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Presidents Day in Watsonville: Was Our First Commander in Chief Our Best?

How much do you know about U.S. presidents? Who was your favorite? Share your thoughts about Presidents Day.

Presidents Day celebrates our first president’s birthday, as well as honors all of our nation’s past presidents.

Though George Washington’s actual birthday is Feb. 22, the federal holiday—generally observed with mattress sales and finding ways to keep the kiddies entertained—always falls on the third Monday of the month.

How much do you know about the Father of Our Country—or the other 43 men who have held the position of Commander in Chief?

  • Washington crossed the Delaware River, but did you know that John Quincy Adams skinny dipped in the Potomac?
  • You might remember Jimmy Carter’s troublesome/lovable brother Billy, but did you know William Henry Harrison kept a pet billy goat at the White House.
  • And while William McKinley could be called tech-savvy—he was the first presidential candidate to campaign by telephone—Benjamin Harrison was afraid of electricity and would not touch the light switches when the White House got wired.

Which president had an unusual use for Vaseline? A fake jaw? Spoke Chinese? Check out 44 Facts You Didn’t Know About U.S. Presidents on the Huffington Post to find out.

Who is your favorite American president? Tell us in comments.

Cathy P. February 19, 2013 at 11:11 PM
I spent President's Day in the movie theater watching "Lincoln." It was an epic film. Abraham Lincoln is pretty darn impressive to me right now. I don't think Washington was the best - they are all good and bad in some way. In my lifetime we've had 3 presidents I've admired. I registered to vote in 1972 and two of my favorites have been since then ... but I don't dare say who here, you think I'm crazy ;)
David H. Perez February 20, 2013 at 01:50 AM
I also enjoyed watching the "Lincoln" movie at the Aptos Theater on President's Day. Lincoln was a pretty awesome person, and was probably our best president ever. Even so, I feel fortunate to have lived in an era in which I have seen three of our greatest presidents, and two of the absolute worst. Since I enjoy adversity a lot more than Cathy P., I have no problem using names. Best: John F. Kennedy, William J. Clinton and Barack H. Obama. Worst (by far): Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. OK, I'm ready, bring it on folks (if you dare, LOL).
Jose R. February 20, 2013 at 05:12 AM
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