#1 Ford Down!
He fell so often that Chevy Chase built his career on SNL impersonating him. A world leader should have grace and style, especially in those very public moments; but sometimes mother nature aims to work against your ability to do even the simplest of things, like walk down stairs. After landing in Austria in 1975, President Gerald Ford was making his way down the stairs from the plane and, at about part of the way down, tumbled to the ground before being picked up by guards. While the incident is amusing, especially watching him stand back up as if nothing had ever happened, what makes this so funny is that it seemed to mark a long string of stumbles that earned Ford the reputation of a klutz. The guy was falling everywhere, yet nobody questioned his health as they would today.
#2 Fooling Bush
Nobody could fool George W. Bush. At least not twice. During a 2002 speech at a Pledge Across American event, lovable 43rd president George Dubya Bush decided to pass along his own bit of wisdom, as skewed and fumbled as it sounded. But leave it to Bush to muck it all up. We’ve all heard the saying: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, like white on rice. No, wait, that doesn’t sound right. Fool me once bitten, twice shy? Ugh, I can’t remember it. The saying, of course, is “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” But Bush never was able to live the ten-minute struggle to quote the old saying down and it was played jokingly at his dedication for his library.
#3 Bernie’s Birdcall
Maybe in the democratic National Committee had listened to this little birdie, then Bernie would have won the nomination and the presidency. During a 2016 rally at the Moda Center in Portland, Sanders was in the middle of discussing education when a tiny feathered visitor drew an ecstatic reaction from his supporters. Bernie was just going to keep rolling with his flow until the audience erupted in laughter as the bird came closer and closer to the candidate. Just as Bernie took notice to his newest supporter, the House Finch flew up onto the podium where it perched for a moment before flying off. The crowd went wild, memes were created, a hashtag was born, and Bernie would go down not as the 45th president of the United States, but as Birdie Sanders.
#4 Al Gore And The Internet
He never said he invented the internet, but that's what gaffe he is known for. In March of 1999, all eyes were on Al Gore who, during an interview on CNN’s “Late Edition” with Wolf Blitzer, claimed he “took the initiative in creating the internet.” Was Gore really stepping forward as the brain trust within the United States Congress that brought the internet to life? Much of the country thought so, creating a frenzy within the media surrounding the 2000 Democratic nominee. If you dissect his words, which most of the media failed to do, what you’ll likely realize is that he wasn’t touting himself as the inventor of the internet, but rather an important part in initiating the implementation of it, which he was, though more careful wording could have avoided the insanity. He was mimicked for years after that as claiming to invent the entire world wide web.
#5 Clinton’s Big Debut
We have to admit that Bill Clinton was in touch with most of the people, including the young and hip young folks. When running for President of the United States, you want to make a big impression on the people that aim to vote you into office. Even more-so, you want to show the people working against you just how cool of a guy you are. Cue presidential candidate Bill Clinton’s appearance on an episode of the Arsenio Hall Show in 1992. The performance was… interesting, to say the least, and maybe not the first choice of things we’d have done after literally just clinching the Democratic nomination. Then again, we probably aren’t as cool as Clinton was back in his hay day.