Early Interest In Presidents and a Quiz


On this Presidents Day, I think back to when I was 9 and my parents bought a set of World Book Encyclopedia. With the set came a special book on the Presidents of the United States. That book of U. S. Presidents caught my interest. I was not into the politics aspect back then. What most interested me were the First Ladies, presidential children and how long the Presidents and First Ladies lived and what they did after they left the White house. It was an early learning interest outside of the required school mandates.

In the 5th grade, I had to write an essay on what I did at home when there was nothing to do. I wrote about reading up on the Presidents. I wowed my teacher with a few facts, such as Frances Folsom Cleveland being the youngest First Lady and not the widely reported Jacqueline Kennedy. Also, John Kennedy was not the youngest President. Theodore Roosevelt gets that title. My teacher told me I had her seeking validation on those facts and it astonished her that I was correct.

In honor of President’s Day, here are a few presidential quiz questions.

What president had been a hero in the Spanish-American War?

a. Ulysses S. Grant     b. Grover Cleveland     c. Theodore Roosevelt

What president signed the Indian Removal Act, thus forcing Native Americans from their homelands?

a. James Madison     b. Andrew Jackson     c. Franklin Pierce

Who is considered the author of the Declaration of Independence?

a. George Washington     b. Thomas Jefferson     c. John Adams

Go here to take the beginner level 10 questions quiz to get the answers.

Comparing Pres. Obama to What President!

Henry Payne Cartoon

People on the Right and Left are finding Time’s Magazines comparisons of Pres. Obama to the late former Pres. Ronald Reagan insulting for obviously different reasons. The Right views Pres. Obama in the liberal leftist, socialist, communist and incompetent vein. For many he has topped former Pres. Jimmy Carter as the worst President ever; thus, the comparison to Ronald Reagan is preposterous.

The Left views the Ronald Reagan presidency as one of the worst, if not the worst.  Mean,  hypocritical, double-dealing and for some, racist comes to mind when looking back on the his presidency. One of my parents who sometimes voted for moderate Republicans did not consider him to be their president like in the same way some folks today consider Pres. Obama not to be their president.

All of this stems from the reports of the Pres. reading a book on Ronald Reagan. I have heard comments on local liberal radio questioning the validity of Pres. Obama doing that. I can understand why the Pres. Obama looks to how former Presidents governed, handled the opposition and crises whether they be Democrat or Republican. After all, Pres. Obama shares with the late Ronald Reagan the unique and  exclusivity of being President of the United States. Finally, as for the editorial cartoon, personally, I think it is spot-on.