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19 April 2016 @ 04:16 pm
all the presidents (men)  

I was–well, really–trying to bore myself to sleep the other night by seeing how many of the US presidents I could remember. Fewer than 20, reliably, as it turned out. The whole thing went like this:

Obama, Bush Jr, Clinton, Bush Sr, Reagan, Carter…wait, uh. Spiro Agnew wasn’t ever actually president, who was it in there…well. nevermind, Nixon, Johnson, Kennedy, then, uh, Eisenhower probably, Truman, FDR for sure…H…Hoover? No, he was the FBI guy… WILSON DEFINITELY WE GOT WILSON YEAH uh…Teddy Roosevelt…

…GRANT AND LINCOLN FOR SURE but no who are we kidding the 19th century’s basically just a big blank maybe if I come at it from the other end: Washington Jefferson Adams the other Adams uh Hamilton? No, he was never President, thank you Lin-Manuel Miranda for that knowledge I really gotta listen to your musical, um Johnson maybe? The one who was a real son of a bitch? (Jackson, it turns out.)

Nope, nope, can’t think of anybody else, there was that guy after Lincoln who died really fast (Garfield, except it turned out I was actually thinking of William Henry Harrison, who died of pneumonia after 32 days in office and who preceded Lincoln by Some Time) and there was somebody right after Lincoln who wasn’t Kennedy, Kennedy was his secretary and Kennedy had a secretary named Lincoln, I wonder if any of that’s true, it could have been another Johnson maybe, it was some kind of really common name like that…

Anyway, I went to sleep. :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Marissa Lingenmrissa on April 19th, 2016 03:31 pm (UTC)
Herbert Hoover was president, J. Edgar Hoover was the FBI guy. Gerry Ford came between Carter and Nixon.

Some of the rest of them are really entertaining if you decide to dig into them. Full of anecdote and whiskers.
kitmizkit on April 19th, 2016 03:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I eventually deduced that about the Hoovers. I now know about ten more presidents reliably, if not quite the order they come in... :)
Alix (Tersa): Dr Who - Studious Ten (bibliophile1887)tersa on April 19th, 2016 05:02 pm (UTC)
There was a time, waaaaay back in High School, where I'd memorized the entire list of presidents up to the current one.

I suspect I could probably name more than you, but I get fuzzy between about 1872-1896. :)
silver shadow believersaintswife on April 19th, 2016 09:41 pm (UTC)
I had an awesome history teacher in 8th grade - big guy with a beard that would now be the envy of hipsters everywhere. He taught us a pneumonic ditty using the first syllable of each presidents last name. I can get up to Reagan at which point I have to rely on actual knowledge rather than memorization. The one I wish I could remember was the bones in the body that the science teacher in 6th grade taught. However it's no surprise to me given how traumatic sixth grade was.
Amberleyamberley on April 19th, 2016 11:40 pm (UTC)
You REALLY should listen to the Hamilton soundtrack, which explains why Hamilton was never President (besides the obvious).

Whether you should then stay up until 4am watching Ham4Ham videos on Youtube, I leave to your
own good judgement.
kitmizkit on April 20th, 2016 08:21 am (UTC)
Re: Hamilton
Honestly, I haven't bought the soundtrack because I'm under the impression it will completely eat my brain, and I can't afford to have my brain eaten until I've finished the huge massive list of revisions/edits/production that I've got to deal with. I'm hoping it'll all be done before we go on holiday, whereupon I'll listen to Hamilton on repeat for 3 weeks. ;)
Amberleyamberley on April 21st, 2016 03:22 am (UTC)
Re: Hamilton Delayed is Hamilton Deferred
A wise and fine plan. After your first week of Hamilton, I recommend watching this video on The Ten Stages of Becoming Obsessed by Hamilton.

Happy Revising/Editing/Producing!
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on April 20th, 2016 12:04 am (UTC)
You probably got more than I would have :-)