Joe and I are watching the inauguration coverage on DVR and we got to the "backstage" walk-throughs by the former vice presidents. Joe was surprised to see Dan Quayle (he just doesn't enter the average person's consciousness too often, I suppose) and grumbled a bit about his presence. The conversation went a little something like this (a lot like this as it's about verbatim):
Me: Joe, the man was Vice President of the United States. He deserves to be there.
Joe: You know what John Nance Garner said the Vice Presidency is worth, right?
Me: Yeah, I know, "It isn't worth a warm bucket of piss."
Me: Well, guess what? The value of the office just went up because today it's also good for a prime seat for the most significant inauguration of this country's history.*"
Does that mean the bucket has gone from warm to piping hot? Now there's an upgrade.
*I suppose you could make an argument for Washington or Lincoln, but in terms of how far we've come, I stand behind my hyperbole.