Dead Presidents

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

By Anthony Bergen
E-Mail: bergen.anthony@gmail.com
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Asker Anonymous Asks:
What would you say was the worst thing a president said about another president?
deadpresidents deadpresidents Said:

Man, there are so many great examples of Presidents talking about each other — both positively and negatively — that the quotes could easily fill a book…

Oh, wait a second…there IS such a book available and I actually wrote it!

Get your copy of TRIBUTES AND TRASH TALK: WHAT OUR PRESIDENTS SAID ABOUT EACH OTHER for just $4.99. You’ll have over 300 pages of Presidents saying what they really felt about their fellow colleagues in the POTUS Club.

You can get the book instantly from Amazon for your Kindle (http://tinyurl.com/TTTAzon) or from Barnes & Noble for your Nook (http://tinyurl.com/TTTNook).

In my book, you’ll find a huge collection of quotes by our Presidents and about our Presidents. Quotes that include Presidential-style disses like:

•”He is a filthy, lying son-of-a-bitch, and a very dangerous man.” — John F. Kennedy, on Richard Nixon, 1960

•”A fathead…with the brains of a guinea pig.” — Theodore Roosevelt, on William Howard Taft, 1912

•”I would not be present to see my darling Harvard disgrace herself by conferring a Doctor’s degree upon a barbarian who could not write a sentence of grammar and hardly could spell his own name…” — John Quincy Adams, in a letter to Harvard President Josiah Quincy, protesting the University’s decision to confer an honorary doctorate on President Andrew Jackson, June 1833

•”Information received…indicates the election of Gen’l Taylor as President of the U.S. Should this be so, it is deeply to be regretted. Without political information and without experience in civilian life, he is wholly unqualified for the station.” — James K. Polk, personal diary entry upon learning that Zachary Taylor was elected to succeed him, November 8, 1848

"If Lincoln had lived, he would have done no better than [Andrew] Johnson." — Harry Truman, on Abraham Lincoln and Reconstruction

•”In two hundred years of history, he’s the most dishonest President we’ve ever had. I think he’s disgraced the Presidency. I’m a long-time Nixon hater from way back…” — Jimmy Carter, on Richard Nixon, 1974

Want more? Get TRIBUTES AND TRASH TALK instantly for quotes about every American Presidents from their fellow Presidents!

Asker Anonymous Asks:
I'm a big fan of the quotes you post from presidents about their colleagues and is there a good resource for finding more?
deadpresidents deadpresidents Said:

Ummm…yeah…there’s a REALLY good resource that I can’t recommend enough — my book, Tributes and Trash Talk: What Our Presidents Said About Each Other, which is available for both the Kindle and the Nook and is a straight-up bargain at just $4.95.  Thanks for giving me a perfectly good reason to plug it.  Now, go buy a copy for you, your family, your friends, and at least a dozen complete strangers, please.

If nothing else, get a copy because of the awesome cover art designed by the lovely and talented Betsy:

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Do you have some favorite apps on your phone that you really like or use often and suggest
deadpresidents deadpresidents Said:

I haven’t really spent too much time exploring the apps out there. I know I’d probably discover a ton of them to either make my life easier or to distract me constantly. I’m sure you guys have a thousand suggestions.

Besides the usual social networking apps, I only have a few others that I use frequently. I’ve been a fan of Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast since he started it, so I’d listen with or without an app, but Maron’s WTF app is great. I’ve got the NFL and NBA apps to keep track of my perennially awful favorite football and basketball teams. I use Goodreads and dig Politico’s app.

Oh, I have The Pope App, too! Yes, the Pope has an app. Well, the Vatican does, but it’s a really good app with lots of resources, news, Papal messages, and multimedia.

One other app I use often is the Kindle app. When I’m doing research, particularly via older books available online, I end up reading a ton of PDF files and the free Kindle app is perfect for that. Personally, I am still old-fashioned and will probably always read the print editions of books whenever I can, but the Kindle app is exactly what I need otherwise.

By the way, you know that the last thing I would EVER want to do is use this space to promote myself (*cough*), but while we’re mentioning the free Kindle app’s attributes, I would be remiss if I didn’t note than you can use it to read MY book! That’s right, the Kindle app is free, and you can break it in by buying my book, TRIBUTES AND TRASH TALK: WHAT OUR PRESIDENTS SAID ABOUT EACH OTHER, for just $4.95.

•Get my book here (http://tinyurl.com/TTTAzon) for just $4.95, or some similarly low price if you are in Canada, the UK, India, or are one of my other wonderful international readers!

•Get the Kindle app for free here (http://tinyurl.com/Azonapp), and after you use it to read my book, TRIBUTES AND TRASH TALK, how about heading back to Amazon to rate and review the book? Am I asking for too much now? I’m sorry, I thought we were in a good place with our relationship. If rating and reviewing my book feels like we’re moving too fast, I understand. Just know that I care about your feelings, okay? I want to know what you think. I love you? You complete me. Buy my book.

