Get ready to be entertained with more than 300 "jam-packed" pages of unusual, bizarre and often humorous political facts in American politics. These are not the facts that you were taught in Politics 101. Sound smart at your next cocktail party or at the local coffee shop when the conversation turns to politics; you will easily be able to weave these fascinating facts into the conversation. Political junkies and casual political observers alike will enjoy this book. It's a fun read. In fact, the book makes the perfect gift. ...
Get ready to be entertained with more than 300 "jam-packed" pages of unusual, bizarre and often humorous political facts in American politics. These are not the facts that you were taught in Politics 101. Sound smart at your next cocktail party or at the local coffee shop when the conversation turns to politics; you will easily be able to weave these fascinating facts into the conversation. Political junkies and casual political observers alike will enjoy this book. It's a fun read. In fact, the book makes the perfect gift. This book is bursting with interesting facts and pictures pertaining to American Presidents, Vice Presidents, Cabinet Members, First Ladies, Members of Congress, Supreme Court Justices, Governors, and local elected officials. Find out the real story behind the following political peculiarities: *The belief by some that George Washington should not be considered America's First President. *A President's last words as he ate his soup: "The Nourishment is palatable." *A Governor once vetoed a bill for "bad spelling, improper punctuation and erasures." *A political candidate, who after losing an election, complained: "The people have spoken, The Bastards." *Hillary Clinton was the President of the Young Republicans at Wellesley College. *A U.S. President who has been forgotten in the U.S., but who is worshiped in Paraguay and has a national holiday named after him in that country. *After losing re-nomination by his own party, one President deadpanned: "There's nothing left to do but get drunk." *A First Lady who enjoyed conversing on her CB radio from the White House using the handle "First Mamma." *A President gave a Pope a bust of "himself" as a gift. *One state had a 24-year-old Governor. *A President who in his earlier life worked as a custodian and an auto mechanic. *A staph infection that may have altered the course of history. *A losing Presidential candidate who speculated that his unwillingness to appear on the weekly TV comedy show "Rowan & Martin's Laugh In" may have cost him the election. *A President whose birth name was Leslie Lynch King. *A Vice President who regularly presided drunk over the U.S. Senate. *A state where prisoners make license plates that read: "Live free or die." *A Vice President who needed additional income took a leave of absence to open a tavern and spa. *A future President who was the head cheerleader at his High School football games. *A Congressman who called a colleague on the House floor a "Howdy-Doody-looking nimrod." *A President that was so large that he got stuck in a White House bathtub and needed assistance in getting out. *A Congressman who issued a press release deriding the organization known as Americans for Tax Reform as "Lying Sacks of Scum." *A future President who came in second in the Iowa Caucuses to "None of the above" *A U.S. Senate candidate who appeared on the ballot as "God Almighty" *A former 12-year Governor who "subsequently" became a bank teller. *That one Secretary of State had never left the U.S. before taking office. *A Supreme Court Justice who wrote in the Majority Opinion regarding forced sterilization: "Three Generations of Imbeciles is enough." *A President's last words as his wife was reading him the newspaper: "Could you please read that again?" *Two brothers who ran against each other for the Governorship of Tennessee.
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