US President Anecdotes, Silly Stories and Jokes
Sometimes you just need a good laugh to start off the day. Lets see if any of these helps you with that.
US Presidential Funny or Strange Nicknames – Some Funny Nicknames of Presidents Washington through Tyler
Strange or Funny Nicknames of Presidents: Washington through Tyler (our first ten Presidents)
George Washington – American Cincinnatus
John Adams – His Rotundity, The Duke of Braintree
Thomas Jefferson – Mad Tom
James Madison – His Little Majesty, Little Jemmy
James Monroe – The Last Cocked Hat
John Quincy Adams – Old Man Eloquent, King John II
Andrew Jackson – Sharp Knife, King Andrew
Martin Van Buren – The Little Magician, Red Fox of Kinderhook, The Mistletoe Politician
William Henry Harrison – Old Tippecanoe, Granny Harrison, General Mum
John Tyler – His Accidency
Thomas Jefferson Silly Stories and Quotes
One day Jefferson was traveling. He went on horseback. That was a common way of traveling at that time. He stopped at a country tavern. At this tavern he talked with a stranger who was staying there. After a while Jefferson rode away. Then the stranger said to the landlord, "Who is that man? He knew so much about law, that I was sure he was a lawyer. But when we talked about medicine, he knew so much about that, that I thought he must be a doctor. And after a while he seemed to know so much about religion, that I was sure he was a minister. Who is he?" The stranger was very much surprised to hear that the man he had talked with was Thomas Jefferson.
(Family Books and CDs, http://www.familybooksandcds.com/kid-story-stories-about-thomas-jefferson.html, Stories About Jefferson: A Children’s Story About Thomas Jefferson)
He (Thomas Jefferson) had very bad posture and had a tendency to wear clothes that many felt were unfitting for a man of his stature. He usually wore a worn brown coat, red waistcoat, corduroy breeches, wool hose, and a pair of carpet slippers without heels. He almost sparked an international incident when he accidentally insulted the British ambassador by received him while wearing informal clothes. He also started the presidential tradition of shaking hands with visitors instead of bowing."
(Top Tenz, http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-facts-about-thomas-jefferson.php, Top 10 Interesting Facts about Thomas Jefferson; #5 Thomas Jefferson was a very casual person)
John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the White House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement: "This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."
All right. Listen to me. This fellow they've nominated claims he's the new Thomas Jefferson. Well, let me tell you something. I knew Thomas Jefferson. He was a friend of mine. And, governor, you're no Thomas Jefferson.
(Ronald Reagan, August 17, 1992)
I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.
George Washington Jokes, Stories & Tidbits
Little Suzy once asked her mother, "Do people who never tell lies go to heaven?" "Yes, her mother answered. "They are the only ones." "Gosh, I bet it's lonesome up there with just God and George Washington," said Suzy.
(101 President Jokes, Melvin Berger, © 1990, Scholastic Inc., ISBN-13: 978-0-545-1033-4, ISBN-10: 0-545-11033-5, page 3)
Teacher: "George Washington not only chopped down his father's Cherry tree, but also admitted doing it. Now do you know why his father didn't punish him?"
- One Student: " Because George still had the axe in his hand."
(funnydb.net, http://funnydb.net/jokes/George+Washington+jokes, Joke 27314)
Why was George Washington buried standing up?
- Because he never lied.
Family Friend Jokes, http://www.familyfriendjokes.com/joke/george-washington-joke, George Washington Joke)
What would you get if you crossed the first US president with an animated character?
- George Washingtoon!
Kids Jokes, http://www.kidsjokes.co.uk/jokes/holiday/washingtonsbirthday.html, Washington’s Birthday Jokes)
Republican Senator John G. Tower of Texas liked to tell a story about George Washington when the latter, he said, was growing up on his daddy's ranch in the High Plains of West Texas. On that ranch, said Tower, there was a beautiful mesquite tree, which George's daddy loved, not only because it was a beautiful tree but also because it was the only tree for fifty miles in any direction. One day, when his daddy was out on the range rounding up a few mavericks and strays, George pulled on his boots, picked up his Bowie knife, and went out and whittled down that mesquite tree. When his daddy got home, he took little George out behind the corral and asked him: "George, who whittled down my mesquite tree?" "I did it, Daddy," said George. "I cannot tell a lie." "Pack your things, son," his daddy said. "We're moving to Virginia. You'll never get along like that in Texas!"
(Congressional Anecdotes, Paul Boller, © 1991, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-506092-X, page 174)