Many are scripted, lots are self-deprecating, some are off the cuff.
They’ve been delivered at news conferences, dinner parties and — in one case — from a hospital gurney. Jokes, it seems, are vital to a presidency.
So this Presidents Day, pause to ask not what your president can do for you, but whether he can tell a joke. Here’s a look at some of the best presidential zingers.
“I hope you're all Republicans.”
— Ronald Reagan, looking up at his physicians after being shot by a would-be assassin in 1981
“I am sure you have all noticed that the White House is getting a new coat of paint. The...