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u.s. presidents: fun facts
  • george w. bush was a cheerleader in high school
  • thomas jefferson owned a sheep he described as “that abominable animal” and he kept it in front of the white house where it killed a young boy in 1808
  • martin van buren popularized the phrase ‘ok’
  • in 1969, jimmy carter reported seeing a ufo to the international ufo bureau while in georgia 
  • john quincy adams skinny-dipped in the potomac river early in the morning and once, journalist anne royal sat on his clothes and refused to give them back until he agreed to sit down for an interview
  • james buchanan was the only president never to marry
  • andrew jackson taught his parrot to swear. it was all fun and games, until the parrot had to be removed from jackson’s funeral because it wouldn’t stop cursing.
  • warren harding lost an expensive set of white house china in a poker game
  • thomas jefferson invented the swivel chair
  • in 1912, john shrank shot teddy roosevelt in the chest, but the president gave a speech for one hour before hospitalization
  • george h.w. bush vomited on the japanese prime minister
  • ronald reagan’s love for jelly beans is considered the launching point of the jelly belly brand’s popularity
  • lyndon johnson loved fresca so much that he had a special button installed to call an aid to bring him some
  • john adams had a dog named ‘satan’
  • james madison was princeton’s first graduate student
  • william henry harrison had a pet goat with him in the white house
  • abraham lincoln was a great wrestler. when he moved to illinoise in 1831 he ran into local bully jack armstrong, who challenged him to a wrestling match that all the townspeople gathered to watch and wager on. abe won
  • andrew jackson was drunk during his inauguration 
  • ulysses s. grant got a $20 speeding ticket on a horse for riding to fast down washington street
  • james garfield was ambidextrous and could apparently write in latin with one hand and in greek with the other
  • chester arthur owned over 80 pairs of pants
  • benjamin harrison was scared of electricity. he was president when electricity was first installed in the white house, but was terrified of being electrocuted and refused to touch the light switches.
  • herbert hoover’s family lived in china before he became president, and they would speak mandarin around the white house so others couldn’t understand them.
  • JFK had a shoddy harvard application and an even worse recommendation, saying that he was “careless and lacks application”
  • johnson was famous among white house staffers for having no shame about asking people to follow him into the bathroom to continue conversations as he relieved himself
  • gerald and betty ford were fashion models…they even posed on the cover of cosmopolitan 
  • bill clinton is a two-time grammy winner
Inaugural Gowns From Edith Roosevelt to Michelle Obama: A Fashion Analysis

I feel very scared, and very sad about the impending Trump presidency. I don’t know how to respond to it, or what I should be saying. This, and motherhood, are my only realities right now, and it is a very sad situation. Mostly sad for the state of this blog, which is becoming fucking boring and repetitive.

I thought a lot about a post I could write that would respond to tomorrow’s inauguration. In truth, I didn’t want to spend a lot of time on it because when the baby is not awake, I have an hour to myself before I have to go to sleep. I chose a blog post over a shower tonight, and I’m honestly not sure that’s the right decision. 

I was going to do a fashion analysis of Michelle Obama’s best looks, but Jesus, I’d need someone to pay me money to do that kind of image research. I was going to do a fashion analysis of Melania Trump next because there are far fewer pictures of her. Also, I don’t hold anything against her, she’s just a girl from Slovakia looking for a rich husband – which girl from Slovakia couldn’t say the same? I know she’s from Slovenia, what’s the difference. 

When I sat down tonight, and thought, what is the laziest possible option on the eve of an impending national nightmare, I thought, “Oh, I could do a fashion analysis of inaugural gowns.” So here they are, chronologically since Edith Roosevelt, the wife of Teddy. 

Theodore Roosevelt doesn’t look so fat here, but I think he got super fat later.

This was his second wife, she was hot.

Oh maybe it was Taft who was the fattie.

Helen Taft looks like she got attacked by birds in her inaugural gown. Either that or her husband sat on her.

Oh the latter, definitely the latter.

Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration looks like Trump’s current day cabinet picks plus the gigolo they hired to take care of Sonny Perdue at the afterparty.

The one in the military uniform, duh.

Yo, who knew Woodrow Wilson was a cradle robber? His wife Edith was very young when he married her. I can’t find a picture of her until Kennedy’s inauguration.


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White House: 'The clock has now run out' on North Korean nuclear program
A senior White House official issued a dire warning to reporters Tuesday on the state of North Korea's nuclear program, declaring "the clock has now run out and all options are on the table."
By Jeremy Diamond, CNN

Washington (CNN)A senior White House official issued a dire warning to reporters Tuesday on the state of North Korea’s nuclear program, declaring “the clock has now run out and all options are on the table.”

