The White House used to be considerably less of a circus, with Presidents behaving in a proper manner and hardly ever dressing badly. Every administration, on the other hand, has had its share of unbelievable moments. Here are 5 unusual but real stories about US presidents.
1. Benjamin Franklin and John Adams once slept in the same bed and spent the night yelling like a couple who had been married for a long time.
In 1776, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin were on their way to a Peace Conference, but they were obliged to stay for the night at a roadside inn.
They learned, however, that there was only one bed left, so they had no choice but to share.
They got into a fight about whether the room’s window must be closed or opened after snuggling down.[Source]
2. Music Critic Threatened by Harry Truman with a nose break.
When Paul Hume, who was the editor of “The Washington Post,” wrote a harsh review of a play put on by Truman’s daughter, Truman decided to respond with a letter.
A “frustrated old man” Truman wrote him on a letter, also threatening to break his nose.
He wrote:”Some day I hope to meet you. When that happens you’ll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below! Pegler, a gutter snipe, is a gentleman alongside you. I hope you’ll accept that statement as a worse insult than a reflection on your ancestry.”. [Source]
3. Andrew Jackson went with two harlots to his town’s annual Christmas ball.
Andrew Jackson, then 18, was a hard-drinking slacker who playfully invited two questionable women to his town’s annual Christmas ball.
This created a tremendous scandal, which grew worse when the women showed up. His attempts to calm the atmosphere by stating that he doubted they would accept his invitation were not well received by his neighbors.
It’s unknown if he was invited to another party. [Source]
4. The first-ever Presidential AMA was held by Bill Clinton… Well, it was mess!
In 1999, Bill Clinton hosted the first-ever Presidential AMA. In other words, it was his “online town hall,” where he would connect with regular people via live webcam and answer any questions they had.
The questions had been pre-screened to ensure that he wouldn’t have to talk about his cigar smoking habits. Nonetheless, because to the poor internet connection, garbled audio, and poor video quality, it was an embarrassing disaster.
At one point, even the moderator even whispers to President Clinton “maybe the internet is actually jammed.” [Source]
5. Reagan and Gorbachev agreed to put an end to the Cold War if they were attacked by ufos (aliens).
In an interview, former Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev disclosed that former US President Ronald Reagan had asked him an unexpected question in 1985.
Reagan asked him if the Soviets would come to the United States’ help if they were ever attacked by aliens.
Gorbachev replied: “No doubt about it.”. Then Reagan said: “We too.” What was the purpose of Reagan’s question? Is it because he was a major science fiction nerd, or because he knew something we didn’t? [Source]