Well, he was a male model. He was also:
- A park ranger
- An Eagle Scout (the only president who ever was)
- An NFL draftee
- The longest-lived chief executive of all time (age 93)
- The only president never elected to either the presidency or the vice presidency
Ladies and gentlemen, the 38th President of the United States ...
Gerald R Ford
Hmm … Okay, so here are a couple of hints:
- We’re not sure which state he was actually born in
- He was a POW
- He killed a man in a duel
- His wife was still married to another man when he married her
- He was the target of the first attempted presidential assassination
- He didn’t have any children of his own, but did adopt two Native American boys
Give up? How about ...
Okay, it’s a modern recreation. That said, the guy definitely was a looker – tall, commanding, with a firm chin, and piercing blue eyes.
Of course, all that was a good 30-some years before he was actually president. I can guarantee you’re familiar with his more mature (and much more frumpy) later looks. Just look in your wallet!
Yup, it’s the Father of Our Country ...
That hair! Those eyes! That incredibly obscure, mid-19th-Century presidency. Need some more hints? This handsome fellow was:
- The original dark horse candidate, being elected on the 49th ballot of the Democratic convention
- Sworn in using a law book, and not the Bible
- The first president to have a Christmas tree in the White House
- The only president from New Hampshire
- Rather fond of alcohol
Have you guessed him yet? It’s ...
This fellow had what you’d have to call patrician good looks. And that’s only fitting, as he came from one of New York’s most prominent families. They came to New York in the early 1600s, and originally owned the land that the Empire State Building stands on.
This president also had a distant cousin who was president as well. The same family also takes credit for a First Lady (though she was actually married to this guy, which makes the family a little inbred too, I guess).
On a personal note, this handsome-looking fellow was our longest-serving chief executive, and got us through the Depression and World War II. He is, of course ...
I was going to take some points off for the lapels. But the minor afro does do an excellent job of hiding what would take away further points in later life – rather prominent auricular appendages.
His being our only African-American president is probably a dead giveaway here.
So, for those of you who have been living under a rock the past eight years or so, let me present to you our current chief executive ...
Well, he was a movie star.
He was also a sportscaster, TV star, and president of the Screen Actors Guild. In addition, he was our first divorced president and the oldest president at the time of inauguration (age 69).
This popular president was a man of many nicknames, including Dutch, The Gipper, and The Great Communicator.
This one’s pretty obvious, isn’t it?
If you think about this one for awhile, you’ll probably get it. There’s quite a gap between this portrait and those from his presidency, but there are also some definite similarities as well.
Okay, here are some hints:
- That hair wouldn’t last long
- He’d keep that uniform for quite a long time
- He never held political office before becoming president
- His grandson would marry his vice president’s (and a future president’s) daughter
- He was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame
You’ve probably guessed it by now. It’s Ike ...
Dwight D Eisenhower
If you get this one, you are probably a presidential scholar yourself. One of our most obscure presidents, this guy also looked very different when he ascended office (think long, bushy beard). Here are some more hints:
- He was a Civil War general
- He was a teetotaler and served alcohol only once while in the White House
- He promised he would only serve one term (and kept that promise!)
- He lost the popular vote
- There was much controversy about the electoral vote as well
- He would be subsequently be called His Fraudulency
Give up? Would you believe it's ...
Rutherford B Hayes
Like there was any contest. In addition to his boyish good looks and great hair, this one was also a war hero, Pulitzer-Prize-winning author, famous wit and bon vivant, and multi-millionaire. And, yes, he was very popular with the ladies as well. Yup, it’s JFK.
Interestingly, Kennedy was one of those guys who definitely looked better with age. Here he is, for example, as a young congressman:
- George W Bush
- George HW Bush
- Herbert Hoover (as a young man)
- Thomas Jefferson
- Chester Arthur
- Warren Harding
- James Knox Polk
- William McKinley (as a young man)
- US Grant
- Bill Clinton
How about some First Lady hotties? Some presidential notties? Some official presidential portraits - good, bad & ugly.