“The clock has now run out, and all options are on the table,” the official said, pointing to the failure of successive administration’s efforts to negotiate an end to North Korea’s nuclear program.The comments came as two senior White House officials briefed reporters ahead of President Donald Trump’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping later this week in Florida. The briefing took place on the condition of anonymity.


Well, I’m trying to be an optimist lately because SOME OF Y'ALL say I’m mad and attitudinal all the time. So, four upsides of nuclear war with North Korea:

1. We don’t have to hear about the threat anymore because it’ll be happening.
2. Global warming will cease to be a real concern.
3. North Korea is a lot closer to The Kardashians than me over here in NYC, so maybe they’ll get taken out first (sorry, West Coast).
4. The epic I Told You So from Hillary will spawn all sorts of cute memes.

See? I can find a silver lining.

Trump lacks key players for meeting with Chinese leader
President’s skeletal team will be going up against a vastly more experienced Chinese corps of experts.

President Donald Trump may be brimming with confidence going into his Mar-a-Lago summit with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, but some China watchers say he could easily be outmatched by a superbly well-prepped Beijing diplomatic team aiming to exploit gaping holes in the White House’s fledgling China policy group.


White House Heirlooms

The centerpieces for this dinner honoring Prime Minister Thorn of Luxembourg had the approval of two First Ladies. Mrs. Ford chose to decorated the single table with the china service personally selected by Mary Todd Lincoln in 1861. Manufactured in France by the Haviland Company, each piece featured the Arms of the United States.

Following guidance provided by the State Department, Mrs. Ford’s staff ensured the menu followed Prime Minister Thorn’s tastes. Dinner started with smoked salmon, one of his favorite foods. The courses were paired with white wines as he preferred them to red wines.

Vintage Americana

Mrs. Ford chose an Americana theme for the decorations at this dinner honoring President Scheel of the Federal Republic of Germany. The centerpieces featured historical flasks produced between the 1820s and 1870s as cheap containers for low-priced whiskey. At the White House they held wildflowers instead.

Floral designer Robert Miglio donated his services to design the arrangements surrounding the flasks. They featured a variety of produce including asparagus, artichokes, eggplant, cauliflower, and grapes. Mrs. Ford arranged for the fruits and vegetables to be sent to the Hospital for Sick Children after the dinner was over.

The place settings used the Johnson china, Morgentown crystal, and vermeil flatware.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are in a bar. Donald leans over, and With A smile on his face, says, “The media are really tearing you apart for That Scandal.”

Hillary: “You mean my lying about Benghazi?”
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “You mean the massive voter fraud?”
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “You mean the military not getting their votes counted?”
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “Using my secret private server with classified material to Hide my Activities?”
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “The NSA monitoring our phone calls, emails and everything Else?”
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “Using the Clinton Foundation as a cover for tax evasion, Hiring Cronies, And taking bribes from foreign countries?
Trump: "No, the other one.”

Hillary: “You mean the drones being operated in our own country without The Benefit of the law?”
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “Giving 123 Technologies $300 Million, and right afterward it Declared Bankruptcy and was sold to the Chinese?”
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “You mean arming the Muslim Brotherhood and hiring them in the White House?”
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “Whitewater, Watergate committee, Vince Foster, commodity Deals?”
Trump: “No the other one:”

Hillary: “The IRS targeting conservatives?”
Trump: “No the other one:”

Hillary: “Turning Libya into chaos?”
Trump: “No the other one:”

Hillary: “Trashing Mubarak, one of our few Muslim friends?”
Trump: “No the other one:”

Hillary: “Turning our backs on Israel?”
Trump: “No the other one:”

Hillary: “The joke Iran Nuke deal? ”
Trump: “No the other one:”

Hillary: “Leaving Iraq in chaos? ”
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “The DOJ spying on the press?”
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “You mean HHS Secretary Sibelius shaking down health insurance Executives?”
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “Giving our cronies in SOLYNDRA $500 MILLION DOLLARS and 3 Months Later they declared bankruptcy and then the Chinese bought it?”
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “The NSA monitoring citizens’ ?”
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “The State Department interfering with an Inspector General Investigation on departmental sexual misconduct?”
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “Me, The IRS, Clapper and Holder all lying to Congress?”
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “Threats to all of Bill’s former mistresses to keep them quiet”
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “I give up! … Oh wait, I think I’ve got it! When I stole the White House furniture, silverware and China when Bill left Office?”
Trump: “THAT’S IT! I almost forgot about that one”.
Everything above is true. Yet she still gets the Democratic vote? Does anyone understand this??? I think we’re doomed !!!