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Friday, January 20, 2017

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Congratulations to "David Pegelow" who won this week's "Mind Scrambler". Here was the scrambler:

What has a foot but no leg?

ANSWER: A ruler.


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QUOTE: "I feel like the fellow in jail who is watching his scaffold being built."

HINT: Was a five-star general in the United States Army who later went into politics as a Republican.



Every president has taken the oath of office in Washington, D.C. except for six. George Washington and John Adams were sworn in in Philadelphia. However, it should be noted that the United States capital had not yet been transferred to Washington, D.C. when they became president.


Chester A. Arthur became president in New York City, and three other presidents took the oath in seemingly odd locations; Theodore Roosevelt (Buffalo), Calvin Coolidge (Plymouth, Vermont) and Lyndon Baines Johnson (Dallas).


In the last three instances, the oath was administered because each man assumed office upon the death of his predecessor and took the Presidential oath where he happened to be at the time.


The shortest inaugural address belonged to George Washington. That 1793 oration weighed in at just 135 words. On the flip side, William Henry Harrison gets the 'Hot Air Award' with the longest inaugural address - 8,445 words - in 1841. The already elderly new president delivered this oration without a hat and in frigid weather, contracting a fatal case of pneumonia shortly thereafter and expiring after only a month in office.


When Calvin Coolidge assumed office initially in 1923 upon the sudden death of President Warren G. Harding, his own father administered the oath, making 'Silent Cal' the first president to be sworn in by his father.


Just as interesting, Coolidge - re-elected as President in his own right in 1924 - was sworn in by ex-president William Taft in March of 1925. By then, Taft had become the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and is, to date, the only President to also have served on the nation's highest court.


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QUOTE: "I feel like the fellow in jail who is watching his scaffold being built." (On construction of reviewing stands for inauguration of his successor John F Kennedy)

ANSWER: Dwight D. Eisenhower

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