Seven Foods American Presidents Craved

Presidents are portrayed as very formal people in the media; it’s not very common for them to be seen out and about much less snacking on their favorite comfort food. However, after a long winding day of governing a nation, what can be more relaxing than digging right in? Here are seven American Presidents, along with the food they craved while they were in office.

Ronald Reagan: Jellybeans

Ronald Reagan was a big fan of jelly beans; particularly, the licorice flavored ones. He first started eating “Goelitz Mini Jelly Beans” to cure his habit of pipe-smoking. He received monthly shipments from the company. Additionally, during his inauguration, three and a half tons of blue, red, and white jelly beans were shipped for the festivities!

Theodore Roosevelt: Chicken with white gravy

The chicken was a favorite of Theodore Roosevelt, and he believed there was only one acceptable way of serving it; soaked with white gravy. Theodore Roosevelt also had a bit of a sweet tooth – he was said to place as much as seven lumps of sugar in his coffee.

George W. Bush: Cheeseburger Pizza

George W. Bush enjoyed this cheeseburger and pizza crossover for dinner at the White House. All of the ingredients of cheeseburgers served as toppings on a Margherita pizza – yum!

Barack Obama: Fran’s Smoked Salted Caramels

Barack Obama was introduced to Seattle-based Fran’s Smoked Salted Caramels through a welcome basket given to him by businesswoman Cynthia Stroum during his candidacy. He liked the salted caramels well-enough for him not to share! His wife, Michelle Obama, revealed that they both loved the salted caramels; however, Barack preferred the milk chocolate, while she opted for the dark.   

Richard Nixon: Meatloaf

Richard Nixon’s wife, Pat Nixon, had revealed her meatloaf recipe to the public; half beef, half pork. Although this particular favorite food of his is a classic, he also had weirder tastes – one of which is cream cheese topped by a dash of ketchup.

Bill Clinton: Jalapeño Burgers

Bill Clinton, while in office, had been seen eating McDonald’s, chicken enchiladas, barbecues, burgers, and the like. One of his favorites then was jalapeño burgers! However, after heart-related surgeries, the former President threw away his meat-eating habits and is now living life as a vegan.

Abraham Lincoln: Gingerbread Men

Former President Abraham Lincoln rarely spoke about food, but one of the few instances that he did was about his Mother’s homemade gingerbread men. The story detailed how he thought highly of such a treat, having lived in poverty. He shared two of his gingerbread men with another boy, who had said, “
I don’t s’pose anybody on earth likes gingerbread better’n I do – and gets less’n I do…”

Indeed, it may seem queer to picture our Presidents sitting down and enjoying a hearty meal just like we do every single day. But we have to remember that as much as they are figures of authority to help and guide us, they are humans too – with basic human needs, and with basic human likes! Don’t feel guilty about digging into that ice cream every once in a while – even our President does that, too.


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Racism and Politics in the USA

Racism has been widespread since the founding of the United States as a country. Although widely considered as socially and morally unacceptable, it is still existent in the American society even at present times. Racial politics and socioeconomic inequality are some of the few examples that show racism has never been totally eradicated. Here is a brief history of racism in the U.S. and related laws that addresses the issue.

Pre-Civil War Era

Slavery was at its peak during these times and was even considered as a flourishing business. It is also known as the Atlantic slave trade era. As colonies were sources of important crops and goods, it became only possible with the labor of slaves doing the hard work. African enslavement was arguably of economic importance during that period. For three decades slaves were transported from Africa to what is now called the United States.

Reconstruction Era

As of the early part 19th century, there were already organizations and movements advocating for the freedom of black people. It was, however, only during the post-civil war era that slavery was abolished with the ratification of the famous 13th Amendment in 1865. With the 15th Amendment, African-American men were given the right to vote, seek office position and utilize public education. This freedom was later hindered by white supremacist groups leading to laws on racial segregation (Jim Crow Laws).

Post-Reconstruction Era

It was during these time times that anti-black violence has increased. It resulted in riots and massacre forcing the government to strictly reinforce segregation laws. Racial discrimination has again caved in as reflected in the government’s appropriation of budget and policy-making.

