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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Ten Unfortunate Presidents

1. William Harry Harrison, 1841
Read the longest inaugural address in history in freezing weather; died of pneumonia a month later
2. Zachary Taylor, 1849-1850
Died of food poisoning from canapes at a July 4 party
3. Benjamin Harrison, 1889-1893
So scared of new-fangled electricity he refused to turn the White House lights off at night
4. James Buchanan, 1857-1861
Appointed his niece First Lady as he was a bachelor
5. Woodrow WiIson, 1913-1921
Won a Nobel Peace Prize despite openly supporting the Ku Klux Klan
6. William H Taft, 1909-1913
The most obese President; once got stuck in the White House bath
7. John Tyler, 1841-1845
Campaigned under the slogan "Log Cabins and Hard Cider"
8. Millard Fillmore, 1850-1853
Having failed to win the nomination of his own party for a second term, he stood as the Know Nothing candidate in 1856
9. Warren Harding, 1921-1923
Consistently voted the worst US President due to his verbal gaffes and corruption scandals
10. George Bush, 2001-2009
Worst Presidential approval rating in history (20%)

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