“I heard one [presidential] candidate say that what this country needed was a president for the ‘90s,” Ronald Reagan once said. “I was set to run again. I thought he said a president in his 90s.” Abraham Lincoln, in one instance, was able to put a serious injury in a humorous light; in response to a young woman’s question about where a soldier was wounded, Lincoln replied, “Ma’am, the bullet that wounded him would not have wounded you.” Presidents often bring a sense of humor to the White House with them, allowing the American public to catch a glimpse of their not-so-serious sides. This book examines how five of the nation's funniest chief executivesAbraham Lincoln, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reaganused wit and humor to their advantage during their terms as president, and how their management of the Executive Branch was thereby enhanced. As a bonus, the effective use of humor by several unsuccessful presidential candidates is surveyed.
|Publisher:||McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Arthur A. Sloane is a professor of management at the University of Delaware. He lives in Wilmington.
Table of Contents
|Chapter 1||Abraham Lincoln||9|
|Chapter 2||Calvin Coolidge||49|
|Chapter 3||Franklin D. Roosevelt||74|
|Chapter 4||John F. Kennedy||96|
|Chapter 5||Ronald Reagan||133|
|Chapter 6||Presidential Candidates||171|
|Chapter 7||The Last Laugh: Concluding Thoughts on Humor||178|