presidential families

anonymous asked:

Who would you say was the most influential first lady in history?

I don’t know how the answer could be anybody but Hillary Clinton. She’s the first female major party nominee for President of the United States. She’s the only First Lady to be elected to office herself (and she was elected to the U.S. Senate while her husband while still in the White House and in the wake of President Clinton’s impeachment and trial). She was extraordinarily influential not only during her eight years as First Lady but throughout the career of her husband – who probably wouldn’t have achieved his own success and reached the Presidency without her partnership. She wasn’t the most popular First Lady or the most glamorous First Lady, but I don’t think another First Lady even comes close to her influence on the country and she’s not even President yet.

It’s 2020. 

Millions of Americans are glued to their screens. Tears. Smiles. Hope.

A large room full of people in a country divided, but not defeated.

The clacking of high heels echo through a room rumbling with applause.

A husband and two daughters watch with pride.

She climbs the stage, rests her hands on the podium.

Michelle Obama accepts the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

When unkind and hateful rulers come into power, overthrow them.

Do not be silent. Do not be malleable. 

Burn this shit to the ground and then rebuild it better than before.

After Marilyn Monroe’s death on 4th August 1962, Coroner Theodore Curphey concluded that she had died from an overdose of barbiturates. An analysis of her liver showed traces of the sleeping pill pentobarbital and there was evidence of the sedative chloral hydrate in her blood. As a result, Marilyn’s death was ruled as a ‘probable suicide.’ Her kidney, liver, more blood, urine, intestine, stomach and its contents were all removed and saved for further toxicology reports. Her brain was weighed at 1440g/50.79oz and her heart at 300g/10.58oz. Despite the cause of death determined by the autopsy, many conspiracy theorists still believe over 50 years later that Marilyn was a victim of murder at the hands of the presidential Kennedy family, in order to silence her about an affair.

Blister: The Day Calvin Coolidge Lost His Favorite Son and His Passion for the Presidency

Early in the day on June 30, 1924, President Calvin Coolidge gathered his family at the White House for a series of photographs.  The President and his wife, Grace, stood in the center of one photograph, with Rob Roy, one of their beloved dogs between them.  The Coolidge’s oldest son, John, stood closest to Grace.  Although he was not quite 18 years old, John looked serious and mature, which is how he acted, as well.  Like his father, John Coolidge would grow to be a man of few words, and he was already off to a quiet start.

President Coolidge had assumed the Presidency almost a year earlier.  Elected as Warren G. Harding’s Vice President, Calvin Coolidge was visiting his father’s farmhouse in Plymouth, Vermont on August 2, 1923 when a messenger arrived notifying him that President Harding had suddenly died in San Francisco.  Coolidge’s father – a notary public – administered the Presidential oath of office to his son.  The new President then went back to sleep.  When asked how he felt about assuming the Presidency, Coolidge would later say, “I thought I could swing it." 

Coolidge quickly took the reigns of government, cleaned out the corrupt members of Harding’s Cabinet, and was presiding over a stable, prosperous nation.  Just two weeks before the photos were taken at the White House, the Republicans had officially made Coolidge their 1924 Presidential nominee.  The popular President was happy, healthy, enjoyed his job, and headed to an easy victory in his own right in November.

Standing next to the President was his namesake, Calvin Jr.  While John possessed much of his father’s reticence, 16-year-old Calvin Jr. had a lively, effervescent personality similar to their mother’s disposition.  Many people didn’t realize that President Coolidge also had a hidden mischievous streak – not a mean-spirited one, but a fun, dry sense of humor that Calvin Jr. clearly inherited.  President Coolidge doted on Calvin Jr.  Without jealousy or resentment, John Coolidge freely acknowledged that Calvin Jr. was their father’s favorite.

After a few more photographs, the teens were eager to change out of their suits and put on some less formal clothing.  Both boys were enjoying their summer vacation from school and on this final day of June, the sunny White House tennis courts looked very appealing for an afternoon match. 

