How to be Insulting about Public Figures
On Clement Atlee:
'A modest little man with much to be modest about.' — Sir Winston Churchill
'Reminds me of nothing so much as a dead fish before it has had time to stiffen.' — George Orwell
On Gerald Ford:
'He looks like the guy in a science fiction movie who is the first to see the Creature.' — David Frye
On Neville Chamberlain:
'He might make an adequate Lord Mayor of Birmingham — in a lean year.' — David Lloyd George
One commentator said of the American presidency:
'Roosevelt proved that a man could be President for life; Truman proved that anybody could be President; and Eisenhower proved you don't need to have a President.'
When Dorothy Parker was told that Calvin Coolidge had died, she asked:
'How can they tell?'