S. Senator, but his career was always sullied by this incident to the point where one popular defense of Richard Nixon, himself mentioned directly below, was "What about Chappaquiddick?", as well as by his reputation as a playboy and drinker.



** Not helped by earlier baseless allegations that he was personally profiting from a GOP slush fund while campaigning in the 1950s. Nixon was actually playing clean when he made the 'Checkers' speech concerning slush fund expenditures; in fact his speech prompted an investigation of Adlai Stevenson's slush fund which turned up some improprieties. Only later on did Nixon become the legendary crook and manipulator he's known as today (talk about a FaceHeelTurn!) So it's entirely possible that one can never live down even things of which one is not guilty.

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** Not helped by earlier baseless allegations that he was personally profiting from a GOP slush fund while campaigning in the 1950s. Nixon was actually playing clean when he made the 'Checkers' speech concerning slush fund expenditures; in fact his speech prompted an investigation of Adlai Stevenson's slush fund which turned up some improprieties. Only later on did Nixon become the legendary crook and manipulator he's known as today (talk about a FaceHeelTurn!) FaceHeelTurn!). So it's entirely possible that one can never live down even things of which one is not guilty.



* As a result of the above, Nixon's successor UsefulNotes/GeraldFord also came to represent this trope as well, being best known for exactly three things. The most preeminent being pardoning Richard Nixon for his crimes. Many have argued that it was "the best thing for the country" as the time, including himself; [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment while we are not going to debate the truthfulness of this sentiment]], Ford still apparently felt that he himself should never live it down, saying "[[ImGoingToHellForThis I know I will go to hell]], [[MyGreatestFailure because I pardoned Richard Nixon]]." The second is for being the only person to become both President and Vice-President without any member of the voting public electing him into either office (nominated to replace Spirow Agnew following his resignation, then eight months later taking over as President following ''his'' resignation). The third is [[TheKlutz his slips in highly public incidents]] (due to an inner ear problem affecting his balance), never being able to live it down despite the fact that he was a star football player in his college days at the UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan. Which is because ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' made it funny. Ford seemed to take the parody in good humor, though, becoming friends with Creator/ChevyChase after leaving office.
* While James A. Rhodes would be re-elected Governor of Ohio twice afterward, many people never forgave him for his decision to call the National Guard to Kent State University, which led to the 1970 shootings where four students were killed.
* Alexander Haig was the first Secretary of State under UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, but will likely be remembered mostly for one embarrassing comment when, in the confusion following the attempted assassination of President Reagan, Haig announced that he was "in charge"; stirring much confusion as to whether or not Haig had misinterpreted the TwentyFifthAmendment to the Constitution or was making a general statement that he was the senior official in charge (as Vice President UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush was unavailable due to being airborne over Texas at the moment).
* Throughout history, UsefulNotes/WarrenHarding is best known solely for the many scandals to have plagued his presidency, not least of which was the infamous Teapot Dome Scandal which involved members of his own cabinet; Harding himself often lamented his election to the office and the various appointments he made coming into it, an especially unfortunate case as he himself never took part in the vast majority of these crimes and ultimately took the fall for them.
* UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter, despite being able to fend off '''[[KillerRabbit giant killer rabbits]]''' will only be remembered for being an abysmal failure as president. Most of the things that happened on his watch - the revolution in Iran, the continued economic crisis[[note]]People forget that under Reagan the crisis persisted for several years and the "recovery" mostly made the rich richer while not helping the middle class and came at the price of an unprecedented deficit[[/note]] and the hostage crisis - are also things the President could do preciously little about. The fact that the hostages were released just hours after he left office serves as the ultimate TakeThat by the Iranian regime against him.

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* As a result of the above, Nixon's successor UsefulNotes/GeraldFord also came to represent this trope as well, being best known for exactly three things. things.
**
The most preeminent being pardoning Richard Nixon for his crimes. Many have argued that it was "the best thing for the country" as the time, including himself; [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment while we are not going to debate the truthfulness of this sentiment]], Ford still apparently felt that he himself should never live it down, saying "[[ImGoingToHellForThis I know I will go to hell]], [[MyGreatestFailure because I pardoned Richard Nixon]]." "
**
The second is for being the only person to become both President and Vice-President without any member of the voting public electing him into either office (nominated to replace Spirow Agnew following his resignation, then eight months later taking over as President following ''his'' resignation). resignation).
**
The third is [[TheKlutz his slips in highly public incidents]] (due to an inner ear problem affecting his balance), never being able to live it down despite the fact that he was a star football player in his college days at the UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan. Which is because ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' made it funny. Ford seemed to take the parody in good humor, though, becoming friends with Creator/ChevyChase after leaving office.
* While James A. Rhodes would be re-elected Governor of Ohio twice afterward, many people never forgave him for his decision to call the National Guard to Kent State University, which led to the 1970 shootings where four students were killed.
* Alexander Haig was the first Secretary of State under UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, but will likely be remembered mostly for one embarrassing comment when, in the confusion following the attempted assassination of President Reagan, Haig announced that he was "in charge"; stirring much confusion as to whether or not Haig had misinterpreted the TwentyFifthAmendment to the Constitution or was making a general statement that he was the senior official in charge (as Vice President UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush was unavailable due to being airborne over Texas at the moment).
* Throughout history, UsefulNotes/WarrenHarding is best known solely for the many scandals to have plagued his presidency, not least of which was the infamous Teapot Dome Scandal which involved members of his own cabinet; Harding himself often lamented his election to the office and the various appointments he made coming into it, an especially unfortunate case as he himself never took part in the vast majority of these crimes and ultimately took the fall for them.
* UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter, despite being able to fend off '''[[KillerRabbit giant killer rabbits]]''' will only be remembered for being an abysmal failure as president. Most of the things that happened on his watch - the revolution in Iran, the continued economic crisis[[note]]People forget that under Reagan the crisis persisted for several years and the "recovery" mostly made the rich richer while not helping the middle class and came at the price of an unprecedented deficit[[/note]] and the hostage crisis - -- are also things the President could do preciously little about. The fact that the hostages were released just hours after he left office serves as the ultimate TakeThat by the Iranian regime against him.



