Posts Tagged ‘George Washington
February 6th is Ronald Reagan’s birthday (which, in 2011, will be the day Palin announces her presidential campaign).
February 11th is Sarah Palin’s birthday.
February 12th is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.
February 22nd is George Washington’s birthday (but in the Old Style calendar, used when Washington was alive, it is February 11th).
We’d love to see an image of Sarah Palin in front of a birthday cake, with the ghosts of Ronald Reagan, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln behind her. We picture them as blue ghosts, like the ones they always had in Star Wars movies, when Obi Wan Kenobi or whomever appeared in ghost form at the end of Return of the Jedi.
Also in the room, we picture a moose, a bald eagle, a husky, and a mamma grizzly…the symbols we want the Palin 2012 campaign to use.
Maybe on the birthday cake, we’d have the icing read, “Happy 46th Birthday to the 45th President”.
Have the cake be a patriotic red, white, and blue.
Put the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence in beautiful frames on the wall.
Maybe have this birthday party set in the Oval Office.
Any other good ideas for the image?
If we do a good enough job on this one, maybe someone could get it to the Governor herself and let her know how much support she has.
PS — any other presidential birthdays in February?
Just something to think about on this the Eleventh Day, Year One, of The Golden Age of Obama. It’s actually very rare for a President to win a second term, no matter how well things go in that first term. Because of Reagan, Clinton, and George W. Bush, we assume a second term’s a given for presidents because the majority of those in our lifetimes have been two-termers (especially for those of us in our early 30s, who’ve mainly known two-termers). But, historically, that’s not the case.
Here are the men (and, unfortunately all men so far, despite all the talk of change still in the air) who’ve held the office two terms (or more, in one case):
(1) Franklin Delano Roosevelt (served 3 full terms, but elected to 4)
(2) Thomas Jefferson (2 terms)
(3) James Madison (2 terms)
(4) James Monroe (2 terms)
(5) Andrew Jackson (2 terms)
(6) Ulysses S. Grant (2 terms)
(7) Grover Cleveland (2 nonconsecutive terms)
(8) Woodrow Wilson (2 terms)
(9) Dwight Eisenhower (2 terms)
(10) Ronald Reagan (2 terms)
(11) Bill Clinton (2 terms)
(12) George W. Bush (2 terms)
(13) George Washington (2 terms)
(14) Richard Nixon (2 terms)
(15) William McKinley (2 terms)
(16) Abraham Lincoln (2 terms)
Those who wanted second terms but lost their elections:
(a) John Quincy Adams
(b) Martin van Buren
(c) Franklin Pierce
(d) Benjamin Harrison
(e) William Howard Taft
(f) Herbert Hoover
(g) Jimmy Carter
(h) George H.W. Bush
(i) John Adams
So, 16 wanted a Part Deux and got one. 9 wanted re-election but were denied. Almost 2/3 of our presidents were thus one-termers (or less).
And another interesting thing to note is that the last time THREE two-term presidents happened in a row was all the way back in the early 1800s, with Jefferson/Madison/Monroe (the 3rd, 4th, and 5th presidents). That hasn’t been repeated for 200 years now.
Not saying it won’t ever again, because it’s much too early to tell, but just noting it’s not an automatic, considering past as probability if not predictor.
Clinton/Bush/Obama as three two-termers in a row would be anomalous but certainly not impossible.