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Spiro Agnew

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Spiro T. Agnew

Spiro Theodore Agnew (November 9, 1918 – September 17, 1996) was the 39th Vice President of the United States, under President Richard Nixon.

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  • "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!"
What it means: The media, which includes television and newspapers, is the one that cannot be trusted, not the government.
About the quote: From speech delivered November 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."
Simple: Our nation wants to be weak and easily hurt by others. This belief is caused by rude people who pretend they are smart.
About the quote: Denouncing Moratorium Day protest against Vietnam War; in NY "Times," October 20, 1969.
  • "In the United States today, we have more than our share of the nattering nabobs of negativism."[1]
Simple: America has many people who talk negatively.
  • "The United States, for all its faults, is still the greatest nation in the country."[2]    
Simple: America, with all the things that are wrong with it, is still the best country in the world.


  1. During a speech, San Diego, California, September 11, 1970.
  2. Vidal, Gore (December 21, 2000). "Democratic Vistas". The Nation. Retrieved on January 31, 2009

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