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The Seal of the President (American Presidents Blog)

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This article explores who designed the seal of the President:
According to the Encyclopedia of the American Presidency, the modern seal was first defined on October 25, 1945, by President Harry Truman in Executive Order 9646. It depicts an Eagle holding 13 arrows in one talon and an olive branch with 13 leaves in the other, surrounded by a ring of 50 stars (Executive Order 10860 added stars for Alaska and Hawaii in 1960) and the words “Seal of the President of the United States.” The words make it official. Otherwise, it’s considered the Presidential Coat-of-Arms; without the stars, it’s ...

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President Barack Obama Officially Begins Second Term (About.com American History)

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Today at the nation's capitol, Barack Obama was inaugurated for the second time as President of the United States. The message of his inaugural speech was of coming together to ensure a better future for America. In part he said,

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Former President George H. W. Bush Ill (About.com American History)

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George H. W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, has been placed in intensive care at a Houston hospital. He is 88 years old. According to reports, he has a persistent fever that the doctors are working to control. Three years ago, Bush made news for skydiving on his 85th birthday. Bush served one term as president from 1989-1992. In later years, he joined with former president Bill Clinton to raise money for individuals who had been struck by natural disasters such as the tsunami in Thailand and Hurricane Katrina.

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Congratulations to President Obama (American Presidents Blog)

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Congratulations to President Obama for winning reelection.  Whoever you voted for (and I'm not sharing who I did, so I don't want to know who you voted for), let's hope for four good years. 

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President signs bill to facilitate Indian land leases (Native America, Discovered and Conquered)

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http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/national/president-obama-signs-hearth-law-giving-indian-tribes-more-land-independence
 
President Barack Obama signed a new law today amending a previous act that gives Indian tribes more control of their lands and development. The Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership (HEARTH) Act of 2011 amends the Indian Long-Term Leasing Act of 1955. HEARTH allows tribes to sign certain surface land leases without getting federal government consent and allows them to handle their own long-term land leasing.
 
The law also allows them to decide on expanding housing and economic development on tribal lands.
Until now, Indian nations had to have decisions approved by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and that process could take ...

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Happy Birthday, Mr. President (American Presidents Blog)

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It is George H.W. Bush's 88th birthday - we wish you the best!

In any case, I thought I'd pick a speech to highlight in that mode.  So this is his speech on the end of the Gulf War:
Kuwait is liberated. Iraq's army is defeated. Our military objectives are met. Kuwait is once more in the hands of Kuwaitis, in control of their own destiny. We share in their joy, a joy tempered only by our compassion for their ordeal.



Tonight the Kuwaiti flag once again flies above the capital of a free and sovereign nation. And the American ...

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Skydiving President (American Presidents Blog)

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So did you know that George H.W. Bush usually celebrated his birthday, including his 85th in 2009, by skydiving? But unfortunately President Bush is now unable to walk:
Jeb Bush said his father, 87, is still good mentally, but "he can't walk... He has to, you know, he's help by a stroller... That's hard for a guy that's been so vital and vigorous in life."

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James Monroe – 5th US President (About.com American History)

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James Monroe was born on April 28, 1758 to relatively wealthy Virginia planters. However, both of his parents soon died, and he inherited his father's estate at a young age. Monroe had a distinguished career during the American Revolution. Afterwards, he had a huge political career that included all of the following positions at one time or another:

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The Stalking of a President (American Presidents Blog)

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This article looks at Charles J. Guiteau's "stalking" of President Garfield up to shooting him:
Charles J. Guiteau, a mentally unstable 41-year-old lawyer, had stalked Garfield for months before shooting him at the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad station in Washington on July 2, 1881. Though Guiteau had passed the bar exam and used money from an inheritance to start a law firm in Chicago, he could never bring in much business beyond bill collecting, and he’d gotten in trouble more than once for pocketing what he collected. Turning to politics, Guiteau wrote a speech supporting former president Ulysses S. Grant ...

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Rutherford B. Hayes, Nineteenth President (About.com American History)

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Rutherford B. Hayes was the nineteenth president of the United States. He only served one term, March 4, 1877 to March 3, 1881. He had strong views on civil service reform that often made him unpopular, as shown by this quote, "I am not liked as a President by the politicians in office, in the press, or in Congress. But I am content to abide the judgment - the sober second thought - of the people."

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Is Barack Obama the Fourth Best President? Obama Says His Accomplishments Rank Higher Than Those of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson (American Revolution and Founding Era)

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In what many analysts are calling a stunning display of hubris, President Barack Obama says he would put his record up against any President with the "possible exception" of Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson. In an interview with 60 Minutes, the President said: "I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any president — with the possible exceptions of Johnson, F.D.R., and Lincoln — just in terms of what we’ve gotten done in modern history."

Obama's boast is understandably drawing scorn from the blogosphere. After all, the current President of ...

