There have been 45 Presidents of the United States since the position was created in 1789. Occupying one of the highest positions of power on Earth, these men have led fascinating lives, each with their ups and downs. Let’s take a look back at some memorable moments and facts about some of America’s best-known presidents.
Sledding With Arnie
As the most powerful men in the country, presidents often get to rub shoulders with stars and celebrities from films and TV. This photo shows us the 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, riding a toboggan with the Terminator himself: Arnold Schwarzenegger.
President George Bush takes a toboggan ride with Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Photo by Jean-Louis Atlan/Sygma via Getty Images
The photo was taken at Camp David, which is the official country retreat for the American president to use out in the mountains of Maryland. Construction of Camp David started back in 1935 and was finished by 1938, being first used by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942.
The Big Game
We’ve seen many images of presidents getting involved with sport, and here’s another iconic image of two former leaders attending the most significant event of them all: the Super Bowl.
Former U.S. Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton speak in the FOX Braodcast booth during the XXXIX Superbowl. Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images
The picture shows ex-presidents Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush in the Fox broadcasting booth ahead of Super Bowl XXXIX, which was held in 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. The two former leaders were giving their thoughts on the match-up, which pitted the New England Patriots against the Philadelphia Eagles. In the end, the Patriots narrowly won 24-21 after a very closely-contested game.
The Waiting Game
The most stressful day for any presidential hopeful has got to be Election Day. This is the day when the results are counted up, and the announcement is finally made on who has won the latest presidential race.
Presidential candidate George W. Bush awaits the poll results with his father, former President George Bush, Sr. Photo by Brooks Kraft LLC/Sygma via Getty Images
Many Americans and even people of other nationalities around the world stay up late to keep up with the latest poll results. Here we see George W. Bush and his father, George H. W. Bush, in the Governor’s Mansion of Austin, Texas. Like many other people around the country, they were watching TV at the time and waiting for the latest bit of news.
This special photo shows us three former Presidents of the United States all standing together at a time when two of them hadn’t yet entered the Oval Office. The image shows Richard Nixon, who was president at the time, besides his wife, Patricia Nixon.
Vice President Gerald R. Ford, U.S. President Richard M. Nixon and George H.W. Bush stand on the White House lawn. Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images
To the right, we can see Gerald Ford, who was Vice President when the photo was snapped, and over on the left, we see George H. W. Bush, who was Chairman of the Republican National Committee. The photo was snapped in 1974, the same year that Nixon resigned and was replaced by Ford.
The Movie Star President
This image shows Ronald Reagan celebrating the completion of his first year in the White House.
Ronald Reagan lights the candle of his Anniversary Cake at the completion of his first year in office. Photo by Getty Images
The 40th President of the United States has a huge grin on his face as he lights the candle on his anniversary cake alongside Senator George Murphy. A Republican, Regan was famously a Hollywood movie star before making a move into politics. He starred in several motion pictures and was even elected as the president of the Screen Actors Guild, also serving as an undercover informant for the FBI during his time in Hollywood.
Here we see President Lyndon B. Johnson, who was getting ready to sign a new bill when his pet pup, Yuki, leaped up onto his lap to interrupt proceedings.
President Johnson interrupted by his pet dog Yuki. Photo by Bettmann / Getty Images
Yuki, which translates to ‘snow’ in English from Japanese, was given as a birthday gift to President Johnson by his daughter, Luci. Luci had found Yuki abandoned all alone and knew her father loved dogs so decided to surprise him. Yuki went on to become Johnson’s favorite furry friend, and the pair were often inseparable, with Johnson stating that Yuki was the ‘friendliest and the smartest’ dog he’d ever met.
The animal fun continues in the next photo…
A Slippery Customer
This photo shows President John F. Kennedy and his nephew, Robert ‘Bobby’ F. Kennedy Jr. In the image, we can see young Bobby reaching into a vase of water for his new pet salamander, named Shadrach. President Kennedy, meanwhile, is keeping a close grip on Bobby’s arm, probably a little worried about having a slippery amphibian getting loose in the Oval Office.
Bobby Kennedy, Jr., reaches for a salamander he has found in a pond. His uncle, President John F. Kennedy, pulls back on his arm. Photo by Bettmann / Getty Images
It turns out that Bobby’s interest in animals would become a lifelong passion as he went on to become an environmental attorney and professor of Environmental Law, as well as getting involved with various environmental organizations.
