The Washington Times - February 4, 2011, 09:34AM

These Ronald Reagan excerpts are from The Reagan Wit: The Humor of The American President



After being questioned about his opinions on Vietnam and other international affairs, Reagan responded:

You know, California doesn’t have a foreign policy.


Reagan’s views on taxes:

The taxpayer, that’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take a civil service examination.


A Sacramento schoolteacher wrote to Reagan:

I though you might enjoy a little humor today which happened in my kindergarten class. I was briefing my class on the field trip we were to take the following day. One of the places scheduled to visit was the governor’s mansion.

“Does anyone know who is the governor of California?” I asked.

(Complete silence)

“Oh come now, children, you know his name. Ronald?(I hinted).

Instantly twenty-three hands shot up and twenty-three voices shouted triumphantly-



Reagan replied to the teacher:

I did get a kick out of it. I guess television has more power than any of us know.

I’ll return the favor by telling you of the teacher who taught her class about magnets and their properties and then several weeks later gave a test and asked them what it was that was spelled with six letters, began with an M, and picked up things.

Eighty-seven percent of the class said “mother.” The true television anecdote , however, is the child who told her mother she liked her better than the other leading brands.

Thanks again, and please give my greetings to your class. Tell them I don’t mind being Ronald McDonald at all.



Commenting on the victory of Democrat Jimmy Carter in 1976, Reagan said:

For the first time, the Democrats cannot fuzz up the issue by blaming the White House. They’ve got the whole enchilada now.

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

-Business Conference

Los Angeles, California

March 2, 1977