“Does this statue make me look small??”

Trump’s Presidential Forebears

[Note to Readers: The views expressed here are solely those of Ross Kaplan, and do not represent Edina Realty, Berkshire Hathaway, or any other entity referenced.]

In almost 3 1/2 years in office, President Trump has variously invoked Lincoln, Washington, FDR, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama (especially Obama) to make his case that he is either: a) a better, more popular leader; and/or b) more unfairly treated by his contemporaries — particularly the press, followed closely by his political opponents.

However, in light of Trump’s decision — contrary to the advice of medical experts —┬áto forego wearing a mask during a raging pandemic, I’d argue that he risks comparison with another, more obscure predecessor:

President William Henry Harrison braved the cold weather and chose not to wear an overcoat or a hat, rode on horseback to the ceremony rather than in the closed carriage that had been offered him, and delivered the longest inaugural address in American history at 8,445 words. It took him nearly two hours to read . . .


How did that work out for Harrison?

He died of what was likely pneumonia 31 days into his term, becoming the first president to die in office and the one with the shortest tenure.

P.S.: President Trump’s inaugural address was an uncharacteristically succinct 1,433 words, lasting 16 minutes.

See also, “Hey, President Trump! How About Putting Your Name on THIS??“; “The Meaning of “Sewer” in a Pandemic (Thanks, President Trump)“; and “Donald Trump Finally Gets His Nickname.”

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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