Query - Walk and Chew Gum

Jerome Foster funex79 at CHARTER.NET
Mon Feb 2 22:17:23 UTC 2004

I don't know the origin of the phrase but I know Lyndon Johnson said it of
Ford when he (Ford)was a congressman.

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From: "Kathleen E. Miller" <millerk at NYTIMES.COM>
Sent: Monday, February 02, 2004 12:40 PM
Subject: Query - Walk and Chew Gum

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> As I remember Ford fell down a lot, hit people in the head with wayward
> golf swings, etc. and he comes to mind when I think of the phrase, "walk
> and chew gum at the same time." Anybody know the origin?
> Kathleen E. Miller
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