Presidents have a hard job; one of the hardest, as they have to make some of the hardest decisions with the eyes of the whole nation on them. It is no wonder that almost every president had a love massive love of coffee. In honor of President’s Day, have some fun facts about our nation's Presidents and our favorite beverage!
Washington’s famous wooden teeth were stained because of the red wine and coffee he drank!
Roosevelt helped Maxwell House Coffee come up with their famous slogan “good to the last drop,” which was the exact sentence he said when drinking coffee in the home of Andrew Jackson in Nashville, Tennessee.
Ulysses S. Grant
For breakfast, Grant would often pair a super strong cup of coffee with Spanish mackerel, steak, bacon fried apples, and flannel cake.
George W. Bush
Bush would wake up at 5:30 a.m. and get coffee for himself and his wife. They would drink it while reading the morning papers. However, he got used to having staff assistance. Laura Bush said that he woke up the day after they left the White House and started to make their morning cup. “He had forgotten how,” she told Oprah Winfrey.
Hoover, unfortunately, had his presidency during the Great Depression. In an attempt to get the United States out of the Great Depression he made big PR pushes telling people to start buying again. This led to a popular depression era song with the rhyming lyrics: “Mr. Herbert Hoover says that now’s the time to buy. So, let’s have another cup of coffee, And let’s have another piece of pie!”
John F Kennedy
During Kennedy’s 1952 Senate campaign he staged coffee hours in homes of prominent women all across Massachusetts to better target women voters. This ended up being quite the success, and was referred to as “Coffee with the Kennedy’s.”
Reagan was known as “The Great Communicator,” but he was not “The Great Caffeinator.” He would start his days with coffee like most other people. However, he began his day's decaf coffee, for some odd reason.
Although labeled a conspiracy theory, it is said to be on the proper authority by multiple people that Taylor’s sudden death from severe stomach flu (cholera morbus) was actually due to a purposeful poisoning of the brown sugar that went into his coffee. It is said that many in the southern slave states did not take kindly to his ways, and would instead take their chances with Millard Fillmore.
He was once quoted as saying “Doctor, I can do anything you think proper, except give up coffee and tobacco.”
These men had a tough job, and no one can blame them for having to need some help during the day. Maybe if they had some vitamins in their coffee, it would have been an easier job!