Presidential Wit * Open Thread *


We have spent some time thinking and talking about the beginning of our country and of course the presidential election is always in the news. It made me think back about other presidents. Some I remembered myself and others that I had read about. The one thing I remembered most about 2 in my life time was their wit. Reagan and JFK were not only smart they were quick witted.

One of the things I’ve noticed, and maybe it’s just me, but when Barack Obama attempts to be funny, it’s always in a petty way. It’s always mean-spirited.  I think he’s incompetent, dishonest and narcissistic. Quick witted? I think not.  The world is in flames and he’s worried about letting some lady with a penis in the women’s bathroom.

Have there been many presidents who were witty? I don’t think so but I thought I would like to find out. I like to say I’m curious – the truth is I’m nosey.

JFK was known for his wit. I absolutely loved his press conferences. I think he was probably the last Democrat that I had respect for. He was witty with a charming smile. It seemed so wholeheartedly genuine. Perhaps it wasn’t but I liked it anyway.

“Those of you who regard my profession of political life with some disdain should remember that it made it possible for me to move from being an obscure lieutenant in the United States Navy to Commander-in-chief in fourteen years with very little technical experience.” ~ President John Kennedy

“Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.” ~ President John Kennedy

Harry Truman was reputedly a funny man with a dry wit. I like dry wit. They make you work for it.

harry truman foto media di harry truman foto quadrata di harry truman ...All the president is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway.  ~ Harry S. Truman

When you get to be President, there are all those things, the honors, the twenty-one gun salutes, all those things. You have to remember it isn’t for you. It’s for the Presidency.  ~ Harry S. Truman

We don’t often think of Abe Lincoln as being a witty man. His Gettysburg Address is one of the greatest speeches, while being one of the shortest, of all time. He was a very smart man but he was witty too. Here’s a couple of examples:

president abraham lincoln | Michael Bradley - Time Traveler“He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas better than any man I ever met.” ~ President Abraham Lincoln

“People are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” ~ President Abraham Lincoln

“Nearly all men stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” ~ President Abraham Lincoln

Note how the Lincoln quotes are all short and to the point. Yet each speaks volumes. A truly great man with many talents.

Lincoln’s memoirs would also have been worth a read don’t you think?

How about the father of our country? Was he witty? We know he was smart and honorable and honest.  He could also from most accounts swear to make a sailor blush. But was he witty? You be the judge.

George Washington 2560x1920px #932794The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments. ~ George Washington

Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth. ~ George Washington

I’m not sure I see all that much wit but what was a real knee-slapper back then might not seem too funny to us today. He certainly could say things that made you think. A great man if not exactly a stand up comedian.

But I still wanted to find some funny stuff.

I found this quote from Lyndon Johnson. He reminds me that Trump isn’t the only man to aspire to the White House who was crude. The difference, as I see it, is that Johnson was a savvy politician and competent to do the job. Honest? Not so much.

Civil Rights Movement: "Black Power" Era Photo: Lyndon B. Johnson”Did you ever think that making a speech on economics is a lot like pissing down your leg? It seems hot to you, but it never does to anyone else.” ~ Lyndon Johnson

I may not know much, but I know the difference between chicken shit and chicken salad. ~ Lyndon Johnson

We can’t forget about Ronald Reagan when we talk about Presidential wit. To my mind he was even wittier than JFK. His wit was legendary.

Ronald Reagan - 40th President of the USARepublicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15.  ~ Ronald Reagan

Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.  ~ Ronald Reagan

To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will. ~ Ronald Reagan

Some of our presidents were witty, some were wise and some were duds. Such is life. When they run for office they promise much and often we know they can’t possibly deliver what they promise. But for some reason, knowing about their dishonesty we vote for them anyway. If confuses me that we do this. Over and over again.

Witty as some of our Presidents have been, some more than others, I doubt any could outdo a world leader named Churchill.

He had us pegged, didn’t he?


45 Responses to “Presidential Wit * Open Thread *”

  1. helenk3 Says:

    brought forward as requested. I do love this story

  2. helenk3 Says:

    she gets away with it.
    there has to be a special place in hell for this woman because she is not getting any punishment on earth

  3. helenk3 Says:

  4. helenk3 Says:

    location, location,location

  5. helenk3 Says:

    how many signals?

  6. helenk3 Says:

    why not do away with “top Secret” all together. Just include our enemies on all our government e-mails? It would be cheaper and more effective then having Hillary in charge of the them.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      A country that has one set of laws for the rich and powerful and one for the rest of us is not a Nation of Laws as politicians like to pontificate about. We are a nation of laws that are convenient. For those the enforce the laws. Or not as they see fit.

  7. helenk3 Says:

    so she gets elected, has control of the football. sends off a few nukes and starts a world war., is the FBI going to say ” thats ok, she is just electronically challenged?”

  8. kenoshamarge Says:

    “Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.” ~ Daniel Webster

  9. kenoshamarge Says:

    You Owe Them Nothing – Not Respect, Not Loyalty, Not Obedience

    The idea of the rule of law today is a lie. There is no law. There is no justice. There are only lies.

    Hillary Clinton is manifestly guilty of multiple felonies. Her fans deny it half-heartedly, but mostly out of habit – in the end, it’s fine with them if she’s a felon. They don’t care. It’s just some law. What’s the big deal? It doesn’t matter that anyone else would be in jail right now for doing a fraction of what she did. But the law is not important. Justice is not important.

