Thomas Marshall wasn’t the only veep to complain about his job. They pretty much all did.
The vice president is the human equivalent of a tire donut -- rarely needed, usually ignored. Thomas Jefferson, who served as James Madison’s vice president, described the gig as a “tranquil and unoffending station.” John Nance Garner, one of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s veeps, was a bit less tactful, stating that the job is “not worth a bucket of warm piss.” Roosevelt’s other vice president, Harry S. Truman, said veeps were “about as useful as a cow’s fifth teat,” and Calvin Coolidge (Warren G. Harding’s wingman) added, “I enjoyed my time as vice president. It never interfered with my mandatory 11 hours of sleep a day.” Somebody from HR really should have talked to these guys.
The vice president museum is having a banner year -- in relative terms
Because of Pence, it’s expecting to see north of 10,000 visitors in 2016 -- a record. But don’t expect Disney-esque lines, because most of the guests are school tour groups. If there isn’t a school bus in the parking lot, you’ll likely have the entire place to yourself. General admission is $3 for adults, $1 for kids.