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19 August 2017

Americans Love Their Firsts (Republish to Remind and Refocus US)

We Americans love our “firsts”. When Obama was elected, it was said and is still being said and will continue to be said, he is “the first African-American” to hold the highest office in the land!! Toot! Toot!!!

What do you expect from US? We're still a baby country experiencing our “first steps” in many ways. When a baby takes his or her first steps doesn't everybody applaud the monumental achievement and encourage the little one to keep on going forward?? So let US blow our horn!





George Washington was, of course, our 1st POTUS.

Abraham Lincoln was our 1st Republican POTUS.
- Sadly he was also our 1st POTUS to be assassinated.

Andrew Johnson was the 1st POTUS to be impeached, but he was not removed from office (narrowly escaped).

Ulysses S. Grant was the 1st American since George Washington to hold the rank of full general.
- He was also the 1st to publish his “Personal Memoirs”.

Theodore Roosevelt was the 1st to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Franklin D. Roosevelt was the 1st (and only) POTUS to serve 3 terms.

John F. Kennedy was the 1st Roman Catholic ever elected as President.

Lyndon Johnson was the 1st to nominate an African-American (Thurgood Marshall) for the Supreme Court.

Richard Nixon was the 1st of our country's leaders to be impeached who had to go home!

Ronald Reagan was the 1st POTUS to appoint a woman (Sandra Day O'Connor) to the Supreme Court.
- By God's grace, he was also the first to survive an assassination attempt by John W. Hinckley, Jr.


So there you have just a few remarkable “first moments” in the history of the United States of America.



* (Just an aside trivia note: Ronald Reagan and Bob Marley share the same birth date, February 6th. Marley died in 1981, the same year as the failed attempt on Reagan's life.)


Image credit: Public domain.

* * More Interesting Trivia: * *
- In 1872, Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for President of the United States.
- 100 years late in 1972, Shirley Chisolm was the first black woman to run for President.


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Original Post, Feb 22, 2014 at TreasurePen


08 December 2016

Americans Love Their Firsts : Honoring John Glenn (1921 - 2016)

Published this blog post November 2014.


An American "first" was not on the list.  Did not realize my significant omission until today when it was announced on the radio that this prominent citizen has departed.




  • John Glenn, first American astronaut to orbit the earth.

Adding this fact on to my previous blog post about "firsts" and sharing some additional info below. 

 
http://foxnet2017.tumblr.com/post/154228894581/life-john-glenn-the-first-american-astronaut





21 July 2014

God Bless America | Looking Ahead to 2016 (historical marker)

Does the government create jobs or does the private create sector create jobs? Uuhh … BOTH!

I thought this was a dumb question. It was being tossed around when Romney was running for President against Obama. Yes Romney lost and Obama was reelected. But in two more years someone will be replacing Obama. Questions about jobs and job creation will be on the table, as long as the economy sucks; so I’m tossing in my two cents for posterity.




  • FACT IS: The Mafia creates jobs! As do terrorist organizations and a whole bunch of other entities.
  • FACT IS: Self-sufficient self-motivated individuals figure out ways to work and create jobs for themselves; because they ain’t got time for all this brew ha-ha. They got bills to pay!
  • FACT IS: It’s a bunch of people who are unemployed and most of them want to work AN HONEST JOB!! Whether it’s for the government or at a private business? THEY DON’T CARE!!!

-A little background: Romney (or his peeps) were arguing that his work experience at Bain Capital proved that he could create jobs, get people working, and boost the economy. (As I recall. The memory fades fast.) The political opponents said: He didn’t create jobs; he put folks out of work, and sent the jobs and the money out of the country!!

So was working for Bain capital a disqualifier for being POTUS?

My answer? NO!
It’s a work experience where valuable KSAs (knowledge,skills and abilities) were acquired that can be adapted to suit the tasks at hand! Mr. Romney’s stand regarding his work experience providing him with the necessary competency was valid and made sense.

So the question really was or should have been:
- Could he adapt those KSAs and utilize them to be the leader of this country and a leader on the world stage? Yes or NO?

This is America. If a POTUS screws up, we kick them out. FACT IS: Sometimes they mess up stuff, don’t get kicked out, and leave US with the mess! Somehow we survive and carry on.


* I am an American with freedom of speech. These comments are being left behind as a MARKER.

I don’t know who will be our new fearless leader in 2016. But she better be better than the guys who went in before her. :)


( http://www.politics1.com/p2016.htm )

Image credit: The White House, Washington, D C, USA (Public Domain)

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Original Post Feb 13, 2014 at TreasurePen.com
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