‘Here’s one vicious, ghastly, and/or fascinating fact about every U.S. president’

From The Intercept:

“HAPPY PRESIDENTS DAY! Even though it’s not exactly Presidents Day. According to the federal government, the name of this holiday is merely Washington’s Birthday. The Office of Personnel Management insists that while “other institutions such as state and local governments and private businesses may use other names, it is our policy to always refer to holidays by the names designated in the law.”

The OPM is grumpy about this because a majority of U.S. states do call this Presidents Day. It’s popularly become about all U.S. presidents, not just Washington. Even the U.S. Mint says, “It’s a great day to celebrate everything that our past presidents, including Washington and Lincoln, have done for our nation.”

So let’s take a look at all of America’s presidents. We don’t need to celebrate them, but it’s important to rescue them from the drab, sepia-tinted version of U.S. history. There’s a conscious effort to drain all human interest out of our past. But in fact it was shockingly vicious, ghastly, and fascinatingly bizarre, and if you don’t understand it, you will never comprehend our present.

Here’s an assortment of some of my favorite facts about every U.S. president…”

Continue reading at The Intercept

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