* Similarly, UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy remains one of the great liberal icons of American politics and is admired for his many strides in diplomacy and civil rights during his short time in office; however, revelations over his unfaithfulness to his wife Jackie in multiple affairs, among them an alleged one with Creator/MarilynMonroe, have brought Kennedy's personal image back into question. Politically, JFK himself was furious over the spectacular failure of the Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba, which would further damage relations between Cuba and the United States for many more years to come.
%% For New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, his active involvement in a prostitution ring has probably damaged his future political prospects for the better part of his career.
* For the state of Illinois, anyone who has served as the Governor of that state tends to become this for the state, with no less than four (almost consecutively) having served time for various offenses.
** Perhaps the most infamous of these is Rod Blagojevich, whose attempt to sell Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat for personal profit upon Obama's election to the presidency led to him being vilified by the public and press alike. Unrepentant, he was barred from holding any future office in the state before being sent to prison over the affair.
* Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis had ''two'' during the 1988 presidential campaign which effectively torpedoed his chances. First, he was asked at a debate if he would still be against the death penalty if his own family was murdered, and replied in a completely calm and straightforward fashion (he would later lament "Anyone who is against the death penalty gets asked that question a thousand times, and unfortunately, I answered it [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore like it was the thousandth time I'd been asked]]"). Then he decided to take a ride in a tank during a photo op at an army base, complete with ridiculous looking headgear, resulting in a photo where he looked like Snoopy fighting the Red Baron.
* Cleveland Congressman Dennis Kucinich has had two in his career. Originally, after his term as Mayor, he was "the guy who bankrupted Cleveland." (What actually happened was, the bank that held Cleveland's debt tried to force him to sell the city's public electric system to a power company that was part-owner of the bank, and he wouldn't play ball.) Then he was "the guy who saw a UFO at Shirley [=MacLaine=]'s house." Now he's the [[UglyGuyHotWife tiny hippie who married a British lady at least six levels of hotness above his own]].
%% North Carolina Senator John Edwards, once a promising contender for President or Vice President, will never escape the shame of having been unfaithful to his wife even as she was slowing succumbing to breast cancer.
%% Alaska Governor Sarah Palin quickly became a Tea Party darling when she became John McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential election; to the rest of the nation though, she has become SNL fodder for having proven unqualified for such a high post, with a laundry list of wayward statements such as the oft misquoted "I can see Russia from my house!" comment.
%% Ask anybody today outside of the St. Louis area what they know of Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, and odds are they'll cite his 2012 Senate campaign-killing "legitimate rape" comments regarding women. The same can essentially be said for Indiana Treasurer Richard "Rape is a gift from God" Mourdock.
%% South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson is best known for his outburst during a Congressional speech hosted by UsefulNotes/BarackObama in which he decried Obama as a liar while the latter was discussing whether or not his proposed immigration reforms would extend citizenship to illegal immigrants.
%% Anthony Weiner. He'll always be known for his sexting scandal that ruined his Congressional career, the second "Carlos Danger" scandal two years later, and for storing many of the controversial emails that ruined Hillary Clinton's campaign on his laptop.
%% Dennis Hastert spent eight years as the U.S. Speaker of the House and was a long-time supporter of the Bush administration's policies. But today, he's known for being the guy who molested several boys during his time as a wrestling coach. Even most of his fellow Republicans have disowned him.

