Goofus and Gallant

The Special Presidential Edition


Jake Tapper
October 16, 2000 9:45PM (UTC)

It's been bothering us since March, when Gov. George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore clinched their respective party nominations: Why do these guys seem so damn familiar?

And then it hit us: We were raised studying their foibles, learning life lessons from their behavior. Except at the time, Bush and Gore were named "Goofus and Gallant."

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That's right, from Highlights Magazine for children. Since the late 1940s, readers have been treated to the lessons of the Highlights twins: Bad boy Goofus, inevitably doing the wrong thing, though unquestionably more fun than that goody-goody Gallant. (And ask yourself: Is it just a coincidence that Highlights was launched in 1946, the year Bush was born, and "Goofus and Gallant" became part of the magazine in 1948, the year Gore was born?)

Here, in a special series, is a look at Gov. Goofus and Vice President Gallant. All quotes are bona fide:

The Story so far

Chapter 3: Vice President Gallant likes numbers. Lots of numbers.

Chapter 2: Gov. Goofus seems to like killing people

Chapter 1: Vice President Gallant lies


Jake Tapper

Jake Tapper is the senior White House correspondent for ABC News.

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