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7 Politicians Who Appeared on Game Shows

As we’ve been seeing lately, everything politicians have done since birth ends up being in the news—especially during election time. Game show appearances are no exception, so check out these seven politico contestants. Some did surprisingly well; others should definitely stick to their day jobs. 1. Ronald Reagan on I’ve Got a Secret, 1961 A pre-politics Reagan [...]

19 Presidential Jokes for Presidential Joke Day

We often think of American presidents as butts of jokes, the muses for mockery, and the subjects of satire. But every once in awhile, our commanders-in-chief (or their speechwriters) come up with a few witty wisecracks of their own. Saturday is presidential joke day – a holiday to commemorate the fact that presidents sometimes have [...]

The Presidents, Illustrated

Barak Hardley decided to draw all the presidents. Some he drew more than once, some are actually sculpture, but these are not your everyday presidential portraits. He drew Jimmy Carter as a vampire, Richard Nixon as Mr. Potato Head (the view from the rear is even more interesting), and Warren G. Harding as a samurai [...]

The Quick 10: Pre-Presidential Professions

You already know that Ronald Reagan was president of the Screen Actors Guild before he was President of the United States, and I bet you recall a joke or two about Jimmy Carter being a peanut farmer. Here are a few ways other future presidents paid the bills before they started signing bills. 1. Harry Truman, [...]

Billy Beer: The Reason Billy Carter Quit Drinking

When the national press descended on Plains, GA, during the 1976 presidential campaign, the journalists were looking for some insight into Democratic challenger Jimmy Carter’s character. They found something even better: Carter’s hard-drinking younger brother, gas station owner Billy. [Image credit: Bettmann/CORBIS] The media quickly fell in love with the bespectacled, beer-chugging younger Carter. Billy’s Southern-fried [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Failed Assassination Attempts

Today happens to be the anniversary of the day Sara Jane Moore tried to take President Ford out in 1975, so we’re revisiting an old post on assassinations. Had it not been for the quick thinking of the guy next to Moore, Nelson Rockefeller would have been president and who knows where history would have [...]

4 Stories About Jimmy Carter’s Malaise Speech

by Kevin Mattson On July 15, 1979, President Jimmy Carter spoke to the American people about the nation’s crisis of confidence. Kevin Mattson’s latest book, What the Heck Are You up to, Mr. President?, re-examines the address that defined—and perhaps doomed—Carter’s presidency. Here are a few things you might not remember about the speech. 1. Carter Never [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Books Written by Presidents (of the non-memoir variety)

It’s no secret that Barack Obama has penned a couple of books – they flew off of the shelves during his bid for the presidency. In fact, most presidents have ended up writing their memoirs at some point after leaving the White House. But some presidents have chosen to write about the things that really [...]

10 Memorable Presidential Campaign Slogans

By Brendan Spiegel While today’s presidential slogans are mostly indistinguishable combinations of the words “America,” “leader,” and “change,” that certainly wasn’t always the case. Here are 10 campaign slogans worth remembering. 1. Voters didn’t know much about Democrat Franklin Pierce when he headed into the 1852 election, so Pierce decided to cast himself as the rightful heir [...]