Have you ever said something and instantly regretted it? Well that is what today is all about. Back in 1981, when President Ronald Reagan was wounded and the Vice President (George W. Bush) was not readily available, Alexander Haig told all not to worry, he was in control. Haig was the Secretary of State at the time and really had no way of taking control but he simply meant he would keep the government together until Bush could be sworn in, if needed. Turns out it wasn’t needed but so many people took exception to Haig’s statement that he had to resign (yep cancel culture was a thing back then too). It was simply one of those moments he should have kept his mouth shut.
How to celebrate – Read about the assassination attempt on on Ronald Reagan’s life. Think about what you say before you say it. Never allow anything you say to be quoted!
Today is a day to proclaim you are in control of your life! The day was created back on March 30th, 1981 when Ronald Reagan was shot and Secretary of State Alexander Haig proclaimed he was “In Control”. The problem was, he really wasn’t “In control”. Even though Reagan had been gravely wounded he was still functioning as President, and of course there was a Vice-President, Speaker of the House and numerous other people that were “In Control” long before that duty fell to Haig. Haig was soon forced to resign showing in the end, he really wasn’t in control.
How to celebrate – Make sure you are the one in control before declaring it. Find out if you are in actual control of anything. Watch re-runs of Designated Survivor.
Ronald Reagan made February 11th the National Inventors Day in honor of Thomas Alva Edison whose birthday just happened to be February 11th, 1847. That was back in 1983, long after Edison had registered over 1,000 patents for his inventions.
You could say it was like a light bulb went off in his head. But that’s the life of an inventor. Some inventors regret things they have made, like Pulitzer and even Einstein. It seems, for better or for worse, that most inventions come either during war or right before it. Sometimes because of dreams thought up during war. That’s normally because people are often busy enjoying life when they can.
And oddly, most inventions are fought against until people realize that they can make life better. Change never comes easy to man and inventions are all about change. Some inventions are life changing, others… not so much so. After all, even the Pet Rock was an invention.
You might be surprised at who inventors are. Yes, most of them are very bright and they are highly educated. Some are our neighbors who just happened to have the right idea at the right time.
How to celebrate – Invent something! Read about the famous inventors who have made the quality of life better for us all. Study some of the odder inventions you may never have known existed.
Of all years to appreciate Presidential Joke Day, this is the year! No matter who you support, you have to see the humor in this election. Below are a few Presidents being funny, or at least trying to be funny.
“If I were two faced-would I be wearing this one? – Abraham Lincoln
“It’s true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure why take the chance?” – Ronald Reagan
“Washington D.C. is twelve square miles bordered by reality.” – Andrew Johnson
“You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.” – Harry Truman
“The truth will set you free but first it will make you miserable.” – James A Garfield
“I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of a national emergency – even if I am in a Cabinet meeting.” – Ronald Reagan
Presidential Joke Day started on August 11th, 1984 when Ronald Reagan was doing a sound check for his usual Saturday evening radio address. Testing the microphone he said, “My fellow Americans. I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” The announcement did not go out over the air but it was recorded and later played back. Needless to say, those in Congress did not find it funny but the rest of the world did, proving you do not need a sense of humor to be in government.
This year we the people, will need a sense of humor no matter who we get!
How to celebrate – There are more Presidential jokes and one liners, read them for yourself! Run for President (seems like everybody else is)! Have a party instead of voting a party, that will show them!