Political Humor

The late author and wit Jim Reed, one of JN's first consulting editors, had a lifetime collection of political humor which he passed on to JN.

The Joyful Noiseletter has always been nonpolitical, favoring no political party. Jesus was nonpolitical, and never asked a person's political opinions before healing them.

But here are some of Jim Reed's gems, from those long-ago days when politicians had a sense of humor:

"Washington has two kinds of politicians – those trying to get an investigation started, and those trying to get one stopped."

‒ Jim Reed

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After a speech on politics at Yale, a college student asked President Harry Truman, "How do I start in politics, sir?"

Truman replied: "You've already started. You're spending someone else's money, aren't you?"

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"The most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"

‒ President Ronald Reagan

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"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy."

‒ Groucho Marx

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"I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts."

‒ Will Rogers

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When a heckler threw a head of cabbage at President William Howard Taft during a political speech, Taft paused, looked at the cabbage, and said, "I see that one of my opponents has lost his head."

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"To err is human. To blame it on the other party is politics."

‒ David Brinkley

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"It's too bad that all the people who know how to run the government are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair."

‒ George Burns

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" If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog."

‒ President Harry S. Truman

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"Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even when there is no river."

‒ Nikita S. Khrushchev
Russian premier

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"It is strange that when it comes to electing a President we get two choices, but when we select a Miss America we get 50."

‒ Jay Leno

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