The book is a comprehensive collection of witty one-liners, historic pronouncements, personal insights and philosophical musings, complimented with cartoons by Richard Jolly. While recent Presidents have had their every gaffe covered on live television, even the earliest Presidents like Abraham Lincoln had a sparkling wit, ‘If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?’ and JFK, when asked how he became a war hero dryly replied, ‘It was involuntary. They sank my boat’.
“It also proves that, among their vast arsenal from small arms to nuclear war heads, humour is often a President’s best weapon. For example, Harry S. Truman retorted ‘You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog’, Ronald Reagan insisted ‘I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency – even if I’m in a Cabinet meeting’ and Barack Obama lamented ‘I’m so over-exposed I’m making Paris Hilton look like a recluse’, says Phil Dampier.”
“What clearly emerges from the more serious quotations is how many of the problems faced by the earliest Presidents still resonate today, says Ashley Walton. When George Washington said ‘Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom’, Herbert Hoover declared ‘Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt’! This could easily have been written for the twenty-first century and it proves that all Presidents have shared the same style of humour.”
“We’ve got quotes ranging from the inspirational and the witty to others that will leave readers holding their foreheads in disbelief. Everyone will find something in this book, whether it makes you laugh, cry, muse or gawp in disbelief.” he adds.
White House Wit, Wisdom and Wisecracks is available to order now from Barzipan and will be despatched on November 22nd.