Monday, March 12, 2012

The US Presidents were strange people! (Part 4)

Here's part four...

  1. Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945)- He and his wife, Eleanor, were fifth cousins once removed. Her uncle was Theodore Roosevelt. But besides that, FDR was also related to George Washington, John Adams, James Madison, Martin Van Buren, Zachary Taylor, Ulysses S. Grant, William Howard Taft, and even Winston Churchill (seventh cousin once removed).
  2. Harry S Truman (1945-1953)- Because the S in his name doesn't stand for anything, there is no period. It was a compromise because his parents couldn't decide between Solomon or Shippe. 
  3. Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961)- His nickname "Ike" doesn't actually have anything to do with his own name. It was a nickname given to him and his brothers. 
  4. John F. Kennedy (1961-1963)- He wrote a book called Why England Slept. Sadly, it was poorly written but it sold surprisingly well...if you count the fact that his dad brought 30,000 copies...
  5. Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969)- Everyone in his family had the same initials- LBJ. His wife, Lady Bird, and their two daughters, Lynda Bird and Luci Baines.
  6. Richard Nixon (1969-1974)- Elvis Presley collected sheriffs badges and wanted a federal narcotics badge. So he brought the president a gold-plated .45 caliber pistol in exchange.
  7. Gerald Ford (1973-1977)- He remains the only president to work as a model.
  8. Jimmy Carter (1977-1981)- He remains to be the only president to have reported an UFO sighting. 
  9. Ronald Reagan (1981-1989)- In 1940, the University of California voted this president to have the "Most nearly perfect male figure."
  10. George Bush (1989-1993)- Apparently once at a state dinner in Japan in 1992, he threw up on the Japanese Prime Minister. Bushusuru- "to do the Bush thing"- is slang for vomiting. 
  11. Bill Clinton (1993-2001)- As a child, he was a gift saxophone player, even winning contests, and started his own jazz bands.
  12. George W. Bush (2001-2009)- The first president to have a MBA. 
  13. Barack Obama- Meh, think whatever you'd like. 
And there it is for the interesting facts about US Presidents. You can find even more fun facts by checking out The Secret Lives of the US Presidents by Cormac O'Brien.


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