A Political Couple
This photo shows Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, in deep discussion with Gary Locke, a Washington State political candidate just off the side of the frame. In the background, we can see Bill’s wife, First Lady Hillary Clinton, observing the scene.
President Bill Clinton speaks with Gary Locke, while First Lady Hillary Clinton watches. Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images
The Clintons have been a significant couple in the Democratic side of American politics for many years now, with Hillary Clinton famously running for the presidency herself a few years ago but losing out in the end to the current President of the United States, Donald Trump.
A presidential hopeful is all smiles in the next photo…
Here we see the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. This photo, however, was taken before Obama won his place in the White House. He was still a senator at the time but was already wowing the world with his bright smile and family-focused lifestyle.
Senator Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and two daughters Sasha and Malia play cards in their RV. Photo by Charles Ommanney/Getty Images
The image shows Obama sitting around an RV table with his family. His daughter Sasha is sitting on his lap, with his other daughter, Malia, and wife, Michelle, just off camera. Obama always had kind words to share about his family and showed much pride in all three of the special ladies in his life.
Staying in Shape
This image gives us a fascinating glimpse at the workout regimen of Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States.
Vice President Calvin Coolidge and Speaker of the House Fredrick Gillett exercise in the Congressional gym. Photo by Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images
Presidents have a lot of things to do and a whole host of responsibilities, so it makes sense for them to stay in shape. The image shows Coolidge on the left and Speaker of the House Frederick Gillett on the right. Gyms have changed a little since this photo was taken in 1923, but President Coolidge certainly deserves respect for staying in shape and looking classy at the same with his shiny shoes, business wear, and neat tie.
The fitness theme continues in the next image…
No Pain, No Gain
Keeping fit is a real theme among Presidents of the United States, as we can see in this image of George W. Bush. When the photo was taken, Bush hadn’t yet won the election, but was running a strong campaign and stopped off at Clemson University in Texas to pump some iron.
George W. Bush works out in a gym at Clemson University. Photo by Brooks Kraft LLC/Sygma via Getty Images
George W. Bush famously is one of just two men to have become president after their fathers, with George H. W. Bush being the 41st president of America (The first ones were John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams).
This heartwarming photo shows President Gerald Ford and his wife, Betty Ford, enjoying a little time together. The happy couple are seen smiling together in the First Lady’s hair salon, located within the White House. Betty had only recently undergone a mastectomy in a battle against breast cancer.
President Gerald R. Ford and Betty Ford steal some time together in the First Lady’s hair salon. Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images
She would later go on to be very open and honest about the disease, working bravely to raise awareness of breast cancer and encourage many women to examine themselves. In the wake of Betty’s announcement, many new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed, and it’s sure that First Lady helped save some lives.
A president enjoys some sport in the next photo…
Out On The Green
Here we see the 27th President of the United States, William Howard Taft, having some fun on the golf course. It’s not uncommon for presidents to have their favorite sports and hobbies, with golf being a favorite pastime in particular.
President William Howard Taft keeping score on the golf course. Photo by Bettmann / Getty Images
President Taft was a big fan of the sport and tried to get out on the green whenever he had a little free time.
Next, a moment of tragedy…
A Terrible Loss
No parent should ever have to live through the loss of a child. Unfortunately, that painful experience was endured by President Calvin Coolidge and his wife, whom we see in the center of this photograph. We can also see a crowd of mourners and the Reverend Dr. Wells.
President and Mrs. Coolidge with Reverend Dr. Wells, leaving the cemetery after the burial of Calvin Coolidge, Jr. Photo by Bettmann / Getty Images
Everyone is standing in a cemetery shortly after the burial of the president’s son, Calvin Coolidge Jr. Born in 1908, Calvin Jr. died at the age of 16 due to blood poisoning. The teen had developed a blister, which had gotten infected and wasn’t treated in time. The loss deeply hurt the president.
The Lighter Side
President Obama always made great efforts to engage with people of all ages and backgrounds and was well-loved for his lighthearted, friendly side. A funny fact that many people don’t know about Barack Obama is that he worked at a Baskin Robbins ice cream parlor as a kid and the job had one long-lasting effect on the rest of his life: it made him dislike ice cream.
