Spiro Agnew

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Spiro Agnew

Spiro Theodore Agnew (9 November 1918 – 17 September 1996) Thirty-ninth Vice President of the United States, under President Richard Nixon; born Spiro Anagnostopoulos


  • Perhaps the place to start looking for a credibility gap is not in the offices of the Government in Washington but in the studios of the networks in New York!
    • From speech delivered Nov 13, 1969 in Des Moines, Iowa
  • A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.
    • Denouncing Moratorium Day protest against Vietnam War; in NY "Times," 20 Oct 69
  • In the United States today, we have more than our share of the nattering nabobs of negativism.
    • Speech in San Diego (11 September 1970).
    • Agnew's signature quip against everything perceived to be liberal, particularly the media at that time.
  • This is the criminal left that belongs not in a dormitory, but in a penitentiary. The criminal left is not a problem to be solved by the Department of Philosophy or the Department of English—it is a problem for the Department of Justice…. Black or white, the criminal left is interested in power. It is not interested in promoting the renewal and reforms that make democracy work; it is interested in promoting those collisions and conflict that tear democracy apart.
    • Speech at a Florida Republican dinner, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (April 28, 1970); reported in Collected Speeches of Spiro Agnew (1971), p. 135.

Quotes about Agnew[ред.]

  • Sing a song of Spiro Agnew and all the things he has done. (No other lyrics)
    • Tom Paxton
  • Boy! They're (MAD Magazine) really sockin' it to that Spiro Agnew guy again, he must work there or something.
    • Milhouse Van Houten, The Simpsons.

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