Quirky Presidents

Quirky Presidents

A look into the lives of some of our past presidents.
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Time to celebrate Presidents' Day by pointing out a bunch of quirky presidential moments that, for the most part, have nothing to do with important presidential impacts on history, or significant moments. Here are some facts about past presidents for you to enjoy:

1. Gerald Ford: coolest dad ever

President Ford hosted his daughter Susan’s prom in the White House during his time in office. Goals.

2. George W. Bush was a cheerleader

That’s right, and not just ANY cheerleader, but the HEAD cheerleader his senior year of high school, which prepared him for his cheering career at Yale.

3. JFK was an accidental meth addict

Kennedy’s doctor during his presidency was a man named Dr. Max Jacobson that injected Kennedy and many others with methamphetamines as a new formula to help with pain and boost energy, and unknowingly creating drug addicts. The 2014 novel about this bizarre incidence, “Dr. Feelgood”, postulates that Jacobson’s injections had a considerable impact on history. Modern medicine, am I right?

4. Notorious political rivals, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, both died on July 4th, 1826; 50 years after they both signed the Declaration of Independence

Adams’ last words were actually, "Thomas Jefferson survives", yet, unbeknownst to him, Jefferson had already died several hours earlier. A tragic and poetic moment in history.

5. James K. Polk turned the White House into that town in Footloose

Polk banned alcohol, playing cars, and dancing from the White House during his presidency.

6. James Buchanan made history as the only president to never be married

However, Buchanan was known to have an incredibly close relationship with Alabama Senator William Rufus King, so he may not have been single at all.

7. President Andrew Johnson was really just present-day Tommy Lee Jones traveling back in time

But seriously, the resemblance is undeniable.

8. Chester Arthur owned 80 different pairs of pants

First off, Chester Arthur was indeed a president. Second, in 1885, 80 pairs of pants was a whole lot of pants, and this “extravagant lifestyle” earned him the nickname "Elegant Arthur". Sooo extra.

9. Calvin Coolidge had raccoons as White House pets

Coolidge’s two raccoons were named Reuben and Rebecca, and would often wander around the White House. If this isn’t a red flag, I’m not sure what is.

10. FDR married his cousin

Eleanor Roosevelt didn’t have to change her last name when she married Franklin Roosevelt because they were fifth cousins. Convenient, I guess.

11. Richard Nixon was, among other things, an impressive bowler


It may not be what he is remembered for, but Nixon was so fond of bowling he had a single-lane alley installed in the White House. Way to go Nixon!

12. Ronald Reagan had a personal astrologer

Reagan was known to consult, Joan Quigley, an astrologer (yes, like zodiac signs, not stars), before big events. Again, a little bit of a red flag, but what can we expect from a Sagittarius.

13. Grover Cleveland was an executioner

Yep, before becoming the President of the United States, Grover Cleveland worked as a sheriff and carried out hangman duties, gaining him the nickname “The Buffalo Hangman”. Kind of sounds like a scary dude, also kind of sounds like a total badass.


Happy Presidents' Day!
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The Trump Presidency Is Over

Say hello to President Mike Pence.

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Remember this date: August 21, 2018.

This was the day that two of President Donald Trump's most-important associates were convicted on eight counts each, and one directly implicated the president himself.

Paul Manafort was Trump's campaign chairman for a few months in 2016, but the charges brought against him don't necessarily implicate Trump. However, they are incredibly important considering was is one of the most influential people in the Trump campaign and picked Mike Pence to be the vice presidential candidate.

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Abortion Is A Right Covered By The Constitution

It falls under the same amendment that covers family planning.

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The 9th Amendment of the constitution is the one that states that not every right that a person in the United States has, has to be written down. This is because some rights are so basic that the founding fathers saw no need to write them down.

Some of these rights include the right to raise your kids, the right to privacy, and the right to family planning. And guess what abortion, birth control, and the use of condoms all fall under family planning.

So, even if you don't agree with abortion it is not your choice. It is covered under the constitution and just as much as people have the right to privacy they also have the right to have an abortion. Weather or not someone has an abortion is no ones business but their own.

I understand that this is a hot button issue and that many conservatives are going to disagree with me and what I have said about abortion. However, those same people are going to use their right to privacy and their rights to raise their kids.

My goal is not to make people angry by making this statement however, you can't use only the parts of things like the bible and the constitution when what they are saying backs up your beliefs.

If you support the use of condoms and birth control then you support the right to family planning so support the entire right to family planning and not only the things that go along with your beliefs.

Abortion is currently only legal up till the ninth week of a pregnancy that is because this is when it is considered a fetus and no longer an embryo. When it becomes a fetus is when it really begins to grow and develop organs before that it is truly just a sack of cells. That means that once it starts to have human characteristics is when it becomes illegal to terminate a pregnancy.

So the argument that many people have of "you're killing a baby." is not totally true because it is not truly a baby yet. Before nine weeks its nothing and it is highly possible at that stage of pregnancy the chances of having a miscarriage is extremely high anyway.

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