Lincoln The Funniest President Ever
By Pat Boyle
As our nation gets ready to celebrate its birthday, why not talk about who's the funniest president? It's the subject of a lecture tonight at 7pm by Kerry Tymchuk, executive director of The Oregon Historical Society. He and Senator Bob Dole wrote a book about presidential humor and ranked the presidents from most funny to the least funny. Abraham Lincoln was first, followed by Ronald Reagan, FDR and Teddy Roosevelt.
Tymchuk says one scholar calls Lincoln one of the funniest men of that time and says Lincoln raised the level of wisecracking to the level of biblical scripture.
He says James Buchanan, Millard Filmore and Franklin Pierce are at the bottom of the list and Tymchuk points out those three also had the least successful terms in office.