In honor of President's Day and the fact that everyone except me seems to have the day off, I thought I'd pay homage in a completely non-sequitur manner. And since MetroDad is somewhat of a parenting blog, I thought it would be appropriate to provide you with some completely useless information about our nation's presidents and their families. Because though I have enough issues with my father, I can't imagine what it would be like having the Leader of the Free World in my family. That being said, did any of you know that...?
Though Eisenhower was supreme commander of the allied forces during WWII, his mother Ida was a well-known pacifist.
When visiting the White House, Martha Truman, upon being offered the Lincoln Bedroom, said "You tell my son if he tries to put me in Lincoln's bed, I'll sleep on the floor."
Gerald Ford's mother, Dorothy, took her 16-day old son and left her abusive husband to raise Gerald on her own.
George Washington and his wife, Martha, never had children of their own. However, Martha did have both a boy and a girl from a prior marriage.
John F. Kennedy and Warren Harding were the only presidents survived by their fathers.
Mary Truman, daughter of President Truman, had a brief career as a concert soprano. President Truman often referred to his wife and daughter as "the bosses."
President Lyndon B. Johnson's daughter, Lynda, got married at the White House in 1967. She was the only child of a president to get married at the White House.
Grover Cleveland was the first president to get married while in office...after the embarassment of having previously fathered an illegitimate child.
President John Tyler had 15 children, the most of any president.
George Bush has the longest marriage of any U.S. president. He has been married to Barbara for 59 years.
Ronald Reagan is the only president to have been divorced.
Andrew Johnson was the youngest president to be married. He married at the age of 18. Benjamin Harris was the oldest at 62. James Buchanan is the only U.S. president to never have been married.
(We'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow. Have a nice holiday. Your Hallmark card's in the mail.)