A Few Funny Facts About the White House

There is an old joke about President Taft who was greatly overweight. A boy was talking to his mother at breakfast looking out over the ocean. He said, "Mother, can I go swimming?" She smiled and answered, "Not now, David. The president is using the ocean."
Each of our presidents had a favorite food. Taft was a ham man while FDR liked Welch Rabbit, a cheesy concoction spread over toast. I'm sure that President Taft would have loved that too. Now that would have added to his girth.
George W. Bush loved huevos rancheros or "ranch eggs" which happens to be my favorite Mexican dish although I can get away with not having it for about one week.
As Taft was broad, Lincoln was tall. His mother said that if he grew still taller she would have to scrub her whitewashed ceiling. Lincoln is said to have picked up a couple of boys who had found walking barefoot in mud and he had them "walk" on the ceiling. His mother thought that was very funny but Abe had to whitewash the ceiling.
When a lady sat on Lincoln's top hat he said that all she had to do was ask and he would have told her it would not fit her.
From President Washington's hounds to President Obama's Portuguese Water Dog, our presidents have owned dogs. Maybe you remember a couple of uproars about presidents and their dogs. Mrs. FDR took her mutt, Fido, on a military flight kicking a soldier off. President Lyndon B. Johnson hung his Basset by holding its ears. Johnson said that was good for Bassets.
Johnson's dog, Him, was run over and killed on the White House grounds. (Where was the Secret Service?)
Herbert Hoover's son raised alligators in the White House.
George Washington, the third president of the Continental Congress, was the first to be called, President of the United States. He approved the Great Seal of the United States. He was not elected by the people.
Jimmy Carter was the first president to be born in a hospital. President Jefferson stopped bowing and started hand shaking as a greeting. He was very intelligent. President Kennedy said to a group of top scientist and other scholarly types that it was the largest gathering of great minds since President Jefferson sat in his study by himself.
Four of our presidents have been assassinated, Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, William McKinley and John F. Kennedy. There have been attempts on Andrew Jackson, FDR, Truman, Ford and Reagan. Reagan was seriously wounded and it was a miracle that the doctors were able to save him.
Some of our presidents had miraculous powers. George Washington was said to cure lepers. Lincoln was said to make a cow disappear in his hat. Hmm!
Well we know that our presidents can change things or make them disappear.
George W. Bush made the Clinton surplus disappear.
Obama made our impression that he was intelligent disappear.
Would-be John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate and made the presidency disappear. (The current rumor has it that Sarah Palin has made her breast appear much larger.)

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