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This article was written on 18 Feb 2013, and is filled under Elementary Age, Teenagers.

Happy President’s Day!

Happy President’s Day! Hope you have fun and relaxing plans. Our day involves teaching the kids to set up a spreadsheet budget, playing at the park and a swim and BBQ party (although it’s gorgeous weather here, it’s not quite warm enough to swim but our fun friends heated their pool to 90 degrees!).

My eighth grader has been reviewing the names of all the presidents in her history class with the help of this silly, vintage style video.

We’ve been sharing presidential trivia with each other. Here are a few musical bits:

Bill Clinton seriously considered a career on the saxophone. He played the saxophone on the Aresenio Hall show during his first presidential run.

Richard Nixon was not only played a mean accordion, but he could also rock on the piano. He played on the Jack Parr show during his run.

Harry Truman was also an accomplished pianist.

Thomas Jefferson played the violin and would often play when he needed a mental break.

How about campaign songs? They were usually set to familiar tunes, like Yankee Doodle. It was a way for them to unite a crowd, sum up the issues and poke fun at their opponents. Today, presidential hopefuls still use songs to promote their campaign. George H. Bush’s campaign set commercials to Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land. Don’t Stop by Fleetwood Mac graced Bill Clinton’s campaign and remember will.I.am’s “Yes, I Can” that accompanied Barak Obama’s first run?

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