August 11, 2021 – National Raspberry Bombe Day | National Presidential Joke Day

It Appears That Some U.S. Presidents Could Really Take A Joke!

Welcome to August 11th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate desserts of mass destruction and the Commanders in Chief who are not afraid to bomb.

When something is really great, we say it’s the bomb.  But back in the day we called a bombe dessert.  This molded confection that’s layered with ice cream, fruit and nuts gets its name from its resemblance to a cannonball.  These beauties showed up in the French cookbooks of the 1880s, when Europeans went over the top making food look festive.  Though it’s unclear if the dome shaped dessert was meant as a threat, it has certainly been a favorite of State dinners and royal banquets for centuries.  On National Raspberry Bombe Day try a festive treat that is truly the bomb!

The responsibility of being President of the United States isn’t a laughing matter, but some of them have been really funny guys. Or at least able to take a joke. Even Lincoln knew how to get in a quick one-liner. When accused of being a liar, he said, “If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?” But few had the quick wit of Ronald Reagan.  He once rode horses with Queen Elizabeth II and her horse was a bit…gassy. When the Queen apologized on behalf of her mount, Reagan supposedly replied, “Quite all right, Your Majesty. I thought it was the horse.” On National Presidential Joke Day, have some fun learning about the silly side of our Commanders in Chief.

I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.

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