My Favorite President Is…But Not For The Reason You Think
Presidents' Day is celebrated on the third Monday in February because of the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill. Which basically means that federal employees wanted more three day weekends, so the US Congress passed a bill in 1968 to move a number of federal holidays to Mondays.
This federal holiday is officially called Washington's' Birthday but is commonly called President's Day. This holiday is centered around George Washington's birthday (February 22nd) and Abraham Lincoln's birthday (February 12). Either way, if you're a federal employee enjoy your three-day weekend.
Before we continue, take a moment to pray (or send good thoughts) for President Carter and his family.
President Carter Was A Speed Reader
President Carter has decided to start hospice at home in Georgia. He's 98 years old and is the oldest living former president. He became a speed reader after enrolling in a course with his wife. At one time, he could read 2,000 words per minute with a 95 percent comprehension rate.
My Favorite President
My favorite president of all-time is Ronald Regan but not for the reasons that you might think. He was able to keep a sense of humor when everything around him was going sideways.
I know that some people had issue with him when he said "we begin bombing in 5 minutes" during a sound check with NPR sound engineers in 1984. It was not broadcast live and was leaked to the public. You can even hear some laughter in the background.
President Ronald Reagan's "We Begin Bombing In 5 Minutes" Audio
On another occasion, he supposedly said "Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession...and I have come to realize that it bears a close resemblance to the first."
On March 30th, 1981, he leaving the Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., when he was shot by John Hinckley, Jr. His comment to his wife Nancy after the assassination attempt was "getting shot hurts." He also joked that "I forgot to duck."
He seemed to keep his head when everyone else was losing theirs and that's why he's my favorite. We have some more Prez facts about our presidents and I'll start with one that many people already know...and if you didn't, you do now.
Facts About Our Presidents
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on the same day, July 4th, 1826. It was also the 50th anniversary of the approval of the Declaration of Independence.
George Washington and James Madison are the only presidents that signed the Constitution.
Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president to appear on TV. It was during a 1939 broadcast from the World's Fair.
James K. Polk was the first president to have his picture taken while he was in office.
How John F. Kennedy Became A War Hero
John F. Kennedy was asked by a little boy on how he became a war hero. His reply " It was absolutely voluntary. They sank my boat."
Andrew Jackson was shot in the chest during a gun dual but was able to shoot and kill his opponent. The bullet stayed in his chest for the next 40 years because it couldn't be removed safely.
Teddy Roosevelt was blind in his left eye after he was hurt in a boxing match.