World War II and Civil Rights Era

With the mindset “separate but equal,” it was mandated that in all public places and transportation, there should be separate facilities for blacks or sometimes referred to as “colored” citizens. In most cases, those provisions were always inferior compared to those being offered to white citizens. In the economic aspect, prices of goods, health care, and even insurance are offered to black people but at a much higher price.

In some cases, these things were denied to them. Martin Luther King Jr., one of the prominent personalities that stood for the welfare and condition of black people, organized a march that transformed public perceptions on the status of black Americans in the country.

The 1980’s up to Present

With the growing consciousness against racism and racial discrimination, black poverty is still evident. From 1981 up to 1997, a case against the US Department of Agriculture has become controversial. Many black American farmers were denied loans that many white farmers have availed under similar circumstances.

In politics, many believe that during the 2008 election, a great breakthrough against racism has been made. This is with the election of Barak Obama as the first African-American President of the country. Surprisingly, Obama had gained a higher percentage of white votes compared to candidate John Kerry. It was a major feat considering that it never happened in the past. It was a milestone of the American people in the battle against racism.   


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LGBT and Politics

The American government, even before the great American Revolution, has protected and valued the rights of its individual citizen. As a democratic country, it ensures to exercise equality among its subjects. This is to the extent that it accommodates the need of each individual within the evolving society. One controversial example is the rights claimed by the LGBT community to be necessary for their well-being.

What is LGBT?

The term LGBT is an acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. The last term, transgender, refers to people whose gender expression is not directly associated with their assigned gender during birth. For a long time, these people have been fighting their way through to be acknowledged and supported by the government.

Conflict of Beliefs

America’s foundation as a country is undeniably influenced by Christianity. This religion is centered on the Bible which condemns the idea of homosexuality and sodomy. However, by the principles of liberalism, the government is required to enforce tolerance. Moreover, the constitution requires the separation of the church and the state. With these conflicting ideas, policymakers have been divided as well as the public.


The vast majority of LGBT supporters are coming from the political liberals and various organized LGBT movements in highly urbanized states. Some well-known political figures have openly declared their advocacies on the matter. Other state universities also have a strong LGBT community believing and supporting the cause. With the influence of popular culture and media, more LGBT supporters boldly demonstrate their support. This can be confirmed by the increasing percentage of polls and surveys in each year.


Most opposing organizations on the LGBT movement are coming from the religious sector and political conservatives. These groups are citing Bible verses as the basis for their stand and convictions. Even with the passing of the same-sex marriage bill and other anti-discrimination law, most of them are still persistent in showing their opposition. The current Trump administration has also been controversially involved in the issue. This was after the President has released a statement on social media against transgender being employed in the U.S. Military.    

LGBT Related Laws and Political Actions

As early as 1920, gay rights organizations have been actively fighting for their rights. The 1950s, however, was their biggest challenge as the American Psychiatric Association declared homosexuality as a mental/behavioral disturbance. It was then followed by the executive order signed by President

Eisenhower during 1952 bans the employment of homosexuals in the federal government. However, during 1961, the state of Illinois was the first to decriminalize homosexuality followed by other states. After a decade, legalizing same-sex marriage has been brought up. It has been consistently opposed and only during the year 2004 that a U.S. State has legalized it.

By 2011, the ban on gays and lesbians in openly serving the military has been lifted. The following year, President Obama publicly supported the marriage of LGBT couples. Last December 2017, the latest ruling was released against the prohibition of the current administration on transgender serving the military. The Pentagon has confirmed the processing of transgender applicants starting January 1st of this year 2018.


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Four of America’s First Ladies You Should Know About

The saying “Behind every great man, there’s a great woman holds true even for America’s greatest leaders. Although their husbands’ names and accomplishments are celebrated more openly in society, appreciation and recognition should also be given to these inspiring ladies.

1. Abigail Fillmore

Abigail Fillmore was wife to the 13th President of the United States, Millard Fillmore. Above all descriptions, she was a woman who treasured learning – she was a school teacher who collected books extensively, turning her husband’s collection of law books into a full-blown home library, with books of literature, poetry and the classics.

Her husband turned President upon Zachary Taylor’s death. She was under the public’s scrutinizing eyes as she came with her husband to public events; then, wives were only as domestic figures. Those who sought her help as the first lady were never disappointed.  

