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National Presidential Joke Day

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About National Presidential Joke Day

When is National Presidential Joke Day? This holiday is always observed on August 11

Most, if not all of our U.S. Presidents have had a sense of humor. It’s almost a job requirement in order to survive the stress and pressures of the office. and the campaign trail. Look back at any president and you’ll find plenty of jokes to amuse the constituents. Many people believe this August 11 holiday is a day to make jokes about the president. Actually, National Presidential Joke Day is for our presidents to make jokes. On this day in 1984, President Ronald Reagan made a doozie.

On August 11, 1984, just before his regular Saturday radio address, President Ronald Reagan was doing a voice test with the microphone. He thought the microphone and the feed were not live. He joked into the microphone: “My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes.” To his surprise, he was speaking to a live feed!

This incident led to the creation of Presidential Joke Day. However, we do not think American presidents will make it a habit to perform jokes on, or to, the American public on this day, or any other.

How to Celebrate National Presidential Joke Day

Here are some ideas on how you can celebrate National Presidential Joke Day:

  • Tell jokes about the president or the office of the president. Night talk show hosts do this on a regular basis.
  • Watch the talk show hosts as they make jokes about whoever is currently in office.
  • Scour the internet for presidential jokes. They ae easy to find.

Today's Quote

“Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt.” – – President Herbert Hoover

Abraham Lincoln

History and Origin of National Presidential Joke Day

Presidential Joke Day began on August 11, 1984. It started when then-President Ronald Reagan made a joke, but didn’t know the microphone was live. There is very little information about its creation and the author is unknown. 

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