President Barack Obama visits a pre-schoolers classroom. Photo by Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images
In the picture, we see President Barack Obama visits a preschooler’s classroom after delivering remarks at Adas Israel Congregation in celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month May 22, 2015, in Washington, DC.
The next president is showing off his football skills…
We’ve already seen that Ronald Reagan was a movie star before making his way into the White House, and he also had some sporting talent as well. This image shows the former president launching a high pass to Leslie Herbert “Speedy” Duncan, a cornerback with the San Diego Chargers.
Gov. Ronald Reagan uncorks a perfect press conference pass to ‘Speedy’ Duncan. Photo by Bettmann / Getty Images
Two other football players, Clem Daniels and Tony Guillory, of the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams, respectively, can be seen in the background. The president was speaking at a news conference to praise the sporting trio on their excellent work on the Summer-For-Youth campaign.
This photograph shows not just one president, but two. Seated in the back of this old-fashioned vehicle, we can see Calvin Coolidge, and his successor, Herbert Hoover, who became the 31st President of the United States and would serve from 1929 to 1933.
President Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover sitting in the back seat of a convertible automobile. Photo by Chicago Sun-Times/Chicago Daily News collection/Chicago History Museum/Getty Images
This photograph was taken on the day of Hoover’s inauguration. Hoover and Coolidge mostly had a good working relationship, with the former serving as Secretary of Commerce under the latter. However, when Hoover was running for president, Coolidge wasn’t too happy and claimed that Hoover had given him a lot of bad advice during his time in office.
Presidents make many friends all around the world, as the next image shows…
Part of the role of the President of the United States is to visit other countries and speak with other world leaders in an attempt to establish good relationships that can help the country.
President Ronald Reagan gesturing to Saudi Arabian Crown Prince and Prime Minister Faud bin Abdul Aziz. Photo by Bettmann / Getty Images
Ronald Reagan, well-known for his friendly demeanor and movie star charm, was particularly impressive in this respect, being ranked ninth best president regarding international relations in a survey of scholars. This image shows Reagan sharing a joke with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince and Prime Minister Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who would later on to become King of Saudi Arabia and serve until his death in 2005.
Every prospective president needs a right-hand-man, a running mate to help them on the campaign and during their time in office. For George W. Bush, that man was Dick Cheney, who would serve as the Vice President of the United States from 2001 to 2009 and was generally seen as one of the most influential VPs of all time.
George W. Bush talks to his running mate Dick Cheney at the Governor’s Mansion in Austin. Photo by Brooks Kraft LLC/Sygma via Getty Images
This image shows the pair engaged in discussion at the Governor’s Mansion in Austin, Texas. Bush became president in 2000 after a tightly-contested race against Al Gore. The election involved a moment of controversy when votes were recounted in the state of Florida.
A famous couple star in the next photo…
This photo gives us another glimpse at the life of one of America’s most powerful political couples: Bill and Hillary Clinton. The photo was taken during Bill Clinton’s presidency and shows the president and his wife cycling along the seafront at Hilton Head, South Carolina.
President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton ride bicycles along the beach at Hilton Head. Photo by mark peterson/Corbis via Getty Images
Bill Clinton was impeached in 1998 after a scandal involving White House intern Monica Lewinsky but ended up being acquitted. Despite this challenging moment in Clinton’s presidency, he is generally regarded as one of the best presidents and secured some of the highest approval ratings ever seen.
Experts generally see president Gerald R. Ford as the most athletic of American Presidents, and here we can see him staying in shape with a game of tennis. His son, Steven Ford, was on the other end of the court, and the game was being played at the president’s retreat, Camp David.
President Gerald R. Ford shares a laugh during a tennis match with his son Steven Ford. Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images
Ford is the only man to ever be both Vice President and President of the United States without actually being elected for either position. He became VP after the resignation of Spiro Agnew and then become President after the resignation of Richard Nixon.
A president meets a queen in the next photo…
A Royal Visit
As we’ve already seen, presidents get to spend time with a lot of famous
leaders from all over the globe during their time in office, as evidenced by this photograph showing Ronald Reagan sitting alongside Queen Elizabeth II of England.
