Thursday, January 17, 2013

A Little Presidential Love

A quiz with 10 presidential questions, because even if you were one of those paying-attention-in-US History people, I’ll bet they didn’t cover this stuff. Also because I am sure the presidentially-curious demographic is a big fan of middle-aged mommy blogs.
QUESTION ONE – THE KISS Who are the guys in this photo? “Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm. There's nothing to do but to stand there and take it.”
President Lyndon Johnson and Sam Rayburn, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. (I think this photo so funny! It’s a little like if the Queen of England broke out in a some Gangnam style.)
"If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read, ‘President Can’t Swim.’" Lyndon Johnson
QUESTION TWO – PRESIDENTIAL SMARTY PANTS Which presidents had the highest and lowest IQs and which presidents had the most and the least education? (Keep in mind we had several presidents before the IQ test was invented.) “I’ll be glad to reply to or dodge your questions, depending on what I think will help our election most.” George H W Bush
The clear presidential smarty pants winner, recognized in a speech by John F. Kennedy when he addressed 49 Nobel Laureates, “I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent and of human knowledge that has ever been gathered together at the White House – with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."
“I cannot live without books.” Thomas Jefferson
So who has a genius IQ? Clinton at 182, Carter at 175, Kennedy at 174, Nixon at 155 and FDR at 147. Who has the lowest IQ? George Herbert Walker Bush at 98 and George Walker Bush at 91. “To those of you who received honors, awards and distinctions, I say well done. And to the C students, I say: You, too, can be president of the United States.” George W Bush
Nine presidents never went to college. The last president without higher education was Truman. Twenty presidents were lawyers. Harrison attended medical school. Woodrow Wilson had a PhD in History. “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” (Photo of Truman and Lauren Becall)
QUESTION THREE – HOOVER, THE SNEAKY LITTLE BASTARD What president was blackmailed by J. Edgar Hoover? “We are a fact-gathering organization only. We don't clear anybody. We don't condemn anybody.” J. Edgar Hoover
Every single damn one of them while Hoover was the FBI director. He had a secret file on everyone and their families. Something about power and shenanigans seems to go together and something about espousing freedom seems to correspond to loss of rights. “Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.” John F. Kennedy
QUESTION FOUR – MOM CAN I KEEP HIM? What are some of the strangest presidential pets that have roamed the White House property? “During the Prince's visit, King Timahoe will be referred to only as Timahoe, since it would be inappropriate for the Prince to be outranked by a dog.” Richard M. Nixon (writing to White House staff on how to address the president's Irish Setter, during a visit by Prince Charles.)
Thomas Jefferson had two bear cubs. John Quincy Adams had an American alligator that lived in a back room. Lincoln owned a turkey named Jack and two opossums named Mr. Reciprocity and Mr. Protection. Calvin Coolidge had the most pets, including two raccoons and a pigmy hippo. When Coolidge died, columnist Dorothy Parker asked, "How can they tell?" I would guess by all the pets left behind.
QUESTION FIVE – WOULD YOU CARE TO STEP OUTSIDE? Who was the only president to kill someone while he was in office? “One man with courage makes a majority.”
Andrew Jackson killed a man in duel. Jackson married his wife before she divorced her first husband. In this time she would just be his baby momma but back then - Oh my! Dickinson, the guy he dueled, was an expert shot so, per his plan, Jackson let Dickinson take the first shot (which landed in Jackson's ribs) before taking his time to aim and fire back. Great plan and I guess Dickinson had to stand there patiently waiting to be shot. Sounds reasonable. “Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes is right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error.” Andrew Jackson
QUESTION SIX - I’M TOO SEXY Who worked as a male model? Yes, really, a male model. Hint, it wasn’t Lincoln.“If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?” Abraham Lincoln
Gerald Ford! I guess he was quite the hotty in his day. He also worked as a janitor, a chef, a dish washer, a gardener, a football coach, a boxing coach, and a lawyer. “I am a Ford, not a Lincoln.” “If Lincoln were alive today, he'd be turning over in his grave.” Gerald R. Ford
QUESTION SEVEN - ROTUND Who was called His Rotundity? Hint, it wasn’t Teddy, though that would have been a good guess. Teddy was 5’8” and weighed 300 lbs but still not the largest president. “Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.” Theodore Roosevelt
John Adams. He was around 5’5” and 140 pounds. Wow have things changed, you big fatty. “A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man.” John Adams
QUESTION EIGHT - DONUT Who mistakenly said, “I am a jelly donut.” And also said, “A child miseducated is a child lost.”
John F. Kennedy, made a speech in Berlin and had a few issues with translation. “Domestic policy can only defeat us; foreign policy can kill us.” John F. Kennedy
QUESTION NINE - A NAZI IN THE WHITE HOUSE Who was the only president to have ever worn a Nazi uniform? (No Prince Harry does not count even if he was nude in Vegas.) "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"
Ronald Reagan, and relax, it was back in his acting days. “How can a president not be an actor?” Ronald Reagan
QUESTION TEN - THE CURSE OF TIPPECANOE This one is kind of cheating because it has two parts. What is the Curse of Tippecanoe? “The only legitimate right to govern is an express grant of power from the governed.” (Quote from the president who was directly involved in the Shawnee battles and who was the first to die from the curse. Ironic considering the curse was made because of governmental abuse of power.)
The Tippecanoe curse was put on the presidency by a Shawnee leader after governmental abuse and war. Each president elected every 20 years will die in office. "That's all a man can hope for during his lifetime—to set an example—and when he is dead, to be an inspiration for history." (Quote from the president who was the fourth to die after the curse.)
Second part of the question,which presidents died? "I have had many troubles in my life, but the worst of them never came." (Quote from the president who was the third to die after the curse.)
1840 election – Harrison made the longest presidential acceptance speech ever, which was coincidentally held during a snow storm. He died from pneumonia after 23 days in office.
1860 elected – Lincoln was assassinated.
1880 elected - Garfield was assassinated.
1900 elected – McKinley was assassinated.
1920 elected – Harrison died of a possible suicide.
1940 elected – FDR died of a stroke.
1960 elected - Kennedy was assassinated.
1980 elected – Reagan survived an assassination attempt and broke the curse.
One theory was Nancy, who regularly consulted an astrologist was given a warning thus circumventing the disaster. So astrology versus Tribal curse? I’m doing a write-in ballet for Voodoo.
“Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young.” Franklin Roosevelt

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