Friday, June 19, 2009

Presidential Fathers Know Best

CHICAGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Despite their demanding job, American presidents have made darn good fathers over their years.

Bill Fawcett, author of Oval Office Oddities (HarperCollins), says Theodore Roosevelt was great at communicating with his kids and would pass notes with them in the White House. Teddy’s kids once wrote him a poem inviting him to a pillow fight in the presidential pad.

Abraham Lincoln was also a doting daddy, and would often let his young son, Tad, run up and down the stairs of the White House.

Rutherford B. Hayes would take his kids on walks around Washington, D.C., and even made the White House Easter Egg Roll an official event during his term in 1878.

Though an often-forgotten prez, Fawcett says John Tyler was a prolific father of 15 children – the most any president has ever had.

Harry S. Truman was an extremely protective papa, and wrote a scathing letter to a Washington Post journalist who bashed his daughter’s singing voice in a review.

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