President Reagan laughs following a joke by the straight-faced Queen Elizabeth II. Photo by Bettmann / Getty Images
The pair are at the De Young Museum in San Francisco, and we can see Reagan’s sides splitting at a joke the queen just told about the bad weather she’d been experiencing in California during her visit. Queen Elizabeth II has met many presidents during her long period on the British Throne. She became queen in 1953 when Dwight Eisenhower was president.
A Home Run
Presidents certainly seem to love their sport. Here we can see George W. Bush tossing out the first pitch at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. Many presidents have been involved in this tradition too, going all the way back to President William Howard Taft, who threw the first pitch in 1910.
President George W. Bush throws out the first pitch at Nationals Park at the newly-opened ballpark. Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
Bush’s ball was thrown before the opening game of the season between the Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves.
The next image will put a smile on your face…
A Fine Fit
Once again, we get a glimpse into the private lives of President Gerald R. Ford and his wife, Betty.
President Gerald R. Ford joins First Lady Betty Ford for dinner, wearing a sombrero. Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images
The couple are pictured in the President’s dining room, which is one of many rooms in the White House Executive Residence. President Ford has amusingly donned a sombrero for the evening meal, and the hat was given to him as a gift on his first international trip to Mexico as president. Ford seems to be quite proud of his new headwear, and presidents can receive all kinds of unique cultural gifts from the different countries they visit around the globe.
Here we can see Calvin Coolidge eyeing up a cow with a milking bucket on his arm. The photo was taken in 1920, a few years before Coolidge entered the office. Coolidge was the son of a farmer and knew all about the agriculture industry from his youth.
President Calvin Coolidge preparing to milk a cow. Photo by PhotoQuest/Getty Images
However, during his time in office, one of the most contentious moments of his presidency came when he fought against Congress over farming subsidies. Many people couldn’t understand why Coolidge, who knew about the hardships of farming, wouldn’t want to do something to help, but many economic experts believe he did the right thing.
The next photo was taken on a huge day for one president…
Every photo we see of Barack Obama seems to show him with a huge smile on his face. This one shows him on the campaign trail, joined by NBA star Bruce Bowen.
Senator Barack Obama addresses a crowd of supporters at a campaign rally. Photo by Charles Ommanney/Getty Images
While many politicians are judged as being too serious by members of the public, the 44th President of the United States was well-known for his good humor and friendly manner, able to be serious when needed but also laugh and joke from time to time too. This was best-shown during an Obama appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show when he started dancing alongside the famous TV host.
The president has gone fishing in the next photo…
The Classy Fisherman
Here we see President Calvin Coolidge, who served in office from August 2 of 1923 to March 4 of 1929. This photo shows the president showing off his latest catch during a fishing trip in 1925.
U.S. President Calvin Coolidge displays a catch during a fishing expedition. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Nowadays, it’s not uncommon to see presidents in all kinds of outfits, including casual clothes, but back then, presidents and politicians almost exclusively wore suits at all times, regardless of the occasion or activity. Calvin Coolidge has the unique distinction of being the only president to be born on Independence Day, July 4.
The Ford Family
A large part of the family of President Gerald R. Ford enjoying a typical breakfast together in their old family home.
First Lady Betty Ford chats with daughter Susan Ford while son John ‘Jack’ Ford and President Gerald R. Ford finish breakfast. Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images
The image shows the president, who had only been in office for a week when this photo was snapped, as well as Betty Ford in the foreground and the couple’s children, John ‘Jack’ Ford and Susan Ford. Jack went on to become a successful businessman, while Susan became an author and photographer. The president had two other sons, Michael and Steven, who aren’t seen in the picture.
The next president’s educational history might surprise you…
A Modern Man
President George W. Bush, in the Governor’s Mansion of Austin, inspecting something on his computer screen. George W. Bush was a highly educated president and has the interesting distinction of being the only president to have earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.
Presidential candidate George W. Bush works on his computer in his office in the Governor’s Mansion. Photo by Brooks Kraft LLC/Sygma via Getty Images
He went to Yale for several years and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, before going on to Harvard Business School for his MBA. From there, he spent some time working in the oil industry before taking an active interest in politics.
Getting His Hands Dirty
Here we can see another little look into the private life of President Gerald Ford as he fills up the dishwasher at the apartment of his daughter Susan. Ford was a real family man but was also wary about showing too much of his private life to the public.
