The Funniest Jokes Told by 20 U.S. Presidents


The President of the United States is one of the most powerful people in the world—and these jokes prove that presidents can sometimes be funny, too. Read on and enjoy these jokes told by 20 of the U.S. Presidents. Also, don’t forget to tell us in the comment section which was your favorite President that America had!


James Madison: A jokester to the end

President Madison, our nation’s fourth president, got laughs even on his deathbed with the line, “I always talk better lying down.”


Martin Van Buren: Exit laughing

Van Buren’s presidency was definitely not easy, being filled with financial, political, and ideological challenges. In 1840, he lost his bid for a second term to William Henry Harrison, failing to carry even his home state (New York).

About his disappointing and difficult presidency, Martin Van Buren made no bones about it. “The two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it,” he’s quoted as saying.
P.S. Did you know Van Buren was the first American-born president?

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10 thoughts on “The Funniest Jokes Told by 20 U.S. Presidents”

  1. Regina M. Stach

    I have always loved Harry Truman’s joke “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog”. I can’t help but feel that there’s some truth in that.

  2. My favorite is this:
    In the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates, when Douglas accused Lincoln of being two-faced, Lincoln replied, referencing his homeliness, “Honestly, if I were two-faced, would I be showing you this one?”

  3. Don’t know if this is exactly considered a joke but certainly a truism. Warren Harding said “It’s not my enemies who keep me up at night; I know who my enemies are, but it is my friends.”

  4. Theodore Roosevelt boxed each morning before he went to work. He was very energetic and he took steps 2 at a time.. Citizens would wait for him to run up the steps.. he once said “God Bless America, death to her enemies.”

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