BetterInvesting will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17, to observe President’s Day. While the staff stays home to enjoy personal time in our own Oval Offices — doesn’t everyone have one? — we leave you with two presidential items to enjoy.
First, the playing of “Hail to the Chief” to announce the president’s entrance into a room was introduced by Mrs. James K. Polk, born Sarah Childress of Tennessee, because as this Library of Congress article quotes historian William Seale:
“Polk was not an impressive figure, so some announcement was necessary to avoid the embarrassment of his entering a crowded room unnoticed. At large affairs the band … rolled the drums as they played the march … and a way was cleared for the President.”
Guess a drum roll would get you jump out of the path almost effectively as a Secret Service detail.
We could attach a rousing rendition of “Hail to the Chief” to this post, but instead, our next presidential factoid is the first voice recording of any U.S. chief executive: twenty-third President Benjamin Harrison speaking in 1889 into Thomas Edison’s new-fangled recording device. Click on the link that says MP3 and we hope you find his words inspiring, but we doubt very much that you will. Fascinating, yes, inspiring….
Have a Happy Presidents Day. BetterInvesting will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, Feb. 18.
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