President Gerald Ford loads the dishwasher at his daughter Susan’s apartment. Photo by © CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images
Back when he was campaigning to be a member of the United States House of Representatives, he decided to delay his marriage to Betty Ford (Betty Bloomer at the time) because she was a divorcée and Ford wasn’t sure how voters might respond when they learned about his new bride.
The next president got to meet some of the smartest men in American history…
A Meeting of Minds
Here we see an example of a president getting up-close-and-personal with some very big names. This image shows 29th President of the United States Warren G.
Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, U.S. President Warren Harding and Harvey Firestone sitting at Campsite. Photo by: GHI/Universal History Archive via Getty Images
Harding seated alongside Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and Harvey Firestone. Ford was the founder of the Ford Motor Company, Edison was one of the most prolific and influential inventors of all time, and Firestone founded the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. The photo shows all of these exceptional minds sitting together at a campsite in Maryland. It was taken in 1921, the first year of Harding’s presidency.
The First Lady
This photo shows George W. Bush and his wife, Laura Bush, inspecting the plans of a ranch they just bought in Texas. The ranch would go on to be used as one of Bush’s main retreats during his presidency.
Presidential candidate George W. Bush and his wife Laura examine the plans for the ranch they have just purchased in Texas. Photo by Brooks Kraft LLC/Sygma via Getty Images
The First Lady is always an important position in the White House, and Laura Bush was used to the role, having been the First Lady of Texas for several years before her husband became president. Laura initially worked as an elementary school teacher and librarian before meeting George. During her time as First Lady, she put much focus on reading and education.
Time to play ball in the next photo…
Here we can see President Woodrow Wilson tossing out the ceremonial first pitch in 1916 before the Washington Nationals play against the New York Yankees.
President Woodrow Wilson throwing out the first ball on opening day of the baseball season. Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images
This game was quite special for the president and the fans in the stadium as the game ended in a surprise win for the Nationals over one of the strongest baseball teams in history. Every single president since William Howard Taft has thrown at least one ceremonial pitch to symbolize the start of the season, except for Donald Trump, who is yet to participate in the tradition.
This adorable photo shows President John F. Kennedy in the Oval Office on Halloween. His children accompany him, John Jr. and Caroline, who are all dressed up in their creepy Halloween costumes, ready to do some trick-or-treating and have some spooky fun on October 31.
President Kennedy laughs at the Halloween costumes modeled by his children Caroline, and John, Jr. Photo by © CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images
John Jr. tragically died in a plane crash in 1999 at the age of 38. Caroline, meanwhile, went on to work as an author and attorney before getting into politics herself, serving as the United States Ambassador to Japan during Barack Obama’s time in the White House.
The next president met a sporting legend…
The Greatest of All Time
Another baseball-themed photo here shows President Warren G. Harding shaking hands with the man that many people believe to be the most exceptional baseball player of all time: Babe Ruth. Harding’s presidency was cut short by his death from a heart attack in 1923.
President Warren G. Harding shakes hands with New York Yankee player Babe Ruth. Photo by Bettmann / Getty Images
He is one of four presidents to have died in office of natural causes, with another four being assassinated. Harding’s presidency lasted for 881 days in total, and he was quite popular at first, but lots of scandals and controversial stories came out after his death, resulting in him now ranking as one of the worst presidents.
Getting into space and putting men on the moon is one of the most significant achievements in the history of the United States, with space travel and exploration continuing to be very important in the modern era.
President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore speak to the Space Shuttle Discovery astronauts. Photo credit should read J. DAVID AKE/AFP/Getty Images
This unique photo shows President Bill Clinton and his Vice President, Al Gore, chatting on the phone with astronauts from Space Shuttle Discovery. Clinton had called up to offer his congratulations to the astronauts on making contact with the Mir space station, operated by Russia. The meeting at Mir was the first ever time astronauts from the US and Russia met up with each other.
Three separate presidents pose together in the next image…
The President of the United States is the most watched person on the planet. Everyone wants to know what the president is doing at all times, so the men who have held this position have had to get used to being the center of attention.
