Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Presidential trivia

Probably every newspaper in the country had a picture of three ex-Presidents, one current President and one future President in the Oval Office of the White House on Thursday. That prompts the question (or at least it did where I work): What's the record for most Presidents to be alive at the same time?

Here's why the Internet is so wonderful: You can look the answer up quickly and easily. Wikipedia has a whole page for it.

There have been as many as six Presidents, past and present, alive at one time. The last time came early in current President Bush's term until Ronald Reagan died.

In the other direction, we only had one living President as recently as 1973, after Lyndon Johnson died. Richard Nixon was the only one standing.

It's a lonely job, but it was a little less lonely today.

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