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August 11, 2015
★~ Today’s Quote: ‘‘My esteem in this country has gone up substantially. It is very nice now when people wave at me, they use all their fingers.” —Jimmy Carter
★~ Presidential Joke Day
We often think of American presidents as butts of jokes, the muses for mockery, and the subjects of satire. But every once in a while, our commanders-in-chief (or their speechwriters) come up with a few witty wisecracks of their own. Presidential Joke Day – is a holiday to commemorate the fact that presidents sometimes have a sense of humor.
The holiday began in 1984, when Ronald Reagan made a joke during a sound check for a radio broadcast. “My fellow Americans,” he said, “I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.”
Reagan was not aware, however, that his feed was live. And unfortunately, not everyone got the joke. Soviet officials got word of the broadcast and put the military on high alert.
Once the threat of nuclear war had abated, Americans found the situation hilarious, and decided to memorialize Reagan’s famous quip by instituting National Presidential Joke Day on August 11th.
★~ National Raspberry Tart Day:
Ah, the tart—Today we are celebrating the perfect combination of crispy crust, creamy filling, and Raspberries. Tarts were first introduced during the Middle Ages. Though fruit-topped tarts are sweet and decadent, many salty varieties also exist. For example, in France, many of these open-faced pies are made with eggs, cheeses, meats and vegetables. These savory tarts are similar to quiches. Whether filled with Raspberry, chocolate or goat cheese—tarts are delicious! To celebrate National Raspberry Tart Day, head to your local bakery to pick up one or if you are in the mood…make your own raspberry tart!
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1874 – Harry S. Parmelee of New Haven, CT received a patent for the sprinkler head.
♥~ 1896 – Harvey Hubbell of Bridgeport, CT received a patent for the pull-chain, electric-light socket! Pull the chain, the light goes on. Pull it again, the light goes off. Pull it again and the chain comes off…
♥~ 1973 – The movie “American Graffiti” opened. George Lucas’s film takes place during a single night near the end of summer in a small California town.
♥~ 1994 – The Iowa State Fair, opening in Des Moines, unveiled a life-size statue of singer Garth Brooks, sculpted from 250 pounds of butter.
♥~ 2006 – Jamie Gold, 36-year-old former Hollywood talent agent, won the $12-million grand prize in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, NV.
★~ Born Today:
♥~ 1949 – Eric Carmen musician: bass, keyboards, songwriter, singer: group: The Raspberries: Go All the Way; solo: All By Myself, Never Gonna Fall in Love, Almost Paradise, Again, Hungry Eyes,Make Me Lose Control.
♥~ 1953 – Hulk Hogan (Terry Bollea) wrestler, actor: Mr. Nanny, Suburban Commando, Thunder in Paradise
★~ Gallimaufry: Presidential Jokes
“I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself.”
“I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency — even if I’m in a Cabinet meeting.”
“Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.”
“Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.”
“I hope you’re all Republicans.” —Speaking to surgeons as he entered the operating room following a 1981 assassination attempt
GEORGE W. BUSH
“These stories about my intellectual capacity really get under my skin. You know, for a while I even thought my staff believed it. There on my schedule first thing every morning it said, ‘Intelligence Briefing.'”
”Thank you for your email. This Internet of yours is a wonderful invention.” —To Al Gore during the 2000 presidential campaign
“We’re studying safe levels for arsenic in drinking water. To base our decision on sound science, the scientists told us we needed to test the water glasses of about 3,000 people. Thank you for participating.” —At the 2001 Radio-Television Correspondents’ Association dinner
”The candidates are an interesting group, with diverse opinions — for tax cuts and against them, for NAFTA and against NAFTA, for the Patriot Act and against the Patriot Act, in favor of liberating Iraq and opposed to it. And that’s just one senator from Massachusetts.” —During the 2004 campaign against John Kerry
”If I had to name my greatest strength, I guess it would be my humility. Greatest weakness, it’s possible that I’m a little too awesome.”
”There are few things in life harder to find and more important to keep than love. Well, love and a birth certificate.”
”Many of you know that I got my name, Barack, from my father. What you may not know is Barack is actually Swahili for ‘That One.’ And I got my middle name from somebody who obviously didn’t think I’d ever run for president.”
”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 just received the following wire from my generous Daddy: Dear Jack, Don’t buy a single vote more than is necessary. I’ll be damned if I’m going to pay for a landslide.” —John F. Kennedy, addressing complaints that his father’s money was buying the primary for him.
”My esteem in this country has gone up substantially. It is very nice now when people wave at me, they use all their fingers.” —Jimmy Carter
“When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer ‘present’ or ‘not guilty.'” —Teddy Roosevelt
”In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.” —John Adams
“Being president is like running a cemetery: you’ve got a lot of people under you and nobody’s listening.” —Bill Clinton
“If I were two faced, would I be wearing this one?” —Abraham Lincoln
I will write a follow up post about our neighborhood cat house. It was estimated that 101 cats have been removed so far. It is believed that 20 adult cats, plus several litters of kittens are still in the home and garage. The good news is most of the cats are on their way to a better quality of life –fostering, adoption, TNR program, and barns. No cat will be left behind.
And now, I am off to Prairie Wolf with my campers! It is the last day of the Dog Days Of Summer (July 3 through August 11) and we plan to make the most of ,what is promised, to be a cooler, milder day!
Odd Loves Company,