How about the Georges Bush? Or Bill Clinton. Or Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, John Kennedy, Dwight Eisenhower...? I can name all of them without thinking about it.
Know, how about John Kerry? Al Gore? Bob Dole? Walter Mondale? I can look them up, and I know Kerry's name started with an F, but I don't know any of them as easily as the winners of the elections (or the person sworn in, whether they won or not).
Now, whose middle name do we know better--Obama's or McCain's?
Edited on Thu Oct-09-08 01:29 AM by chiefofclarinet
F. Roosevelt: Delano Truman: S (His parents named him in honor of both of his grandfathers (I think), but refused to give precedence to either one. So Harry got stuck with just S. as his middle name.) Eisenhower: Dwight (Actually, his given name was David Dwight Eisenhower, but he switched the two names around.) Kennedy: Fitzgerald Johnson: Baines Nixon: Milhouse Ford: ? Carter: ? Ray-gun: ? Bush 41: Herbert Walker Clinton: Jefferson (That might have been his birth surname, though.) Dubya: Walker
The current GOP candidate is John Sidney McCain the Third.
Not bad, considering I am a scientist and not a historian.
Edit: I was right on all of them that I put down, including the stories, besides a misspelling of Nixon's name. Bill Clinton's birth surname was not Clinton, but it wasn't Jefferson either; it was Blythe.
2nd Edit: OK, now I get the purpose of the post. Yeah, I only remember John Forbes Kerry. Sometimes I forgot what Mondale's or McGovern's first name is...
41. I remember Wilson for Reagan for 1 reason only
A friend of mine used to say the mark of the devil was the number 6-6-6 (since I'm Jewish I never heard it before). So, she said the Ronald Wilson Reagan was 6 letters each - 6-6-6. I always thought Reagan was the devil from that day forward.
44. Calling someone by the full name is considered more formal
I think Bill Clinton ushered in the era of being more informal about what the president is called. I'd prefer to see Palin referred to as Sarah Heath Palin, as Hillary is referred to as Hillary Rodham Clinton (and seldom is she referred to as Hillary Diane Clinton!). I think the full name is a respectful way to refer to public officials.
As for the informal, that was "Jimmy" Carter before Bill Clinton.
And on Hillary, she kept the name Rodham when they first married. Later, it became a liability in the south, so she took Clinton's name, but used Rodham, both as a statement of her identity, and because her own law career had been built on the name Rodham. When Bill ran in 92 for president, the Republicans liked to emphasize Rodham as an insult, implying Hillary was a radical feminist.
I had forgotten that. This isn't the first time they've used middle names as insults.
53. That's been turned on it's head to great success
Feminists have taken back the "b" word, African Americans have taken back the "n" word, gays have taken back the "f", "d", and "q" words--and they have become symbols of power and positive identity rather than the negative thrust that the other side meant them as. Obama should embrace his name, use it often, and shut his critics up.
I was commenting on the fact that you know the middle names of those elected president better than those who lose, so that maybe the Repubs are doing us a favor by making sure everyone knows Obama's middle name.
56. Dan Quayle used part of his middle name, not his first name
I believe his actual full name was James Danforth Quayle. No one called him James. No one called him "Danforth", either. It seems that his wishes as for how he was to be referred to were respected by the media.
When I attended Old Dominion University back during the Reagan years, Sam Donaldson came to speak at our school as part of a journalism lecture series. He told a story about Reagan during a bill signing ceremony. Reagan was given three pens, since it was customary for the president to sign the bill with different pens so that they could be auctioned off later. Reagan signed his name, and said, while holding the third, unused pen, "I wish I had a middle name."
Donaldson yelled from the press gallery, "Wilson, Mr. President!" :rofl:
79. Ok, QUICK Response on those, in list form.... Some yes, Some no, Some I know the initial
Edited on Thu Oct-09-08 08:08 PM by RollWithIt
George Herbert Walker Bush George Walker Bush William Jefferson Clinton Lyndon B Johnson (Don't know what the B is) Rich Nixon (Don't know) John F Kennedy (Fitzgerald? Franklin?) Dwight Eisonhower (mind blank, D for David?) Ronald Reagan, no clue
John Kerry dont know Al Gore dont know Bob Dole dont know Walter Mondale dont know
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