10 Hilarious Moments To Celebrate National Presidential Joke Day [SLIDESHOW]

Every August 11th is National Presidential Joke Day, a day set aside to celebrate the humor that’s necessary to survive the presidency. From bumping heads boarding HMX-1 to throwing up during state dinners, this national day serves as a reminder that even the President of the United States experiences the occasional hilarious blunder.

Presidential Joke Day began nearly 35 years ago when Ronald Reagan joked during a speech sound check, “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” The sound check wound up being leaked and was consequently broadcasted on the CBS evening news.

Every year since, Presidential Joke Day served as a day of recognition for the funny, embarrassing, and awkward moments of those in office. Regardless of party affiliation, we can all appreciate a good sense of humor.

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  • George H. W. Bush puked at the dining table during a state dinner at the Japanese prime minister's house. He was able to gracefully put the situation behind him (REUTERS)
  • Barack Obama used his sense of humor to urge Americans to register to vote in a video about things harder than registering to vote. The video included naming all of the Game of Thrones characters that died, making friendship bracelets, and playing Operation (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)
  • Donald Trump turned an auto-correct blunder into a sensational meme after he tweeted at midnight, "Despite the constant negative press covfefe." He gracefully followed with "Who can figure out the true meaning of ‘covfefe’ ??? Enjoy!" (REUTERS/Carlos Barria)
  • Donald Trump's uncomfortably long and aggressive handshakes have been gold nuggets for video remixers around the country (REUTERS/Carlos Barria)
  • If you can't beat them, join them. Barack Obama joined the viral "thanks Obama" craze of his critics and filmed himself trying to dunk a cookie too big for his glass of milk while muttering, "thanks Obama" (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)
  • Although it happened after his presidency, Bill Clinton was caught sleeping on camera during multiple speeches: one by his wife and one for a MLK memorial (REUTERS/Stefan Rousseau/Pool)
  • When George W. Bush went to dribble a basketball in a photo with the Miami Heat, he quickly discovered it was deflated (REUTERS/Jim Young)
  • Gerald Ford slipped and fell down the stairs when he was exiting Air Force One, but he made a swift recovery and shook the Austrian Chancellor's hand (REUTERS/Yun Suk Bong)
  • Ronald Reagan's sound check joke, “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes," sparked the birth of National Presidential Joke Day (REUTERS/Gary Cameron)
  • John F. Kennedy's sense of humor served him well in the presidency. When a young boy asked him how he became a war hero, he tactfully responded, "It was absolutely involuntary, they sunk my boat" (AFP/Getty Images)