Happy Birthday George Washington! Yes, today we celebrate the life of our first President, the man whose face is on the one dollar bill. President Washington lead a fascinating life, both before his presidency and after. You can find all sorts of fun facts about him here like how he contracted smallpox while in Barbados, that he was an excellent dancer, and owned a distillery. There are also facts that have more to do with things that occurred during his presidency such as the fact that he never lived in Washington D.C. and that his second inaugural speech was the shortest on record. It really is interesting reading and learning about his history.
Presidents Day was yesterday, and in honor of our wonderful Presidents, we thought we would look up how many of them were lawyers. In fact, 25 of our 45 Presidents were lawyers, Harvard having the most Presidential graduates with four. Here is the complete list with some fun little tidbits about them. For instance, did you know, “the three best known Western name in China are Jesus Christ, Elvis Presley, and Richard Nixon”, and that Obama has a nerdy side enjoying comic books and Harry Potter!!
This got us thinking about what else the past Presidents had done. We found this list, which lists professions by number of Presidents. Common jobs were in Politics (probably a given), but there were also a number of educators, businessman, and journalists/writers. Many of our Presidents were Ambassadors, and there were even a few farmers. Do you know the number one profession? You will have to click to find out…it is quite interesting, recognizing our rich history!!
“I do solemnly swear (of affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of the President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
At 9:00 A.M. Pacific time today, President-Elect Donald Trump and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence will take their oaths of office. The official proceedings take place on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol and will conclude with the new President’s inaugural address to the nation.
Tickets to the inauguration are actually free if you’re on the list of your Senator or Representative and were distributed on January 10. But, if you want to stay dry, and watch from the warmth of your home, then click here.