28 September 2017

Presidential Trivia

To distract all my USA FB friends voicing their strong opinions for or against our current President’s tweets/statements on NFL players “taking the knee” (ha ha), here are some Presidential trivia questions. Hope both sides of the debate can work together to find the answers….

1. I was stunned to find out recently who our first President to have been born in a hospital was. Want to take a guess?

2. George Washington, of course, was our first President. Did you know that in both his terms, he was voted unanimously to be the President? Not a single electoral college of any party voted against him. Here is the question – which party did he represent in those two elections?

3. Kennedy, as we know was the youngest person to have been elected President. (Technically, Teddy Roosevelt became President when he was younger than Kennedy but that was not thru an election – previous President was assassinated). How about the oldest President to have been elected?

4. There has been only one President in the history of US who was a confirmed bachelor. Who was it?

5. On the other hand, there was another bachelor who was elected the President. And he married his sweetheart in White House while he was the President. In fact, even had his daughter born in the White House. Who was it?

6. We know many Presidents who have held the position multiple times. Almost always consecutively. (Of course, after Franklin Roosevelt’s 12 years of Presidency, there was a law promulgated that put a cap to 2 terms only). In fact, in the recent past, Obama, George W, Bill Clinton have been all 2 term presidents. There has been only one President who had 2 terms but not consecutively. He won, then lost a rebid and then won again the next time. Making him the only President who has 2 separate numbers for himself(like George HW Bush was 41 and his son was 43…). Who was it?

7. We have all heard about the crazy schedule of Presidents. President Obama, for example, wore the same color shirt and trousers to avoid wasting time in the morning in selecting clothes. On the other hand, there was a President that woke up every morning at 5AM only to practice piano for 2 long hours!! Who was it?

8. Being a President and being the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court are two of the highest positions in US (in fact they are the highest positions in two of the three branches – Executive, Legislative and Judiciary wings). There was one President that has the distinction of being both (of course – at different times). Do you know who it is?

9. A sitting President was once pulled over and arrested for going too fast (eventually fined too). Who was it? I will give you a hint – he was crossing the speed limit while riding a horse!!

10. There was one fortunate President who survived two consecutive attempts to assassinate him within a space of 17 days – and I say fortunate since he survived both attempts. Here is the crazy thing. Both were attempted by women. In fact, those were the only instances of a woman ever attempting to assassinate a sitting US President. Who was that President?

Bonus question:
By most accounts, Anne Royall was the first female journalist of this country. She had tried, for months, to score the first ever woman conducted interview of a US President. The President just would have nothing if it. Anne came up with a devious plan. She had found out that the President regularly swam in the Potomac early mornings. In the nude!!! So, she simply snuck up on him one morning while he was in the river, gathered all his clothes and sat on them till he would agree to an interview! Who was that hapless President (no doubt he would consider himself lucky to be in the pre-selfie era 🙂 )



Posted September 28, 2017 by Rajib Roy in category "Puzzles

25 COMMENTS :

  1. By Rajib Roy on

    #1: Natasha go it – it was Carter. I think we have to think about not when they became President but when they were born and when did births in hospital become more common than birthing at home

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  2. By Rajib Roy on

    #5 and #6 – both Ambarish and Partha got them right – Grover Cleveland was elected twice but he lost once in between. I blame it on he getting distracted after his marriage during the first term 🙂

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  3. By Rajib Roy on

    #8 was Taft as Ambarish said. He was also the heaviest President. Ambarish refered to the hilarious incident of he getting stuck in the bath tub in White House in his very first day in the the White House

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    1. By Dipanjan De Ray on

      And it was foiled by a gay ex-marine whose life was thereafter pretty much ruined when most of the reporting focused around his sexuality. No good deed, etc…

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  4. By Rajib Roy on

    Here are the full set of answers:
    1. Jimmy Carter
    2. None!!!
    3. Donald Trump
    4. James Buchanan
    5. Grover Cleveland
    6. Grover Cleveland
    7. Harry Truman
    8. William Taft
    9. Ulysses Grant
    10. Gerald Ford

    Bonus Q: John Quincy Adams

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  5. By rajibroy (Post author) on

    Here are the full set of answers:
    1. Jimmy Carter
    2. None!!!
    3. Donald Trump
    4. James Buchanan
    5. Grover Cleveland
    6. Grover Cleveland
    7. Harry Truman
    8. William Taft
    9. Ulysses Grant
    10. Gerald Ford

    Bonus Q: John Quincy Adams

    Reply

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