Hey everybody!  Times are tough and money is tight, so I want you all to know that I understand.  That’s why you can now buy my book Tributes and Trash Talk: What Our Presidents Said About Each Other for just $4.95!  That’s right — for less than $5, you can instantly download Tributes and Trash Talk for your Kindle or your NOOK and start enjoying the insightful, poignant, funny, bitter, and often shocking or downright mean-spirited things that our Presidents have said about each other.  My book is filled with over 350 pages of candid comments straight from the mouths of every President from George Washington to Barack Obama, as well as their Confederate counterpart Jefferson Davis.

Not only is Tributes and Trash Talk a bargain at just $4.95, but you can get the book easily and instantly and immediately start enjoying it on your iPhone, iPad, Kindle, or NOOK.  For those of you who are NOOK users, get my book right now by following this link to Barnes & Noble!

If you have a Kindle, iPad, or iPhone, you can get Tributes and Trash Talk: What Our Presidents Said About Each Other by heading over to Amazon via this link.

What if you don’t have an e-reader?  No problem, you can still enjoy my book.  Simply download the FREE Kindle app for your phone, your tablet, your laptop, or your desktop.  Once you download the FREE Kindle app, follow this link and get your copy of Tributes and Trash Talk: What Our Presidents Said About Each Other for just $4.95.

Less than $5.00 will get you a copy of my book!  Hell, it’s such a bargain I wrote the damn thing and I feel like I should buy a copy.  Get your copy of Tributes and Trash Talk: What Our Presidents Said About Each Other instantly for just $4.95!

One more quick photo.  For the person who asked earlier about the process for researching and publishing Tributes and Trash Talk: What Our Presidents Said About Each Other, this is what one of my books would look like when it is was a particularly rich source of quotes by Presidents about their fellow Presidents:

Hey guys, I’m not going to take this time to once again shamelessly plug my book, Tributes and Trash Talk: What Our Presidents Said About Each Other (KINDLENOOK), because that’s just not the type of thing that I do.  Nope, not me.

What I am going to do, however, is ask a big favor.

For those of you who have purchased the book, I’d REALLY appreciate it if you took a moment to go to the Amazon or Barnes & Noble page and rate the book or give it some customer feedback.  It helps the book’s positioning in search results to have comments and ratings.  It will only take a minute or two.  I do believe that you have to have purchased the book in order to rate it or comment on it.

If you haven’t bought the book or don’t feel like rating and commenting on it, you could instead leave some comments or feedback on my official author page on Amazon.  Anything is helpful and everything is appreciated, so thank you ahead of time! 

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Is your book on the Android Market?
deadpresidents deadpresidents Said:

No, is that a thing?  I can’t keep up with you crazy kids and your technology.

I’ll look into the Android platform, but since I haven’t plugged it in a while, my book, Tributes and Trash Talk: What Our Presidents Said About Each Other, featuring over 350 pages of remarkable, candid quotes from our Presidents about the other members of their exclusive fraternity is still available for just $6.99!  From George Washington to Barack Obama (and even including Confederate President Jefferson Davis), Tributes and Trash Talk is packed with comments that are insightful, poignant, funny, bitter, shocking, and often downright mean-spirited.

You can get Tributes and Trash Talk instantly via Amazon for your Kindle, iPad, or iPhone.  If you don’t have a Kindle, that’s no problem!  You can download the Kindle app for your iPad or iPhone right now for absolutely free and THEN buy my book.

For those of you with a NOOK device, we’ve got you covered, too.  Get your copy of Tributes and Trash Talk in a matter of seconds via Barnes & Noble.  

Buy your copy of Tributes and Trash Talk today and, as an added bonus, I’ll be your friend at no extra charge.  

A sweet book and friendship for just $6.99?  What in the blue hell are you waiting for?!

I would like to take a moment to confirm that the rumors are true: Yes, today, January 20th, is my birthday (or, as the cool kids like to call it, my “birfday”).  I appreciate all of the nice birthday messages that I’ve already received through Tumblr, Facebook, and/or e-mail.  I’d also like to compliment President Obama for cleverly (and graciously) deciding to be officially sworn in for his second term today at noon in a low-key event and postponing the ceremonial Inauguration Day activities until tomorrow so that he would not be overshadowed by my very special day.

Now, I’m sure that many of you are looking at your computer or your phone right now and thinking, “Goddamn, I really love Anthony Bergen.  How could I possibly pay back my all-time favorite Presidential historian with a birthday gift that would show my appreciation for everything that he’s ever done for me?”  Don’t worry — many people feel the same exact way today, so you are not alone.

