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20 US Presidents that Totally Confuse Kids

By julieminer |

George Washington? Not confusing at all. First President, cherry tree, blah, blah, blah.

It’s President’s Day, which for my children has nearly nothing to do with history and everything to do with a three-day weekend. I asked my kids and their friends about the US Presidents and what they knew about them. I got blank stares and blinking in reply.

Maybe it’s because my kids are too young. Maybe it’s because most students aren’t asked to memorize the Presidents in order, as I was in elementary school. Or maybe it’s because some of the Presidents – especially for younger kids – are sort of confusing.

Here’s a very silly look at the most confusing US Presidents for kids and their reactions:

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Confusing US Presidents for Kids on Presidents Weekend

Grover Cleveland and Grover Cleveland

Those two mustache dudes look alike. Because they’re both from Cleveland? No way. Those guys are the same person. OHHHH… but not consecutively. So he was President twice which is why they say Obama is the 44th President and stuff but really there are only 43 Presidents. Sigh…

All photos are courtesy of: where you can also find lots of great (and accurate) information about all our Presidents.

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Julie W. Miner writes the blog Rants from Mommyland. She has three kids, a long-suffering husband, a very naughty dog and a geriatric, ill-tempered cat. In addition to blogging, she teaches at a college she couldn’t have gotten into because she made bad choices in high school. Read bio and latest posts → Read Julie's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “20 US Presidents that Totally Confuse Kids

  1. CW says:

    Funny! A friend of mine once told me that she had read a study saying the average American could name more brands of beer than U.S. presidents. So the two of us decided to each write down lists of how many beers and how many presidents we could think of off the tops of our head. While we did respectably on getting most of the presidents (in the mid-30′s), both of us still came up with more brands of beer. Funny, but sad…

  2. La Rêveuse says:

    It’s John Tyler, not Richard.

  3. CMB92191 says:

    As a Social Studies teacher, I cried a little inside. Dare I say, I have heard most of those comments. As far as American History and the Presidents, there are many laugh or cry moments in the classroom.

  4. Rebeca @ The Average Parent says:

    It’s funny that you reference Night at the Museum because the only way that I can remember that FDR was the one with the wheel chair is because he was the one in Annie.

  5. KoriN says:

    I am in my early 40″s, I don’t think I have EVER heard of Millard Fillmore! (What?)

  6. Ashley Taylor says:

    So funny! Loved it, as I do everything you write!

  7. rebekah says:

    I know the presidents but that because I am a nerd and love history.,

  8. Jenny says:

    What about Aerosmith? People can’t possibly confuse John with Steven … ? Now I’m confused. And do people really not know Bill Clinton? Geez, maybe I paid attention in History class because I’m not confused by any of the presidents.

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