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The Weirdest Fact About Every American President

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41. George H.W. Bush (1924-2018)
> Years served as president: 1989-1993
> Political party: Republican
> Weird fact: Bush celebrated his 90th birthday by skydiving.

Though he was unable to use his legs, George H.W. Bush celebrated his ninth decade of life by making a tandem parachute jump out of an airplane, about 6,000 feet near his home in Kennebunkport, Maine. He also celebrated his 80th birthday in this fashion.

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42. William J. Clinton (1946-present)
> Years served as president: 1993-2001
> Political party: Democratic
> Weird fact: Clinton won two Grammys for “Best Spoken Word Album.”

Did you know that presidents have won Grammys? Bill Clinton won a Grammy in 2004 Best Spoken Word Album for Children, narrating the English version of Russian “Wolf Tracks,” and another in 2005 for Best Spoken Word Album for his audiobook, “My Life.”

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43. George W. Bush (1946-present)
> Years served as president: 2001-2009
> Political party: Republican
> Weird fact: Head cheerleader in high school.

George W. Bush is the only president to have been the head cheerleader in high school. He attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Bush hails from a politically involved family. His father was president, his brother Jeb was a governor, and his paternal grandfather Preston was a senator.

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44. Barack Obama (1961-present)
> Years served as president: 2009-2017
> Political party: Democratic
> Weird fact: Obama doesn’t like ice cream.

One of Barack Obama’s first jobs was scooping ice cream at a Baskin-Robbins store in his home state of Hawaii. The future president was concerned that all the ice cream he was eating was hurting his jump shot, and he thinks that is why he lost his taste for the treat. That didn’t stop a chain of ice cream shops on Martha’s Vineyard from naming a flavor after the 44th president – “Barack My World!” (coffee ice cream with macadamia nuts and caramel swirl).

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45. Donald J. Trump (1946-present)
> Years served as president: 2017-2021
> Political party: Republican
> Weird fact: Trump doesn’t drink alcohol.

The former president is one of the few commanders in chief to not drink alcohol. He chooses not to indulge in the beverage likely because his brother was an alcoholic and died of his addiction in 1982.

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46. Joe Biden (1942-present)
> Years served as president: 2021 – present
> Political party: Democrat
> Surprising fact: He had a stutter

President Joe Biden overcame a childhood stutter. He was bullied as a child growing up in Scranton, Pennsylvania because of his speech disorder. “I can think of nothing else that has ever stripped me of my dignity as quickly and as profoundly and as thoroughly as when I stuttered in grade school,” Biden said in a 2008 speech to the American Institute for Stuttering.

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