You’ve done it! You’ve put in the work, gone through the campaign and you’ve attained the highest office in the land — you’re the President of the United States! If you’re going to be remembered as one of the all-time best, you’re going to want to be aware of some of the strange quirks of the job and some fun facts about your predecessors. Did you know, for instance, that you’re never going to be alone, even in the bathroom? How about the eccentricities of ordering something as simple as a pizza? Also, are you sure you know what the Secret Service’s job actually is? Either way, once you’ve digested the facts below, you’ll be well on your way to a successful American presidency with a happy, prosperous, adoring populace.
Oh, and you might also want to brush up on your foreign and domestic policies, economics and all of that boring stuff, too. This should be easy, right?
The President always has a friend. Always.
The nuclear football is actually pretty heavy.
Ronald Reagan looked to the stars.
George Washington battle strategy was... loose at best.
Cherries were Zachary Taylor's downfall.
John Q. Adams had some interesting theories.
Ulysses S. Grant was a gentle giant.
Franklin Pierce loved to get down.
Poor Taft and his bathtub...
Richard Nixon hated the press.
Gerald Ford had a surprising career before the Presidency.
Lincoln's voice isn't what you imagined.
The President's limo is like a tank.
The Secret Service is weirdly into pens.
Secret Service protection is mandatory.
The President keeps some spare blood around.
The President can never be too careful.
Even pizza is a secret mission.
James Madison was a little man.
Lyndon B. Johnson named his own Lyndon B. Johnson.
Thomas Jefferson had a public speaking problem.
Herbert Hoover didn't like having a bunch of people around.
JFK got around.
John Tyler had a reputation.
The White House staff sticks around.
The President eats pretty well.
Being President isn't cheap.
The White House wears a lot of hats.
Secret Service is committed but not THAT committed.
The White House Staff plays a bigger role than you think.
Young FDR was a fashion icon.
Warren G. Harding had a dangerous hobby.
James Garfield's doctors really beefed it.
Grover Cleveland's marriage was a little creepy.
Eisenhower had trouble with phones.
Bill Clinton made a huge mistake. (Not the one you're thinking of.)