I bet you didn’t know that five (yep, FIVE!) Vice Presidents come from the Armpit of America, otherwise known as the great state of Indiana. Such an accomplishment has led Indiana to be the home of the country’s one and only Vice President Museum. Unfortunately Schuyler Colfax was passed over for “potatoe” speller Dan Quayle. He’s the pride of Huntington, Indiana, as evidenced by the Dan Quayle Center. The museum’s mission is is for people to “learn about the history, responsibilities and contributions of the office of the Vice President”.
Hmmm…really? What have our 47 Vice Presidents accomplished? With the exception of VP Aaron Burr killing a former Secretary of Treasury and trying to start his own country, I’d have to say absolutely nothing. The 28th Vice President Thomas R. Marshall summed it up perfectly when he said: “Once there were two brothers. One ran away to sea; the other was elected Vice President of the United States. And nothing was heard of either of them again.”
You would think the Dan Quayle Shrine would be pretty empty, but apparently they have a big collection, which includes such artifacts as baby books, report cards, piano recital programs, newspapers and of course a letter from Ronald Reagan. But the highlight of the museum? Probably the Presidential Inaugural Egg. Oh, and the picture of Danny Boy and his boss George H.W. Bush in the museum’s bathroom.