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The October 1988 vice-presidential debate, between Senators Lloyd Bentsen and Dan Quayle, produced one of the most famous quotes in American political history. To set the stage, the 41-year old Quayle had been in Congress for 11 years (4 years in the House, and 7 years in the Senate) while Bentsen had been in Congress, on and off, since 1948 as both a representative and senator. During the debate, Quayle said that he had as much political experience as John F Kennedy had when JFK ran for president (1960). The 67-year old Bentsen replied, “I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.” Since then, a version of the quote “you’re no Jack Kennedy” has been used frequently, by a number of people, to deflate those who think too highly of themselves. So, what does Bentsen’s JFK quote have to do with Joe Biden and Barry Switzer?

Barry Switzer was a college football, hall-of-fame (HOF) coach (.826 winning percentage), at the University of Oklahoma from 1973 – 1988. During those 16 seasons, OU was a perennial national power: twelve Big-8 Conference Championships, four 2ndplace conference finishes, and three national championships. After OU, Switzer coached the Dallas Cowboys for four seasons, winning five playoff games, including Super Bowl XXX (1996). Despite a .625 NFL winning percentage, he’s often criticized for his NFL coaching abilities as critics often say “Switzer inherited a great Cowboys’ team.”