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    February 20, 2006 -- PRESIDENTS Day may not get much respect - but that hasn't stopped intrepid Webster Hall cu rator Baird Jones from compiling a roundup of fun facts marking today's holiday. We're told that Gerald Ford allegedly had a flat ulence problem, often blaming the Secret Service men surrounding him. President Grover Cleveland was a draft dodger. He hired someone to enter the service in his place, for which he was ridi culed by his opponent, James G. Blaine. It was soon discovered, however, that Blaine had done the same thing himself. Franklin Pierce had a violent temper and was arrested after angrily run ning over an old woman with a horse in 1853. But the case was dropped so as not to expose the president to international embar rassment. Grover Cleveland is the only U.S. president to have per sonally hanged someone: He threw a noose over two crimi nals' necks while working as a sheriff of Erie County, N.Y., an experience he de scribed as "nightmarish." Fi nally, John F. Kennedy was supposedly plagued by the ve nereal disease chlamydia and spent the first moments of the Bay of Pigs invasion getting a giant shot of penicillin.

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    Ah...Presidents were human back then, eh?
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    One of the presidents was running for re-election when it was revealed
    that he had a bastard kid somewhere.

    The rallying cry from the opposition party: "Ma, Ma, where's Pa?"

    Unfortunately, the president (Grover Cleveland?) won a re-election
    handily. That shout was usurped by the incumbent:

    "Ma, Ma, Where's Pa? In the White House, ha ha ha!"

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    I remember hearing about that but can't remember which prez. Also, all those rumors about T. Jefferson and his slave Sally. It was openly talked about back then.
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    I got a laugh out of this one:

    "Gerald Ford allegedly had a flatulence problem, often blaming the Secret Service men surrounding him."

    Sounds like a ten year old!

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    I know many, many people with flatulence...and they don't see it as a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ourmaninBusan
    One of the presidents was running for re-election when it was revealed
    that he had a bastard kid somewhere.

    The rallying cry from the opposition party: "Ma, Ma, where's Pa?"

    Unfortunately, the president (Grover Cleveland?) won a re-election
    handily. That shout was usurped by the incumbent:

    "Ma, Ma, Where's Pa? In the White House, ha ha ha!"
    Did you know also that Cleveland and pals had one they said about that opponent - "James G. Blaine, James G. Blaine, continental liar from the state of Maine" That was one very ugly race.

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    But it pales in comparison to 2000.
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    ewww JFK sick!

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