Reagan Wit: The Humor of the American President

Reagan Wit: The Humor of the American President

by Bill Adler, Ronald Reagan
     
 
Legendary for his clever gibes, bits of wisdom, and ability to laugh at himself, Ronald Reagan endeared himself to the public from the moment he entered the political arena. Few presidents have been so frequently quoted for their one-liners or quick comebacks.

Now, for the first time, The Reagan Wit offers the Reagan humor in hundreds of quotations, both

Overview

Legendary for his clever gibes, bits of wisdom, and ability to laugh at himself, Ronald Reagan endeared himself to the public from the moment he entered the political arena. Few presidents have been so frequently quoted for their one-liners or quick comebacks.

Now, for the first time, The Reagan Wit offers the Reagan humor in hundreds of quotations, both famous and unfamiliar, from every phase of his life, all in his own words. Following Reagan through his youth, college years, military service, acting career, two terms as governor of California, presidency, and post-presidency, The Reagan Wit takes a look at endless priceless moments. Included here are well-known gems like Honey, I forgot to duck (after the assassination attempt on him) as well as lesser-known but equally entertaining statements such as, I'm not worried about the deficit: it's big enough to take care of itself, capturing the charm that has made Reagan a revered figure. Whether he's playing a mischievous college prank, cajoling his staff members, or jousting with the press, The Reagan Wit gives an all-encompassing and hilarious portrait of Reagan's remarkable comic timing.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
After editing several previous popular books (e.g., The Uncommon Wisdom of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Carol Pub. Group, 1994), Adler collaborated with his son to compile this collection of one-liners, quips, anecdotes, and other quotables uttered by America's 40th president. Divided into ten chapters covering Reagan's youth through postpresidential years, the collection offers both unfamiliar and legendary Reaganisms that demonstrate an upbeat personality with a remarkable sense of timing and a healthy ability to laugh at himself. This slim volume will elicit chuckles from presidential buffs of any persuasion with a sense of humor, as well as from Reaganites. William D. Pederson, Louisiana State Univ., Shreveport

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780898030907
Publisher:
Jameson Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Pages:
120

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On the Press

Reagan was spotted reading a New York Times analysis of his latest foreign policy speech:

I want to see what these bastards are saying so I can protect myself. You can sure tell when you're in hostile territory. 1980

When bothered by hecklers, Reagan told his audience:

I hope my mike can outlast their bullhorns.

And when it did not, he showed his displeasure with their shouting and singing by commenting:

You know, they can't even sing.

On a campaign bus in snowy New Hampshire, Reagan kidded:

If anyone hears dogs barking, its because the next leg will be done by sled.

Copyright © 1998 by Bill Adler Books, Inc.

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