February 23, 2006


In honor of Presidents' Day and yesterday being George Washington's birthday, we've had the presidential placemats out on the table.

The Boy has been commenting on presidential hairstyles, middle names and picking up other important pieces of information. He's morbidly fascinated by how many of the presidents are dead and rather sad that George Washington isn't around any more. He loves that he shares a first name with three presidents; his middle name is the first name of one president; and two presidents had his last name. Of course, he's also been known to ask if Thomas the Tank Engine was named for Thomas Jefferson or vice versa.

The presidential fact that I'm most proud of teaching him though? Just ask The Boy to find "the very foolish president" and he goes right to Jimmy Carter every time. Heh. This was made even better, when this morning, unprompted by any political commentary on the part of his parents, who actually don't tend to speak ill of either party, since we don't want any small, big mouthed, children repeating things to our Democratic friends in high places -- The Boy was studying political parties, noting the fall of Federalists and Whigs from favor and then came out with, "I'm not surprised that Jimmy Carter was a Democrat." Again, heh.


heh indeed

I used to be very enamored with Ole Jimmy

When i was in elementary school that is.

Drives me mad now.

Glad you all are feeling better!

Posted by: mary at February 23, 2006 09:18 AM

Ha ha ha!! Indeed, good to see you are feeling better!

Posted by: angie at February 23, 2006 11:04 AM

The cover of Carter's new book scares me. He looks like he's about to spank somebody. I keep mentioning this because I keep seeing the book in stores (is ANYBODY buying it? or is there a great warehouse of remainders for books by him and Al Gore) and it creeps me out every single time.

It would be nice to set conditions for presidential pensions. In this particular case, the conditions I would set would be: shut UP and stand in the corner with your face to the WALL.

Hmmm. That would work for another retired president, too.

Posted by: Patricia at February 23, 2006 11:30 AM

Mr. Skinny was working on a story last night about George Washington, Honest Abe, and "TR" going to the Olympics and beating the British at bobsled and speedskating. The vision of Abe Lincoln's stovepipe hat sticking out from the middle of a racing bobsled was pricelss.

Posted by: Steve the LLamabutcher at February 23, 2006 11:33 AM

Kidlets ... they can do some dumb things sometimes, then they turn around and surprise you with their smarts. I think you have to go back to Andrew Johnson to find another President as inept as Carter. They both had to "heal" a nation (Johnson post-Civil War, Carter post-Vietnam/Watergate) and the country survived in spite of them.

Posted by: MarcV at February 24, 2006 11:02 AM