Sunday, August 11, 2019

Maher, Colbert, and Kimmel on National Presidential Joke Day 2019

Happy National Presidential Joke DayNational Day Calendar explains the day.
National Presidential Joke Day is observed annually on August 11.

This day recognizes the humor often found and yet not so appreciated in the highest office in the land. With a nod to the blunders, take a look back at some of our presidents’ social missteps. Many of them awkward. While in the moment, the Commander in Chief might not find them so funny. Looking back, sometimes, they’re downright hilarious mistakes.
Sometimes the gaffes are vice presidential. At a Trenton, New Jersey spelling bee in 1992, Vice President Dan Quayle misspelled the word potato.

During an election year, the scrutiny of the constituency can be brutal. The presidential candidates should be prepared to handle the presidential joke.  The citizenry will be listening!
Two years ago, I focused on the President.  Last year, it was the Vice President.  This year, I return to Trump with a side helping of Democratic candidates and a dash of Pence.

I begin with Bill Maher on Real Time's Monologue: Tragedy Meets Trump.

Bill recaps the top stories of the week, including President Trump's lackluster response to the gun massacres in Dayton and El Paso.
That was on Friday.  Stephen Colbert got started even earlier with Trump: My Rhetoric Brings People Together.

What the world needs now... Is probably a whole lot less of President Trump's attempts to "bring people together."
Colbert opened his monologue by mocking the Democratic candidates in Dem Candidates Take Desperate Measures To Qualify For Next Debate.

Only 8 candidates have qualified for the next Democratic Presidential debate so far, which means Michael Bennet, Andrew Yang and others from the crowded field must do everything they can to break through before the deadline.
Colbert spoke a bit too soon, as Andrew Yang qualified for the September debate(s) the same day Colbert's monologue was uploaded to YouTube.  Oops!  Just the same, Colbert managed to pack in a lot of Trump's gaffes, mistakes, and complete fabrications in the second half of the monologue.

Colbert returned to milking Trump for humor along with a dash of the Democratic candidates in the second half of the monologue, Joe Biden: Trump Offers No Moral Leadership.

In a speech today, the former VP denounced President Trump's response to America's latest mass shootings, drawing unfavorable comparisons between Trump's divisive language and the strong actions taken by former Presidents Bush, Clinton, and Obama.
I can't let this go without a joke at the Vice President's expense.  Fortunately, there's one in This Week in Unnecessary Censorship from Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Once again, we've bleeped and blurred all the week's big TV moments whether they need it or not. This week we feature Chris Harrison, Mike Pence, Donald Trump, Tiffany Haddish and more.
I needed a good laugh and today's post provided a bunch of them.  I hope National TV Talk Show Host Day is just as fun in two months.  Until then, stay tuned for the nominees for the Golden Coffee Cups for television I promised in Coffee Party USA announces the winners of the 2018 Golden Coffee Cups for movies in April.  Better late than never!


  1. Good stuff, considering our current President is a joke -- just not a funny one. I wish we could just [BLEEP] out his whole term in office.

    Maher's line about people seeing Trump and thinking they've gone to Hell would be funnier if I could be completely confident that we aren't in Hell.

    I love those "unnecessary censorship" things. They do them for movies too.

    1. "I wish we could just [BLEEP] out his whole term in office." You and me both.

      I'm sure there are worse timelines, but this has turned into a bad one.

      I'll watch more of them. They're hilarious!