Tuesday, June 3, 2008

March is when the cool presidents are born

March is when two of my favorite minor presidents were born. To clarify, by minor, I mean not Lincoln, Washington, or Jefferson. There are some minor presidents who come close to joining that list. These are presidents who changed the face of American politics by just being the men they are. I'd put on that list Kennedy, both Roosevelts, John Adams, and our first March birthday:

Andrew Jackson -- I think Aaron Sorkin nailed the best part of Jackson.
Andrew Jackson, in the main foyer of his White House had a big block of cheese... The block of cheese was huge--over two tons. And it was there for any and all who might be hungry... Jackson wanted the White House to belong to the people, so from time to time, he opened his doors to those who wished an audience.

The next president has special significance to me because he's the first president I ever did a book report about.

John Tyler -- fathered 15 children, was never an official member of a political party, and is a grand-uncle to Harry Truman.

and the other two March presidents were pretty cool

James Madison -- was only 5'4," which makes him both the shortest president and still taller than Sandy :-)

Stephen Grover Cleveland -- before becoming president he was a public executioner, which makes him the coolest president ever, having personally hanged two men. take that TR

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