Lincoln 1860

Lincoln 1860

Thursday, November 8, 2007

The Wit and Wisdom Of George W. Bush?

Abraham Lincoln is considered by many to be the greatest humorist who has ever occupied the White House. Numerous books have been written about his keen wit and humorous stories he loved to tell, at the same time conveying wisdom to those around him.

So how does the wit of George W. Bush compare to Lincoln's? According to this article, Bob Dole, former senator from Kansas, ranks Bush about 20th out of the presidents. Bush frequently joshes about his own shortcomings, such as when he "bragged" about earning only "C's" at Harvard, for example. Other times he tries to make jokes at other people's expense, such as the time he teased a guy about wearing sunglasses at a news conference, only to find out later the man was wearing them due to a vision problem. Bush later had to apologize to the man. The article contains other instances of Bush's humor attempts.

As for his wisdom, well, some things are better left unsaid.

1 comment:

klkatz said...

Lincoln loved telling stories and would often do so to ease the tension concerning his awkward appearance.

it was also a way to hide from his 'melancholy'.

He was a great story teller and people would hang on every word... this undoubtedly made him an excellent orator... to this day his speeches are studied and mimicked.

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