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* Similarly, UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy remains one of the great liberal icons of
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is admired for his many strides in diplomacy and civil rights during his short time in office; however, revelations over his unfaithfulness to his wife Jackie in multiple affairs, among them an alleged one Pieter Stuyvesant, last governor of New Netherland, best known for? His friendship with Creator/MarilynMonroe, have brought Kennedy's personal image back into question. Politically, JFK himself was furious over the spectacular failure of accomplished artist John Farret? His great courage? His diplomatic and administrative talent? Keeping the Bay melting pot of Pigs invasion his colony in Cuba, which would further damage relations between Cuba and peace? Introducing new words to the United States for many more years to come.
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English language? Leaving his mark on New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, his active involvement in a prostitution ring has probably damaged his future political prospects for the better part of his career.
* For the state of Illinois, anyone who has served as the Governor of that state tends to become this for the state, with no less than four (almost consecutively) having served time for various offenses.
** Perhaps the most infamous of these is Rod Blagojevich, whose attempt to sell Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat for personal profit upon Obama's election to the presidency led to him being vilified by the public and press alike. Unrepentant, he was barred
City's geography? Holding off threats from holding any future office in the state before being sent to prison over the affair.
* Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis had ''two'' during the 1988 presidential campaign which effectively torpedoed his chances. First, he was asked at a debate if he would still be against the death penalty if his own family was murdered,
Swedes and replied in a completely calm and straightforward fashion (he would later lament "Anyone who is against the death penalty gets asked that question a thousand times, and unfortunately, I answered it [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore like it was the thousandth time I'd been asked]]"). Then he decided Amerindians? Getting New Englanders to take a ride in a tank during a photo op at an army base, complete with ridiculous looking headgear, resulting in a photo where he looked like Snoopy fighting the Red Baron.
* Cleveland Congressman Dennis Kucinich has had two in his career. Originally, after his term as Mayor, he was "the guy who bankrupted Cleveland." (What actually happened was, the bank that held Cleveland's debt tried to force him to sell the city's public electric system to a power company that was part-owner of the bank, and he wouldn't play ball.) Then he was "the guy who saw a UFO at Shirley [=MacLaine=]'s house." Now
accept Dutch sovereignty? No, he's the [[UglyGuyHotWife tiny hippie who married a British lady at least six levels of hotness above his own]].
%% North Carolina Senator John Edwards, once a promising contender for President or Vice President, will never escape the shame of having been unfaithful to his wife even as she was slowing succumbing to breast cancer.
%% Alaska Governor Sarah Palin quickly became a Tea Party darling when she became John McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential election; to the rest of the nation though, she has become SNL fodder
best remembered for having proven unqualified for such a high post, with a laundry list of wayward statements such as the oft misquoted "I can see Russia from my house!" comment.
%% Ask anybody today outside of the St. Louis area what they know of Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, and odds are they'll cite his 2012 Senate campaign-killing "legitimate rape" comments regarding women. The same can essentially be said for Indiana Treasurer Richard "Rape is a gift from God" Mourdock.
%% South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson is best known for his outburst during a Congressional speech hosted by UsefulNotes/BarackObama in which he decried Obama as a liar while the latter was discussing whether or not his proposed immigration reforms would extend citizenship to illegal immigrants.
%% Anthony Weiner. He'll always be known for his sexting scandal that ruined his Congressional career, the second "Carlos Danger" scandal two years later, and for storing many of the controversial emails that ruined Hillary Clinton's campaign on his laptop.
%% Dennis Hastert spent eight years as the U.S. Speaker of the House and was a long-time supporter of the Bush administration's policies. But today, he's known for being the guy who molested several boys during his time as a wrestling coach. Even most of his fellow Republicans have disowned him.
wooden leg.



* UsefulNotes/JamesBuchanan will always be remembered as the President who did nothing to stop the American Civil War, and as the man to precede UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln. [[note]]Unless you're a comic book fan... in which case, you also probably know him as the namesake of [[ComicBook/BuckyBarnes James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes]][[/note]]
** Many also remember him as the only president who never married.
** It could've been worse for him--he's more remembered for taking no actions to prevent the Civil War than he is for taking actions to help ''accelerate'' it.