While their father returned to his work inside the White House, the Coolidge brothers hit the courts on the South Grounds of the Executive Mansion.  John and Calvin Jr. battled through several games of tennis, and we can assume that they spared no effort to defeat each other – teenage boys, especially brothers separated in age by less than two years, know no other way.  Calvin Jr.’s foot started bothering him at some point, so they ended their contest and headed back inside the White House.

Calvin Jr. – whether it was from the haste of changing out of his formal clothing for the photographs or the neglect of a 16-year-old more focused on fun than safety – had competed all afternoon in tennis shoes without wearing socks.  The constant movement led to a blister on one of his toes, and while teenagers frequently develop blisters in their hectic, athletic adventures, this was different.  The blister on the toe of the President’s youngest son quickly became infected and Calvin Jr. spiked a fever.

The next few days were a blur for the President, his family, and an anxious nation.  Calvin Jr.’s blister and infection had led to severe blood poisoning.  Much like Abraham Lincoln when his favorite son was dying of typhoid fever in the midst of the Civil War, President Coolidge tried to fulfill his duties while worrying about Calvin Jr.  As the 16-year-old’s health continued to deteriorate, the President seemed to be in shock, zig-zagging constantly through the White House from his office to Calvin Jr.’s sickbed.

July 4, 1924 was the nation’s 148th birthday and President Coolidge’s 52nd birthday, but nobody was celebrating.  A day earlier, Calvin Jr. had been moved to Walter Reed Medical Center as some of the country’s top doctors tried to save the life of the President’s son.  Noting that Independence Day was his birthday, President Coolidge wrote a short letter to his father in Vermont.  "Calvin is very sick,” the President wrote, “so this is not a happy day for me."  Still holding out hope, Coolidge added, "Of course he has all that medical science can give but he may have a long sickness with ulcers, then again he may be better in a few days.”

On July 7, 1924 – just a week after the happy, healthy First Family posed for their photographs at the White House – Calvin Coolidge, Jr. died.  He was 16.

Many Americans thought of President Coolidge as the taciturn, expression-less, unemotional caricature in political cartoons and newspaper gossip, but in the day’s after Calvin Jr.’s death, everyone was stunned by the open demonstration of the President’s grief.  Coolidge wore a black armband for weeks.  Visitors to the Oval Office often found him to be inconsolable.  One friend found Coolidge sobbing at his desk while muttering “I just can’t believe it has happened…I just can’t believe it has happened."  When he received the bill for Calvin Jr.’s funeral services, the President refused to pay for several months, as if he was unable to come to terms with the fact that his son was gone.

President Coolidge was still in the middle of a Presidential campaign, but he didn’t make any effort to win votes.  To many of his friends or colleagues, it seemed as if Coolidge no longer cared.  When he easily defeated John W. Davis in November to win election in his own right, Coolidge didn’t celebrate.  The First Lady offered strength and support, but everything changed for Coolidge after Calvin Jr. died.  His health began to suffer.  Grace said that the President "lost his zest for living”.  The Coolidge’s surviving song, John, had gone off to college, and that may have compounded the President’s loneliness and depression.  In 1992, John Coolidge (who died in 2000 at the age of 93) told Life Magazine “Calvin was my father’s favorite. [His death] hurt him terribly.  It hurt us all.”

Despite his popularity with the American people, Coolidge issued a simple 10-word statement on August 2, 1927 (the fourth anniversary of President Harding’s death): “I do not choose to run for President in 1928."  The nation was surprised at his announcement, but Coolidge never officially explained his decision.  Yet, one simple sentence that Coolidge – "the man of few words” or “Silent Cal” – wrote in his Autobiography seems to sum everything up.  Writing about Calvin Jr., the former President wrote, “When he went, the power and the glory of the Presidency went with him.”

Less than four years after leaving office, 60-year-old former President Calvin Coolidge was found dead at his home in Massachusetts after his broken heart finally gave out on him.

