Presidential Retail Therapy: The Products Our President Just Couldn't Pass Up
- Ronald Reagan - Jelly Bellies: 1) During the presidency of Ronald Reagan, Jelly Bellies were served in the Oval Office and on Air Force One. A special holder was even designed for the plane so the jar of Jelly Bellies wouldn't spill
during turbulence; 2) Blueberry flavor was created for Ronald Reagan's presidential inauguration in 1981. Over three tons of Jelly Bellies were consumed during the festivities; 3) Jelly Bellies became the first jelly beans to travel to outer
space when President Reagan sent them there on the 1983 flight of the space shuttle Challenger; 4) Today, a portrait of President Reagan made from 10,000 Jelly Bellies hangs in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley,
- William Taft - Home Remodeling: 1) "Big Bill" was over 330 pounds and stood at a height of 6 feet 2 inches. Without a doubt, he had reason to remodel his new presidential abode; 2) The president recognized he needed a bigger
bathtub after he got stuck in the old one too many times; 3) Shortly after he became president, Taft installed a custom-made 7-foot-long, 41-inches-wide tub in his bathroom in the White House. It could accommodate up to four
4) In addition, in 1909, President Taft gave the White House its first set of "wheels" when he had the old stables converted into a garage lor four cars.
- Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt - Stuffed Animals: 1) In 1902, Roosevelt, then the 26th President of the United States, was hunting in Mississippi. When he failed to make a kill, his hosts caught and tethered a bear, presenting it to the
President as a sitting target. The President refused, uttering the immortal words, "Spare the bear! I will not shoot a tethered animal"; 2) America went bear mad almost overnight, after a cartoon was drawn illustrating the president
refusing to kill a bear; 3) Candy store owners Morris and Rose Michtom made a stuffed "Teddy Bears" in honor of the president's actions. Meanwhile, President Roosevelt had just found a highly effective political mascot; 4) Margarete
Steiff, a disabled German seamstress with a soft toy factory in Giengen, Germany, added a soft plush bear to her catalog, and, in 1903, sold 3.000 of those bears to America, Between then and WWI, millions of bears were sold in the
- Abraham Lincoln - Inventions: 1) Lincoln displayed a lifelong fascination with mechanical things. Before he became president, he delivered lectures on discoveries and inventions of the mid-1800's; 2) On May 22,1049, Abraham
Lincoln received Patent No.6469 for a device to lift boats over shoals, an invention which was never manufactured; 3) This makes him, to this day, the only U.S. president to hold a patent.
- Bill Clinton - Books and Movies: 1) President Clinton has always loved to read, In fact, with the help of his grandfather, he learned to read by the time he was three years old!; 2) Some of his favorite books included Dick and Jane,
Black Beauty and The Last of the Mohicans; 3) In addition to reading, President Clinton and his family loved watching movies in the White House's very own movie theater. His favorite movie was High Noon.
- Barack Obama - Garrett Popcorn: 1) We all know of President Obama's love for Wrigley Field and Chicago; 2) But you may not know of his love for Garrett Popcorn; 3) In 2008, President-elect Barack Obama used his new position
to share some of Chicago's treasures with the world. When announcing his National Security Team, he took the opportunity to market one of his favorite foods - Garrett Popcorn; 4) Additionally, the President's campaign reportedly
sent tins of Garrett's popcorn to supporters as thank-you gifts.
- George Washington - Wooden Grillz: 1) Despite the myth that George Washington had wooden teeth, it's a fact that all his teeth, except for one, were replaced by dentures; 2) His teeth gave him such discomfort that he could only eat
soft foods. They also affected the way he could smile and give speeches at times; 3) But there's a good chance that if grillz were as popular in the 1700's as they are today, this Founding Father would have purchased several different
sets. His grillz would have been made from the finest gold and diamonds.
Milo | Sources: jellybelly.com | garretpopcorn.com | classroomhelp.com | teddybears.org | teddybearmuseum.com | showcase.netins.org | hellochicago.com.