There’s humor in leadership

Editor, OBSERVER:

With the government shut down, I thought we could use some presidential humor.

“My esteem in this country has gone up substantially. It is very nice now when people wave at me; they all use their fingers.” – Jimmy Carter

“I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency – even if I’m in a Cabinet meeting.” – Ronald Reagan

“When they call roll in the Senate, the senators do not know whether to answer ‘present’ or ‘not guilty.'” – Teddy Roosevelt

“In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a Congress.” – John Adams

“Being president is like running a cemetery: You’ve got a lot of people under you and nobody’s listening.” – Bill Clinton

“These stories about my intellectual capacity really get under my skin. You know, for a while I even thought my staff believed it. There on my schedule first thing every morning it said Intelligence Briefing.” – George W. Bush

“Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.” – Reagan

BRENDA BUTLER,

who gave birth to her daughter Tara on Presidents’ Day 19 years ago,

Dunkirk