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Pose a question MULTIPLE CHOICE or regular about the office/ office holders of
president, (U.S. or other)
First correct answerer sets
the next question.
Which of these U.S. presidents never RAN for president ?
B. Arthur (not to be confused with Bea Arthur) because he took office upon Garfield's death but never ran for election in his own right, whereas Coolidge (1924), Ford (1976), and Truman (1948) all did.
Next: Who is the most recent U.S. president to have previously headed a federal cabinet department?
A. James Buchanan
B. George H. W. Bush
C. William Howard Taft
D. Herbert Hoover
Not C because he's not the most recent one, but Taft did serve as Secretary of War.
D. Hoover Sec. of
Commerce in the Coolidge Admin. ?
Not among the most quotable
"Silent Cal" remarks was his
opinion of Hoover, ca. 1927:
"That man has been giving me unsolicited advice for 6 years--all of it bad."
But he relented and became officially a (not very enthusiastic) supporter of
Hoover's 1928 campaign.
What was the first European country to have a woman president?
A. East Germany
//Hoping to open this up a bit to LTers outside the United States.//
Ireland has had two women presidents (Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese), but it wasn't the first; this other country elected a woman president in 1980, ten years before Robinson took office.
Yes, D: Vigdis Finnbogadottir, Europe's first woman president and the first freely elected woman president of any widely recognized country. Over to you, Roland.
In 1958 Charles Degaulle
succeeded ___ ____ as president of France under a new "Strong President" constitution. The long-term, ceremonial, president under the old constitution was:
A. Vincent Auriol
B. Pierre Mendes-France
C. Joseph Laniel
D. Jean Le Pen
I'm pretty sure Auriol and Coty were the only presidents under the Fourth Republic, so because Coty's not an option, I'll go with A.
During a certain period within the past decade, what country had the unusual circumstance that its president and prime minister were twin brothers?
No, not Cameroon. The country in question held this distinction for 16 months, from July 2006 to November 2007. A few years later, the president died in a plane crash.
A. Poland ?
(I did hear of a plane crash that killed the president;
didn't hear that he was a twin.)
Yes, it was Poland. Lech Kaczynski was president from 2005 until his death in 2010; his identical twin, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, was prime minister from 2006 to 2007. Over to you.
Match these presidents with
an opponent they had who did not belong to one of the
2 "Major" parties:
1. Franklin Roosevelt
2. Harry Truman
3. George H. W. Bush
4. George W. Bush
A. Norman Thomas
B. Ralph Nader
C. Henry A. Wallace
D. H.Ross Perot
*None of these received any electoral votes; in the running along with one of them, however was Strom Thurmond (D, (later R), SC)
who did carry 4 Deep Southern states.
I'll go with 1-A, 2-C, 3-D, 4-B.
Wallace challenging Truman is unusual for at least two reasons: they both served as vice president under FDR, and Wallace served in Truman's cabinet.
All four right, buckjohnson.
I knew (and can even remember) that
Truman replaced Wallace
as vice president on the 1944 Dem. ticket.
The next time an incumbent veep was
left off the ticket was when Ford replaced
Nelson Rockeller with Bob Dole on the
1976 G O P ticket. (In their case, neither
the prez nor the veep had ever been
an elected v. p.)
that HW served in HST's cabiniet
Please take over.
Who is the only person known to have been present at the assassinations of three U.S. presidents?
1. John Milton Hay
2. Robert Todd Lincoln
3. Charles Francis Adams
4. James G. Blaine
//Try explaining that to the Secret Service. "No, I swear, I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time...um, three times."//
(2)>Robert Todd Lincoln
--at the Lincoln and the Garfield assassinations
Yes, and he was present at McKinley's assassination as well. Robert Todd Lincoln's grave at Arlington National Cemetery is just a stone's throw from Taft's, so luckily Taft can't get any deader. Back to you, Roland.
Curiosa of the VEEP>PREZ Game:
Match these candidates with the curious fact about them.
1. John N. Garner (D TX
2. George H.W. Bush R (TX)
3. Al Gore, SR. D (TN)
4. WIlliam Miller (R, NY)
A. 4 years after he ran for veep, Norman
Mailer said he "NO LONGER looked like
the meanest yap in town".
B. Called the vice presidency "not worth
a bucket of warm spit".*
C. Became the 1st incumbent vice pres.
in 124 years to be elected president
D. Was furious when his party denied him
vice presidential nomination in favor of
the senior senator from his state, but lived
to see a son become vice president.
*Some have said that the quote was
"cleaned up" by saying "spit" instead
of the noun he actually used.
