• : Function ereg() is deprecated in /home/moocow/moocowfanclub.com/httpdocs/includes/file.inc on line 646.
  • : Function ereg() is deprecated in /home/moocow/moocowfanclub.com/httpdocs/includes/file.inc on line 646.
  • : Function ereg() is deprecated in /home/moocow/moocowfanclub.com/httpdocs/includes/file.inc on line 646.
  • : Function ereg() is deprecated in /home/moocow/moocowfanclub.com/httpdocs/includes/file.inc on line 646.
  • : Function ereg() is deprecated in /home/moocow/moocowfanclub.com/httpdocs/includes/file.inc on line 646.
  • : Function ereg() is deprecated in /home/moocow/moocowfanclub.com/httpdocs/includes/file.inc on line 646.
  • : Function ereg() is deprecated in /home/moocow/moocowfanclub.com/httpdocs/includes/file.inc on line 646.
  • : Function ereg() is deprecated in /home/moocow/moocowfanclub.com/httpdocs/includes/file.inc on line 646.
  • : Function ereg() is deprecated in /home/moocow/moocowfanclub.com/httpdocs/includes/file.inc on line 646.
  • : Function ereg() is deprecated in /home/moocow/moocowfanclub.com/httpdocs/includes/file.inc on line 646.
  • warning: explode() expects parameter 2 to be string, array given in /home/moocow/moocowfanclub.com/httpdocs/modules/custom_pagers/custom_pagers.module on line 411.
  • warning: explode() expects parameter 2 to be string, array given in /home/moocow/moocowfanclub.com/httpdocs/modules/custom_pagers/custom_pagers.module on line 411.
  • warning: explode() expects parameter 2 to be string, array given in /home/moocow/moocowfanclub.com/httpdocs/modules/custom_pagers/custom_pagers.module on line 411.
  • warning: explode() expects parameter 2 to be string, array given in /home/moocow/moocowfanclub.com/httpdocs/modules/custom_pagers/custom_pagers.module on line 411.
  • warning: explode() expects parameter 2 to be string, array given in /home/moocow/moocowfanclub.com/httpdocs/modules/custom_pagers/custom_pagers.module on line 411.
  • warning: explode() expects parameter 2 to be string, array given in /home/moocow/moocowfanclub.com/httpdocs/modules/custom_pagers/custom_pagers.module on line 411.
  • warning: explode() expects parameter 2 to be string, array given in /home/moocow/moocowfanclub.com/httpdocs/modules/custom_pagers/custom_pagers.module on line 411.
  • warning: explode() expects parameter 2 to be string, array given in /home/moocow/moocowfanclub.com/httpdocs/modules/custom_pagers/custom_pagers.module on line 411.
  • warning: explode() expects parameter 2 to be string, array given in /home/moocow/moocowfanclub.com/httpdocs/modules/custom_pagers/custom_pagers.module on line 411.
  • warning: explode() expects parameter 2 to be string, array given in /home/moocow/moocowfanclub.com/httpdocs/modules/custom_pagers/custom_pagers.module on line 411.
  • warning: explode() expects parameter 2 to be string, array given in /home/moocow/moocowfanclub.com/httpdocs/modules/custom_pagers/custom_pagers.module on line 411.
  • warning: explode() expects parameter 2 to be string, array given in /home/moocow/moocowfanclub.com/httpdocs/modules/custom_pagers/custom_pagers.module on line 411.
  • warning: explode() expects parameter 2 to be string, array given in /home/moocow/moocowfanclub.com/httpdocs/modules/custom_pagers/custom_pagers.module on line 411.
  • warning: explode() expects parameter 2 to be string, array given in /home/moocow/moocowfanclub.com/httpdocs/modules/custom_pagers/custom_pagers.module on line 411.
Rhetorical's picture

 

I've spent the past few entries telling you about various quirks of past presidents and, for the most part, I made being the president sound very fun. There are even perks that I didn't mention, such as private planes, various houses around the U.S., and the fact that you never have to do your own laundry. But still, being president it's not all fun and free stuff. In fact it can be one of the most dangerous jobs in the world.

 

There is a reason that the president has his own security force called the secret service. Four presidents have been assassinated while serving and others have been shot but not killed. Most assassinations have been because someone didn't agree with the president's policies, such as with Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, but some presidents have been shot by their own supporters. The twentieth president, James A Garfield, had only been president for four months when a disgruntled supporter shot and killed him. The supporter was angry that Garfield did not give him a good government job.

 

Of course there have also been deaths in the white house not caused by an assassins bullet. The ninth president, William Henry Harrison delivered a two hour-long inaugural speech the day he was sworn into office. It was the longest inaugural speech in history and, while that might sound harmless, it was also in the pouring rain. Harrison refused a coat or covering for the entire speech. He caught pneumonia and died 31 days later.

 

The twelfth president, Zachary Taylor, died after spending a warm day out in the sun eating cherries and drinking milk, and let's just say they didn't agreed with him. He died five days later due to severe food poisoning.

 

And in a strange coincidence, three presidents have died on July 4th, which is the date of the founding of the United States of America and signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The second president, John Adams, and third president Tomas Jefferson both died on July 4th 1826, exactly fifty years after they signed that historic document. Then, five years later, James Monroe died on the fourth as well.

 

Being president might have its perks but as you see the difficulties are great, and these examples are just the extreme life or death situations. I've haven't even mentioned the politics they have to deal with while in office, some of which might seem like a fate worse than death!

 

I hope you've enjoyed my series on past presidents. Now if you'll excuse me, all this talk has made Ramses nervous and he's asked me to check to see if his milk and cherries were trying to assassinate him. He said they look "shifty."

 

President Taylor disagrees with his food.

Milk: I think he'll find that when it comes to spending a day outside in the sun, we don't agree with him at all!

Cherries: Yeah, it sure upsets us!

 

 

©2011 Moo-Cow Fan Club LLC.