Let’s face it. If you’re running for president, you’re sometimes going to receive a compliment that just make you cringe.

CNN reports a conference call former Vice President Dan Quayle had with reporters on Tuesday, in which he stated:

“I have a lot of grudging respect for what he [Barack Obama] did because he beat the Clintons, something we couldn’t do in 1992. The Clintons were very convincing in the campaign they ran. So I thought she would be the candidate.” 

In other words, Dan Quayle – who was apparently having a conference call with reporters to promote his participation in a golf tournament later this month – was indirectly complimenting Barack Obama for beating Hillary Clinton.

To fully grasp how unnecessary and awkward this situation truly is, consider the following absolutely made-up scenario:

  • You’re running for student body president.
  • You’ve heard a rumor that a mentally challenged student was student body vice president about 16 years ago.
  • This student body vice president became well known for losing the Spelling Bee after misspelling “potato.”
  • Cause seriously, who doesn’t know how to spell “potato?”
  • The student body vice president – who’s already graduated and moved on with his life and currently reminds everyone that there’s nothing wrong with working at Burger King in a managerial position – decides to return to your school and be interviewed by the school paper on the subject of golf.
  • Because everyone cares what he thinks about golf.
  • He then ends up giving his opinion on your candidacy for student body president.
  • …despite the fact that no one gives a damn about his opinion
  • …and despite the fact that the interview is supposed to be about golf
  • …and didn’t he leave this school over 16 years ago
  • …wait, isn’t he the guy who lost the Spelling Bee for misspelling “potato”
  • …yes, he is… wait, that guy’s still alive?
  • … apparently so. It’s kind of like watching a socially awkward, intellectually lightweight car accident, except no one cares what the car accident has to say, especially when it comes to golf or politics.

On an unrelated note, has John McCain considered a former senator named Dan Quayle for vice-president? I hear he has time to kill and opinions to share.

Just don’t make him spell any of them.