'I have left orders to be awakened at any
time in case of national emergency, even if I'm in a cabinet meeting'.
Donald Rumsfeld is giving the president his daily briefing. He concludes
by saying: 'Yesterday, 3 Brazilian soldiers were killed'.
President Bush exclaims. 'That's terrible!' His staff are stunned at this
display of emotion, they watch nervously as the President sits, head in
hands. Finally, the President looks up and asks, 'How many is a brazillion?'
Why do Americans choose from just two people to run for president and 50
for Miss America?
Meet the President: A True Funny Tale
When Will Rogers was being taken to the White House to meet President
Calvin Coolidge, Vice President Dawes cautioned him not to try to be funny
because the President had no sense of humour whatsoever.
Undaunted, Rogers bet Dawes that he could have Coolidge laughing within
When the formal introduction was made, Dawes began by saying, 'Mr.
President, may I introduce my friend, Mr Will Rogers.'
Rogers held out his hand with a questioning look and said, 'Pardon me, I
didn't quite get the name.'
Coolidge roared with laughter, and Rogers won the wager.
Presidents day was formerly known as Washington Day. The observance
of Presidents' Day on the Third Monday of February is reminiscent of the
Indian fable of the 6 blind men
and the elephant in the sense that the holiday seems to mean something
different to everybody you meet.
The first president of the United States of America borrowed two
books from the New York Society Library in 1789 but failed to return
Adjusted for inflation, he has since racked up $300,000 USD
[£195,000 GBP] in fines for being some 220 years late.
The New York Society Library says it will not pursue the fine. It
would simply like the books back.
On 5 October 1789, the first president borrowed two books from what
was then the only library in Manhattan - "Law of Nations," a
dissertation on international relations, and a volume of debate
transcripts from Britain's House of Commons.
George Washington did not even bother to sign his name in the
borrower's ledger. An aide simply scrawled "president" next to the title
to show who had taken them out.
The two tomes were due back a month later but were never returned
and have been accruing late fees ever since. Librarians uncovered the
misdemeanour as they were digitising the library's ledger from that time.
Footnote: Please send us your funny Presidents' Day jokes.
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