Columnist Jimmy Breslin sits with Gov. Bill Clinton at the Stage Deli in Rockefeller Center. Photo by Ozier Muhammad/Newsday via Getty Images
This photo, taken in New York City in 1992, shows Bill Clinton, who was a senator at the time. He was speaking with journalist Jimmy Breslin at the Stage Deli in Rockefeller Center. Outside, we can see a horde of press photographers and reporters trying to get a good angle on the man who would become president less than a year later.
The next photo would raise a few eyebrows in the modern era…
The Mighty Hunter
If a modern-day president posed beside a slaughtered elephant for a trophy photo, they’d probably receive much bad press, but at the time of Theodore Roosevelt, who served as president from 1901 to 1909, it was seen as relatively normal.
President Theodore Roosevelt poses beside a slain elephant. Photo by Bettmann / Getty Images
This photo was taken in the African country of Kenya and shows the president proudly posing beside the dead animal. Roosevelt was an experienced hunter who was essentially a cowboy in the late 19th century, owning his ranches and learning to hunt and ride horses in North Dakota.
The next two presidents needed keen military minds…
This is an especially interesting photo because it shows two of America’s most famous presidents together. We can see Woodrow Wilson, who was president at the time, with Franklin D. Roosevelt on the right of the image. These two men had to lead the nation through two of its toughest ever periods.
Franklin D. Roosevelt with President Woodrow Wilson. Photo by © CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images
Wilson was in charge during World War I, and Roosevelt was in the White House for World War II. At the time the photo was taken, Roosevelt was Assistant Secretary of the Navy and learned a lot about the military during his time in this position.
Another cute photo from the Barack Obama years shows the 44th President of the United States playing tennis with children during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House March 28, 2016, in Washington, DC. Many things made Obama a unique president, beginning with the fact that he was the only president in history not to be born in the contiguous states.
President Barack Obama during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images
He was born in Hawaii to a white mother and a black father. His parents met while studying Russian together at the University of Hawaii, with his father being a foreign exchange student at the time. Obama was a very popular president and enjoyed some of the highest approval ratings in history.
An elephant appears again in the next photo, but this time it’s alive…
This unusual photo shows us President-Elect Warren G. Harding out on the golf course with a very special caddie. The elephant we see here was the pet of Carl G. Fisher, an entrepreneur with some unique ideas. The elephant’s name was Rosie and was purchased by Fisher as a marketing tool.
President Warren G. Harding with Carl Fisher’s pet elephant. Photo by Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images
Rosie unwittingly played a significant role in the development of the Miami Beach area, being used in various publicity campaigns by Fisher to promote the area and encourage more people to visit. This photo of Harding with Rosie was a big boost for Fisher and led to even more tourism in Miami Beach.
Every president needs to have a good relationship with their vice president. This photo shows that there was a genuine friendship between Bill Clinton and Al Gore, as the pair are seen laughing together during the Portland Summit.
President Bill Clinton and Vice Presidnet Al Gore laughing during the Portland Summit. Photo by Larry Downing/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images
The two men share many ideas and are even almost the same age. When Clinton chose Gore as his running mate, he was criticized for picking a partner who seemed to resemble him too closely. In the end, however, any criticisms proved to be unfounded as Gore went on to be regarded as one of the most influential Vice Presidents of recent history.
Another adorable photo is coming up next…
In this picture we see President Barack Obama talks with Akira Cooper during a visit to a classroom at the Community Children’s Center, one of the country’s oldest Head Start providers, in Lawrence, Kansas, January 22, 2015. We’ve seen many photos of Obama engaging with young children and this is just another example of his fatherly nature.
President Barack Obama visit a classroom at the Community Children’s Center. Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
Obama has two daughters: Malia Ann and Natasha, who is known as Sasha. Before his inauguration in 2009, Obama wrote and shared a touching letter to his daughters, explaining why he ran for office and that he wanted his girls to grow up in a world that wouldn’t impose any limits on their aspirations, encouraging them to follow their dreams and make a difference.
This photo shows Bill Clinton jamming out on the saxophone while his wife, Hillary, looks on happily. Many people wouldn’t have guessed that Clinton could play the saxophone, but the truth is that many presidents have had secret special talents or hobbies.
Presidential candidate and saxophone player Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary. Photo by Lee Corkran/Sygma via Getty Images
Clinton learned to play as a kid and even considered pursuing a career in music. Other unique examples of presidential talents include James Garfield’s ability to write with both hands at once, Jimmy Carter’s speed-reading skills, Woodrow Wilson’s beautiful singing voice, Dwight Eisenhower’s painting abilities, Franklin Pierce’s incredible memory, and Andrew Jackson’s astonishingly accurate shooting skills.
