There is a notorious SNL skit where Chevy Chase portrays Gerald Ford at a debate, and to a budgetary question replies:

It was my understanding that there would be no math during the debates. Now, I am prepared to answer any domestic questions, perhaps something about me and Betty?

What debate was this based on? Did Ford majorly flub some budgetary question—what was it?

  • Chevy Chase was for for attacking President Ford and pretending that he was clumsy and ignorant. As I recall, it had nothing to do with reality. Mar 20, 2017 at 22:44
  • @sabbahillel was that impression from one of the three debates in particular, or just synthesized from the whole of Ford's persona, in and out of them?
    – Nick T
    Mar 20, 2017 at 22:46
  • This included Chevy Chase constantly pretending to fall and is from my memory of what was going on then in general. I do not recall debate specifics. Mar 20, 2017 at 22:48
  • It was more a comment on American society at the time. There was a common expression "there won't be any math on the test" to reassure students. The closest I could find to an online source in 2m of searching: chronicle.com/forums/index.php?topic=161061.15;imode and users.encs.concordia.ca/~grahne/comp232/cs-needs-math.pdf
    – user2565
    Mar 26, 2017 at 15:25


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