Some of the most famous U.S. vice presidents include Lyndon B. Johnson, Dick Cheney and Al Gore. Whether for their achievements or their gaffes, these vice presidents all served memorable terms in office.
Vice president under John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson’s charisma and popularity helped the young presidential candidate win the U.S. South. Though Johnson fought accusations of upstaging Kennedy throughout his term, he was a skilled diplomat and an ardent supporter of civil rights. Johnson is also famous for being one of the only vice presidents to ascend to the presidency following Kennedy’s assassination.
Dick Cheney served through two terms of the Bush presidency, winning praise from neoconservatives and venomous scorn from liberals. A shrewd and merciless politician, Cheney rallied conservatives while viciously attacking the White House’s enemies. His cold public persona served to humanize President Bush, who jokingly referred to the vice president as Darth Vader.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Bill Clinton’s running mate Al Gore personified liberal idealism, waging crusades for environmental preservation and technological development both during and after his vice presidential terms. His loss to George W. Bush in the 2000 Presidential election, coupled with the prolonged bureaucratic drama of the Florida recount, renders Gore’s campaign a historical footnote, but he is still celebrated as an exemplary liberal vice president.