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U.S. Presidential Trivia Quiz

Based on the clue, name the President.
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  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Aug 02, 2014
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Clue
President
Only African-American president
Only president to resign
Hated broccoli
Wore sweaters in the White House
Papers said he lost to Dewey
Oldest (77 years)
Served non-consecutive terms
First Republican president
Fought 13 duels
Reputation damaged by the
Teapot Dome scandal
Played the saxophone
Never elected as President or VP
Only Catholic president
Clue
President
Founded the University of Virginia
Most vacation days (1,020)
Had polio
Lived at Mount Vernon
Famously taciturn
Once led Princeton University
Conducted business on the toilet
Heaviest (300-350 lbs)
Grandfather was also President
His memoirs called
"a literary masterpiece"
Only president to never marry
First to win a Nobel Peace Prize
First to be impeached
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level 71
Aug 6, 2014
What about Warren G Harding and Bill Clinton?
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level 61
Aug 6, 2014
What about them?
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level 71
Aug 6, 2014
both often given credit for preceding Obama.
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level 53
Aug 6, 2014
And Bush.
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level 47
Dec 6, 2017
well anyone can tell you that the great Warren G. was the first black president, not Obama. ;)
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level 40
Dec 10, 2017
It was often rumored that Warren Harding had Black ancestors. DNA tests in the mid -1990's determined that he had no Black blood going at least as far back as twenty generations. (That should satisfy even the most rabid White Supremacist). As for Bill Clinton, I believe it was Toni Morrison who jokingly referred to him as "Black" because of the impeachment, his saxophone playing ability and the fact that he was the first candidate, since Bobby Kennedy, who seemed to genuinely care for the downtrodden in American society.
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level 34
Aug 6, 2014
i bet obama breaks the bush's record for vacation days
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level 69
Aug 7, 2014
That isn't likely. He'd have to be on vacation about 3/4 of his remaining time in office to have any hope of catching Bush at this point.
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level 56
Apr 13, 2015
Perhaps, but the number of vacation days Bush took is a bit deceitful as many of them were working vacations at his ranch. I'm not sure that Obama can claim the same thing with his vacations.
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level 67
Jun 18, 2015
In my book, cutting shrubbery doesn't count as doing presidential work.
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level 63
Dec 6, 2017
Shrubbery to hide in when Katrina hit New Orleans.
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level 58
Dec 6, 2017
These comments about excessive vacation by a president are SOOOOO dated now in late 2017.
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level 71
Aug 8, 2014
I bet whether he does or not Fox News viewers will believe that he did.
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level 45
Oct 29, 2014
kalbahamut, what the $&(@# does Fox News have to do with anything? Bet CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, PBS, BBC, CNN, HLN ... viewers would say 'duhhh, huh?" to this and most other issues critical of Pres. Obama since such things are rarely covered unless the story ultimately ends with either "it's Bush's fault" or "but Bush did it first/worst/too" - which is always a great (and mature)debate response. Additionally, many of those critical of Obama would not hold Bush out as a posterboy for great President's either. That's like saying, "well Obama is just as good as Carter." Neither are real compelling arguments.
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level 44
Mar 10, 2016
The responses to your comment Kalabahamut, show the problem with cable news today. Those who hate President Obama believe that the ONLY entity that tells 'the truth' is Fox News...it is the mark of a con that a con artist gets his/her mark to ONLY accept information from him/herself and to distrust any outside source. The reason that President George W. Bush taking the most vacation days in history never took too much flak from Liberals is that there were REAL things about his historically awful tenure to complain about. Liberals understand that there ARE no real vacation days as president, and there haven't been for a while now: the job is wherever the president happens to be, whether in the White House, Camp David, or anywhere else. The president is always the president no matter where he/she is, and Conservatives complain about Obama's vacation days because they DON'T have real things to complain about. When you're left mocking teleprompters and vacation days, you're losing.
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level 50
Dec 6, 2017
There are people who dislike Obama who also dislike Fox News. Although admittedly Fox is not far from the mark in declaring at least their viewpoint to be alone, even if it is wrong, since there is practically no other Republican news station that can claim to be even a fraction respectable.
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level 71
Dec 6, 2017
Aesthus: that doesn't make what I said untrue.
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level 43
Jan 15, 2015
Obama has been on vacation about 200 days or something the last time I checked. It has gone up a little since then but basically eh would have to spend the rest of his time in offfice on vacation to even come close
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level 22
Aug 16, 2015
HA too true. He's probably the prez that's traveled the most and not have done much for our country, other than sinking it
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level 71
Dec 6, 2017
Not even close, freak. You help prove the point of my above comment.
