There are political junkies who also are presidential junkies. There’s a book titled “The Essential Book of Presidential Trivia” that was published before Obama and Trump became president. The author is Noah McCullough, a youth at the time of authoring the book, who did considerable research.
While browsing through the book we came across this trivia:
What former king was a U.S. president? Leslie King, who later changed his name to Gerald Ford.
This is an easy one: Which chief executive loved jelly beans? Ronald Reagan.
Did you know former President George W. Bush likes peanut butter and jelly sandwiches?
Former President Gerald Ford played football at the University of Michigan. He received offers to play pro football for the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers. Instead he went to law school at Yale.
There was much written about Richard Milhous Nixon, the only president to resign the office. He was president from 1969 to 1974. During Super Bowl VI, Nixon phoned the head coach of the Miami Dolphins to recommend a play. The play was tried and it didn’t work. Nixon proposed to future wife Pat the first day he met her. She wanted to date others and finally dated Nixon.
The trivia book reported that when Lyndon Johnson and Lady Bird were married, Lady Bird’s wedding ring cost $2.50 at Sears. Johnson was a teacher before he entered politics. Remember his campaign slogan, “All the Way with LBJ”? Johnson had a temper and fired the same Secret Service agent 13 times.
When Jack Kennedy was president, his wife Jackie had all the television sets removed from the White House. One later was brought back in so daughter Caroline could watch “Lassie.” JFK participated in the first televised debate. He was the youngest to die in office. President Kennedy never carried cash and as a result had to borrow from agents, friends and family members all the time. He was an avid reader who could read up to 2,000 words a minute with 100 percent comprehension.
Dwight D. Eisenhower was the only president to serve in both World War I and II. First Lady Mamie Eisenhower enjoyed sleeping late, staying in her robe all day and watching TV soap operas. Eisenhower had a total of seven heart attacks in his lifetime. Golf was his passion. President Eisenhower was an excellent chef and had a kitchen put in the family quarters of the White House so that he could cook.
Harry Truman, the only president from Missouri, had to help end a war, declare a war, observe the beginnings of the Vietnam War, make the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan, try to stamp out communism and had to defend his daughter’s singing career. Truman was named one of the 10 best dressed senators. He was playing poker when he learned of President Roosevelt’s death, and that he was going to be president.
There’s a lot more trivia in the book, but that’s enough for now.