For those of us who confuse President Pierce with President Polk, this easily digestible gathering of presidentia will make everything perfectly clear. Along with all the American history anyone really needs to know, anecdotes both endearing and appalling etch our leaders in our memory.
Pierce, for instance, "the hero of many a well-fought bottle," was the one who kept falling off his horse.
Jefferson was the one with the tame mockingbird that followed him around, hopping up and down the stairs behind him.
Grover Cleveland's neck was so imposing that he could pull his shirt collar off over his head without unbuttoning it.
The scowling, unsociable John Quincy Adams was surprised by a lady reporter while swimming naked in the Potomac at dawn, his bald head bobbing above the waters.
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While Art Buchwald has been lamenting the decline in humor writing ("It's a wasteland"), humorist Holland continues nonstop, writing articles for Country JournalJan 20 2003 | Read Full Review of Hail to the Chiefs: President...
While Art Buchwald has been lamenting the decline in humor writing ("It's a wasteland"), humorist Holland continues nonstop, writing articles for Country Journal, the Washington Post, and other publications, and books, including the nostalgic Wasn't the Grass Greener?: Thirty-three Reasons Why L...| Read Full Review of Hail to the Chiefs: President...
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