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level 23
Feb 4, 2015
One thing is for sure... Obama will hold the record for most rounds of golf played while president!
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level 44
Mar 10, 2016
It'll be hard to catch Eisenhower and Wilson.
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level 64
Jun 15, 2017
This comment has aged beautifully in light of trumps golf habit. :)
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level 62
Jul 23, 2016
Look, the president, whether he is in Hawaii or cutting down trees in Texas, or golfing, or in Martha's Vineyard or Kennebunkport - is the president. He gets a daily security briefing, he gets calls, makes decisions. He maybe gets away from the White House, but it's not hardly a vacation.
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level 71
Dec 6, 2017
yes and some of those presidents actually read the daily briefings when they don't have their name in them somewhere.
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level 30
Aug 7, 2014
Cannot believe that I forgot it was FDR who had polio. I feel like an idiot.
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level 51
Jan 22, 2015
Don't. He made a very concerted effort to hide any evidence of it.
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level 72
May 8, 2015
...and the media of the day were very cooperative in playing along. To this day, photos "leaked" of him in his wheelchair are EXTREMELY rare.
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level 43
Oct 1, 2014
Vacation days question shows a political slant. Let's keep this fun for everyone by being apolitical.
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level 3
Oct 17, 2014
I think the fact that more than half the people got it right shows it isn't a political slant, it's just a memorable piece of trivia.
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level 45
Oct 29, 2014
BS. Especially since many of Bush's 'vacation days' were while working at his personal residence - more of a working vacation. Not unlike 'vacationing' at Camp David. Bet if question was "How many rounds of golf played while in office?" RobbyOwen would think differently whether or not question had a political slant. I agree with oxfordyj, keep politics out of trivia quiz - particularly contemporary politics. Time will give perspective and true context of importance of such trivial politics.
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level 61
Jan 18, 2015
Let's keep political issues out of a quiz about political figures. All right!
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level 22
Aug 16, 2015
Right...
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level ∞
Oct 26, 2016
I don't necessarily see taking vacation days as a bad thing. Good leaders delegate. I'd prefer to have a well-rested President than a frazzled one.
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level 55
Nov 15, 2016
I'm no fan of Bush, but it's a shallow metric by which to judge his work ethic any way you slice it. I've never seen any evidence that his responsibilities suffered because of his extra vacation.
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level 14
Oct 19, 2014
All of it in 32 seconds I've known presidents since 4 this nothing
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level 26
Apr 27, 2015
I don't get why it is significant that Kennedy was Catholic. What religion he followed shouldn't be stereotyped or criticized because of Kennedy's performance as president. Maybe that's just me.
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level 72
May 1, 2015
I agree Kennedy's religion should not be a big deal. This is a trivia quiz...
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level 72
May 8, 2015
It's an interesting piece of trivia that there's only been one President who's an adherent of one of the larger religions of the world, and (I think) the largest of the western world.
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level 43
Jul 3, 2015
It was considered a big deal in 1960, when Kennedy had to cope with the persistent claims that he would be more loyal to the Pope than to the U.S. His speech to a pastors' conference in Houston during the presidential campaign was a significant turning point for him. And it is a distinctive bit of trivia today, just as is Taft's weight and Obama's father's race.
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level 71
Oct 20, 2015
Did some digging on the whole vacation days thing, and there are many different numbers used out there. The best statement I found is: "There’s no such thing as a true non-working vacation for the president." So screw "vacation days," they are a completely arbitrary metric.
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level 56
Apr 5, 2017
and yet the question and answer remain the same whether you find it offensive or not....trivia is amazing!
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level 62
Dec 6, 2017
I agree, and I didn't support GWB or the current president, but I think a better measure is days away from the White House. That would be a way to factually state it, without implying whether or not the President did any actual work while away. Of course that equates trips to Asia or the G20 with golf trips in Honolulu or days cutting brush in Midland, Texas. But its measurable, not arbitrary, and not political - doesn't place a value judgment on those days' activities.
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level 41
May 2, 2016
Some suggestions for the candidates.. First president to suffocate under his own Whig - Trump. First president to die within three seconds of being nominated - Sanders. Fire president to allow corporations to rent out the White House - Clinton. Fire president who believed that the sun revolves around the earth - Cruz. First president to choke to death whilst eating pizza the wrong way - Kaisich
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level 47
Nov 16, 2016
What?
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level 67
Mar 17, 2017
Why not cover all of them? First President to have served as Vice President; Co-author of the Bill of Rights; Prominent opponent of European colonization of the Americas; Died while serving in the House of Representatives; Only President to speak English as a second language; Held office for only 31 days; His Accidency; The Napoleon of the Stump; Old Rough and Ready; Ran for President as a Know Nothing; Called a doughface by his opponents; Teetotaler; Less well-known than the cartoon character named after him; Collector of Customs at the Port of New York; Last President to have fought in the Civil War; Lent his name to temporary encampments of the homeless and unemployed during his administration; President of Columbia University; Reality show personality.
