A lot of presidential memoirs, they say, are dull and self-serving. I hope mine is interesting and self-serving.
– President Bill Clinton
A Presidents Day quiz for your Presidents Day weekend.
See if you can name these chief executives, who all visited Augusta at some point in their lives.
1. This president played golf here, remembered a friend here, and cast a large shadow everywhere.
2. This president came by twice, once before and once after his election. Was attorney general of his home state, later known for legal troubles of his own.
3. Famous for his minimal effort at campaigning, this president died in office but not before an Augusta visit that included an enormous crowd.
4. Considered one of the best horsemen of his era. He got lots of practice, much of it under fire and in retreat.
5. Wounded as a young man in one of America’s most famous battles, he actually rode into Augusta on horseback to inspect our military facilities.
6. Rode with royalty. Liked to project a strong Western image. Still popular.
7. He came to Augusta so often to play that a residence was named for him. But so was a tree.
8. This one played golf in Aiken but watched baseball in Augusta.
9. An overachieving Southern school teacher, his trip to Augusta did not go well. He was heckled.
10. The son of a preacher, a lawyer by training, he first gained notice as a college president, not a politician.
1. Big (330-340 pounds) Bill Taft honored his aide Archibald Butt with a bridge dedication.
2. Bill Clinton.
3. William McKinley campaigned from his front porch, but kept his election running smoothly by using the telephone.
4. George Washington.
5. James Monroe was wounded as a young soldier after crossing the Delaware and attacking Trenton.
6. Ronald Reagan rode with Queen Elizabeth.
7. That would be Ike. President Eisenhower loved to stay at Augusta National Golf Club. He did not love the pine tree on hole No. 17, which seemed to thwart his game.
8. Warren G. Harding, the only newspaper editor to be elected to the White House and (don’t laugh) considered one of our worst presidents.
9. Lyndon B. Johnson, a Texas teacher who became a legend in the U.S. Senate, was taunted during his local visit in 1964 because of his civil rights position.
10. That would be our “local boy” Woodrow Wilson, who grew up on Seventh Street near his father’s First Presbyterian Church. He went on to become president of Princeton University.
Why not drop by his old house Monday for a tour?