George Washington’s first inaugural address (April 1789), referring to himself: “One, who, inheriting inferior endowments from nature and unpractised in the duties of civil administration, ought to be peculiarly conscious of his own deficiencies.”
Now I Know: The Case of George Washington versus Pinocchio
John Quincy Adams: When The People Cheered
Presidents in Our Backyard – Part 1 (Martin Van Buren, Chester A. Arthur, Ulysses S. Grant)
The highest-ranked President who only served one-term is James Knox Polk.
Sarah Knox Taylor, the second daughter of Zachary Taylor and the first Mrs. Jefferson Davis
This is an actual standard fantasy I’ve had over the years: I’m captured, and the Americans think I’m a spy. I name all the Presidents correctly, including the year entering the office and political party – I really CAN do that – then they shoot me, because OBVIOUSLY, I’m a Soviet/Russian/Chinese spy, since NOBODY knows Millard Fillmore (1850-1853, Whig), who was New York State Comptroller before becoming Vice-President.
Worst president ever: The ignominy of James Buchanan – On the way to the Capitol for the inauguration of his successor on March 4, 1861, Buchanan told Abraham Lincoln, “If you are as happy in entering the White House as I shall feel on returning to Wheatland [his home in Pennsylvania], you are a happy man indeed.”
Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address (1861)
“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”
Now I Know The Vice:President (David Rice Atchison) and John Wilkes Booth’s Heroic Brother
Are You a Presidential Beard Connoisseur?
Ulysses S. Grant’s Veal & Sweet Potato Fries
The first President to ban immigrants?
Chris Churchill: A chat with President Chester A. Arthur
Now I Know: Grover Cleveland’s Pole Tax
‘All for each and each for all:’ Teddy Roosevelt’s Square Deal
Theodore Roosevelt holds that it is “unpatriotic, servile, and morally treasonable to proclaim that there must be no criticism of the President.” (1918)
Who was the first president to visit Canada? I was surprised.
Quora: Which US President had the most foresight?
Listening In: JFK Calls about Furniture (July 25, 1963)
Lyndon Johnson Speech Before Congress on Voting Rights (March 15, 1965): “There is no Negro problem. There is no Southern problem. There is no Northern problem. There is only an American problem. And we are met here tonight as Americans—not as Democrats or Republicans–we are met here as Americans to solve that problem.”
Lyndon Johnson orders pants.
Nixon Aide Reportedly Admitted Drug War Was Meant To Target Black People. “Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course, we did.” Anyone who read Michele Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow already knew this.
Nixon’s Vietnam Treachery. This was treason.
US fatalities in the Vietnam war:
1969 – 11,780
1970 – 6,173
1971 – 2,414
1972 – 759
1973 – 68
1974 – 1
1975 – 62
Now I Know: The Red Menace (Nixon in China)
Three Presidential $1 Coins were issued in 2016, the final year of the program, for Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, and Ronald Reagan. Jimmy Carter had the audacity of still being alive; hope he’ll get one down the line, after he passes away.
Now I Know: Reagan and Gorbachev’s Green Pact
You Must Remember This podcast – Storm Warning: Ronald Reagan, the FBI and HUAC (THE BLACKLIST EPISODE #8)
10 Books to Understand the Obama Presidency
Presidential Payroll: What Commanders in Chief Have Earned Since 1789
2 thoughts on “Presidents Day 2017: Nixon’s the One”
I’m a Coolidge fan, and therefore I will follow the example of Silent Cal.
My father told me it really was true. When he was in the infantry in WW2, when guys out on patrol came back after several days and did not know the latest password, the perimeter guards would tell them to recite the Star Spangled Banner. Then they would ask them to recite the second verse. If they paused, cursed, and then started yelling that there’s no second verse or how the hell am I supposed to know that the guards would let them pass. If they started reciting the second verse the guards would open fire.