Monday, February 16, 2009

Happy Presidents' Day

It's the Third Monday in February and you know what that means...PRESIDENTS' DAY! Hooray!

I am a big fan of Presidential Trivia and, therefore, I really enjoyed this recent post on Mental Floss - The Quick Ten: 10 Weird Facts About Presidents

According to a recent poll conducted by C-SPAN James Buchanan was the worst President ever... In fact, there were three presidents who were ranked worse than William Henry Harrison. A fact that I find rather odd considering the fact that Harrison was only President for 32 days before he died of pneumonia. Ouch. The other two Presidents ranked below Harrison are, Franklin Pierce at number 40 and Andrew Johnson* at 41.

Not surprisingly, Abraham Lincoln was ranked number one.

Rounding out the top five were: George Washington, FDR, Teddy Roosevelt and Harry Truman.

Other notable rankings:

JFK was ranked sixth. Does he really deserve this?

John Adams was voted number 17. I find it interesting that Adams' Presidency was probably the "low point" of his political career.

And, George W. Bush was 36. Apparently, not "the worst ever."

See the complete list here.

*If they ever make a movie about Andrew Johnson, I nominate Tommy Lee Jones for the lead role.


Scottie said...

You really gotta love how the presidents treated their wives back then. Not even mentioning them in their autobiographies, ignoring sever medical issues while in public...ah the good ol' days eh?

Debs said...

How on EARTH did JFK make 6th?! He didn't do anything! Go George W! Apparently the media is trying to fool the American public into thinking that he's worse than he truly was...go liberal media!