AAA, I just realized something about The Loveless Prince; majority of its readers are from USA. Thus, they don’t have similar cultural concept and understanding of royal houses and how they operate as I do as an European (and as a Finn with Sweden next to me as the closest country with a royal family). That things which would be okay for a presidential family are not alright for a royal house with a crown heir - and especially not to the only crown heir like Noctis. Traditions bind them strongly and in the past, religion was main factory in royal houses (church ruled the King, not the other way around, because God was above king).

I hadn’t even thought about this..! I need to address it in the fic somehow, if nothing else then as a chapter note. 

Is it awful

That I sometimes come home on my lunch break from work and masturbate?

I feel like it should be awful. Like I should feel shame or something.

But you know what, I don’t. I feel happy and de-stressed. Orgasms are amazing, goddamn it, and more people should utilize the euphoric feelings.

Stop the hate. Masturbate!

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anonymous asked:

Did Richard Nixon ever meet George W. Bush?

Yes. George H.W. Bush was Ambassador to the United Nations and then Chairman of the Republican National Committee while Nixon was President. In Bush’s excellent book, 41: A Portrait of My Father (BOOK | KINDLE), he described his first meeting with Nixon:

“My first time meeting Richard Nixon came when my father brought me with him to an ecumenical church service that the President held in the East Room…The idea of a church service in the White House struck me as unusual. So did the President. When I shook hands with him, he seemed somewhat stiff and formal. I had voted for Richard Nixon, but I didn’t feel very warm about him.

Part of the problem was that Nixon’s style of leadership did not seem to fit the times. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Americans were grappling with race riots in major cities, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Bobby Kennedy, an unpopular war in Vietnam, and a changing culture in which drug use was becoming prevalent and women were demanding their rightful place in society. A country looks to its leaders to set a mood, and the rattled nation needed a President to project optimism, unity, and calm. Instead, Richard Nixon came across as dark and divisive. His White House, led by senior aides H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, seemed cold and conspiratorial. And that was before the news broke about secret tapes and enemies lists.”

Incidentally, in one of the most fascinating and overlooked stories in Presidential history, George W. Bush actually went out on an awkward and all-around terrible blind date with President Nixon’s oldest daughter, Tricia. Bush’s father had tried to play matchmaker, and George W. reluctantly agreed to go on the date when some of his flight school buddies bet him $50 that he didn’t really have a date with the President’s daughter. George W. Bush wrote later that the date was pretty disastrous – he took the President’s daughter to a place called the Alibi Club, at one point he spilled red wine all over their dinner table, and Tricia Nixon actually had to ask him not to smoke when he lit a cigarette as they were eating. However, President Nixon was out of town, so George W. didn’t meet him that night when he “pulled up to the White House gate in my parents’ purple Gremlin, which was outfitted with Levi’s jean seat covers.”


I swear this episode of Family Guy is eerily similar to our 2016 election. Watch it if you’ve never seen it!

I walked out this morning to the meeting of the Pennsylvania and Louisiana avenues, and sat to Mr. West for two Daguerreotype likenesses, one of which he took for David L. Child, and one for himself – I did not see either of them, nor do I feel any curiosity to see them – They are resemblances too close to the reality and yet too shadowy to be agreeable.

Former President John Quincy Adams, personal diary entry after sitting for a daguerreotype in Washington, D.C., April 29, 1843.

I have to recommend the 2-volume set of the remarkable Diaries of John Quincy Adams, 1779-1848 published this month by the Library of America. The set is a must-have for Presidential history buffs. As with all of the Library of America publications, the books themselves and the slipcase box look amazing aesthetically, but the content of the candid diaries which span nearly 70 years of the fascinating life of John Quincy Adams are absolutely essential reading. Like his father, JQA had an opinion about everything and everybody, and he was a central figure of American history from the Revolution to the Mexican-American War.