The President Calling:
American Radioworks (MPR) explores the secret phone tapes of Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. AFAIK, the content is all previously available, but online, they've packaged and annotated
it for ease of use. It's not exhaustive, but the moments picked out are often illuminating, showing "how each man used one-on-one politics to shape history." You might want to start here.
posted by soyjoy
on Nov 20, 2003 -
Medical histories of American Presidents
- Washington "exuded such masculine power as frightens young women just wakening to the opposite sex." Jefferson had all his teeth when he died at 84. Wilson's handshake was described as "a ten-cent pickled mackerel in brown paper." Taft was once laid up for a few days after a bug flew into his eye. Facts & trivia about presidential health.
posted by madamjujujive
on Sep 28, 2003 -
(November 5, 1781 - November 3, 1782), Elias Boudinot
(November 4, 1782 - November 2, 1783), Thomas Mifflin
(November 3, 1783 - June 3, 1784), Richard Henry Lee
(November 30, 1784 - November 22, 1785), John Hancock
(November 23, 1785 - June 5, 1786), Nathaniel Gorham
(June 1786 until January 1787), Arthur St. Clair
(February 2 , 1787 - January 21, 1788), and Cyrus Griffin
(January 22, 1788 – April 29, 1789)--under The Articles of the Confederation
Everything you know is wrong--George Washington was the 9th President
--or 8th, depending on how you call it on John Hancock's term
. [More inside]
posted by y2karl
on Nov 7, 2002 -
Data Archives from the American Presidency Project
Fascinating statistical data about a variety of subjects, and not just trivia either. Includes data, for example, about Congressional concurrence with the President, number of Presidential vetos, number of first-year requests, etc. Good information for acquiring an overall understanding of our current political situation.
posted by oissubke
on Nov 6, 2002 -
Bush approval ratings in low 80's; "disapproves" rising.
Is the growing Enron
debacle catching up with George W.
? The president's job approval ratings
, once above 90%, are now threatening to fall below 80%, while his disapproves
are at their highest since 9/11.
By any measure, his numbers are still good--but they do seem to be heading south. Is this temporary? Or is it the anticipated post-attack "correction," as Franzen might say?
posted by busbyism
on Jan 17, 2002 -
Through rose-tinted spectacles?
It's media waffle for a quiet news day, and comes on the back of a wave of nostalgia, but Reagan's "victory" in this latest poll feels like the triumph of selective memory, and of the desire to reassociate the presidency with jelly-bean eating. (FDR trails in fifth, and there's no mention of Woodrow Wilson, though Carter and Nixon get a look-in.) Which makes me wonder: does the US have a clear sense of its history, as far as Presidents are concerned?
posted by holgate
on Feb 19, 2001 -
Clinton opts not
to become the first prexy since Garfield and Harding (who? kidding) not to visit Nebraska during his term in office. Obviously, he's trying to avoid the dreaded curse: "Both Garfield and Harding died before completing their terms." Coincidence or Illuminati subterfuge?
posted by highindustrial
on Nov 29, 2000 -
- Because it's time for a dose of the "Vitamin G"
(presidential candidates rapping - flash required)
posted by sawks
on Aug 10, 2000 -
In addition to SelectSmart's Presidental Candidate chooser app
which was mentioned here before
, AOL now has one
and iVillage does too
. Although all the questions are different, I'm getting the same top three in all apps. A funny sidenote: if you leave everything at the defaults of "no preference" at AOL's candidate chooser, Al Gore comes up as first choice. Although it's just a bug caused by alphabetizing the candidates, I think it's a little too close to the truth to ignore. :)
posted by mathowie
on Feb 7, 2000 -
Jerry's Ranking of the U.S. Presidents
- Think fast! Who was the better President, Franklin Pierce or John Tyler? Time's up! It's Tyler. Of course, this guy also says that Clinton is better than Lincoln, so I guess that's the problem. Tyler has nothing on Pierce anyways....
posted by tdecius
on Sep 17, 1999 -