I can only really remember as far back as LBJ. Some of you who are older may recall further back. The most entertaining one for me was Nixon. Paranoid and maybe a bit off in the head he was always fun to watch.
LBJ was a character himself. I was actually sad to see him go.
Runners up would have to be Reagan and Clinton. Reagan could come up with some really good lines sometimes and Clinton kept us glued to the TV to see if he really had sex with that woman.
So what are your favorites?
"a family in allentown, pennsylvania -- i campaigned with them the other day... under my plan, they get $1,800 of tax relief. under vice president gore's plan, they get $145 of tax relief. now you tell me who stands on the side of the fence." gwb 10.03.2000
i'm not sure if it qualifies as entertaining, but it's definitely in a league of its own.
Gee Dub for sure (I admit, I've only been around for a handful). The guy was like comic gold - the stand-ups had it so easy for those eight years. The material wrote itself!
Bill Clinton for sure.
You never knew what was lurking under his desk!!!LOL
I loved Ronald Reagan and the humor he inspired.
Rubbery figures had a permanent skit on him. It was called "The President's brain is missing!"
An Australian comic crew showed scenes from a western that Reagan was the good guy in. The fight scene is so funny!
He looked like a cartoon character in that terrible scene.
Every time Regan punched the bad guy, the punch rolled the black hatted bad guy along the wall of a shed. The scene just went on and on...he punches, the bad guy rolls along the shed wall still standing, punch, roll, punch, roll, punch... till they ran out of shed!
It had me on the floor laughing! They showed this just as he got running for election.
So we should be looking for presidents for their entertainment value?
Let's have a TV program-- "America's Got President: Political Pop Culture".
I'd like to see some moral, common-sense leadership.
"dick cheney and i do not want this nation to be in a recession. we want anybody who can find work to be able to find work." gwb 12.05.2000
Definitely a toss up between Carter and Clinton. With Carter, how could a man with that grin be so cheerless?
But in the end, I think I'm with P.J. O'Rourke on this one. In comparing Carter to Clinton, I think that Clinton is going to win this one in that at least Carter had "a nicer wife, a smarter baby brother, [and] a less frightening mom..." Unlike Clinton's $300 hair cut, Carter never paid more than $2.50 for a buzz "if appearances are anything to go by."
And furthermore (these are quotes)
Carter had governed a more important state,
Carter had once held a job
He came from a more cosmopolitan home town,
And he had a more charismatic vice president
It took Carter weeks to become a national laughingstock
They were on drugs during the Carter administration--they had an excuse
Joseph Califano was prettier than Donna Shalala
(I'll stop here unless you disagree with me in which case I'm going to have to continue)
Back in the day Danny Carvey was hilarious when he performed his skits of George Bush sr. on SNL. Bush invited him to the White House to perform the skit upon leaving office.
Wouldn't it be an insult to vote for anyone other than Ronald Reagan on this one? I mean, he's the one and only Hollywood Hero Prez.
Just like Ahnold is our very entertaining governator here in CA.
Too bad. I liked him when he first took office. But I'm not laughing much these days!
If the consideration is who accidentally entertained us with poorly worded statements, GW is tough to beat. However, if the question which President displayed the best humor, it would go hands down to Abraham Lincoln with JFK a distant second.
"If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?"
"These capatilists generally act harmoniously and in concert to fleece the people."
"Things may come to those who wait, but only things left behind by those who hustle."
"If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six hours sharpening my ax."
"No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens."
"I fear explanations explanatory of things explained."
"He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I have met." (about a lawyer)
"Do you realize the responsibility I carry? I'm the only man standing between Richard Nixon and the White House."
"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."
"Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process."
"The pay is good and I can walk to work."
"Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought."
I think Ronald Reagan was great with humor. Almost every speech had a little humor in it . And how can you crack a joke after being shot with out being quick-witted
Yes, if you are thinking "whose sense of humor was the funniest and made us laugh the most", it's Reagan. The assassination is a good point: even under pressure, Reagan cranked out the one-liners. That tells you that his humor was mostly uncontrived. He really thought that way (and that's funny).
But if the question is "who was the most fun to laugh at" it's got to be Clinton. I mean, I think Leno made more jokes about the Clintons after he was out of office! The material was so rich, he couldn't put it down.
In terms of mannerisms, I think Nixon was the most fun to imitate "I'm not a crook." He'd throw his hands in the air and give the "V" for "Victory" sign with his jowls flapping in the wind. But, I don't know if Nixon was in-touch enough to know that the "V" sign was also the hand sign for "peace" in the 60s. That's funny b/c no one denounced the beatniks more than Nixon, yet he looked like he was trying to "fit in."
Clinton is very polished in one sense, but he's such a buffoon in another. That's even funnier than Nixon. Think Inspector Clouseau.
The most entertaining President of USA will be Ronald Reagan. When he was planning to declare war on Iran for its taking hostage of American soldiers, immediately on taking oath, the US soldiers were released at the same time when he took oath on 20th Jan.1980. That was one of the most entertaining and thrilling moments in history.
I've always thought Teddy Roosevelt must have been a particularly entertaining president to have around. He had so much more personality than these modern ones.
Oh there were so many moments in history. Ford, the cameras all watching his every step after he fell down the steps exiting the plane. Eisenhower with his clubs. Johnson picking up the dog by it's ears. Nixon was loved by the comics. George Bush Sr. in the boat being attacked by a wild bunny (too funny). Carter and his brother Billy. Reagan was also a funny man. But the biggest comedy ever is what is going on now. Not too entertaining tho'.
almost forgot that wagging finger of Bill's.
John F. Kennedy was far away the most entertaining (and he was on television with frequent press conferences where we could see and appreciate his sense of humor. I love the Lincoln quotes, but they weren't "live" on TV.) JFK was witty and quick while at the same time young and genuine. We laughed with Kennedy, not at him.
Bill Clinton....he didn't inhale a joint...he didn't have sex with that woman...Now that....is entertainment!
Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.
I swear I think the rest of the world didn't mess with us when Reagan was in office because they thought he was nuts and could nuke em at anytime.
Remember the sound check thing at his weekly address?
"My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia. We begin bombing in five minutes,"
Now could Obama get away with that?
And Slick Willy was just plain bullet proof.
Forget the Oval Office, him and Monica Lewinsky could have done it on the White House lawn in front of TV cameras and afterward Bill would have been like " Wha? I didn't do that."
And as long as the economy was good, we'd have just laughed and said " Oh Bill!"
Got to say Jed Bartlett from West wing......seems to get his whole day crammed into an hour in between ad breaks
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