Even though presidents are often made into the recipient of jabs or the butt of the joke, in this case, the joke actually comes from the president. Although when people think of presidents, sense of humor may not be at the top of the list of characteristics, but over the years some presidents have actually been fairly funny.
National Presidential Joke Day is here to give a little honor and respect to those presidents who have managed to hold this office and have been able to laugh a little too!
History of National Presidential Joke Day
National Presidential Joke Day dates back to August 11, 1984 when Ronald Reagan made a fairly unexpected joke during a sound check that would turn into a rather large faux pas. The joke was a fake announcement toward the end of the Cold War, where Reagan said that he had “signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever, we begin bombing in five minutes”. Although traditionally presidential soundchecks were typically kept private by the networks, this one got leaked.
While this joke by Reagan came under harsh scrutiny and was highly criticized, particularly by the Soviet Union, the incident also helped the people to see that the president was truly a human and that the presidential office may come along with some humor that doesn’t always hit the target. National Presidential Joke Day developed out of this incident and has been celebrated and commemorated in a variety of ways since that time.
How to Celebrate National Presidential Joke Day
Whether just about being human or political in nature, many presidents over the years have offered small glimpses into their funny sides. Celebrate National Presidential Joke Day with some of these ideas for participating:
Enjoy Some Presidential Jokes
Have a chuckle that ranks all the way up the commander-in-chief by getting involved with National Presidential Joke Day! This day offers an ideal opportunity to show some love, appreciation and humor that comes from the U.S. Head of State. Check out and share some of these presidential jokes to celebrate and raise awareness for the day:
- “There are few things in life harder to find and more important to keep than love. Well, love and a birth certificate.” – Barack Obama
- “My esteem in this country has gone up substantially. It’s very nice now when people wave at me, they use all their fingers.” – Jimmy Carter
- “Being president is kind of like running a cemetery. You have a lot of people under you but nobody is listening.” – Bill Clinton
- “People say I’m indecisive, but I don’t know about that.” – George W. Bush
Watch Some Presidential Jokes Online
Better than simply reading some presidential jokes to celebrate, why not watch some of them online in the videos where they were originally delivered? A little search on YouTube will offer various montages and delightful deliveries of jokes from funny POTUSes, past and present. Take a look in honor of National Presidential Joke Day.