OVer 2 weeks since this was played on, so Iʻll change it
to a non-matching, non-multiple choice, question:
The president who was
never a general, senator, or mayor, but WAS, however briefly, the de facto "ambassador" to Beijing,
and Director of the C I A.
George Bush, Senior ???
Is this correct? Any verification from anyone,
Thanks for bringing back this thread,
Q. Biggest booster of the vice-presidentcy's
prestige: Before his tenure as veep, for many decades,
no vice president (except those who had
become president)had been considered
seriously as a presidential candidate.
After him, nearly all of them were so
Identify the Vice-President>President.
Right, Silverfish. Nixon is
the vice-presidency booster that I was thinking of.
Next Puzzle: Both were USA Presidents:
Franklin Delano Roosevelt - 32nd president
Theodore Roosevelt - 26th president
Questions: Who won a Nobel Prize? Year/Kind of award?
Were they in any way related in the same ancestry's generation tree?
THEODORE Roosevelt won the Nobel Prize. Exact year I don't know; it was about 1905, Peace Prize, for mediating the Russo-Japanese War.
The two presidents Roosevelt were, I think, 5th
cousins. If my count is right, the ancestors they had in common would be a pair of great-great-great-great grandparents. TR was also the uncle of FDR's wife Eleanor Roosevelt Roosevelt and
was the relative who formally "gave" the bride at the E R / F D R wedding.
The first vice-president to become president as a result
of his president's death. As it turned out he served about 47/48ths of his running-mates's term.
The first president to become president as a result
of his president's
death. As it turned out, he served about 47/48ths
of his running mate's term.
No, Garfield didnʻt go the
vice-president>president route; his running mate and successor did.
And the president I meantʻs predecessor wasn/t assassinated; he died of pneumonia which historians believe was activated by
an overly long inauguration speech in cold weather.
Not Harding; (youʻre now in the wrong century); itʻs true that
both he and Garfield didnʻt
get to complete their term. But they did complete more
than 1/48th of it.
I guess no one else is trying.
So: John Tyler president during 1845--1849 is referred to.
Please set the "Next".
played Richard Nixon -- the title role in the movie Nixon --
(an exception to the usual casting of that time, because directors usually wanted someone who physically resembled* the character (in the case of real, not fictional persons), and Hopkins didnʻt by any stretch of the imagination resemble Nixon.)
*Compare the actors who played Mahatma Gandhi
in Gandhi (ca. 1981) and
Nine Hours to Rama (ca. 1961), especially the latter.
You have noticed the glaring difference between Anthony Hopkins and
Ben Kingsley. Ben Kingsley won Oscar for Best Actor in portraying the
role of Mahatma Gandhi in Oscar winning movie, Gandhi,well directed by
Richard Attenborough a sibling of famous botany guru- David
I really enjoyed his mini series TV documentaries on
nature,birds,insects,animals and all things relating to nature. There are few
thespians who were able to act and behave liked the roles of the actual
famous and known personalities. Meryl Streep acted very well as
Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady; Helen Mirren as Queen
Elizabeth II in The Queen; Morgan Freeman as Nelson
Mandela.But,never forget Sir Anthony Hopkins is a superb British actor
as Hannibal in The Silence of The Lambs and won Oscar Best Actor's
award. Did Anthony Hopkins do well as a role of British's director love
story movie, Hitchcock about Alfred Hitchcock ? I believe he have tried
very hard in the role, I will give 6/10 rating.
Your next puzzle.
The incumbent vice-president who failed to carry his own
state when he ran for president, but did win the popular vote nation-wide ?
Al Gore (D, TN) is correct, silverfish999!
Please set the "NEXT".
Name the past living "Vice-Presidents" of USA, but never became
Name the past Vice-President's of USA names still living today but never
succeeded or elected to become a President eventually.
A 2-term incumbent Vice President who became president by election. The last incumbent Vice President to be elected before him was
152 years earlier.
He defeated the governor of his native state, which was no longer his home state.
Like his predecessor of 152 years earlier, he was a one-term president.
(Can this thread be revived after 14 months?) Iʻll risk an (easier?) question than 56.*
Identify: First G O P CANDIDATE FOR president.
(Hint: Pre-Civil War; he had the initials
J. F., not A. L.)
*The answer to 56 is George H. W. Bush (in 1980)
Changing the question (57)
who was the first* NON-POLITICIAN;to be elected president in the 20th century? (Hint: He was a one-term, and not wildly popular president.)
*the second was Dwight Eisenhower -- ran for no elected office before 1952, though he had experience in "appointive politics", even having been president of a university.
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