August 11, 2020 – National Presidential Joke Day | National Raspberry Bombe Day

Do Commanders in Chief Have a Funny Bone? Even The Jokes That Bombe Have a Sweet Side!

Welcome to  August 11th, 2020 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate unexpected humor and how to recover when your jokes bomb.  

The leader of the free world isn’t someone you typically look to for a laugh, but some of the United States presidents have been really funny guys. Take for instance Martin Van Buren. After he lost his re-election bid, he joked that, “The two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it.” Ulysses Grant, typically very stoic and serious, quipped, “I only know two tunes, one of them is Yankee Doodle the other isn’t.”  But our favorite presidential wisecrack may be from FDR. His wife Eleanor visited a prison to see a manufacturing site they had built there. An aide told the president that Eleanor wasn’t around because she had gone to prison. FDR replied: “I’m not surprised. But what for?” On National Presidential Joke Day, have some fun learning about the silly side of our commanders-in-chief.

Yeah those jokes are the bomb, Marlo.  And speaking of bombs we celebrate the season of raspberries with a delightful dessert known as the raspberry bombe. Ever had one of those, Marlo?  It’s an ice cream dessert which is molded in a half dome shape and layered with fruit, cream, nuts and maybe even some rum.  Rum makes everything better doesn’t it?  These beauties showed up in 1882 in French cookbooks.  They were so good at making food look decorative.  Although, if someone served a dessert shaped like a detonated weapon, I’m not sure it would count as festive.  Do you think it was a mixed message to the French aristocracy?  On National Raspberry Bombe Day try this gorgeous dessert that is after all ice cream and berries, nothing too scary about that.

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