    The attorney general secretly canoodles with the husband of the subject of criminal investigation by her own department and the president, the enforcer of our laws, shrugs. The media, the challenger of the powerful, smirks. They rub our noses in their contempt for the law. And by doing so, demonstrate their contempt for us.–not-respect-not-loyalty-not-obedience-n2186865

  10. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Well, it is official: Clinton will not be charged with anything. I know, I know, we are all SHOCKED by this:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      “Extremely careless behavior” Yeah that’s just the kind of person we want as CiC. NOT!

  11. kenoshamarge Says:

    This is Obama’s “Legacy”.

  12. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Great post, Marge. I could not agree more with how petty Obama is. He always makes jokes at someone else’s expense. No doubt he thinks he is superior to everyone else and liberals think they are superior to everyone else, so really, there is no lack of material, am I right? Sigh…

    Thanks for this!

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      That is the thing that I noticed about Trump, same type as Obama. Little, petty men. We could do so much better. Hell like they say, pick a name out of the phone book and it would be an improvement over either of those 2.

      And Hillary? Someone that the FBI says engaged in extremely careless behavior doesn’t’ sound like someone we want in the Oval Office.

      But then Dems will vote for anyone that promises giveaways and Republicans are lured by the promise of a wall. How easy we’ve become.

  13. helenk3 Says:

    Judicial Watch a lot more trustworthy than the FBI

    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made the following statement regarding the decision by Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James B. Comey that the Department of Justice not indict former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the disclosure of classified information on her email:

    FBI Director James Comey detailed Hillary Clinton’s massive destruction of government records and grossly negligent handling of classified information. Frankly, there’s a disconnect between Comey’s devastating findings and his weak recommendation not to prosecute Hillary Clinton. Federal prosecutors, independent of politics, need to consider whether to pursue the potential violations of law confirmed by the FBI.

    Judicial Watch helped break open the Clinton email scandal and, in the meantime, will independently continue its groundbreaking litigation and investigation.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I don’t know what pressure was put on Comey but I hope he’s aware that his reputation is forever tarnished by what he’s done. He laid down with dogs and got up with fleas. What was his price for his integrity?

  14. helenk3 Says:

    guess this guy did not promise job protection

  15. helenk3 Says:

    what happens next?

  16. helenk3 Says:

    a lot more than the water is contaminated there

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Maybe the contaminated water explains how voters send people off to Washington to do good and instead they do well – for themselves. Is it in the water? A poison that turns honest folk crooked?

      One thing we do know – it isn’t rat poison – because all the rats are doing very well.

  17. helenk3 Says:

  18. helenk3 Says:

    this says a lot

  19. helenk3 Says:

    you got to love this one

  20. mcnorman Says:

    Jim Webb D endorses DT over HRC.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, boy. I had thought Webb was a reasonable solid person. He didn’t HAVE to endorse anyone.

      Here I thought Webb might actually care a bit abt our legal system (if nothingn else):

      • amarissa Says:

        Webb swims in all waters just to call attention, he is really dumb!

        • mcnorman Says:

          Just my opinion, but I don’t think that is the case. I truly believe that there are many within both parties that are fedup with the shennanigans that the powers dole out. Everyone pays.

      • mcnorman Says:

        Jim Webb has more integrity in his little finger than HRC. I believe that this is a reaction to the rigged system that propped her up. I think that many of the Dems are sick and tired of the bullying. I can only imagine that the Repulicans are equally as disgusted. Few will have the courage to say anything that goes against the system. The corruption is deep. HRC has been selected. Zero announced long before that he would be campaigning for her. He knew. He never would have precariously left himself up for more ridicule if he had wind that she would be indicted.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          I thought of Webb as a person of integrity too, mcnorman. Personally, I do not understand why he would endorse Trump all things considered. Yes, Hillary is crooked, but that doesn’t mean Trump isn;t as bad (or even worse). Trump has already shown a callous disregard for the Constitution. Considering Webb’s service to this nation and his allegiance to the Constitution, I am surprised that he endorsed anyone at all.

          • mcnorman Says:

            I see it as nothing more than a man of integrity voting against the bullies. I don’t see him as trying to be relevant, just saying that he’s had enough. I can’t blame the man for making this his stand.

  21. mcnorman Says:

    I watched Mr. Smith Goes To Washington this weekend. I know it is tv, but I really liked the story. The honorable win in the end no matter how perverse the system treats them.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      The thing many people who haven’t rewatched “Mr. Smith” for sometime forget is that in that movie the media was corrupt too.

      We all want to believe that there is someone decent and honorable to represent us. And then we go and re-elect the same damn crooks 91% of the time.

      • mcnorman Says:

        I know. The media was bought and paid for in that movie. It is a shame that the movie is not used for critical thinking anymore. I first saw it as a kid and then in highschool long ago…film study along with Citizen Kane.

  22. helenk3 Says:

    another dead one

  23. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Sharyl Attkisson has a fascinating takeaway regarding Comey’s declarations and decisions today:

  24. helenk3 Says:

    backtrack’s newest pajama boy Comey

  25. helenk3 Says:

    this article hurts

  26. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Pretty much what we have been saying all along (h/t Facebook friend):

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