Here is a man of many colors. Barack Obama, the 44th president, was called “O’Bomber” in high school because of his basketball skills. He hates ice cream because of a sour experience of working at Baskin-Robbins as a teen. He had a pet ape named Tata while living in Indonesia. And while studying in Harvard, was declined by an all-woman selection committee to feature in a black pinup calendar.
It was a series of laws passed by John Adams, the second president of the US, which made deportation of foreigners easier and the right for immigrants to vote difficult. The Sedition Act prevented “any false, scandalous, and malicious writing” about the federal government. But there were no clear explanation of these words. They were left open to interpretation. More than 20 people were arrested after the Act was passed, including Benjamin Franklin Bache, a member of Democtratic-Republican Party and a fierce critic of Adam. Bache was the grandson of Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the US.
When the 21st president of the US Chester Alan Arthur, introduced a bill banning Chinese immigration to the country for 20 years, he was condemned by civil rights activists in America. The bill required Chinese immigrants in the US register with the government. Arthur’s effigy was burned. The US president, under pressure, signed a compromise act that excluded the Chinese for 10 years. Nearly two centuries later, Beijing has emerged as the toughest competitor of Washington.
The third president Thomas Jefferson, while visiting William Shakespeare’s home at Stafford-upon-Avon with John Adams, had chipped off a part of the bard’s chair to keep as memorabilia. Jefferson is also credited for inventing the swivel chair. He customized a Windsor chair for the purpose. Facts about US Presidents reveal that he sat on that chair while drafting the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
The seventh US president, Andrew Jackson, is rumored to have taught his parrot how to curse. Though there are no confirmed facts in this regard, it was supposedly all for fun and games, until the bird had to be removed during Jackson’s funeral because it won’t stop cursing.
There have been 44 presidents in the US, including the incumbent Donald Trump. Every now and then, interesting facts about US presidents emerge that bring a smile to our face, or helps to know the person better.
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