presidential families

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.

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.

Alrighty, so I’m not usually one to talk about politics or personal stuff on my blog, but a few days ago I voted for the first time (I turned 18 in May) while my whole family are Trump supporters I did what I thought was right and what I personally wanted to do and voted for Hillary knowing this I decided to wait until today to tell my family who I voted for needless to say they were disappointed that I didn’t vote like the rest of them and my grandpa even started yelling at me about how I “wasted” my first vote.

Yeah okay, so I’m not making this post to tell you guys who you should vote for, but instead to tell you that you can vote whoever YOU want to vote for!! Please don’t be afraid to vote for a candidate due to intimidation or fear of alienation for picking a different candidate from your family or friends.

No vote is a waste of a vote and if you are old enough to vote please go out there and vote polls are closing soon in some states and in others they will be open for at least 4 more hours.

Don’t let anyone sway your vote or make you fear to vote for who you want to vote for this is a free country do what YOU want to do and what you see as right, but also guys don't get mad or treat someone without respect for using their own brain and voting for someone different than you. That’s just wrong and everyone is entitled to an opinion of their own even if it’s not the same as yours. ✌🏻

guys im literally begging you please vote 

if trump gets elected literally no one except straight, cis, white men will be safe

and as a gay ass woman in love with someone on the trans spectrum with a ton of people v dear to my heart who are not straight, not cic, not white, and not men

just pls keep the angry cheeto out of office

if any of the pending charges against him go through once he’s been elected we’ll be stuck with Pence who supports conversion camps and tried to jail same sex couples for applying for a marriage licence 

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.

it is dreamlike to see media outlets just normalizing Trump’s presidency now that he has won. I woke up today to headlines like “Melania over the years: evolution of the new first lady’s fashion”  and “meet the new presidential family” with pictures of Ivanka, Eric etc. it’s so concerning that news about the Trumps is headed in this direction of acceptance and admiration now that he’s been elected
Michelle Obama: Leaving the White House 'has been surprisingly emotional' for us

Maybe eight years isn’t enough.

First lady Michelle Obama late Wednesday conceded that the final days of President Barack Obama’s two-term administration has been an emotional ride for the first family.

“I didn’t think that it was gonna be that emotional because it’s like: ‘Yeah, we’re ready. We’re good, we’re good. We’re ready to go. It’s been eight years. Eight years is enough. We’re packing up,’” Obama told late-night host Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show.” “But no, it has been surprisingly emotional for all of us in ways that we didn’t expect.”

Obama delivered her last address as first lady on Friday inside the White House’s East Room. She teared up as she concluded her remarks, thanking school counselors for what they do for the nation’s children.

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So I’ve been thinking about the election results all day but HOLY SHIT it just sunk in.

If I was caught on camera mocking the disabled, glorifying sexual assault, condemning entire religions, and generally promoting intolerance and hate I would probably never be allowed to work again, let alone fired.

A man who has done all of the above and worse has just been ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

The only thing that terrifies me more than the power he now carries is the people that chose to give him this power. Donald Trump is one man, but his supporters are in the millions, people who find it acceptable to support some of the most unconstitutional beliefs in American political history.

I pray for the people of America tonight, that the resounding voice should be the voice of love and reason in upcoming years, not the intense hatred we have seen in the last few months.

Never be afraid to resist, let no one disempower you and NEVER EVER be afraid to fight for what is just, no matter how fruitless the cause may seem.

Although you must accept finite disappointment, you must never lose infinite hope.

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.

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America 🇺🇸

This is absolutely ridiculous. We as a country should be uniting together and helping each other get through tough times, but instead we are hurting people, starting fires, and destroying buildings. I don’t care whether you like Donald Trump or not, that is no excuse for the pain and suffering we are causing. Plus, Donald Trump hasn’t even had a chance to be president, yet people are already judging his presidential abilities. You can’t judge something that hasn’t even started yet. I’m not saying the Trump family is perfect, but we have no right to inflict disappointment and fear on the new presidential family. It’s just so disrespectful.

Also, how is hurting people, starting fires, busting windows, getting ran over, or getting arrested helping America get better? It’s only making it worse. You think America is broken? All you have to blame is yourselves. (The rioters)

I am not a Trump supporter, nor I am for Clinton. But, I know that this is RIDICULOUSLY INSANE and that we should be ashamed of ourselves. Not all of us, just the ones that are causing this mess.

If you don’t like my views, unfollow, block, rant at me, I honestly couldn’t care less. It’s not illegal to have an opinion, and I don’t care if you agree with mine or not. I just want this to stop, it’s destroying our country.

Have a nice day. x