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Artist-in-Chief: Presidents are Painters too!

A United States president has a lot of responsibility. From the time when he (and, perhaps in the future, she) is sworn into office, he steps into supreme command over the country’s military; he has the power to sign bills into laws; and he becomes the chief diplomat, a national representative to whom the leaders of other countries look. Needless to say, the president is a busy person. But throughout history, presidents have found time to exercise their artistic talents while in office and at terms end.

In fact, some presidents turned to painting as a release from the stress of a high pressure job. After all, art has been known to relieve tension and serve as an escape from life pressures. According to the American Art Therapy Association, “Through creating art and reflecting on the art products and processes, people can increase awareness of self and others cope with symptoms, stress and traumatic experiences; enhance cognitive abilities; and enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of making art.”

According to an article on MentalFloss.com, four presidents were notable painters.

  1. George W. Bush –

    Most recently, the world has experienced the 43rd president as he took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, published a book about his father (41st president George H.W. Bush), and enthusiastically showcased his paintings of dogs. His late Scottish terrier isn’t the only subject of the former president’s artwork. In April 2014 a Dallas exhibit showcased over two dozen paintings of fellow world leaders.

  2. Jimmy Carter –

    It is no surprise that artwork adorned with the signature of President Jimmy Carter has fetched hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction. Even though he started painting post-presidency, he has become a skillful painter in his own right. Proceeds from his one-of-a-kind nature scenes or portrayals of wildlife mostly go to charitable causes.

  3. Dwight D. Eisenhower –

    It has been said that Dwight D. Eisenhower was prescribed painting as a cure to the stress of being Chief of Staff of the Army. At that time, Winston Churchill, who enjoyed the many benefits of painting, seemed to inspire the future president’s pursuit of the practice. In his lifetime, Eisenhower completed over 250 paintings but even he recognized the monetary value of his art depended on his presidential fame.

  4. Ulysses S. Grant –

    On this list, Ulysses S. Grant is probably the only man who entered the presidency knowing he had innate artistic talent. In fact, it was said that Grant painted with watercolor while attending West Point Academy and was proud every time he completed an artistic project. Many of Grant’s detailed paintings are housed in private collections today.

Every president wears multiple hats while in office, but only a few can be called “artists-in-chiefs.”

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17 Fun Facts About U.S. Presidents

17 Fun Facts About US Presidents

U.S. presidents come from all walks of life. Their stories are inspirational, educational, and funny too.

Prepare for President’s day (February 17) with Segmation. The only digital paint-by-numbers game is shining a light on 17 notable presidents. Bring their caricatures to life by filling out these animated pattern sets (http://www.segmation.com/products_pc_patternset_contents.asp?set=USP). Also, be sure to brush up on your presidential trivia with Segmation’s 17 fun facts.

17 Fun Facts about U.S. Presidents

  1. The infamous cherry tree wasn’t the only tie George Washington had to fruit. He was known for making Apple brandy at his distillery in Mount Vernon.
  2. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were said to be friends and rivals. Both presidents died on July 4, 1826. John Adams last words were “Thomas Jefferson survives.” The third president actually died four hours earlier.
  3. President Andrew Jackson may have been a hopeless romantic. To honor his wife, he fought in many duels. It is believed that he even got into a bar fight.
  4. Abraham Lincoln was one of the tallest presidents. Both he and Lyndon Johnson were reportedly 6’ 4”.
  5. The 21st president cannot be found on any printed currency, but if he were alive today, he would likely be at a Men’s Warehouse. Rumors say Chester A. Arthur loved fine apparel and owned 80 pairs of pants.
  6. Leroy Brown would need to watch out if he were in Grover Cleveland’s town. The 24th president went by the nickname “Buffalo Hangman”.
  7. The loveable person of Teddy Roosevelt can still be experienced in the love of a child’s play toy. Teddy bears are said to be named after a news-worthy experience President Roosevelt had: on a hunting trip, he saw a bear cub but could not shoot it. This story inspired a toy manufacturer to make loveable stuffed bears.
  8. In recent years, presidential golf outings have been publicly scrutinized. Back in the early 1900s, when Woodrow Wilson was in office, it was seen as a sign of perseverance. He would paint his golf balls black so he could play in the snow.
  9. In 1945, the year Franklin Delano Roosevelt died, Congress voted to put his portrait on the dime because of his work to establish The March of Dimes.
  10. A president who may have loved golf more than Woodrow Wilson was Dwight D. Eisenhower. It is said that he played over 800 rounds of golf while he was in office.
  11. John F. Kennedy was a fan of James Bond movies, which may explain his attraction to salacious women like Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, and Inga Arvad.
  12. Southern Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson became president after the assassination of JFK. He wasn’t the first Johnson to step into office post tragedy. Andrew Johnson succeeded president Lincoln.
  13. Richard Nixon was the first president to visit China. His name is still well known there (along with Elvis Presley and Jesus Christ).
  14. Jimmy Carter, born in 1924, was the first president born in a hospital.
  15. University of California granted the “Most Nearly Perfect Male Figure Award” to Ronald Reagan. With this title, he was asked to pose for an art class who would sculpt him as he posed nearly nude.
  16. Bill Clinton is known for being a sharp man. He can recall facts and figures well. In fact, when a NPR radio quizzed him on My Little Pony trivia, he answered most of the questions correctly.
  17. George W. Bush waved more than an American flag. Rumors have circulated about him being the captain of his high school cheerleading squad.

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These facts were discovered using internet searches. Some of the information, while fun, may not be valid. Please feel free to offer what you know about the U.S. presidents. We want to share your fun facts too.

For more fun facts, start with these sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/25/bill-clinton-facts_n_3497083.html

http://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-us-presidents.html

http://mashable.com/2013/07/04/us-presidents-fun-facts/

Read more Segmation blog posts about U.S. Political Figures:

United States Presidents Were Skilled Musicians

Will the Real George Washington Please Stand Up?

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When one thinks of competent musicians, a few names that may come to mind include Beethoven, Haydn, Schubert, and….Bill Clinton? Believe it or not, you read that correctly. Thomas Jefferson, as well as other United States Presidents such as Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon, was a skilled musician. The artistic talents of these great men are often overlooked because of the immensity of their political careers. With President’s Day fast approaching, we believe that now is the perfect time to unveil the hidden artistic abilities of past U.S. Presidents.

Thomas Jefferson was an artist. Specifically, he was a musician who played the violin. Jefferson probably became a proficient violinist by the age of 14. He was reportedly a fanatic who purchased music frequently and was keenly interested in instruments. This United States President also sang, read music, and had his children educated in the subject. At one point in his adult life, Jefferson was said to have played the violin about three hours per day. It’s obvious that this amazing individual had capabilities that reached far beyond the political arena.

Richard Nixon was also an excellent musician, his main instrument being the piano. In fact, Mr. Nixon was so skilled at playing piano that he made a musical appearance on “The Tonight Show” in 1963. He proudly performed a concerto that he had written and was accompanied by a live orchestra. America responded positively to his performance, and the studio audience wildly applauded their musically gifted President.

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Sources:

http://www.kitchenmusician.net/smoke/tjinstruments.html

http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1850902_1850905_1850907,00.html

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