Funny how we all seem to have forgotten just how fond George W. Bush was of putting his foot in his mouth, but I guess POTUS number 45 will do that to you.
We know Obama loved a good dad joke, much to the chagrin of his daughters and Fox News, but what about a few other presidential zingers?
We’ll start with some old timers via TIME, before we move on to Dubya.
Ronald Reagan, you’re up:
According to a classic Washington yarn, he wasn’t even afraid to jest with the queen of England. In 1982, while he was on a horseback ride with the queen on the grounds of Windsor Castle, the queen’s horse is said to have had a bout of prolonged flatulence. The queen reportedly said, “Oh dear, Mr. President, I’m so sorry!” and Reagan supposedly replied, “Quite all right, Your Majesty. I thought it was the horse.”
See, even presidents love a good fart joke.
A few more:
Jimmy Carter, after leaving office, continued to poke fun at himself: “My esteem in this country has gone up substantially. It is very nice now when people wave at me, they use all their fingers.”
Calvin Coolidge [above], known as Silent Cal, was once seated next to a young woman at a dinner party, who told him that she had a bet she could extract at least three words of conversation from him. “You lose,” he replied.
How nice it would be to have a man of few words running the show, but unfortunately Donald knows all the best words:
Anyway, we digress.
George, let’s have your best rib tickler please:
He opened the 2005 Correspondents’ Dinner, for example, by saying, “I look forward to these dinners where I’m supposed to be funny . . . intentionally.” He always understood that when you make fun of yourself, you take away the power of your detractors.
George W. Bush once used his self-deprecating humor [sic] to come to the aid of Lea’s daughter [Lea Berman, who served as White House Social Secretary under Bush]. Lea and her daughter were at a farewell dinner the Bushes threw her when she left the White House, and her daughter, Alice, then 14 years old, was seated next to the president. He asked her how school was going, and she whispered that she was failing algebra but hadn’t worked up the nerve to tell Lea yet.
When the president heard this, he interrupted the table conversation, turned to Lea, and said, “Mom! Alice is flunking math, but you shouldn’t worry about it because I didn’t do very well in school either, and things turned out all right for me.” And he raised his shoulders to indicate where we were seated, in the Yellow Oval Room with the Truman Balcony and the Washington Monument beyond. The table erupted in laughter — and no one laughed harder than Alice. Years later, when President Bush saw Alice again, he greeted her by saying, “Haven’t you graduated yet?”
“I’m in college now!” she replied excitedly.
He smiled and patted her on the back. “So we both made it through.”
Never let some crummy grades stop you from thinking you can one day be president.
Here’s looking at you, JZ.
[imagesource: JOOINN] The move to alert level 1 and the easing of restrictions have be...
I was going to write about my Monday, which saw roughly 12 humans coming at me between 8AM...
Some thoughts really are best kept to oneself. But then along came social media, provid...
[imagesource: Augusto Zurita / AP] Shows like Narcos may have glorified aspects of the ...
Well done on making it through another week. Just think, this time next week you'll be ...