However, I am more than happy to share my stories with all of you and your support is the best possible gift that I could ever receive.  So, instead, I want you to do something for yourself today.  Instead of the $50-to-$500 that you intended to spend on me (and with good reason), I want you to spend $6.99 on yourself — the very best $6.99 you’ll ever spend.  For my birthday, I want you to buy YOURSELF a copy of my recently-released book, Tributes and Trash Talk: What Our Presidents Said About Each Other, a candid look at how each of our Presidents was thought of by their peers in the world’s most exclusive fraternity.  Over 350 pages of brilliant, poignant, funny, mean-spirited, contradictory, and petty quotes by American Presidents about every President from George Washington to Barack Obama, including Confederate President Jefferson Davis.  For just $6.99, not only can you get a copy of my book instantly, but it’s a perfect opportunity to treat yourself on my birthday.

You can get Tributes and Trash Talk immediately and start reading it this morning.  If you have a Kindle, iPad, or iPhone, my book is available right now via Amazon.  Those of you who don’t have an actual Kindle device can download Amazon’s Kindle app for your iPad or iPhone for FREE and then read my book.  For those who have a NOOK, Tributes and Trash Talk is available just as instantly and at the same low price of $6.99 via Barnes & Noble.

I’d have the most wonderful birthday if my wonderful readers (that would be you) bought themselves a copy of Tributes and Trash Talk today!  I’d love to see 20 books sold today.  Get yourself a copy of the book, for your sake and for mine.  You won’t be disappointed!

For now, I will settle for #4 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases list for books about Presidents & Heads of State, but my next book better get to #1!

Then again, you can help try to push me to #1 with this new book of mine, Tributes and Trash Talk: What Our Presidents Said About Each Other.  My fans in the United States, United Kingdom, and India have definitely stepped up this week and purchased some copies of my book, but I haven’t gotten any love from Canada!  What’s up with that?  Same with the Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, and Portuguese editions.  I thought I was a worldwide phenomenon, but I must have been mistaken.

It’s okay, though.  The world can still make it up to me.  You can get Tributes and Trash Talk instantly for just $6.99 from Amazon for your Kindle, iPhone, or iPad.

Did you get a NOOK instead?  No worries — head over to Barnes & Noble and get my book at the same low price, a bargain for over 350 pages of remarkable, candid quotes by American Presidents about their fellow chief executives.

Maybe you’re old-fashioned like me and don’t have a Kindle or a NOOK device, but you still REALLY want to read Tributes and Trash Talk.  All you have to do is go download the Kindle app from Amazon — it’s absolutely, 100% FREE to do so — and then you can buy my book and read it via the Kindle app on your smart phone, your tablet, your laptop, or your desktop.

Don’t miss out!  After all, I am Chester A. Arthur’s all-time favorite author*!
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*I totally made that up just now.  There is no actual evidence that I am President Arthur’s favorite author.  Then again, there is no evidence that says that I’m not, so you might want to consider that, too…

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For almost five years, I have found a home here on Tumblr for a passion that I have always had — writing about history, particularly the history of our country’s Presidents and Presidency. Dead Presidents began as a place for me to post essays that I never though others would read, and grew into a site that thousands of history-lovers just like me read every day.  I’ve been able to share the stories that I love, interact with others who share my interests, and answer thousands of questions in a way that I hope my readers find entertaining, informative, fun, and, even educational.

That is why I have been so excited this week to present my first book, Tributes and Trash Talk: What Our Presidents Said About Each Other.  I have been working on several projects and Tributes and Trash Talk is the first to be ready for release, and I’ve been so proud to put it on sale this week.  I don’t expect the book to make me rich — if I did, I wouldn’t sell over 350 pages for just $6.99.  What it is, I hope, is the beginning of a new phase where I enhance Dead Presidents with several upcoming book projects.  In order to do this in a way to make each new book bigger than the last, I ask for your support, and I thank those of you who have already given it.

If you haven’t had an opportunity to pick it up yet, you can get Tributes and Trash Talk, a fun collection of remarkable quotes by our Presidents about the other members of their exclusive fraternity, right now for just $6.99If you have a Kindle, iPhone, or iPad, you can get the book, which features every President from George Washington to Barack Obama, instantly from Amazon.  For those of you with the NOOK device, you download my book right now from Barnes & Noble.  And you don’t need a Kindle or NOOK to read Tributes and Trash Talk.  You can download the Kindle app from Amazon for FREE and use it to read my book on your smart phone, your tablet, your laptop, or your desktop.  I’m old-fashioned and not a big fan of e-books, either, butTributes and Trash Talk looks great on all platforms and it’s a bargain for what it contains!

Thank you all for your continued support of Dead Presidents and I look forward to sharing more of my projects with you in the coming months!

