Posts Tagged ‘President’

Merely a Coincidence?!

April 20, 2017

Do you know the connections (or similarities) between Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy (and their assassinations)?  Are these merely coincidences or is this a part of something bigger?

  • Lincoln was elected in 1860
  • Kennedy was elected in 1960
  • Each name has seven letters
  • Both Presidents were slain on a Friday
  • Both were slain in the presence of their wives
  • Both were directly concerned with Civil Rights
  • Both Presidents had had the legality of their elections contested
  • Kennedy’s secretary, Lincoln, warned him not to go to Dallas
  • Lincoln’s secretary, Kennedy, warned him not to go to the theater
  • Both of their successors were named Johnson
    • Andrew Johnson
    • Lyndon Johnson
    • Each name contains thirteen (13) letters
    • Both served in the U.S. Senate
    • Both were southern Democrats
    • Andrew Johnson was born in 1808
    • Lyndon Johnson was born in 1908
  • Booth and Oswald were both southerners favoring unpopular ideas
  • Booth shot Lincoln in a theater and hid in a warehouse
  • Oswald shot Kennedy from a warehouse and hid in a theater
  • Booth and Oswald were murdered before their trials could be arranged
  • Lincoln and Kennedy were carried in death on the same caisson
  • Booth and Oswald were born 100 years apart
  • John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald, each name has fifteen (15) letters

Just Plain Bush-ed!

March 9, 2016

People says the darnedest things from time to time.  Presidents are no exception.  You sometimes have difficulty believing that some things are actually said.  Here are a few oxymoronic lines from the former-Presidents Bush.

“People say I’m indecisive, but I don’t know about that.” (H.W.)

“I have opinions of my own — strong opinions — but I don’t always agree with them.” (H.W.)

“We’re enjoying slugging times, and not enjoying them very much.”  (H.W.)

I think anybody who doesn’t think I’m smart enough to handle the job is underestimating.” (W.)

“Presidents, whether things are good or bad, get the blame. I understand that.” (W.)

One of the common denominators I have found is that expectations rise above that which is expected.”  (W.)

 

Never Forget!

September 11, 2015

On this the anniversary of 9/11, here are a couple of my favorite quotations:

“Our enemies have made the mistake that America’s enemies always make. They saw liberty and thought they saw weakness. And now, they see defeat.”  –George W. Bush, President of the United States.

“. . . We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.”   –George W. Bush, President of the United States.

Here is the full transcript of the speech of President Bush’s address to a joint session of Congress on Thursday night, September 20, 2001 (this video is just an excerpt).

Happy Veterans Day, 2014!

November 11, 2014

FlagToday marks the official federal holiday where we honor our veterans (those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces).  It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I.   Did you know that the major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918?  The United States celebrated or observed Armistice Day for years; it wasn’t until 1954 that the U.S. established the current Veterans Day holiday.

President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day on November 11, 1919 . . . and said:

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”

Thank you to all our veterans!

David Who?

July 13, 2013

As I was sitting through the showing of the recent movie, Olympus Has Fallen (a very entertaining movie, in my humble opinion), which opens at the presidential retreat, Camp David, I was confronted by a curiosity about the origin of its name.  I was not aware of any presidents whose first names were “David” (nor was I aware of any presidential children named David), but my thoughts were then drawn to Eisenhower (whose middle name was David).  So, when I got out of the movie, I confirmed that “Camp David” did indeed receive its current moniker from the then president, Dwight D. Eisenhower (in honor of his father and his grandson, both of whom were named David).

Here are some fun facts about “Camp David.”

  • In Maryland, 62 miles north of Washington, DC.
  • Official name: Naval Support Facility Thurmont (a military installation).
    • First known as: Hi-Catoctin (1935)
    • Later: “Shangri-La” (1942, FDR).
    • Currently: “Camp David” (1953, DDE).
  • Staffed by the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps.
  • Built in 1935, opened in 1938.
  • Converted to presidential retreat in 1942 (by Franklin D. Roosevelt).
  • NOT open to the general public.
  • Every president since Franklin Roosevelt has made use of Camp David.

Amidst The Political Season!

October 2, 2012

Here it is, another election year.  As we begin October, we realize that November is not that far away and once again we find ourselves faced with a decision . . . vote to keep the incumbent for another term, or vote for a change.   And speaking of change, I ran across this wonderful demotivator from www.despair.com and felt compelled to share it with you (I considered posting this closer to election day, but decided to keep it in the “humor” category [and away from the “political” category] by distancing it from election day).  Please forgive my lack of seriousness regarding such an important issue.  In reality (and in all seriousness, now) you’ve got to take the time to learn the issues and see where the candidates stand on these issues and make an informed decision in November. Elections are your chance to be heard.  Exercise your right, get out and vote.

“With My Life, If Need Be” . . .!

May 5, 2012

 . . . this represents the last line of the “Oath of Office” that each police officer swears to upon being commissioned as a police officer for the City of Tulsa.  Even though Peace Officers Memorial Day isn’t for another ten days (May 15th), Tulsa is holding their own Memorial Service today (our Candlelight Vigil was last night).  This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Presidential Proclamation (signed in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy) designating May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day (and the week that this date falls within as Police Week).  This photo represents the Tulsa Police Honor Guard’s “Tools of the Trade.”   Last year’s new Honor Guard members commissioned the creation of this handsome shadow box (built by Officer Ronnie Benight) which is displayed proudly in the Tulsa Lodge #93 Fraternal Order of Police building.   What a fabulous tribute to our Honor Guard who honor the fallen so exceptionally well.

Our fallen will never be forgotten!

Here are some useful links:

Tulsa’s Local Memorial
State of Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
Police Week Schedule of Events (Washington, DC)