Sunday, July 31, 2016

Reader Comment and Some Presidential Trivia

In the interests of fairness and a right of reply, here are some responses from Byter Tim, who sent me two messages:

I enjoy your Bytes daily. Thought I would send you some cartoons to use next week after the Democratic convention.

Hi Otto,
As you know I have told you a few times that I am a fan of Bytes and enjoy, for the most part, reading them. I think that the American people were smart enough to realize that eight years is enough time to effect change if needed. Luckily, we will be through with the failed policies of Obama and if we’re lucky again we will not have to endure a Hillary presidency. I know you sent the disparaging cartoon after the RNC but I guess I will not be seeing any concerning the DNC. If I’m wrong let me know and I’ll send you some. 
Take care, 

Here are Tim’s cartoons,  which were preceded by the following comment:

Cartoonists seem to ALWAYS cut right to the quick on most topics, and they have done so with these attached single frame cartoons!!   ​ These are some of the best I have seen , , , 


Presidential trivia

Notice what's missing?  

George Washington 
(1732-1799) (President 1789-1797) 
was the only American president to be unanimously elected.

John F. Kennedy 
(1917-1963) (President 1961 to 1963, when he was assassinated) 
was the first president to hold a press conference on television.

John Adams

Thomas Jefferson

John Adams 
(1735-1826) (President 1797-1801) and 
Thomas Jefferson 
(1743-1826) (President 1801-1809) 
both died on the 50th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 1826. Not knowing that Thomas Jefferson has already passed John Adams was quoted as saying "Jefferson survives," when he whispered his last words.

William McKinley 
(1843-1901) (President 1897 to 1901, when he was assassinated) 
was the first president to campaign by telephone.

Franklin Pierce 
(1804-1869) (President 1853-1857) 
gave his 3,319-word inaugural address from memory, without the aid of notes.

Theodore Roosevelt 
(1858-1919) (President 1901-1909) 
was the first president to call his residence in Washington, D.C. the "White House." Prior to his term, it had been called the Executive Mansion or the President’s House.

James Madison 
(1751-1836) (President 1809-1817) 
was the shortest and lightest president at 1.63m/5 feet, 4 inches and about 45 kilos/100 pounds.

Lyndon B. Johnson 
(1908-1973) (President 1963-1969) 
was the first American president to name an African American to his cabinet.

James Monroe 
(1758-1831) (President 1817-1825) 
was wounded during the American Revolution. He was struck in the left shoulder by a musket ball, which severed an artery.

Millard Fillmore 
(1800-1874) (President 1850-1853) 
installed the first bathtub and kitchen stove in the White House.

Barack Obama 
(1961- ) (President 2009-2016) 
collects Spiderman and Conan the Barbarian comic books.

Thomas Jefferson 
wrote his own epitaph never mentioning that he served as president. His epitaph read, "Author of the Declaration of American Independence, Author of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom and the Father of the University of Virginia.

Franklin D. Roosevelt 
(1882-1945) (President 1933-1945) 
is the only American president to be elected four times. After his service, the 22nd Amendment ratified in 1951, limited the presidential office to two terms.

Abraham Lincoln 
(1809-1865) (President 1861-1865, when he was assassinated) 
was a man of perseverance. Before Lincoln’s election as the 16th president of the United States he failed as a business man, storekeeper, and farmer. He also failed in his first attempt to obtain political office, when he sought the office of speaker, in his first attempt to go to Congress, when he sought the appointment to the United States Land Office, when he ran for the United States Senate and when friends sought for him the nomination for the vice-presidency in 1856.


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