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Feb 8 2016

Presidential Edition

by Hope L

This month brings us Presidents’ Day, the federal holiday first started as Washington’s Birthday and later consolidated into Presidents’ Day.

I appreciate the fact that DeKalb County gives its employees Presidents’ Day off, so we can stay home or attend a parade and celebrate and/or meditate on the office of POTUS.

Now, I wouldn’t want the job–would you? But for those hardy souls who have taken on what must be the toughest gig around–and for those seeking to be POTUS in November– there is a lot to consider.

Take the scrutiny that will accompany one’s every move, both before being president and after–for probably the rest of their lives and throughout the existence of this great nation. Books are still being written about John F. Kennedy and other presidents; popular Broadway plays are attracting attention to LBJ and Alexander Hamilton (the latter not POTUS, but close), and television documentaries abound about our leaders now and then.

PresCourageAt DCPL, I’ve found loads of books about POTUSes and potential POTUSes.

Will we see someone in a dress behind the big desk in the Oval Office? Is America ready for a female Commander in Chief?  I don’t know, but it has been fun for me to read up on some of the icons of American history.

Some of DCPL’s books about the presidents:

Don’t Know Much About the American Presidents:  Everything You Need to Know About the Most Powerful Office on Earth and the Men Who Have Occupied It by Kenneth C. Davis

Presidential Courage : Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 1789-1989 by Michael Beschloss

So You Think You Know the Presidents? Fascinating Facts About Our Chief Executives by Peter E. Meltzer

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