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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•This is a special Historically Accurate Transcription (Christmas edition) starring Joseph, Mary, and Baby Jesus•
JOSEPH: What the…
MARY: Let me explain.  An angel named Gabriel came and…
JOSEPH: I knew it!  I knew it, Mary!  I knew you weren’t “just getting fat”!  How could you make a fool out of me again?
MARY: Again?  What are you talking about?
JOSEPH: There was that guy…at the Inn.  The one who wouldn’t let us stay there.
MARY: What about him?
JOSEPH: Remember how I went back inside afterward?  Well, he told me that he wouldn’t let us stay because you came here in the past with strange men and left an hour after checking in each time.  He said he didn’t run that type of business.
MARY: You’re making things up.
JOSEPH: And now I come back from gathering firewood and you have a fucking BABY?  No wonder you’ve been covering yourself up even more than usual.
MARY: It was a miracle!  It was a virgin birth!
JOSEPH: The only miraculous thing about this is that I haven’t given you a backhand yet.  And the only virgin here is me since you were apparently tired from fucking every shepherd in Galilee
MARY: He’s the son of God!
JOSEPH: Well, you better call God up and tell him to help you get your shit.  
MARY: It is our duty to raise him.
JOSEPH: No, it is my duty to tell every woman around that Ol’ Joseph is back on the market and that since I’m the only man in Jerusalem who hasn’t been inside Mary, I’m the only man in Jerusalem who is gonorrhea-free.
MARY: You’ll be sorry, Joseph.  This is the Messiah and I’m going to name him Jesus.
JOSEPH: Jesus?  Why?  Is he part Mexican?  You said he’s the son of God.  Oh wait…I guess God is Mexican.  Yes, I’m sure that’s the case.  It’s clear from the high-paying jobs they are given and the respect they are treated with by others that they are the Chosen ones.
MARY: Fine.  Leave me, Joseph.  You will see that you are missing out on something very special here.  This boy will become the light of the world.
JOSEPH: I’m not going anywhere.  You are.  Take Luís, Jr. or whatever his name is and hit the road.  Joseph is calling an escort, biyatch!  And as for your little boy, I’m calling the Jews and letting them know we’ve got a troublemaker on our hands!

•This is a special Historically Accurate Transcription (Christmas edition) starring Joseph, Mary, and Baby Jesus•

JOSEPH: What the…
MARY: Let me explain.  An angel named Gabriel came and…
JOSEPH: I knew it!  I knew it, Mary!  I knew you weren’t “just getting fat”!  How could you make a fool out of me again?
MARY: Again?  What are you talking about?
JOSEPH: There was that guy…at the Inn.  The one who wouldn’t let us stay there.
MARY: What about him?
JOSEPH: Remember how I went back inside afterward?  Well, he told me that he wouldn’t let us stay because you came here in the past with strange men and left an hour after checking in each time.  He said he didn’t run that type of business.
MARY: You’re making things up.
JOSEPH: And now I come back from gathering firewood and you have a fucking BABY?  No wonder you’ve been covering yourself up even more than usual.
MARY: It was a miracle!  It was a virgin birth!
JOSEPH: The only miraculous thing about this is that I haven’t given you a backhand yet.  And the only virgin here is me since you were apparently tired from fucking every shepherd in Galilee
MARY: He’s the son of God!
JOSEPH: Well, you better call God up and tell him to help you get your shit. 
MARY: It is our duty to raise him.
JOSEPH: No, it is my duty to tell every woman around that Ol’ Joseph is back on the market and that since I’m the only man in Jerusalem who hasn’t been inside Mary, I’m the only man in Jerusalem who is gonorrhea-free.
MARY: You’ll be sorry, Joseph.  This is the Messiah and I’m going to name him Jesus.
JOSEPH: Jesus?  Why?  Is he part Mexican?  You said he’s the son of God.  Oh wait…I guess God is Mexican.  Yes, I’m sure that’s the case.  It’s clear from the high-paying jobs they are given and the respect they are treated with by others that they are the Chosen ones.
MARY: Fine.  Leave me, Joseph.  You will see that you are missing out on something very special here.  This boy will become the light of the world.
JOSEPH: I’m not going anywhere.  You are.  Take Luís, Jr. or whatever his name is and hit the road.  Joseph is calling an escort, biyatch!  And as for your little boy, I’m calling the Jews and letting them know we’ve got a troublemaker on our hands!

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Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley: Blue Christmas

The Blue Room of the White House annually features the official indoor Christmas tree of the President and his family.  The Blue Room Christmas Tree normally stands between 18-20 feet tall (the tree is so tall that the Blue Room’s chandelier is removed during the holidays) and is donated by the National Christmas Tree Association which chooses a tree from a grower determined in a NCTA contest each year.  More Blue Room Christmas Trees have come from North Carolina than any other state in the nation.

The first Christmas tree installed in the White House wasn’t until the Presidency of Franklin Pierce in the 1850’s and the history of White House Christmas trees is incomplete with no mention of another tree in the President’s house until the term of Benjamin Harrison, three decades after Pierce.  After Harrison, White House Christmas trees were more common, yet still not a tradition.  During his term, Theodore Roosevelt frequently did not have a tree in the White House — one year it was due to the fact that TR didn’t order one quickly enough for delivery by Christmas.

It is believed that every President since Hoover in 1929 has had an indoor Christmas tree in the White House and the indoor trees are usually decorated or dedicated by the First Lady.  Since Jacqueline Kennedy started the tradition in 1961, First Ladies have chosen an annual theme for the Blue Room tree’s decorations.  The 1961 theme that Jackie Kennedy picked was based on the Nutcracker Suite while the theme chosen by Michelle Obama is “Shine, Give, Share”.

