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"More U.S. President Facts"

andrewjohnsonBy Jerry Stewart - Vision Productions     HERE IN AMERICA YOU CAN BE JUST ABOUT ANYTHING YOU SET YOUR MIND TO BE. IF YOU DOUBT, JUST LOOK AT OUR U.S. PRESIDENTS. OH SURE, SOME WERE BORN INTO RICH, INFLUENTIAL FAMILIES, BUT MANY WERE NOT. LOOK AT THESE.     

    PRESIDENT ANDREW JACKSON WAS BORN TO A MODEST IMMIGRANT FARM FAMILY, AND, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, HE JOINED THE ARMY AT ONLY 13 YEARS OLD TO FIGHT FOR OUR AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE. AFTER THE WAR, HE STUDIED LAW AND BECAME A RESPECTED ATTORNEY.       

    PRESIDENT MARTIN VAN BUREN WAS THE SON OF A TAVERN KEEPER.    

    PRESIDENT MILLARD FILMORE WAS POVERTY STRICKEN AS A CHILD AND LEFT HIS FAMILY TO BE A CLOTHES WORKER AT JUST THE AGE OF 15. HE LATER WORKED TO BECOME A SCHOOL TEACHER AND EVENTUALLY STUDIED LAW.    

    PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS BORN IN THE BACKWOODS OF KENTUCKY AND, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, HE HAD LESS THAN ONE YEAR OF FORMAL EDUCATION. BUT HE OVERCAME HIS LACK OF EDUCATION BY BECOMING AN AVID READER AND A POWERFUL WRITER. BEFORE HE BECAME A SUCCESSFUL LAWYER, ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS A RAIL SPLITTER, A FERRY BOAT CAPTAIN, A CLERK, A POSTMASTER.      

    PRESIDENT ANDREW JOHNSON ALSO GREW UP IN POVERTY, BUT HE TRAINED HIMSELF TO BE A TAILOR.     

    PRESIDENT JAMES GARFIELD, THE LAST PRESIDENT TO BE BORN IN A LOG CABIN, WAS ALSO RAISED IN A FAMILY THAT WAS VERY POOR. WHEN HE WAS ONLY A LITTLE OVER ONE YEAR OLD, HIS FATHER DIED, LEAVING HIS MOTHER TO RAISE HER CHILDREN ALONE. AT AGE 17, GARFIELD LEFT HIS HOME TO WORK ON A FREIGHTER IN THE GREAT LAKES. LATER, A TRAVELING PREACHER INSPIRED GARFIELD TO MOVE ON, TO GET AN EDUCATION, AND ONE DAY HE BECAME PRESIDENT OF THESE UNITIED STATES.    

    IN 1932, DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION, ONE YOUNG MAN GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE WITH A DEGREE IN SOCIAL SCIENCE, BUT HE HAD ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA JUST WHAT HE WANTED TO DO. TIMES WERE VERY HARD, AND JOBS WERE HARD TO FIND, SO HE WENT BACK TO HIS HOME AND TOOK HIS OLD JOB AS LIFEGUARD OF THE LOCAL SWIMMING POOL. IT SEEMED HIS FUTURE AND HIS CHANCE FOR OPPORTUNITY WAS SETTLED, AND THE BOOK WAS CLOSED.

    BUT, A LOCAL MAN TOOK AN INTEREST IN HIM AND BEGAN TO CHALLENGE THIS YOUNG MAN WITH JUST WHAT HE WANTED TO DO IN HIS LIFE.     

    WELL, HE THOUGHT ABOUT IT FOR SOME TIME AND, THEN, HE DECIDED HE WANT TO BE A RADIO SPORTS ANNOUNCER. SO, HE HITCHED A RIDE TO CHICAGO TO LAND A JOB AS A SPORTS ANNOUNCER, BUT ALL DOORS WERE SHUT, TIGHT. BUT, HE DID NOT QUIT. HE MADE HIS WAY TO PRACTICALLY EVERY TOWN IN ILLINOIS AND THEN IOWA, UNTIL FINALLY, IN THE TOWN OF DAVENPORT, IOWA, HE LANDED A JOB AS A SPORTS ANNOUNCER.    

    HIS WORK AS A RADIO ANNOUNCER LEAD HIM TO BECOME AN ACTOR, THE GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA, AND, FINALLY, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. AND JUST WHO WAS THIS MAN? OF COURSE - PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN.    

    NOW, I COULD GO ON AND ON, BUT THE OBVIOUS POINT IS THIS. IN AMERICAN YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE BORN INTO WEALTH AND ARISTOCRACY TO BECOME WHATEVER YOU SO DESIRE IN YOUR LIFE. YES, AMERICA IS THE LAND OF OPPORTUNITY. BUT IT TAKES MORE THAN OPPORTUNITY TO FIND SUCCESS IN AMERICA.  

    DID YOU NOTICE THAT NOT ONE OF THESE PRESIDENTS HAD OPPORTUNITY JUST COME KNOCKING? NO, THEY HAD TO DECIDE TO ACT – TO TAKE ACTION. AND IT’S SAFE TO SAY THAT IF THEY HAD NEVER ACTED, THEY WOULD HAVE NEVER SUCCEEDED IN LIFE.

 

    IT WAS JOHN GARFIELD WHO SAID, “SOME PEOPLE WAIT SO LONG FOR THEIR SHIP TO COME IN THAT THEIR PIER COLLAPSES”.

    IT HAS BEEN SAID THAT “THEY WHO WANT MILK SHOULD NOT SIT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD JUST WAITING FOR THE COW TO HAND OVER THE MILK”. NO, WITH OPPORTUNITY THERE MUST BE ACTION. SO, IF YOU WANT TO BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, SET YOUR MIND AND GET MOVING.