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level 46
Oct 29, 2017
Why not create your own quiz instead of fault-finding with this one?
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level 64
Dec 7, 2017
All that just means there's room for a part 2 of this quiz! You should make it.
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level 64
Dec 7, 2017
And no, that wasn't sarcastic. Seriously, make the quiz please.
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level 40
Jun 15, 2017
Am I the only one to see the connection between the vitriol spewed here against Presidents George W. Bush and Obama by the right wing and the unrelenting negativity against President Trump? - - - Whatever happened to civility and debate? Aren't they teaching those in schools anymore?
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level 64
Jun 16, 2017
No you are not the only one. Unfortunately the idea of democracy is slowly being eroded by individuals that cannot accept defeat by majority vote. They do not see that by undermining a President and belittling the office they are playing into the hands of their enemies. Very sad.
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level 40
Jul 12, 2017
Amen to that!
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level 71
Dec 6, 2017
People have been crying about a loss of civility in politics since the 1800s. Any negativity directed at Trump is richly deserved.
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level 40
Jul 12, 2017
I caught that veiled comment about Warren G. Harding and Bill Clinton preceding Barack Obama and I have just one question: Even if it were true, what the hell is so terrible about having Black ancestry? - You'd be surprised how many of you "lily whites" do!
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level 46
Oct 29, 2017
What was veiled about it? Kalbahamut comments on plenty of quizzes and he's not shy about saying what he means. I think you're reading something into his comment that isn't there.
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level 40
Dec 10, 2017
Jennywren21: Your query was answered by Kalbahamut himself in his Dec 6, 2017. .So, no I wasn't reading anything into his original comment that wasn't there. Apology accepted.
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level 71
Dec 6, 2017
I didn't say it was terrible. Why would you assume I thought that? Maybe *you* think that? I personally don't believe race is a thing. That being said, it was widely rumored that Harding "was a negro," and Clinton, though this had nothing to do with his ancestry, was repeatedly called the "first Black president" while in office. For various reasons many people who identified as African-American at the time also identified with him.
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level 40
Dec 12, 2017
Kalbahamut: I realize that you and I don't agree on much, but I was not accusing you of having an issue with my comment. While my response was initially to your first comment, I wasn't referring to you when I said, "what's so terrible..." but to the hypocrites on this site who are so sure that others can't read between the lines. By the way, I am multi-racial, so I guess I do see things from various perspectives.
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level 32
Dec 6, 2017
Trump is now the oldest right?
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level 71
Dec 6, 2017
No. 70 when inaugurated
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level 64
Dec 6, 2017
He'll surpass Reagan's age when he gets to the end of his presidency in January 2025 though.
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level 72
Dec 6, 2017
If is the key word, not when.
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level 58
Dec 6, 2017
If he makes it to January 2025 with himself as president, he'll be one of the lucky ones, thanks to his clear and present danger to the rest of his fellow inhabitants of planet Earth.
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level 72
Dec 6, 2017
If the question were "oldest at the time of inauguration," the answer would be Trump, by about 7 months. To be the oldest ever, he'd have to be re-elected and survive to the end (almost), of his second term.
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level 71
Dec 7, 2017
But Ronald Reagan was inaugurated twice. The 2nd time he was 73.
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level 71
Dec 7, 2017
and besides that the question is just oldest. Not oldest when inaugurated. So anyway... Trump is currently 71.
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level 44
Dec 6, 2017
This quiz is too US-centric. Why can't you include some leaders of African countries? How are us non-americans to be expected to know these things? I demand that this quiz be remade to include other countries because I cannot fathom the idea that a site with a userbase consisting mostly of Americans would have lots of quizzes focused on America and not have as many for other countries.
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level 43
Dec 6, 2017
It's strange that it accepts last names until James Buchanan. I typed in Buchanan and it didn't accept it.
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level 64
Dec 7, 2017
It did for me. Are you sure you didn't make a typo?
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level 58
Dec 6, 2017
I'll admit I tried Trump for most vacation days and conducting business on the toilet.
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level 71
Dec 7, 2017
Trump has tripled Obama's number of vacation days for the same period in his presidency, but he has not been in office long enough to surpass the total number. He needs another year or so for that. However, the total cost to taxpayers to support the current presidential family's lifestyle may have, by some estimates, already exceeded the travel and security expenses for the Obamas over 8 years.
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