Patrick Jake O'Rourke

(1947 / Toledo, Ohio)

Patrick Jake O'Rourke
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Patrick Jake "P. J." O'Rourke (born November 14, 1947) is an American political satirist, journalist, writer, and author. O'Rourke is the H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute and is a regular correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, The American Spectator, and The Weekly Standard, and frequent panelist on National Public Radio's game show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!. In the United Kingdom, he is known as the face of a long-running series of television advertisements for British Airways in the 1990s.

He is the author of 17 books, of which his latest, Holidays in Heck, was released November 1, 2011. This was preceded on September 21, 2010, by Don't Vote!-It ... more »

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  • Automobiles are free of egotism, passion, prejudice and stupid ideas about where to have dinner. They are, literally, selfless. A world designed for automobiles instead of people would have wider stre...
    P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. "An Argument in Favor of Automobiles vs. Pedestrians," Give War a Chance (1992).
  • ''Seriousness is stupidity sent to college.''
    P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. "A Serious Problem," Give War A Chance (1992).
  • Maybe a nation that consumes as much booze and dope as we do and has our kind of divorce statistics should pipe down about "character issues." Either that or just go ahead and determine the presidency...
    P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. "Attack of the Midget Vote Suckers," Parliament of Whores (1991).
  • Social Security is a government program with a constituency made up of the old, the near old and those who hope or fear to grow old. After 215 years of trying, we have finally discovered a special int...
    P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. "Graft for the Millions: Social Security," Parliament of Whores (1991).
  • We spend all day broadcasting on the radio and TV telling people back home what's happening here. And we learn what's happening here by spending all day monitoring the radio and TV broadcasts from bac...
    P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. "Gulf Diary," entry for January 31, 1991, Give War A Chance (1992, first published in Rolling...
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