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A Bit Of Presidential Trivia

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First, I have a question for fun...who was the only Native American Vice President? I have no money or gifts for the person that gives a correct answer, but I can give a cyber kiss...:D

Anyway, here is a bit...(this is not in chronological order)...

William Taft (the Great Procrastinator): considered the White House to be a prison. Hated the press, especially when they interrupted his interrupted his endless golf games! Would sneak out of meetings and put off dignitaries to play golf. Known to nod off on any occasion, including funerals. Was almost arrested (during his Presidency) for stealing flowers for his wife. Sobored with the White House that he would take advantage of ANY invitation to travel and stated he would travel as much as he can because he may not have another chance to do so. Was so huge (350lbs), that two men had to pull him out of the tub, and a new one was purchased that weighed a ton and was seven feet long. Was advised to diet and his quote was something along the lines of "It is a sad state of affairs when a man cannot call a gizzard his own". Traveled on a train ride once and meal was not arranged until following morning. He demanded that the train pull off at the next station and a dining car be added.."What is the use of being President of the United States when you can't have a train with a diner??". Told incoming President that "I'm glad to be going. This is the loneliest place in the world".

Andrew Jackson (The People's Choice, Old Hickory)- inauguration ball was a free for all almost riot. Was written that there were all kinds, from the "...most polished to the most vulgar and gross of the nation". The White House was so crowded that Jackson had to climb out of a window to escape to the Gadsby's Tavern (where he was staying before). China was broken, men seen with bloody noses, and Jackson had to stay at the tavern for a week for the White House to be cleaned appropriately.

Woodrow Wilson: evaded the Secret Service as often as he can. Carried an old hat once as a disguise and was caught by the Secret Service in a candy store buying candy for local urchins. Sneaked away out of the back door of New York's Wardorf Astoria once to "take a walk as an ordinary citizen" and started running in the street like a child.

FDR: a stamp collector, had poker parties in the White House. Liked to bluff. Superstitous...his secretary could never schedule trips on Fridays...his train had to depart either 11:50pm on Thursdays or 12:10am on Saturdays and would NEVER sit 13 people at his table. Addicted to "lucky" old sweaters and hats.

JFK: Open and casual references to sex. He asked a single ambassador "Are you getting any, lately?" Jackie's maid gave her a pair of drawers that were not her size and she approached the President about it. Used cocaine and hashish with another lover; Mary Meyer. Once Mary brought him 6 joints and they smoked around 3 together and he laughed, stating that he was to have a White House conference on narcartics in a few weeks. When offered the fourth one, he refused, stating that the Russians may drop a bomb. They would also trip on LSD together. Secret Service was responsible for obtaining mistresses for him...some had to go through a thorough investigation (airline stewardesses).

This information was gathered from: Real Life at the Whitehouse, 200 Years of Daily Life at America's Most Famous Residence by John and Claire Whitecomb.

Hope you all enjoyed this, and I'll try and share a bit more as we march towards history.

This is why, I must say again, that heck, what are we worried about with Obama?? He may be worse, he may be better, but all of our Presidents and elected officals were HUMAN. With weaknesses and frailties. But, somehow, due to intelligence or pure luck, they lead this country. Some successful, some just existed there until their term was over. We had some real loons in there and we survived. Why not give a different race a chance?:up:

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Thanks pagandeva for this, very interesting. I like reading about people and their 'quirkiness'.

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Okay...NO TAKERS for the only Native American Vice President?? (Thunderwolf...say nothing...)

Anybody even interested or trying to find out?? If even one person expresses an interest (if not the name), I'll post it here a bit later, along with some more Presidential and even a bit of Vice-Presidential trivia.:D:typing

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Republican Charles Curtis, VP to Hoover during 1929-1933. He was a quarter Kaw Indian.

(I googled it) :coollook:

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Republican Charles Curtis, VP to Hoover during 1929-1933. He was a quarter Kaw Indian.

(I googled it) :coollook:

:bow::yeah::dance::kiss:monkeydance::w00t::icon_hug::thankya::clpty::nmbrn::pntrghi:Medic2RN!! :up:

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