2. The "Fala Speech"
In 1944, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was running for his fourth term when rumors surfaced that he'd accidentally left behind his Scottish terrier, Fala, when visiting the Aleutian Islands-and had sent back a navy destroyer to pick him up, at the taxpayers' expense. Roosevelt made fun of these rumors in a controversial speech. "You can criticize me, my wife and my family, but you can't criticize my little dog", complained the President. "He's Scotch, and all these allegations about spending all this money have just made his little soul furious."