Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Thursday Thirteen #196


I'm feeling very Presidential these days. So here are some little known facts about our last 13 Commanders in Chief. (Thanks to Kwizgiver for the inspiration.)

1) When Barack Obama was a student at Columbia University, his nickname was "Barry."

2) As a little boy, George W. Bush took the role of family "clown" to raise his parents' spirits after the death of his younger sister Robin, who passed away at the tender age of 4 of leukemia.

3) A passionate pop music fan, Bill Clinton named his daughter after his favorite record, "Chelsea Morning," a Joni Mitchell song recorded by Judy Collins.

4) Though he later developed a passion for foreign affairs, George Herbert Walker Bush earned a degree in economics from Yale.

5) Ronald Reagan referred to himself as "an indifferent student" until he discovered dramatics at Eureka College.

6) Jimmy Carter's mother, "Miz Lillian," defied racial segregation in Georgia in the 1920s by counseling African Americans regarding women's health.

7) A gifted athlete, Gerald Ford turned down offers from both the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers.

8) Richard Nixon was very good at the piano and encouraged guests to sing along as he played.

9) While in college, Lyndon Johnson earned glowing references as a student teacher.

10) John Kennedy was the father of the last baby born to a sitting President, but Patrick Bouvier Kennedy lived only a few days and never made it to the White House.

11) At West Point, Dwight Eisenhower was reprimanded for smoking.

12) Harry Truman was a self conscious child who believed wearing glasses set him apart from his classmates.

13) Franklin Roosevelt passed the bar and practiced law briefly for a prestigious New York law firm, but he never enjoyed being an attorney.

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  1. i didn't know one of those. comgrats on your new old president, and maybe an end to campaigning for a couple years.

  2. Some interesting tidbits there - I particularly appreciate number six. It couldn't have been easy for the Carter family in those times, I'm sure.

    Happy TT!

  3. Hey, most of these facts about the presidents I didn't know. Thanks. I love learning new things.

  4. I actually did know the one about Gerald Ford. Lillian Carter was obviously a great woman. My blog

  5. Great TT. I didn't knew most of these tidbits.

  6. I didn't know that John Kennedy had a son who did not live. Very interesting.

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  8. Reading the fact about George Bush, made me realise, that despite how anyone feels about him as a president, he is a real person, with a family, with history.

  9. A very interesting list.


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