Listen up, kids in US history. This is a song that I, unfortunately, discovered the year after I took APUSH. It just came up on my shuffle so I thought I’d share the joy with you.
If you’ve ever needed help remembering the order of the presidents, just listen to this a few times and somehow I don’t think you’ll have a problem anymore.
Also it’s hilarious, if a little bit out of date.
Hopefully you can remember that Obama comes after Dubya.
John Chancellor and Tom Brokaw call the presidential election at 8:15, November 4, 1980, for Ronald Reagan, after what Brokaw called a “floodgate” of votes for Reagan made it clear he would carry the election.
(See and hear it here.)“I have seen war. I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded. I have seen men coughing out their gassed lungs. I have seen the dead in the mud. I have seen cities destroyed. I have seen two hundred limping, exhausted men come out of line—the survivors of a regiment of one thousand that went forward forty-eight hours before. I have seen children starving. I have seen the agony of mothers and wives. I hate war.”
During the 1940 presidential election, as US involvement in World War II seemed to draw inexorably nearer, supporters of Republican nominee Wendell Willkie reminded voters of Roosevelt’s words - and of Roosevelt’s upper-class Mid-Atlantic accent (sometimes called Locust Valley Lockjaw in the case of those from the New York area, as Roosevelt was).
Button from Heritage Auctions (HA.com)
President Coolidge: “I Do Not Choose to Run for President”
Though popular, Calvin Coolidge decided not to seek reelection in 1928. On August 2, 1927, Coolidge drove to his office at Rapid City High School in South Dakota and wrote: “I do not choose to run for President in nineteen twenty-eight” on a slip of paper. He then called a press conference and asked his secretary to make several copies of the note to pass around to members of the press, without taking any questions.
From the Library of Congress