Dead Presidents

Historical facts, thoughts, ramblings and collections on the Presidency and about the Presidents of the United States.

By Anthony Bergen
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Asker nhaler Asks:
Ez-E vs Lincoln or Ice Cube vs Jackson??
deadpresidents deadpresidents Said:

In what? A rap battle. No disrespect to the departed, but Eazy-E needed ghostwriters to be good, so Lincoln would have smoked him in a battle.

Ice Cube was one of those ghostwriters for Eazy, and there’s no way that Andrew Jackson would have had any skills on the mic. Lincoln? Absolutely.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Just wanted to remind you that you're awesome! :D
deadpresidents deadpresidents Said:

Thanks…this is always helpful.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Do you think someone who ran as an independent would have any chance of becoming president?
deadpresidents deadpresidents Said:

If they were extremely well-funded, got an early enough start, and were able to ensure ballot access to all 50 states, yes, I think it is possible.

The way to do it, in my opinion, is to build a moderate third-party that captures those independents tired of the two major parties — but build it a couple of years before the Presidential election. Run candidates in Congressional midterms. Elect a few members to the House, the Senate, maybe a few Governors. Build the party that way, with a potential Presidential candidate leading the charge a few years out, gaining ballot access throughout the country, raising money, raising their profile and the new party’s profile, and then hitting the ground running when the Presidential election rolls around you.

It can be done. It should be done. It really needs to be done.

And, I’m looking at YOU, Jon Hunstman.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
It's Shakespeare's bday! What's your favorite play by Willie?
deadpresidents deadpresidents Said:


"He that will give good words to thee will flatter
Beneath abhorring. What would you have, you curs,
That like nor peace nor war? The one affrights you,
The other makes you proud. He that trusts to you,
Where he should find you lions, finds you hares;
Where foxes, geese; you are no surer, no,
Than is the coal of fire upon the ice
Or hailstone in the sun. Your virtue is
To make him worthy whose offence subdues him,
And curse that justice did it. Who deserves greatness
Deserves your hate; and your affections are
A sick man’s appetite, who desires most that
Which would increase his evil. He that depends
Upon your favours swims with fins of lead,
And hews down oaks with rushes.

Hang ye! Trust ye?
With every minute you do change a mind
And call him noble that was now your hate,
Him vile that was your garland.”

@neutralangel: I do that, too, just to be keep all my bases covered.

@totaldrivel: I literally punched someone on the Light Rail in Sacramento for yanking the earbuds out of my ears and telling me (not asking me) to buy his CD. Maybe I shouldn’t admit that publicly.

@heckyeahkatie: I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one. Also, I seriously have probably done it every time I’ve left my house for the last eight years.

I’m not the only person who sticks iPod earbuds in their ears and tucks the jack in their pockets instead of plugging it into anything when they leave the house, right? You know, to make it look like you’re listening to something so nobody talks to you? There are others like me, right?

I wish I had written this. Great piece by John Aloysius Farrell.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
178 years ago today the Battle of San Jacinto happened. Could you please write something about the Texas revolutionaries?
deadpresidents deadpresidents Said:

Yeah…you can have it back.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Did lbj and rfk like eachother
deadpresidents deadpresidents Said:

Ha! LBJ and RFK despised each other. There are books written about their mutual hatred for one another. In “My Brother Lyndon”, LBJ’s younger brother, Sam Houston Johnson wrote that rumors about LBJ tapping RFK as his running mate in 1964 were crazy and that:

"Not for a single moment did he ever consider having Bobby Kennedy as his running mate. And the reasons were quite obvious:

a) Lyndon hated Bobby.
b) Bobby hated Lyndon.
c) He didn’t need Bobby to win.
d) Lyndon didn’t trust Bobby.
e) Bobby didn’t trust Lyndon.
f) And each of them knew damned well he was hated and mistrusted by the other.”

That spells it out pretty clearly.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
It is said that there are more books about Lincoln than every other president combined. Knowing that, they can't all be great. What is/are the worst books about Lincoln you've ever read?
deadpresidents deadpresidents Said:

I’m sure that I’ve read some bad ones, but I never remember the crappy books when it comes to someone like Lincoln who I’ve read dozens of books about. Some of the older (and by “older” I mean, late-19th century) are tough reads because they tend to be so dry, full of apocryphal stories, overly hagiographic, or all of the above, but no titles jump to mind immediately.

If you could have any wrestler fight any president, who would it be and why? And what would the outcome be?
deadpresidents deadpresidents Said:

I’d love to see the Undertaker toss Woodrow Wilson off the top of a cage like he did to Mick Foley back in 1998.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
What do you think of socialism?
deadpresidents deadpresidents Said:

I’m probably slightly to the left of Che Guevara, so I think socialism is rad.

Asker ashleyx5 Asks:
I need help, explaining one problem tO FDR cocerninig a major problem of the great depression and a purpose an idea to better help the people
deadpresidents deadpresidents Said:

You’re gonna have to run that back because I don’t understand what you’re asking.