The next man brought change to America…
Here we see President Barack Obama read to children from the book ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn April 21, 2014, in Washington, DC.
President Barack Obama read to children. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images
A big part of Obama’s campaign was based on the idea of bringing change to America, and there were a lot of special firsts during Obama’s presidency. He was the first black president of the United States and had already been making waves before his time in the White House. In 1988, he made headlines when he became the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. Obama studied law at Harvard and went on to become a civil rights attorney and constitutional law professor.
This amusing photo shows President Bill Clinton walking along and giving a ride to his furry friend, Socks. Many presidents have had pets over the years. Abraham Lincoln had goats, dogs, cats, and a turkey, for example, while Theodore Roosevelt had a veritable menagerie, including guinea pigs, ponies, dogs, lizards, rats, badgers, and even a hyena.
President Clinton wearing walks down a stone pathway on the White House grounds with Socks the Cat perched upon his shoulders. Photo via Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images
Socks was adopted as a stray and was the Clinton family’s only pet until they adopted a dog named Buddy. Socks and Buddy didn’t get on very well, with Bill Clinton joking that he had more success in Palestine and Israel than he had with his cat and dog.
Another Clinton photo comes up next…
To become president, men like Bill Clinton had to convince America that they were the right people for the job and could make positive changes to help the people.
Presidential candidate Bill Clinton rides in his campaign bus with running mate Al Gore. Photo by Peter Turnley/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images
This is why presidential campaigns are so important, and this photo was taken during Clinton’s campaign, as we can see him riding in a bus alongside Al Gore, who is waving to passers-by. Clinton announced his campaign on October 3 of 1991. He had a strong campaign staff, a solid running mate, and a sound strategy that helped him sway the minds of 43% of the voting public.
Hopeful Hillary Misses Out
This photo shows Bill Clinton once more in his role as president. The photo was taken in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1996 and we can see Hillary Clinton in the background.
President Bill Clinton reviews documents on election night backstage at the Old State House. Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images
Hillary could have become the first female president and could have made the Clintons the first ever family to have seen both a husband and wife duo in the Oval Office. After serving as First Lady from 1993 to 2001, Hillary served as a US Senator and then Secretary of State, before becoming a presidential candidate in the 2016 election. She won the popular vote but lost out on the presidency in the Electoral College.
Learn more about Bill and Hillary’s relationship in the next image…
An Unbreakable Bond
The Clintons have had to deal with some big issues over the years but have stayed together through it all. The pair met in the early months of 1971 while both studying law at Yale University.
The Clintons on holiday in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Photo by Robert Daemmrich Photography Inc/Sygma via Getty Images
They quickly fell in love but had to juggle their personal life with lofty professional ambitions. When Bill first asked Hillary to marry him, she declined multiple times as she wasn’t sure whether to get married or focus on her studies and career. In the end, she chose Bill and finally agreed to marry him in 1975, shortly after the couple bought their first home together.
This happy photo shows a jubilant Warren G. Harding playing the tuba in his hometown of Marlon, Ohio. He hasn’t won the presidency yet, but he just learned that he had been chosen as the Republican Party’s candidate for the forthcoming election. Harding was one of the multiple musically-talented presidents.
President Warren G. Harding joins the band at his home in Marion, Ohio, playing the tuba. Photo by Bettmann / Getty Images
We’ve already seen how Bill Clinton could play the saxophone, and several other leaders could also have pursued careers in music. John Tyler, the 10th President, was a highly skilled violinist, Harry Truman played the piano, and Richard Nixon could play several instruments including the saxophone, piano, violin, and clarinet.
Now let’s look at the current president…
This photo shows the current and 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump. Trump is seen holding on an umbrella on a rainy day while his wife, Melania Trump, watches on in the background.
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump make their way to board Marine One. Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
The pair were on their way to Florida to speak with people who had been affected by Hurricane Michael in October of 2018. Michael tragically caused 50 fatalities and was one of the worst hurricanes to hit American soil in recorded history. Part of the president’s job is to offer support and organize relief efforts in cases of natural disasters.