A History of the State of the Union Address

“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.” (The more things change, the more they stay the same.) – Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr The State of the Union address began with George Washington.  A quick look at his speech and you can see how history repeats itself. On January 8, 1790, Washington spoke before Senators andContinue reading “A History of the State of the Union Address”

George H.W. Bush: The Nicest President in American History

Having worked for the man I can tell you that George H.W. Bush is no pushover.  When Manuel Noriega rattled his swords and waged his drug war against the USA, Bush descended on Panama like a thunderstorm, without warning, bringing the villain back in chains.  When Saddam Hussein invaded his neighbor, Bush organized the entireContinue reading “George H.W. Bush: The Nicest President in American History”

The Ten Most Dramatic July 4th’s in American History

The Top Ten Most Dramatic July 4ths in American History. There are many dramatic days in the history of our Fourth of July.  Two American presidents were born on that day, Ulysses S. Grant and Calvin Coolidge.  George Steinbrenner, Geraldo Rivera and Malia Obama are just a few of the many public figures who celebrateContinue reading “The Ten Most Dramatic July 4th’s in American History”

July 4th Trivia for the 2013 celebration

Which three presidents died on the Fourth of July?John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe.  Adams, the second president, and Jefferson, the third president, both died on the same day in 1826, Monroe died in 1831. (Thanks to David Gurowsky for catching a typo on the dates.) What other presidents died close to the 4thContinue reading “July 4th Trivia for the 2013 celebration”

July Fourth Trivia

Which three presidents died on the Fourth of July? (John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. Adams, the second president, and Jefferson, the third president, both died on the same day in 1826.) What other presidents were near misses? (On July 4, 1850, President Zachary Taylor attended ceremonies for the Washington Memorial and returned toContinue reading “July Fourth Trivia”

The attacks on Bristol Palin

 Presidential Campaigns: When the children become the issue. The media’s cruel attacks on Bristol Palin, the seventeen year old daughter of vice presidential nominee, Governor Sarah Palin, are nothing new.   The young Palin is single and apparently pregnant and some in the media are self righteously, outraged.  After all, isn’t Governor Palin an evangelical Christian? Continue reading “The attacks on Bristol Palin”

The Absent Father: A surprising lesson from history

“There is no passion more deeply rooted in my bosom than the longing for posterity to support my father’s name.”   – John Quincy Adams   There is curious anecdotal evidence that some of history’s most powerful leaders came from homes with absent fathers.  And we are seeing this scenario acted out again in theContinue reading “The Absent Father: A surprising lesson from history”

Was there a son of a president married in the White House?

DW:  Yes, John Adams, II.  He was the son of John Quincy Adams and the second child of a president to be married in the White House.  The bride was Mary Catherine Hellen, his own first cousin.   The John Quincy Adams’ were empty nesters when they went into the White House, all three ofContinue reading “Was there a son of a president married in the White House?”