Great Presidential Wit: -- I Wish I was in this Book

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 1, 2001 - Humor - 240 pages
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Famous for his deadpan humor, "New York Times" bestselling author Senator Bob Dole here brings us his favorite witticisms and hilarious remarks of this country's commanders in chief.

Referring to his own run for the presidency, Senator Dole writes: "President Nixon and I have much in common. We both grew up amidst rural privation. We both served in World War II. We both served in the House and Senate. Of course, there are some differences as well. That's why we call him President Nixon."

Just in time for the inauguration and President's Day comes this delightful book chock-full of presidential quips and humor collected by Senator Dole -- one of the country's most recognizable political figures and commentator for Comedy Central's" Indecision 2000."

"Great Presidential Wit" collects the former senator's favorite funny stories and remarks by and about American presidents -- from George Washington to the first president elected in the twenty-first century. Senator Dole tackles the assignment of ranking the presidents from the funniest (Abraham Lincoln) to the least funny (Millard Fillmore), and everyone in between. With chapters cleverly organized according to the senator's own opinions -- from "A Class by Themselves" (Lincoln, Reagan, the Roosevelts) and "Yankee Wits" (Coolidge, Kennedy) to "The Joke's on Them" (Taylor, Harding, Van Buren, Buchanan, the Harrisons, Pierce, Fillmore) -- "Great Presidential Wit" is the perfect antidote to the long political season.

  

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Contents

Backbones and Funny Bones
11
A CLASS BY THEMSELVES 1 Abraham Lincoln
29
Ronald Reagan
42
Franklin D Roosevelt
48
Theodore Roosevelt
55
YANKEE WITS 5 Calvin Coolidge
65
John F Kennedy 11
77
PLAIN SPEAKER TALL TALES AND A POKER FACE 7 Harry Truman
85
Jimmy Carter
176
Ulysses Grant
179
James Monroe
182
Richard Nixon
186
John Tyler
189
AndrewJackson
191
Chester Arthur
194
John Quincy Adams
195

Lyndon B Johnson
89
Herbert Hoover
101
CLASSROOM HUMORISTS 10 WoodrowWilson
111
James Garfield
127
George Bush
129
William Howard Taft
131
John Adams
136
George Washington
142
ThomasJefferson
150
Bill Clinton
153
AND YOU ALWAYS THOUGHT THEY WERE DULL 18 Dwight Eisenhower
159
Gerald Ford
165
Rutherford B Hayes
169
William McKinley
171
AndrewJohnson
202
Grover Cleveland
204
James K Polk
206
Zachary Taylor
209
Warren G Harding
211
Martin Van Buren
214
James Buchanan
217
William Henry Harrison
222
Franklin Pierce
223
Benjamin Harrison
225
Millard Fillmore
229
WAITING IN THE WINGS George W Bush
233
Al Gore
237
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Senator Bob Dole was the longest-serving Republican leader in Senate history. He was also the 1976 Republican nominee for vice president and the 1996 Republican nominee for president. He is currently serving as the chairman of the World War II Memorial campaign and as chairman of the International Commission on Missing Persons in the Former Yugoslavia. Wounded in World War II, Senator Dole was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. He is married to Elizabeth Hanford Dole and lives in Washington, D.C.

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