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Showing posts with label President of the United States. Show all posts
Showing posts with label President of the United States. Show all posts

Monday, February 20, 2017

#22 and #24

Grover Cleveland, our nation's 22nd and 24th president, was the only president to be elected, to lose his reelection bid, and then win again 4 years after he lost. Why?

He wanted to get rid of tariffs.

President #11

James K Polk, our nation's 11th president, served from 1845-1849. Known as the "dark horse" president, he presided over the Mexican-American war which lasted from 1846 to 1848.

This resulted in our acquisition of California and New Mexico which, in turn, stoked the powder keg between the North and the South over slavery.

President #8

Martin Van Buren, our nation's 8th president, came after seven gentlemen who were titans (Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Quincy Adams, Jackson) in the office and in our history. Referred to as the "little magician," he looked more like a Harry Potter character, standing at only 5 foot six inches.

He served from 1837-1841 and blocked the annexation of Texas because it assuredly would add to slave territory--and it might bring war with Mexico. Defeated by the Whigs in 1840 for reelection, he was an unsuccessful candidate for President on the Free Soil ticket in 1848. He died in 1862.

President #21

Happy President's Day! As most of you know, I take this day to put up quotes and fun facts from the presidents we have had over the years. This year, I thought I would highlight some of the forgotten presidents.

First up, Chester A Arthur, our nation's 21st president. He took over after James Garfield was shot very early in 1881. Aside from having the best facial hair of any president, Arthur signed an immigration bill which barred "paupers, criminals and lunatics" from entering the country.

How could they tell?

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Five Best Jobs To Prepare A President

Someone asked me recently on Quora the following: What five jobs would best prepare a future President of the United States for the complexity of being the nation's chief executive? Here's my answer.

  1. Teacher. Being a teacher means you are dedicated to critical thinking and supporting such reasoning in the real world. Further, teachers have to manage a large body of people from different backgrounds with different learning styles. Classrooms are excellent examples of the American public.
  2. Neuroscience/Psychology Doctor. Future presidents need to understand how the human brain works in terms of politics. We are wired to allow too much emotion to drive our reasoning process. This scientific fact is covered extensively in Chris Mooney’s book, The Republican Brain. Understanding how to communicate to the general public with this research as a foundation is vital to the presidency.
  3. Governor. Leading a state is great practice for being president. Having the experience in a smaller body of governing first gives a potential candidate many tools with which to work and ultimately aids them in their agenda.
  4. Parent. Thought not a paying job, being a parent gives a person a unique perspective on lifespan development. Future presidents need to also understand that their decisions have an impact on the next generation.
  5. Auto mechanic. This may seem like an odd one but consider what a mechanic has to do all day. They have to work with a wide variety of vehicles that have different ages and designs. Somehow, they have to make them work again. Isn’t that what a president does every day?