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Nelson D

Didn’t you forget Dr Phil?

Mary McNeil

VERY good reminders ! Of course,Warren G Harding was a newspaper man, so there is that...

TOTALLY off topic - today's "Retail" seems not to have been drawn by Norm Feuti, although apparently he signed it. Yes ? No ? Now what ?

Mark Jackson

I can't remember Norm drawing Marla in full profile before. I put the strangeness down to that.

Hank G.

Other presidents who were generals: William Henry Harrison, Franklin Pierce, Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield, and Benjamin Harrison.

Chester Arthur was quartermaster general of the New York Militia during the Civil War. I’m uncertain whether that qualifies.

William McKinley was a captain during the Civil War, and was the last president to have served in that war. Of course, Theodore Roosevelt gained fame for his service with the Rough Riders in the Spanish-American War.

Mike Peterson

I think being a veteran and being a hero are two different things -- not sure how much the service of those others was in the public mind before they did other things. JFK was a war hero but nobody knew it until his campaign pointed it out. Cleveland paid a bounty to get out of the draft and it was mentioned but he won anyway.

Hank G.

Here is a political poster that identifies Garfield as a general. At the time of his election, he had served nine terms in the House and had been elected to the Senate, so his military service was pretty far in the past.


I thought about mentioning the Cleveland tidbit, but was afraid that I might be going too far afield.


PLEASE don't stop your blog, ever. If at all possible. You are keeping me sane by keeping me chuckling. Thank you.

Boise Ed

I can think of at least one in the news today "who could run against Trump and not get my vote": former sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Mike Peterson

Well, then just don't vote in the Republican Primary, Ed.

Boise Ed

If tRump is frightening, Arpaio is absolutely terrifying. I can picture Arizona going like Alabama, with the hardcore Make America White Again crowd voting for Arpaio in the primary, then the general would be a tight race pitting Relatively Sanity vs. MAWA.

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