Although there was no formal proof, she was also attributed as one of the main reasons behind the development of the White House Library, as she earlier stated she was not comfortable in a house without the familiar air of books.

2. Lucretia Garfield

Wife of James Garfield, 20th President of the United States, was Lucretia Garfield – independent and willful. Crete, as she was called, was a skilled writer with a sense of humor. She even sent her husband an invite to his own wedding! She was an activist who wanted equality between the sexes.

When her husband passed away, and the Congress was delegating pay to his physicians: 1000$ for his male physician and 500$ for his female physician. Crete fought to have the female physician receive as much as the male, ultimately succeeding; a small step, but in essence, a huge leap towards equality.

3. Ida McKinley

Ida McKinley was the wife of the 25th President of America, William McKinley. Even before marrying William, she already received discrimination from her job at a bank, most of which related to her “over-education” in spite of her gender.

Upon the devastating deaths of her children, Ida McKinley’s condition worsened, resulting in her chronic immobility. She fought through with the help of neurologists, not accepting the “rest cure” which was said to relieve women from physical and emotional problems they acquire from doing jobs only men’s brains could perform.

She was successful in her fight against her disability. Ida supported her husband in his endeavors and helped in what ways she could; she even knitted slippers to donate to charities that she supported!

4. Margaret Taylor

For forty years, wife of Zachary Taylor, Margaret Taylor traveled wherever her soldier husband was deployed to. She was a brave woman who served with her husband on the front lines, the former president even taking pride in her capabilities, commenting that his wife was as much of a soldier as he was.

When Zachary became the 12th President of America, she refused to preside over as hostess, passing it on to her daughter, Betty. She instead worked on maintenance of the household, one of her tasks being to dress her husband up; Zachary having a reputation as a sloppy dresser.

She was a tough woman who could hold a gun and love her family at the same time – a true role model to look up to.

These women, with their unwavering support and love, were vital to the leaders that went down in history. Moreover, a great man would be even greater if a great woman was not behind him – but rather, beside him, holding his hand, saying “We can do this … together”.


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Five Things You Need to Know About Living in the White House

The White House – a symbol of status in America as the presidential mansion – holds a great deal of interest for the common people. Whether you’re looking to one day sit within it or just want to imagine and visualize the state of living of some of our world leaders, here are five interesting things about the President’s home.

1. You have everything you need under one roof.

No one, probably, but the President has a flower shop in his basement. The basement area of the White House hosts a number of rooms to lessen the need for the President to travel. It includes a flower shop, carpenters’ shop, engineer’s shop, and a dentist’s office!

The Presidents themselves have made additions to the rooms and facilities within the White House. Examples of these are a bowling alley added by Richard Nixon and a quarter-mile running track added by Bill Clinton. There are also several gardens and courts within the property.

2. You’ll still have to pay for your meals.

Even if the President and his family are attended to by prized chefs, they still have to pay for what they eat. Meals within the White House are modified according to the First Family’s tastes; if they have immensely expensive tastes, rest assured that the taxpayers are not paying for their immensely expensive bills. Instead, the costs of their meals are deducted from the President’s monthly salary.

3. It is said to be haunted.

Several stories about Presidential ghosts roaming around the White House have reached the public’s ears. Most notably of which is Abraham Lincoln’s ghost, which is said to have been seen by quite a few reputable people, such as Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands.  

4. It has been adjusted to accommodate people with disabilities.

Former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the reason why the White House was outfitted to permit easy access to those in wheelchairs. He had contracted polio earlier in life and used a self-developed wheelchair to move around. When he moved in, the White House had ramps built to adapt to his needs. In addition to this, he also had a heated indoor pool added to aid in his therapy.

5. There’s almost no privacy within its walls.

It’s no secret that the President’s job is a dangerous one; for this very reason, security within the White House is intense. Every activity is relayed to security, with even quality time between the President and his wife having a code phrase. Aside from measures and precautions taken by the Secret Service, the First Family also has to deal with the media and tourists who come to the White House purely to figure out what they were doing. Lack of privacy is one aspect of being President that no one envies.

