Political Gaffes

By Lauren Vicary - 2012-09-20T17:59:04Z

PHotograph by Michael E. Samojeden/AP Photo

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Tanks for the Memories

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis famously staged a photo op in one of General Dynamics' new M1A1 tanks during a 1988 campaign stop in Michigan. The awkward image did little to counter the perception that the candidate was soft on defense; Dukakis in a helmet popping his head in and out of the hatch didn't evoke George C. Scott so much as Elmer Fudd. George H.W. Bush's campaign subsequently featured the public relations blunder in an attack ad, immortalizing the image.