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Franklin Roosevelt Elected President (About.com American History)

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On November 8, 1932, Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected as the 32nd president. America was fighting against the Great Depression and Roosevelt came in with a vision for massive action resulting in the New Deal programs. Roosevelt suffered from polio, but many people did not realize that he was in a wheelchair. He was reelected 3 more times and was the president for most of World War II, dying in office on April 12, 1945 of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was definitely one of America's most influential presidents.

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Death of a President (American Presidents Blog)

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Prologue's blog recently covered the death of President Garfield, so I thought I'd borrow the idea.

Garfield's death, like McKinley's, was slow and his doctors, especially in our modern eyes, were more a problem than a help:
The first doctor on the scene administered brandy and spirits of ammonia, causing the president to promptly vomit. Then D. W. Bliss, a leading Washington doctor, appeared and inserted a metal probe into the wound, turning it slowly, searching for the bullet. The probe became stuck between the shattered fragments of Garfield's eleventh rib, and was removed only with a great deal ...

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Happy 50th Birthday, Mr. President! (American Presidents Blog)

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President Obama turned 50 today. He is now one of three presidents to turn 50 in office - who were the other two?

So what was Obama's birthday like?
After spending the morning of his milestone birthday working in the Oval Office, the president headed to the Blue Room of the White House for a celebration with top aides. White House chefs were spotted cooking chicken and burgers on outdoor grills.

Later, Mr Obama was celebrating with family and friends, including some who came in from his hometown of Chicago, in the Rose Garden. The president's oldest daughter, Malia, also ...

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First Radio President (American Presidents Blog)

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In 1922, President Harding was the first President to be broadcast on the radio. Harding’s words to a crowd dedicating a memorial to Francis Scott Key in Baltimore were carried on a local radio station. It would be Coolidge who actually gave the first radio address. In 1920, a radio station had reported Harding won, the first time live results were broadcast:
Harding was a technology buff. In 1923, the same year he died in office, Harding recorded a speech on a phonograph that could record and play back sound on wax discs. He was also the first president to ...

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President Garfield Shot (About.com American History)

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On July 2, 1881, President James Garfield was shot two times while waiting for a train at a train station. His assassin, Charles Guiteau, a lawyer whose application to ...

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President Harry S Truman authorizes support for the Republic of Korea (Naval History Blog)

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In the early morning of 25 June 1950 local time, North Korean forces attacked across the 38th Parallel.  Equipped with Soviet-made tanks, supported by massed artillery fire, the communist offensive quickly drove south through Koesong and toward Uijongbu north of Seoul.  Other attacks pressed against the mainly South Korean defenders all across the frontier to [...]

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Grover Cleveland – Only President Married in White House (About.com American History)

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President Grover Cleveland became the first and only president to marry in the White House on June 2, 1886. After the death of his law partner he became the guardian of his daughter. This relationship eventually changed into one of romance when she became older. For a time, Cleveland allowed the media to believe that his interest was actually in the widow Folsom instead of Frances Folsom the daughter. After this became public knowledge he again toyed with the media as to the location of the upcoming marriage. They did not decide to marry in the White House until the ...

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Ford for President? (American Presidents Blog)

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No, not Gerald Ford, but rather Henry Ford! So with Trump in the news, it seems a good time to talk about the movement for Henry Ford for President:
The nation’s leading capitalist emerges as a surprise candidate for president. His political views range from unknown to repulsive to incoherent, but he vaults to the top of early opinion polls. He has that flair, that self-reliance, that je ne sais pas that set him apart in an undistinguished field. The man, of course, is Henry Ford. Long before Donald Trump burst into contention for the Republican nomination, Ford briefly ...

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Thomas Jefferson – America’s Third President (About.com American History)

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Thomas Jefferson served first as Vice President under John Adams even though they were of different parties and disagreed over many issues. When Jefferson won the presidency in 1800, the orderly transfer of power was proved that America could survive as a representative democracy. Thomas Jefferson was president for two terms. He has become a popular source of study today and is considered one of America's most influential presidents.

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Thomas Jefferson – America’s Third President (About American History)

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Thomas Jefferson served first as Vice President under John Adams even though they were of different parties and disagreed over many issues. When Jefferson won the presidency in 1800, the...

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Bigfoot for President 2012 (American Presidents Blog)

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Ah, it is almost time for another Presidential Election! In addition to the Presidential primaries and the general election, we will get to enjoy fringe and hoax campaigns. Bigfoot for President 2012 is the first I have seen for the 2012 campaign. I will try to document new ones as I see them here.

A few quotes from the site:

"Political veiws, not a Democrat, and not a Republican, I belong to a brand new party, called: Do the right thing, Or I'll take your but, Out to the woodshed, and kick it."

"America deserve's better, than you, Democrat and Republican's!!!"

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James Madison – Fourth President (About.com American History)

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On March 16, 1751, James Madison was born in Virginia and grew up at Montpelier which would eventually become his home. Madison is known as the Father of the Constitution ...

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James Madison – Fourth President (About American History)

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On March 16, 1751, James Madison was born in Virginia and grew up at Montpelier which would eventually become his home. Madison is known as the Father of the Constitution...

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