It’s easy to think of the White House as a place perfectly tailored for living – and to some degree, it is – but we also have to consider the fact that being the President is a difficult, high-risk job. Living somewhere in constant view of the public and under heavy security is not easy, coupled with the responsibility of having an entire country on your shoulders. It would take a solid person or family not to mind the threats and truly make the White House into a home.


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American Political Culture

Behind the American government is its political culture. It is the backbone that defines every core values and ideals beneficial for the American people. Not all may agree, but the vast majority believes in these following principles.

1. Liberty

By common knowledge, liberty is described as the right of every person to be free. One can be free as long as it doesn’t hurt the rights of others. This is the reason why American government has laws in order for its citizen to exercise freedom but harmonious to their fellow citizens. While the citizens are subject to the country’s laws, the government is subject to the constitution. It defines the extent of the government’s exercise of power and at the same time protects the basic rights of the people.

2. Equality

With liberty comes equality. It means every citizen has equal opportunities with regards to exercising their rights in every aspect of their lives. Regardless of their status, rich or poor, male or female, young or old, every citizen should have the same level of treatment from the government. In short, this is just giving everyone equal chances to succeed.

This doesn’t mean of course that demonstrating equality will make every citizen achieve an equal result. A person’s individuality, like belief and attitude, is playing a major role resulting in a different outcome. While the government sees to it that every citizen has equal access to public education, a person’s preference on what field of study results to different career prospects and thus different income opportunities.

3. Democracy

This is the type of government where the sovereignty is in the people. It is a government by the people and for the people. Since the authority emanates from them, America like any other democratic country allows the election to give its citizens the venue of exercising their power.

4. Rule of the Majority

One important aspect of democracy is the belief that the government should reflect the will of the majority. It is a belief that the government is supposed to hear the voice of the people and make it the baseline for its function. Say, for example, the political candidate that has the majority of the vote wins and seats in the office. In the same manner, a bill supported by the majority of the congressional members is the one that passes.

5. Rights of the Minority

Although the rule of the majority is the key to a functioning democracy, it has its limitations. The rights of the minority are also to be protected. The minority has all the right to disagree or speak against the rule of the majority without being sanctioned. This is just for the check and balance of the government. When the rights of the minority are not being considered, the government is in danger of ruling in tyranny.

6. Individualism

By the fundamental concept of individualism, an individual is subject to no one but of that individual. The American government values this principle to the extent that laws have been added to accommodate certain rights that have been deemed necessary to the evolving civil society. A common example is the law that protects the rights of the LGBT community.        


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American Multiculturalism

America is a country viewed as a melting pot of different cultures. It practices multiculturalism where different ethnic groups with distinct culture live harmoniously with each other under the American flag. Unlike territories, culture has no boundaries and therefore easily overlapped or in some cases assimilated.

Constitutional Manifestations of Multiculturalism

1. Federalism

With this structure of government, each of those independent states has the potential of retaining their cultures and any laws that are related to it. While different states may have different stand or perception over a certain matter, federalism has provided a venue for exercising their rights without contradicting others.

Despite the cultural differences, each state can still coexist to form a country. It can also be considered as unity from diversity. Some federal laws, for example, are enforced differently among independent states, allowing their local laws into effect as long as there will be no contradictions from federal laws.

2. Freedom of Religion

This has been one of the basic rights that need to be respected and protected. Along with these different religions are different religious cultures. Each should be exercised freely without persecutions. The constitution has made sure that religion and religious practices are to be treated equally.

One common example is the practice of religious festivities. Policies are enforced to treat all ceremonies and traditions with equal importance to others. Even if there is a major religion in the area, minor religions are still encouraged to thrive.

3. Freedom of Expression and Economic Liberty

The government has provisions for the protection of property, freedom of movement and action. When immigrants settle in the country, they tend to live near to whom they have culturally identified. At their discretion, they can speak their own language to one another. They can even establish businesses that will cater the needs of their fellow immigrants. Likewise, political movement related to different cultural standpoint shall be carried on without prejudice.

4. Parental Rights

The role of parents to convey and preserve culture is undeniably great. There are laws that protect them in exercising these rights to their children. Although parental rights are not absolute, they remain a solid foundation when in terms of molding the new generation. They are the first line of defense in preserving cultural imprints. Thus, a child grows with cultural preference because of upbringing and community influence.