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* UsefulNotes/JamesBuchanan will always be remembered During his lifetime, William Jennings Bryan was primarily known as the President who did nothing to stop '''the''' major figure in the American Civil War, Populist movement, leading major anti-imperialist, anti-trust and as anti-gold standard campaigns that empowered millions of Americans and arguably ''invented'' modern popular democracy. Among other things, he became a hero to the man anti-war movement for resigning his position as Secretary of State to precede UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln. [[note]]Unless you're a comic book fan... protest UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, and he was nicknamed "The Great Commoner" for his vocal hatred of elitism in which case, you American politics. At the end of his life, though, he also probably know him as argued for the namesake prosecution in the infamous "Scopes Monkey Trial" of [[ComicBook/BuckyBarnes James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes]][[/note]]
** Many also remember him as
1925, where he vehemently fought to keep Darwinian evolution out of American public school science classes. For all of his contributions to populism, that last part has inevitably tainted his legacy, and it's now the only president who never married.
** It could've been worse for him--he's more
thing about him that many people know. He's also remembered for taking no actions to prevent being [[MemeticLoser the Civil War than he is guy who unsuccessfully ran for taking actions the presidency as the Democratic Party's nominee four times]].
* The U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Jr. is not remembered for his attempts
to fight corruption and organized crimes, to reduce deficit or to save Jewish refugees but for his proposal of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgenthau_Plan a plan]] of deindustrialization for post-WWI Germany which would entail the death by starvation of millions of Germans.
* Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected to Congress and helped grant women the right to vote, but the only thing people remember her for is being the only Congress member to vote against the US entering UsefulNotes/WorldWarII after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.
* Played with in regards to ''Chicago Tribune'' political analyst Arthur S. Hemming. While many today remember him mainly for the infamous "Dewey Defeats Truman" gaffe, it wasn't exactly memorable back then except that Harry S Truman was photographed smiling triumphantly while holding the paper with the erroneous headline, and when Hemming died his obituary made no mention of the incident.
* The 1969 Chappaquiddick Incident, in which a car Edward "Ted" Kennedy was driving swerved into water, causing the car's sole passenger, campaign assistant Mary Jo Kopechne, to drown. Kennedy's swimming out of the sinking car (with Kopechne trapped inside), along with failing to report the incident, permanently stifled his presidential hopes and ruined his credibility as a politician. He did regain some of that later as a U.S. Senator, but his career was always sullied by this incident to the point where one popular defense of Richard Nixon, himself mentioned directly below, was "What about Chappaquiddick?", as well as by his reputation as a playboy and drinker.
* While James A. Rhodes would be re-elected Governor of Ohio twice afterward, many people never forgave him for his decision to call the National Guard to Kent State University, which led to the 1970 shootings where four students were killed.
* Vice President Spiro Agnew is perhaps best remembered for his conviction on charges of tax evasion and bribery during his time in office, resulting in him becoming the second Vice President to resign the post; especially ironic given that this was during the Nixon Administration.
** And, of course, "[[http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/attytood/Nabobs_natter_about_the_passing_of_William_Safire_1929-2009.html Nattering nabobs of negativism]]."
* Thanks to the "Daisy Girl" ad, Barry Goldwater is now chiefly remembered as an advocate of potentially apocalyptic nuclear war, and for losing a Presidential election over it. That he suppressed the ad after its initial broadcast [[StreisandEffect apparently didn't
help ''accelerate'' it.matters]]. He isn't even particularly remembered for having basically invented the modern conservative movement in the United States, because conservatives tend to credit this to [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan other people]].
* Alexander Haig was the first Secretary of State under UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, but will likely be remembered mostly for one embarrassing comment when, in the confusion following the attempted assassination of President Reagan, Haig announced that he was "in charge"; stirring much confusion as to whether or not Haig had misinterpreted the TwentyFifthAmendment to the Constitution or was making a general statement that he was the senior official in charge (as Vice President UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush was unavailable due to being airborne over Texas at the moment).
* In 1983, Mitt Romney spent 12 hours driving with his dog on the roof of his car. This [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitt_Romney_dog_incident incident]] was the subject of political attacks on Romney during his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.



* UsefulNotes/ZacharyTaylor was a renowned general of the Mexican-American War who eventually rose to the Presidency; his premature end after consuming a bowl of cherries and iced milk on a hot July 4th has sparked endless debate regarding the circumstances of his death, with persisting claims that he had been poisoned despite these claims having since been proven inaccurate; whatever the truth, Taylor's short time in the White House has left him little more memorable than one-month wonder UsefulNotes/WilliamHenryHarrison.
* UsefulNotes/FranklinPierce is best known for perhaps more than anything else, his compulsive drinking.
** Those who have done their homework however may also know him as the President who signed the Kansas-Nebraska Act, expanding slavery westward across America and sparking a brief but bitter war between slave owners and abolitionists, serving as a sign of worse things to come. Perhaps one of the more brutal examples in history as Pierce never did escape the shame of this act even before he left the office, losing reelection and giving rise to the Republican Party and a man by the name of UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln.
** Some people nowadays may also remember him as being a very good looking president.
* UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson is a very complicated individual. He is a badass war-hero who beat people with his cane, and seemed to represent the rise of the common man to the presidency. He created a budget surplus that was greater than the year's government expenditures, leading to the one and only time in U.S. history that all interest bearing national debt was paid off. However, his treatment of millions of Native Americans, which culminated in a downright genocidal eradication and relocation program, that he was both architect and enforcer of, has forever tainted his image. And justifiably so. Ironically, he was a childhood hero of many later great Americans who had pretty good track records on racial issues, such as UsefulNotes/HarryTruman.
* What is Pieter Stuyvesant, last governor of New Netherland, best known for? His friendship with the accomplished artist John Farret? His great courage? His diplomatic and administrative talent? Keeping the melting pot of his colony in peace? Introducing new words to the English language? Leaving his mark on New York City's geography? Holding off threats from the Swedes and Amerindians? Getting New Englanders to accept Dutch sovereignty? No, he's best remembered for having a wooden leg.
* Prior to being elected President of the United States, General UsefulNotes/WilliamHenryHarrison spent many successful years as a Congressman and a Governor (the very first governor of the Indiana Territory, no less), and he was arguably one of the most important military leaders of early 19th century America, playing crucial roles in "Tecumseh's War" and the UsefulNotes/WarOf1812, and defeating the last major Indian military confederation in the United States; his victory at the Battle of Tippecanoe, in fact, was so celebrated in its time that it allowed Harrison to win the presidency almost entirely on the strength of his "war hero" reputation. Today, though? Unless you're an American history buff, you probably just know Harrison as "That guy who was only President for a month because he was too stupid to dress warm at his inauguration."
* UsefulNotes/AndrewJohnson is perhaps best known for three things: Being the man to succeed Abraham Lincoln upon his assassination, his racism against the former African slaves in what he declared was to remain "a government of and for white men", and for the fact that he could not read and write for much of his earlier life given his lack of a formal education.
** Among his other spectacular failings was his handling of Reconstruction, being widely blamed for having stagnated the movement towards racial equality for decades more[[note]]we're talking something like '''nine''' decades more[[/note]]; also his bitter rivalry with Congress, where he narrowly avoided impeachment and was thus quickly reduced to a lame duck president.
** Trivia buffs may recall Johnson's [[http://mentalfloss.com/article/18490/andrew-johnson-mice-and-men affinity for white mice]], or [[http://blog.constitutioncenter.org/2012/06/a-u-s-presidents-real-life-vampire-connection/ pardoning an alleged vampire]]. Not that they redound to his credit.
* The U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Jr. is not remembered for his attempts to fight corruption and organized crimes, to reduce deficit or to save Jewish refugees but for his proposal of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgenthau_Plan a plan]] of deindustrialization for post-war Germany which would entail the death by starvation of millions of Germans.
* Go on, try to name one thing about UsefulNotes/GroverCleveland without pointing out the fact that he's been the only president to have two non-consecutive terms. We'll wait.
** He paid a substitute to serve in his place in UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, and was accused of fathering a child out of wedlock during his first Presidential campaign.[[note]]The actual parentage of Oscar Folsom Cleveland, the child in question, was never determined decisively; Grover Cleveland, as the only bachelor among several possible candidates, assumed responsibility for the child's support.[[/note]]
* During his lifetime, William Jennings Bryan was primarily known as '''the''' major figure in the American Populist movement, leading major anti-imperialist, anti-trust and anti-gold standard campaigns that empowered millions of Americans and arguably ''invented'' modern popular democracy. Among other things, he became a hero to the anti-war movement for resigning his position as Secretary of State to protest UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, and he was nicknamed "The Great Commoner" for his vocal hatred of elitism in American politics. At the end of his life, though, he also argued for the prosecution in the infamous "Scopes Monkey Trial" of 1925, where he vehemently fought to keep Darwinian evolution out of American public school science classes. For all of his contributions to populism, that last part has inevitably tainted his legacy, and it's now the only thing about him that many people know. He's also remembered for being [[MemeticLoser the guy who unsuccessfully ran for the presidency as the Democratic Party's nominee four times]].

