Dead Presidents

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

By Anthony Bergen
Asker Anonymous Asks:
do you prefer thai or vietnamese food?
deadpresidents deadpresidents Said:

Thai food. Vietnamese girls.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
What do you think of Obama's approach on Ebola?
deadpresidents deadpresidents Said:

The President and Congress can’t personally physically examine everybody who comes in contact with everyone who has contracted Ebola or traveled to the stricken areas. The accountability is with other officials, the virus is by no means an epidemic in this country, and the biggest problem is the fact that mainstream news outlets are determined to cause a panic because too many people misunderstand the virus and get some sick entertainment out of watching helicopter footage of a slow-moving ambulance (in the middle of the night) transporting health workers who risked their lives to attempt to save someone else’s. The panic instigated by the news outlets is the epidemic in this country, not Ebola. And the people at fault for that are not only the news outlets, but the people who watch and read them and share their “information”.

The President can only do so much, and if he does too much, people will say he’s overstepping his boundaries; if he doesn’t do enough, people will say he’s letting gigantic Ebola-stricken ISIS fighters sneak across the border.  

Asker 42alj Asks:
If Democrats are supposed to be the party more in touch with American youth, why in the fuck did they just send me an e-mail from Barbra Streisand?
deadpresidents deadpresidents Said:

I think that’s a pretty clear indication how out of touch both parties are.



Friday update on marriage equality! Arizona and Wyoming are there!


Without counting Montana, Utah, Kansas, Missouri, and South Carolina that’s still 331 electoral votes. Both parties better be paying attention. Without those states — and without Texas, Ohio, and Florida — that’s still nearly an electoral landslide when it comes to the Presidency.


October 18, 1982, Bess W. Truman died at the age of  97, making her the longest-lived First Lady.

Pictured is an invitation to the interment service held at the Library, where Bess is buried next to President Truman.

-from the Truman Library 

Asker Anonymous Asks:
So if some one sucked your dick would you be democratic?
deadpresidents deadpresidents Said:

Did you watch ESPN's 30 for 30 about the 89 World Series and the Earthquake?
deadpresidents deadpresidents Said:

Yes, I saw it and it was a solid documentary, just like all of ESPN’s 30 For 30 docs have been. I can’t believe that it’s been 25 years since the Loma Prieta quake — that’s a quarter-century! I was only 9 years old when the 1989 earthquake struck and Sacramento wasn’t too close to the epicenter, but I’ll always remember the feeling of the quake that evening as well as the transformation of the Bay Area afterwards. 

Asker Anonymous Asks:
How is your Friday night? Big plans?
deadpresidents deadpresidents Said:

My Friday night is just fine, thank you for asking. No, I don’t have any big plans. I’m just editing the thousands (literally) pages of writing that I need to get edited before it’s ready to be submitted to publishers.

More importantly, I’m watching the U.S. Women’s National Team dominate Guatemala in the CONCACAF tournament (live right now on Fox Sports 1) because I never miss an opportunity to watch anything that Sydney Leroux is involved in.


Pro wrestlers, 1938.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Obviously this would never happen, but what would happen if no one wanted to run for president?
deadpresidents deadpresidents Said:

First of all, you’re right, that would definitely never happen. Somebody at some point would jump into the race.

But if that did happen — and I’m assuming that in this hypothetical situation, nobody would be nominated as Vice President either — then the normal protocol for Presidential succession would go into effect once Inauguration Day rolled around. The incumbent President and Vice President wouldn’t simply stay in office in a caretaker position once their terms ended. The Speaker of the House would assume the Presidency until either a President or Vice President was elected and could take office.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
You should hire Meredith Ancret to do your editing.
deadpresidents deadpresidents Said:

Well, I don’t want to hire anybody to edit my stuff at this point because part of the process is figuring out what can stay, what can go, and what needs to be expanded on, and that’s really not something that anybody else can do right now. Plus, what I’m editing is eventually going to a publishing company and they have their own editors that will obviously comb through what I submit to them.

Asker flopsycat Asks:
I'm currently reading The Memoirs of Richard Nixon. Have you read it? If so, what did you think of it?
deadpresidents deadpresidents Said:

Yes, I have read RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon, and I think it is one of the better Presidential autobiographies. Obviously, it is self-serving and overly defensive at times, but to a certain extent, all Presidential memoirs are because it is often the last chance for a former President shape their legacy themselves. Plus, it was really Nixon’s first chance to tell his side (or his version) of what happened without having to face questioning or push-back from somebody else.

Nixon’s memoirs are good because Nixon was a very gifted writer and a thorough researcher, so the details that he did choose to share really make it a solid book. Pretty much all of Nixon’s books are good reads that I would definitely recommend, but since RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon mostly focuses on his Presidency (there are a few short chapters on his early life, Vice Presidency, the 1960 campaign against JFK, and his years in the wilderness before successfully running for President in 1968), it’s probably the most interesting of Nixon’s many books. What I find most fascinating about Nixon’s memoirs is his opinions and his interactions with other major political/world leaders. It’s definitely a must-read for anyone interested in Richard Nixon.