My 5 year old son and I have been spending a lot of time talking about Presidents recently. First there was the election, which gave us a chance to talk about what the President does, how the President gets the job, and what happens after the President is elected. He was so interested in the Presidency that I got him a place mat with pictures of all the Presidents on it and he’s been asking lots of questions about what each of them did in office. It turns out that, for a political geek, I know shockingly little about most of our Presidents. And what I do know? Is very difficult to explain simply. For example, telling a 5 year old about the Iranian hostage crisis of the late 70′s will not make him think of Jimmy Carter as a master diplomat. It will cause him to obsess about why the Ayatollah hated Americans. Also, Watergate just sounds bizarre when you break it down into its most basic facts.
In honor of my ignorance and the upcoming President’s day holiday, I started digging around for some more child friendly facts about the 44 men who have presided over our nation. Aside from the usual historical highlights like Washington assuming the office for the first time, Teddy Roosevelt and National Parks, Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation, and father-son Presidents like the the Adamses and Bushes, there are a lot of interesting stories that have come out of the White House over the years.
Here are a few fun tidbits that may help spark an interest in history and politics or at least give everyone a good chuckle!
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