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* UsefulNotes/ZacharyTaylor Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis had ''two'' during the 1988 presidential campaign which effectively torpedoed his chances. First, he was asked at a renowned general debate if he would still be against the death penalty if his own family was murdered, and replied in a completely calm and straightforward fashion (he would later lament "Anyone who is against the death penalty gets asked that question a thousand times, and unfortunately, I answered it [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore like it was the thousandth time I'd been asked]]"). Then he decided to take a ride in a tank during a photo op at an army base, complete with ridiculous looking headgear, resulting in a photo where he looked like Snoopy fighting the Red Baron.
* Cleveland Congressman Dennis Kucinich has had two in his career. Originally, after his term as Mayor, he was "the guy who bankrupted Cleveland." (What actually happened was, the bank that held Cleveland's debt tried to force him to sell the city's public electric system to a power company that was part-owner
of the Mexican-American War bank, and he wouldn't play ball.) Then he was "the guy who eventually rose to saw a UFO at Shirley [=MacLaine=]'s house." Now he's the Presidency; [[UglyGuyHotWife tiny hippie who married a British lady at least six levels of hotness above his premature end after consuming a bowl of cherries and iced milk on a hot July 4th has sparked endless debate regarding the circumstances of his death, with persisting claims that he own]].
* Former Washington Congressman Rod Chandler
had been poisoned despite these claims having since been proven inaccurate; whatever the truth, Taylor's short time in the White House has left him little more memorable than one-month wonder UsefulNotes/WilliamHenryHarrison.
* UsefulNotes/FranklinPierce is best known for perhaps more than anything else, his compulsive drinking.
** Those who have done their homework however may also know him as the President who signed the Kansas-Nebraska Act, expanding slavery westward across America and sparking a brief but bitter war between slave owners and abolitionists, serving as a sign of worse things to come. Perhaps one of the more brutal examples in history as Pierce never did escape the shame of this act even before he left the office, losing reelection and giving rise to
won the Republican Party and a man by nomination for the name of UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln.
** Some people nowadays may also remember him as being a very good looking president.
* UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson is a very complicated individual. He is a badass war-hero who beat people with his cane, and seemed to represent the rise of the common man to the presidency. He created a budget surplus that was greater than the year's government expenditures, leading to the one and only time in
U.S. history that all interest bearing national debt was paid off. However, his treatment Senate seat being vacated by incumbent Democrat Senator Brock Adams[[note]]Adams had dropped out of millions the race after a series of Native Americans, which culminated in a downright genocidal eradication allegations ranging from sexual harassment to rape[[/note]] and relocation program, that he was both architect and enforcer of, has forever tainted his image. And justifiably so. Ironically, he was a childhood hero of many later great Americans who had pretty good track records on racial issues, such as UsefulNotes/HarryTruman.
* What is Pieter Stuyvesant, last governor of New Netherland, best known for? His friendship
during an October 16, 1992 debate with the accomplished artist John Farret? His great courage? His diplomatic and administrative talent? Keeping Democratic nominee, little-known state Senator Patty Murray, the melting pot of his colony in peace? Introducing new words to the English language? Leaving his mark on New York City's geography? Holding off threats from the Swedes and Amerindians? Getting New Englanders to accept Dutch sovereignty? No, he's best remembered for having a wooden leg.
* Prior to being elected President of the United States, General UsefulNotes/WilliamHenryHarrison spent many successful years as a
Congressman performed well for the first 58 and a Governor (the very first governor half minutes of the Indiana Territory, no less), and he was arguably one hour-long debate. Then, Rep. Chandler suddenly broke into singing the chorus of the most important military leaders of early 19th century America, playing crucial roles in "Tecumseh's War" and song "Dang Me" by [[CountryMusic country singer]] Roger Miller[[note]]this debate was 9 days before Miller lost his battle with cancer[[/note]]. That gaffe, combined with the UsefulNotes/WarOf1812, and defeating the last major Indian military confederation in the United States; his victory at the Battle of Tippecanoe, in fact, was so celebrated in its time that it allowed Harrison Murray campaign successfully tying Chandler to win the presidency almost entirely on the strength of his "war hero" reputation. Today, though? Unless you're an American history buff, you probably just know Harrison as "That guy who was only unpopular [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush President for a month because he was too stupid Bush]], would contribute heavily to dress warm at his inauguration."
Chandler's defeat.
* UsefulNotes/AndrewJohnson Dan Quayle is perhaps best known for three things: Being "correcting" a student's spelling of the man word "potato" by adding an E at the end. What makes it worse is he was relying on the school's flash cards provided to succeed Abraham Lincoln upon him, one of which had the now infamous misspelling. He knew the student had it right the first time but he spoke up because didn't want to make the school look bad. People now look at this as one of the reasons why George Bush lost the election to Bill Clinton that year.
* Despite
his assassination, his racism incredible legal career, most people know Clarence Thomas from the sexual harassment charges against the former African slaves in what he declared was to remain "a government of him, and for white men", and for the fact that he could not read and write for much of his earlier life given his lack of a formal education.
** Among his other spectacular failings was his handling of Reconstruction,
being widely blamed a very conservative black. And for having stagnated the movement towards racial equality political wonks, he's most known for decades more[[note]]we're talking something like '''nine''' decades more[[/note]]; also his bitter rivalry with Congress, where he narrowly avoided impeachment and was thus quickly reduced to a lame duck president.
** Trivia buffs may recall Johnson's [[http://mentalfloss.com/article/18490/andrew-johnson-mice-and-men affinity for white mice]], or [[http://blog.constitutioncenter.org/2012/06/a-u-s-presidents-real-life-vampire-connection/ pardoning an alleged vampire]]. Not that they redound to his credit.
* The U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Jr. is not remembered for his attempts to fight corruption and organized crimes, to reduce deficit or to save Jewish refugees but for his proposal of [[https://en.
[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgenthau_Plan a plan]] of deindustrialization org/wiki/Clarence_Thomas#Voting_alignment how consistently he votes alongside Justice Scalia]], and ''very'' well-known for post-war Germany which would entail not asking questions of the death by starvation of millions of Germans.
* Go on, try to name one thing about UsefulNotes/GroverCleveland without pointing out the fact
lawyers that he's been present their cases to the only president court... [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness that is, until Scalia's controversial passing in 2016 that left a vacancy which, suffice it to have two non-consecutive terms. We'll wait.
** He paid
say, took a substitute long time to serve in his place in UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, and was accused of fathering a child out of wedlock during his first Presidential campaign.[[note]]The actual parentage of Oscar Folsom Cleveland, fill]].
* For
the child in question, was never determined decisively; Grover Cleveland, state of Illinois, anyone who has served as the only bachelor among several possible candidates, assumed responsibility Governor of that state tends to become this for the child's support.[[/note]]
* During his lifetime, William Jennings Bryan was primarily known as '''the''' major figure in
state, with no less than four (almost consecutively) having served time for various offenses.
** Perhaps
the American Populist movement, leading major anti-imperialist, anti-trust and anti-gold standard campaigns that empowered millions of Americans and arguably ''invented'' modern popular democracy. Among other things, he became a hero to the anti-war movement for resigning his position as Secretary of State to protest UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, and he was nicknamed "The Great Commoner" for his vocal hatred of elitism in American politics. At the end of his life, though, he also argued for the prosecution in the most infamous "Scopes Monkey Trial" of 1925, where he vehemently fought these is Rod Blagojevich, whose attempt to keep Darwinian evolution out of American public school science classes. For all of his contributions to populism, that last part has inevitably tainted his legacy, and it's now the only thing about him that many people know. He's also remembered sell Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat for being [[MemeticLoser the guy who unsuccessfully ran for personal profit upon Obama's election to the presidency as led to him being vilified by the Democratic Party's nominee four times]].public and press alike. Unrepentant, he was barred from holding any future office in the state before being sent to prison over the affair.



* Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected to Congress and helped grant women the right to vote, but the only thing people remember her for is being the only Congress member to vote against the US entering UsefulNotes/WorldWarII after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.
* Most Americans know that there was once a President by the name of UsefulNotes/MillardFillmore. Unfortunately for him, his name is usually the first and only thing most remember of him.
* Vice President Spiro Agnew is perhaps best remembered for his conviction on charges of tax evasion and bribery during his time in office, resulting in him becoming the second Vice President to resign the post; especially ironic given that this was during the Nixon Administration.
** And, of course, "[[http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/attytood/Nabobs_natter_about_the_passing_of_William_Safire_1929-2009.html Nattering nabobs of negativism]]."
* In 1983, Mitt Romney spent 12 hours driving with his dog on the roof of his car. This [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitt_Romney_dog_incident incident]] was the subject of political attacks on Romney during his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.
* Thanks to the "Daisy Girl" ad, Barry Goldwater is now chiefly remembered as an advocate of potentially apocalyptic nuclear war, and for losing a Presidential election over it. That he suppressed the ad after its initial broadcast [[StreisandEffect apparently didn't help matters]]. He isn't even particularly remembered for having basically invented the modern conservative movement in the United States, because conservatives tend to credit this to [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan other people]].
* Former Washington Congressman Rod Chandler had won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by incumbent Democrat Senator Brock Adams[[note]]Adams had dropped out of the race after a series of allegations ranging from sexual harassment to rape[[/note]] and during an October 16, 1992 debate with the Democratic nominee, little-known state Senator Patty Murray, the Congressman performed well for the first 58 and a half minutes of the hour-long debate. Then, Rep. Chandler suddenly broke into singing the chorus of the song "Dang Me" by [[CountryMusic country singer]] Roger Miller[[note]]this debate was 9 days before Miller lost his battle with cancer[[/note]]. That gaffe, combined with the Murray campaign successfully tying Chandler to unpopular [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush President Bush]], would contribute heavily to Chandler's defeat.
* Despite his incredible legal career, most people know Clarence Thomas from the sexual harassment charges against him, and for being a very conservative black. And for political wonks, he's most known for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarence_Thomas#Voting_alignment how consistently he votes alongside Justice Scalia]], and ''very'' well-known for not asking questions of the lawyers that present their cases to the court... [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness that is, until Scalia's controversial passing in 2016 that left a vacancy which, suffice it to say, took a long time to fill]].
* Played with in regards to ''Chicago Tribune'' political analyst Arthur S. Hemming. While many today remember him mainly for the infamous "Dewey Defeats Truman" gaffe, it wasn't exactly memorable back then except that Harry S Truman was photographed smiling triumphantly while holding the paper with the erroneous headline, and when Hemming died his obituary made no mention of the incident.
* Dan Quayle is best known for "correcting" a student's spelling of the word "potato" by adding an E at the end. What makes it worse is he was relying on the school's flash cards provided to him, one of which had the now infamous misspelling. He knew the student had it right the first time but he spoke up because didn't want to make the school look bad. People now look at this as one of the reasons why George Bush lost the election to Bill Clinton that year.