Of course, the Blue Room Christmas tree isn’t the only Christmas tree in the White House.  There are often smaller trees decorated in various parts of the Executive Mansion, including a private tree decorated by the President’s family in the White House Residence.  While White House Christmas trees were infrequent or intermittent in the 19th Century, a visitor to the White House in the 21st Century might find up to 40 Christmas trees inside the Executive Mansion as well as decorated trees on the grounds of the White House.

The President and his family are also responsible for dedicating and lighting the National Christmas tree which is located on the Ellipse directly to the south of the White House gates.  In 1923, Calvin Coolidge was the first President to light the National Christmas tree and until 1978 the National tree was a cut tree that had been transported to Washington and placed near the White House for decoration.

In 1978, during the Carter Administration, the National Park Service planted a live tree that they found in Pennsylvania and determined would thrive in Washington year-round.  Thus, the National Christmas Tree is now a living tree (47 years old) that stands 42 feet tall near the White House in all seasons but is decorated for holiday display each Christmas.

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Elvis: Blue Christmas (Live from the ‘68 Comeback Special)

•This is a special Historically Accurate Transcription (Christmas edition) starring Joseph, Mary, and Baby Jesus•
JOSEPH: What the…MARY: Let me explain.  An angel named Gabriel came and…JOSEPH: I knew it!  I knew it, Mary!  I knew you weren’t “just getting fat”!  How could you make a fool out of me again?MARY: Again?  What are you talking about?JOSEPH: There was that guy…at the Inn.  The one who wouldn’t let us stay there.MARY: What about him?JOSEPH: Remember how I went back inside afterward?  Well, he told me that he wouldn’t let us stay because you came here in the past with strange men and left an hour after checking in each time.  He said he didn’t run that type of business.MARY: You’re making things up.JOSEPH: And now I come back from gathering firewood and you have a fucking BABY?  No wonder you’ve been covering yourself up even more than usual.MARY: It was a miracle!  It was a virgin birth!JOSEPH: The only miraculous thing about this is that I haven’t given you a backhand yet.  And the only virgin here is me since you were apparently tired from fucking every shepherd in GalileeMARY: He’s the son of God!JOSEPH: Well, you better call God up and tell him to help you get your shit.  MARY: It is our duty to raise him.JOSEPH: No, it is my duty to tell every woman around that Ol’ Joseph is back on the market and that since I’m the only man in Jerusalem who hasn’t been inside Mary, I’m the only man in Jerusalem who is gonorrhea-free.MARY: You’ll be sorry, Joseph.  This is the Messiah and I’m going to name him Jesus.JOSEPH:  Jesus?  Why?  Is he part Mexican?  You said he’s the son of God.  Oh wait…I guess God is Mexican.  Yes, I’m sure that’s the case.  It’s clear from the high-paying jobs they are given and the respect they are treated with by others that they are the Chosen ones.MARY: Fine.  Leave me, Joseph.  You will see that you are missing out on something very special here.  This boy will become the light of the world.JOSEPH: I’m not going anywhere.  You are.  Take Luís, Jr. or whatever his name is and hit the road.  Joseph is calling an escort, biyatch!  And as for your little boy, I’m calling the Jews and letting them know we’ve got a troublemaker on our hands!

•This is a special Historically Accurate Transcription (Christmas edition) starring Joseph, Mary, and Baby Jesus•

JOSEPH: What the…
MARY: Let me explain.  An angel named Gabriel came and…
JOSEPH: I knew it!  I knew it, Mary!  I knew you weren’t “just getting fat”!  How could you make a fool out of me again?
MARY: Again?  What are you talking about?
JOSEPH: There was that guy…at the Inn.  The one who wouldn’t let us stay there.
MARY: What about him?
JOSEPH: Remember how I went back inside afterward?  Well, he told me that he wouldn’t let us stay because you came here in the past with strange men and left an hour after checking in each time.  He said he didn’t run that type of business.
MARY: You’re making things up.
JOSEPH: And now I come back from gathering firewood and you have a fucking BABY?  No wonder you’ve been covering yourself up even more than usual.
MARY: It was a miracle!  It was a virgin birth!
JOSEPH: The only miraculous thing about this is that I haven’t given you a backhand yet.  And the only virgin here is me since you were apparently tired from fucking every shepherd in Galilee
MARY: He’s the son of God!
JOSEPH: Well, you better call God up and tell him to help you get your shit. 
MARY: It is our duty to raise him.
JOSEPH: No, it is my duty to tell every woman around that Ol’ Joseph is back on the market and that since I’m the only man in Jerusalem who hasn’t been inside Mary, I’m the only man in Jerusalem who is gonorrhea-free.
MARY: You’ll be sorry, Joseph.  This is the Messiah and I’m going to name him Jesus.
JOSEPH: Jesus?  Why?  Is he part Mexican?  You said he’s the son of God.  Oh wait…I guess God is Mexican.  Yes, I’m sure that’s the case.  It’s clear from the high-paying jobs they are given and the respect they are treated with by others that they are the Chosen ones.
MARY: Fine.  Leave me, Joseph.  You will see that you are missing out on something very special here.  This boy will become the light of the world.
JOSEPH: I’m not going anywhere.  You are.  Take Luís, Jr. or whatever his name is and hit the road.  Joseph is calling an escort, biyatch!  And as for your little boy, I’m calling the Jews and letting them know we’ve got a troublemaker on our hands!