When the incredibly talented Betsy Dye designed the cover of my book with those awesome Presidential silhouettes, she also made one of me and, I don’t know about you, but I think I would fit into the roster of Presidents pretty well, no?  In 2016, I will finally be Constitutionally eligible and there’s something almost poetic about the fact that I’ve spent so much of my life studying and writing about the Presidents and Presidency and that my birthday (January 20th in case you’re planning parties and gifts) is actually Inauguration Day, right?  Is “poetic” the right word, or “creepy”? 

Well, either way, I know that I’m not really POTUS material, although I’d love to hear what other Presidents would say about me.  And, yes, this has just been a clumsy way to sneak in a plug for my new book, Tributes and Trash Talk: What Our Presidents Said About Each Other, which is available RIGHT NOW.  Featuring over 350 pages of candid comments by the Presidents about their fellow Chief Executives, Tributes and Trash Talk is full of remarkable quotes about every American President from George Washington to Barack Obama (and even Confederate President Jefferson Davis).

For just $6.99 you can get Tributes and Trash Talk instantly from Amazon for your Kindle, iPhone, or iPad.  If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download Amazon’s Kindle app for FREE, buy my book, and read it on your smart phone, your tablet, your laptop, or your desktop.  It’s simple, it’s fun, it looks great, and it’s completely worth it.  If you have a NOOK, you can get Tributes and Trash Talk from Barnes & Noble quickly and easily for the same low price!

Did you forget to buy a Christmas gift for the history buff in your family?  Did you not get the book that you had on your wish list?  Do you want to support your old Tumblr buddy Anthony and be able to tell everyone how cool you are by showing off a new book and saying that you know the author?  If so, get your copy of Tributes and Trash Talk right now!

(And, if not, get yourself a copy of Tributes and Trash Talk anyway.)

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Will Tributes and Trash Talk be available in paperback anytime soon? I've been meaning to get the book, but I'm not a particular fan of buying ebooks.
deadpresidents deadpresidents Said:

I totally understand.  I love having a book in my hand and being able to flip through the pages and seeing it up on my bookshelves (or, in stacks of books on my floor since I fill up my shelves so quickly).  It’s tough to love an e-book.

Unfortunately, there are no plans right now for printed copies of Tributes and Trash Talk.  Believe me, I’d love to have it available in every possible way and I’m working hard to have my next book available in print and in e-book format.  But, this first edition of Tributes and Trash Talk will only be available as an e-book.  My plan is to update the book every year or two, so I hope to see it in print sometime in the future.

If you don’t have an actual Kindle or NOOK device, there is the option of downloading Amazon’s FREE Kindle app for your phone, your tablet, or your laptop/desktop (Mac or PC).  I know it’s not the same as having a book in your hands, but Tributes and Trash Talklooks pretty good when you read it via that free app.  You can even read it through your browser after downloading the Kindle app and buying the book.

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Many of you asked about it yesterday, so I’m happy to report that my new book, Tributes and Trash Talk: What Our Presidents Said About Each Other, is now available for sale for your NOOK device via Barnes & Noble.  The book features over 350 pages of remarkable quotes (ranging from insightful and poignant to hilarious and downright mean-spirited) by American Presidents about the other members of their exclusive fraternity.  Every President from George Washington to Barack Obama is represented, and I even included what some of the Presidents thought about their Confederate counterpart, Jefferson Davis.  I’m proud of the collection that I’ve put together in Tributes and Trash Talk and think that you will enjoy it, too.  And, at just $6.99, it’s a bargain for the information and entertainment you’ll get from the book!  So, if you’re a NOOK user, you can get the book instantly from Barnes & Noble’s website.

Of course, if you don’t have a NOOK, you can still get Tributes and Trash Talk just as quickly and easily for your Kindle, iPhone, or iPad via Amazon.  If you don’t have an e-reader, you can still get my book.  Just download the Kindle app for FREE for your phone, your tablet, your laptop, or your desktop and then you can make Tributes and Trash Talk: What Our Presidents Said About Each Other the first book in your e-library!

One last note:  I want to sincerely thank everybody who has supported this book and this blog in any way.  When I chose to publish Tributes and Trash Talk this way, I did so because I know how loyal and supportive my followers have always been here on Tumblr.  I recognized that I was fortunate enough to have a built-in audience that I felt would support a book release.  I have not been disappointed.  Thanks to everyone who has bought a book already and to those of you who are planning on doing so.  I’m also thankful to those of you who reblogged my posts about the book, shared it on Facebook or Twitter, and said kind things about me when doing so.  I genuinely appreciate it.  There will be more book releases like this from me and, as in this case, whenever I am able to control the price, I will strive to always make my books affordable to show how grateful I am to my readers.  

Seriously, thank you.

(Oh, and go ahead and buy more copies of Tributes and Trash Talk.)