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* Jeannette Rankin Roger Taney was the first woman elected to Congress arguably a brilliant chief justice and helped grant women the right to vote, but the only thing people remember her for is being the only Congress member to vote against the US entering UsefulNotes/WorldWarII after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.
* Most Americans know that there was once
a President by the name staunch defender of UsefulNotes/MillardFillmore. Unfortunately for him, his name is usually the first and only thing most remember conservatism. But of him.
* Vice President Spiro Agnew is perhaps best
course, he'll always be remembered for his conviction on charges of tax evasion and bribery during his time in office, resulting in him becoming the second Vice President to resign the post; especially ironic given that this was during the Nixon Administration.
** And, of course, "[[http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/attytood/Nabobs_natter_about_the_passing_of_William_Safire_1929-2009.html Nattering nabobs of negativism]]."
* In 1983, Mitt Romney spent 12 hours driving with his dog on the roof of his car. This [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitt_Romney_dog_incident incident]] was the subject of political attacks on Romney during his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.
* Thanks to the "Daisy Girl" ad, Barry Goldwater is now chiefly remembered as an advocate of potentially apocalyptic nuclear war, and for losing a Presidential election over it. That he suppressed the ad after its initial broadcast [[StreisandEffect apparently didn't help matters]]. He isn't even particularly remembered for having basically invented the modern conservative movement in the United States, because conservatives tend to credit this to [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan other people]].
* Former Washington Congressman Rod Chandler had won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by incumbent Democrat Senator Brock Adams[[note]]Adams had dropped out of the race after a series of allegations ranging from sexual harassment to rape[[/note]] and during an October 16, 1992 debate with the Democratic nominee, little-known state Senator Patty Murray, the Congressman performed well for the first 58 and a half minutes of the hour-long debate. Then, Rep. Chandler suddenly broke into singing the chorus of the song "Dang Me" by [[CountryMusic country singer]] Roger Miller[[note]]this debate was 9 days before Miller lost his battle with cancer[[/note]]. That gaffe, combined with the Murray campaign successfully tying Chandler to unpopular [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush President Bush]], would contribute heavily to Chandler's defeat.
* Despite his incredible legal career, most people know Clarence Thomas from the sexual harassment charges against him, and for being a very conservative black. And for political wonks, he's most known for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarence_Thomas#Voting_alignment how consistently he votes alongside Justice Scalia]], and ''very'' well-known for not asking questions of the lawyers that present their cases to the court... [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness that is, until Scalia's controversial passing in 2016 that left a vacancy which, suffice it to say, took a long time to fill]].
* Played with in regards to ''Chicago Tribune'' political analyst Arthur S. Hemming. While many today remember him mainly for the infamous "Dewey Defeats Truman" gaffe, it wasn't exactly memorable back then except that Harry S Truman was photographed smiling triumphantly while holding the paper with the erroneous headline, and when Hemming died his obituary made no mention of the incident.
* Dan Quayle is best known for "correcting" a student's spelling of the word "potato" by adding an E at the end. What makes it worse is he was relying on the school's flash cards provided to him,
one of which had the now infamous misspelling. He knew the student had it right the first time but single case he spoke up because didn't want to make the school look bad. People now look at this as one of the reasons why George Bush lost the election to Bill Clinton that year.presided over: ''Dred Scott''.