Benefits of Multiculturalism


1. It increases minority member’s happiness

Democracy is not equated to conformity. Although in this type of government the majority’s will is the basis of decision-making, the voice of the minority is still considered and protected.

2. An Avenue to Search the Truth

Diversity, in most cases, results to wide spectrum of options that tend to compete with one other. This becomes an experiment of ideologies where improvement can be further achieved.

3 . Source of Invaluable Citizens

During the World War II, people that have the biggest contribution to America’s success are the people who have been exiled from Europe. They were drawn because of the country’s tolerance in cultures and beliefs.

4. Source of Knowledge

Assimilation of cultures results in answering the challenges of an evolving society. It is comparable to the development of “alloy,” a mixture of metals that resulted in a material of much superior quality.       


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American Culture and Traditions

With many countries all over the world, it is almost impossible to remember their traditions and cultures. How do these cultures differ from the other? American culture includes beliefs, values, clothes that people wear, marriage — the list just goes on.

1. Language

English is considered as the universal language because it is the most used language around the globe. It is also the language used in America. When conducting a business speech, most speakers use the said language.

 2. Christianity (Religion)

It is the most common religion which is being practiced in America. The number of “no religion” Americans is decreasing. America is said to have the highest number of Christians in its population but not the highest in percentage.

3. Fashion style and trends

Different countries mean different fashion styles. In America, the fashion trends are usually based on religion, occupation and of course, the weather. Mostly used clothes are sneaker, caps, jeans, and sweaters. I must say, these are indeed the most comfortable clothing that a person could ever wear. Fashion trends are mostly influenced by big celebrities.

4. American Cuisine

Every time I think of American food, burgers and fries are the first things which come to my mind. Americans’ taste usually varies, but most of them love to eat what we consider as “junk food.” Burgers, fries, hotdogs, and potato chips are the common food that Americans love to eat.

5. Media Production

Whoever heard of Zac Efron or Angelina Jolie all over the world? I know most of us did. This is because America holds the record of having the biggest media production. This includes the television shows and movies from Hollywood. Most American movies are great hits even in different countries. Even I love those international movies because of their unusual plots, great stars, and unexpected twists.

6. Sports

Most Americans are active I outdoor sports like baseball, soccer, and basketball. It is rare to find one who is most likely to stay indoors and not know even just one sport. This is actually a good thing because it enhances a person’s metabolism and good health.

7. American Holidays

America is one of the countries which celebrate a lot of holidays. This includes Memorial Day which commemorates the people who died in Military Service and is celebrated in May every year. Labor Day is observed every first Monday in September. This holiday celebrates the workforce of America. Every fourth of November, Thanksgiving is held which celebrates harvest even way back in Colonial times. The Fourth of July is considered a holiday because Americans celebrate their independence from Britain. The birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington are also celebrated every third Monday of February and is considered as another American holiday.

Each country has its own customs and traditions but don’t let the difference be a hindrance between nationalities and races. It is important to pay attention and give utmost respect to each country’s customs for all times. This way, there will be peace all over the world.


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Four Bizarre Ways American Politicians Have Campaigned

The election is one of the busiest events a country can have: rallies, debates, ads, and whatnot – just to find the best person to guide the general population through. That doesn’t mean it can’t entertain us, though. Here are four bizarre ways candidates have tried to get our votes.

1. Vote for someone who knows not to pee on electric fences.

In a brief, one-minute ad for his campaign for the Texas Railroad Commission, Roland Sledge’s main message is a comparison between candidates who relieve themselves on electric fences and those who, like him, know well enough not to. Intended to be a comic criticism against inexperienced candidates, it raises a fair point. However, it’s still out of the box enough to be included in this list; relieving ourselves and politics are just two distant topics not meant to be mixed.

2. When in doubt, use singing animals.

If you think singing animals are just for children, think again. A musical ad that was posted on YouTube on Oct. 31, 2008, featured animated animals singing an annoyingly catchy song. Its purpose is to show the benefits nature and wildlife would gain from Amendment 4 being passed in Florida. It’s bizarre and funny at the same time – be wary of watching this; you’ll have “Four, four, four” stuck in your head for hours.

