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.
Other U.S. Presidents
have dabbled in poetry (that is, if they weren't busy winning Pulitzers before hitting the Oval Office
). But Our Fearless Leader's poem has been rejected by the Missouri Review.
"While we realize that the phrase 'lump in the bed' has a personal meaning that is meant to be endearing (please give the First Lady our regards), we fear that it portrays a, shall we say say, less than progressive attitude toward women." Is there any hope for Bush's literary inclinations? And what does this mean for the future of Presidential dignity?
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.
Even Presidents need to apologize
from time to time. Other lesser politicians
and business people
need to learn the fine art of apology
as well. There are sorry poems
[warning: bad midi music]. And of course, for those who can’t think of anything to say, there’s an apology generator
Guess who wants presidential term limits to be repealed...
Putting aside your feelings for Bill Clinton (or Ronald Reagan for that matter), should the U.S. president be allowed to serve more than two terms?
Mr. Bush goes to Palestine
Everyone in the White House must be incredibly giddy. The most incredible political
schism in the world may finally be patched up in the event of a successful round of talks done Texan style
--face to face and man to man. George W. Bush will be leaving shortly for a trip to the Middle East
to take a crack at solving a little disagreement
among the neighbors
In a way, he is as much the son of Jimmy Carter
as he is of Ronnie Reagan
. Just a simple man
, with more than a few complicated plans
, a big, broad smile
, and a ten-gallon hat
. But will his down-to-earth working man's values be able to put an end to a simmering
and increasingly, explosive animosity
? Assuming everything works out for the United States and the world in general
, is it actually possible that this man could go down as one of the most influential presidents
of all time
? Or will he ultimately fail
like the others
that failed before
(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]
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.
A Survivor's Guide for Presidential Nominees.
"It isn't easy to say no to the president of the United States, even if he lacks the legendary persuasive powers of a Lyndon B. Johnson."
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?
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?
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?
"Mister President! Duck!"
- I've always wanted to say that. =)
NYTimes.com reports (or does it?) Bush winning KY and IN
I think this is some kind of mistake, rather than an off-sides. Explanations?
In the spirit of the American Memory Digital Library
or Duke's Digital Scriptorium
, the American Museum of the Moving Image
has a new exhibit called The Living Room Candidate
- a comprehensive collection of presidential campaign ads since the 1950's.
Presidential election projection, based on likely Electoral College votes.
Which is the right way to do it, after all. The guy running the page is the editor of Web, White, & Blue
, an online digest of political news from around the Web. Seems very even handed. The projections come from state-by-state polling data, and change as new polls come in. Current leader: Gore, by 34 out of 535 votes.
- Because it's time for a dose of the "Vitamin G"
(presidential candidates rapping - flash required)
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. :)
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....