Presidents I’ve Known and Loved…

Feb 20, 2023 | 0 comments

By the time I entered first grade in 1941, the United States had had thirty-two presidents, many of whom had served more than one term.  President Roosevelt, of course, stands out clearly in my mind as does his “day of infamy” speech after the horror of Pearl Harbor.

And I remember Harry Truman — such a plain man by comparison and a man who I later learned worked in offices next to my first father-in-law who scoffed, “Harry Truman!  We used to send him out for toothpaste!”  I didn’t much care for my father-in-law so by default Harry got my vote.

And before and after John Kennedy — until Barack Obama — I can’t really sing anyone’s praises.  It’s all one big blur and promises to continue in that vein, at least for me.  No.  I think I can safely say that the only two presidents I’ve “known and loved” were George Washington and Abraham Lincoln — and probably all because of the apocryphal stories we heard and the silhouettes we cut out oh-so-carefully year after year in honor of their birthdays — Lincoln’s on February 12 and Washington’s on February 22.

When we morphed into “President’s Day” and made the closest Monday to George’s birthday a holiday, I have to confess, I opted out.  I guess the holiday is okay but, to tell you the truth, today I would rather have received my mail.  Just sayin’…


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