3. You’ll need to have a pony with you at all times.

Vermin Supreme, a renowned American performance artist, and activist, is a sight to behold with a boot for a hat and gigantic toothbrush in hand. He had made several weird campaign promises in the past, but one of his weirdest ones was his promise to provide free ponies to every American.

He said he aimed for a pony-based economy, with the pony business providing people with more jobs. He had thought it out even further, saying he’d build a federal pony identification program – meaning you’d have to have your pony with you at all times.  

He had campaigned several times in the past, gaining support in his parody of the electoral system.

4. Businessmen are now required to wear clown suits.

This particular promise was made by Jello Biafra, a spoken word artist and Dead Kennedys singer who ran for Mayor of San Francisco, coming in fourth out of ten candidates. Other promises included banning cars citywide, and erecting a statue of the former mayor’s assassin for people to pelt eggs at.

He revealed that he merely ran because his band mate, Bruce Slesinger told him “Biafra, you have such a big mouth that you should run for mayor.” He, however, had appeared in interviews, saying not to consider his campaign as a joke, since he was no more or less than a joke than the rest of the other candidates.

Eccentric ads and campaigns are no strangers to us; some are meant as satire, some are meant as an entertaining way to lay out a politician’s campaign. Moreover, we have to look further than what people show or how they act for us to be able to understand their real message and intentions. It doesn’t matter how bizarre the campaign – as long as you’re sure that they’re aiming for a better tomorrow, above all else.



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Three Facts You May Not Know About America’s Presidents

Generally, former US presidents have their lives portrayed in stoic black and white in the pages of your history textbook. You may feel like you know these people out of reading and rereading for your pop quizzes, but there are also quite a few facts that your teacher probably left out.

1. Teddy Bears are named after Theodore Roosevelt.

Former President Theodore Roosevelt took a hunting trip In Mississippi back in 1902. They hunted for three days. By then, all of the President’s party had spotted bears, save for Roosevelt himself. Not wanting word to get out that the President’s bear hunt was a failure, hunt guides tracked an old black bear and tied it to a willow tree for Roosevelt to shoot. However, Roosevelt refused to shoot such a helpless animal.

News about the President’s mercy spread like wildfire. Cartoons were drawn of the former president sparing the bear, until it reached a certain candy-maker who had the idea of putting stuffed bears on his shop window, calling them “Teddy’s Bears.” The candy makers idea was widely accepted by the public, until he mass produced the said bears, leading to the popularity of “Teddy Bears.”

Even though Roosevelt’s successor, William Howard Taft, attempted to wipe out Teddy Bears with his own stuffed animal “Billy Possum,” the teddy bear and its heartwarming story still stand the test of time.

2. Abraham Lincoln almost dueled someone with a broadsword.

James Shields, a political rival of Lincoln’s, instituted a policy that prohibited people from paying taxes and debts on paper money. Lincoln was strongly against the policy, and did what he thought was right – he wrote a satirical letter against it, under code names “Jeff” and “Rebecca.” The former President even joked about Shield’s nonexistent romantic life, quoting Shields as saying, “Dear girls, it is distressing, but I cannot marry you all . . . It is not my fault that I am so handsome and so interesting.”

The news was quick to reach an enraged Shields, and soon the two agreed on a duel of life and death to take place in Missouri, where dueling was still legal. Mutual friends stepped in to stop the two from actually dueling, which relieved Lincoln, who had the honor of picking the duel weapons. He later said he chose the broadsword for he feared Shields would actually kill him if it came down to pistols.

3. William McKinley thought carnations to be his good luck charm.

And partly, he was right.

He first received a flower of the sort from an opponent to wear during a debate. McKinley then went on to win the debate, his faith placed into the carnation as his lucky charm.

Former President William McKinley was then rarely seen without a red carnation stuck onto his lapel. On September 6, 1901, McKinley, on a whim, decided to give his red carnation to a girl in the crowd, saying “I must give this flower to another little flower.” However, moments later, an anarchist shot the former President – leading to his death due to gangrene eight days later.

It is important to remember that presidents are not mere figures we memorize; they are people who’ve contributed to society and have fascinating stories behind their renowned names. If we actually take the time to read about them, we’d not only appreciate them being former presidents, but them being human and ultimately, just like us.    


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