America, home of the brave and free. Those two adjectives, brave and free, have been exemplified time and time again throughout our country's history. Presidents, in particular, have the arduous task of leading our nation and preserving the precious gift of freedom, and so whether we agree with an individual president's political views or not, Americans can recognize that the job is not one for the faint of heart. At this point in history, forty-four men have risen to the challenge of being America's president. Their service and sacrifice for the American people should not overlooked, so today, we're honoring the Choctawkers' favorite presidents on the blog.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Words of Wisdom: “In these days of difficulty, we Americans everywhere must and shall choose the path of social justice…, the path of faith, the path of hope, and the path of love toward our fellow man."
Interesting Fact: He was an avid stamp collector, especially stamps of the Western hemisphere and Hong Kong; his collection sold for over $200,000.
William Howard Taft
Words of Wisdom: "Politics make me sick"
Interesting Fact: He wanted to be on the Supreme Court more than he wanted to be president.
Words of Wisdom: "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."
Interesting Fact: Lincoln is enshrined in the Wrestling Hall of Fame.
John F. Kennedy
Words of Wisdom: "Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future."
Interesting Fact: He was the only president to win a Purple Heart.
Words of Wisdom: “You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans."
Interesting Fact: He nominated the first female Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O'Connor.
Words of Wisdom: "Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all."
Interesting Fact: He didn't wear a wig. He just powdered his hair.
Words of Wisdom: "I try to live my life as if death might come for me at any moment."
Interesting Fact: Jackson’s parents emigrated from Ireland.
Words of Wisdom: "I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life; I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well."
Interesting Fact: He was a prolific author, writing his first book at the age of 23 and going on to write a total of 38 books.
Words of Wisdom: "No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave."
Interesting Fact: He was known as "Silent Cal."