!!! [=USSR=]/Russia
* UsefulNotes/NikitaKhrushchev is best remembered in the US for hitting a table with a shoe; for his attempts to get into Disneyland; for his role, along with JFK's, in precipitating the Cuban Missile Crisis; and for his "WE WILL BURY YOU!" speech (though a better translation is the less aggressive sounding "We will be there when you're buried".) In Russia he is remembered for the shoe and for his obsession with growing corn.
* UsefulNotes/MikhailGorbachev is remembered for one thing: that (trademarked!) birthmark on his head. In Russia, Gorbachev will never live down destroying the Soviet Union and subsequently, the Russian economy, even though he never intended to end the Soviet Union with his reforms, and the collapse of the economy was mostly the fault of Yeltsin, his cronies, the free market, and foreign speculators.
* Alexander Kerensky, the premier of the pre-Soviet Provisional Government. Everyone remembers one thing about him: how he had to cross-dress to escape the Bolsheviks. Older and more educated people also remember his FunnyMoney that came in 1x1 meter uncut sheets.

!!! Venezuela

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\n!!! %% For New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, his active involvement in a prostitution ring has probably damaged his future political prospects for the better part of his career.
%% North Carolina Senator John Edwards, once a promising contender for President or Vice President, will never escape the shame of having been unfaithful to his wife even as she was slowing succumbing to breast cancer.
%% Alaska Governor Sarah Palin quickly became a Tea Party darling when she became John McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential election; to the rest of the nation though, she has become SNL fodder for having proven unqualified for such a high post, with a laundry list of wayward statements such as the oft misquoted "I can see Russia from my house!" comment.
%% Ask anybody today outside of the St. Louis area what they know of Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, and odds are they'll cite his 2012 Senate campaign-killing "legitimate rape" comments regarding women. The same can essentially be said for Indiana Treasurer Richard "Rape is a gift from God" Mourdock.
%% South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson is best known for his outburst during a Congressional speech hosted by UsefulNotes/BarackObama in which he decried Obama as a liar while the latter was discussing whether or not his proposed immigration reforms would extend citizenship to illegal immigrants.
%% Anthony Weiner. He'll always be known for his sexting scandal that ruined his Congressional career, the second "Carlos Danger" scandal two years later, and for storing many of the controversial emails that ruined Hillary Clinton's campaign on his laptop.
%% Dennis Hastert spent eight years as the U.S. Speaker of the House and was a long-time supporter of the Bush administration's policies. But today, he's known for being the guy who molested several boys during his time as a wrestling coach. Even most of his fellow Republicans have disowned him.

!!
[=USSR=]/Russia
* Alexander Kerensky, the premier of the pre-UsefulNotes/RedOctober Provisional Government. Everyone remembers one thing about him: how he had to cross-dress to escape the Bolsheviks. Older and more educated people also remember his FunnyMoney that came in 1x1 meter uncut sheets.
* UsefulNotes/NikitaKhrushchev is best remembered in the US for hitting a table with a shoe; for his attempts to get into Disneyland; for his role, along with JFK's, in precipitating the Cuban Missile Crisis; and for his "WE WILL BURY YOU!" speech (though a better translation is the less aggressive sounding "We will be there when you're buried".) buried"). In Russia he is remembered for the shoe and for his obsession with growing corn.
* UsefulNotes/MikhailGorbachev is remembered for one thing: that (trademarked!) birthmark on his head. In Russia, Gorbachev will never live down [[WhyWereBummedCommunismFell destroying the Soviet Union and subsequently, the Russian economy, economy]], even though he never intended to end the Soviet Union with his reforms, and the collapse of the economy was mostly the fault of Yeltsin, his cronies, the free market, and foreign speculators.
* Alexander Kerensky, the premier of the pre-Soviet Provisional Government. Everyone remembers one thing about him: how he had to cross-dress to escape the Bolsheviks. Older and more educated people also remember his FunnyMoney that came in 1x1 meter uncut sheets.

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speculators.

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Venezuela
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