President Obama Halloween Mask

Every United States President has had their share of fans who would like to dress up like them for Halloween in honor of their hero. Every United States President has also had their detractors who would like to dress up like them so that they can ridicule, mock and deride the country’s leader. This year will be no different with President Barack Obama, and the masks that are available to wear to carry out either the honoring or mocking as the case may be.

Made of flexible and pliant latex, the Barack Obama Halloween mask is the perfect way to cap off your own presidential look- stage mock protests, debates or other political shenanigans. You can gather together groups of friends and everyone could dress as their own version of President Obama, real or imaged. Consider this: a Barack through the decades: one could be 60’s Barack with a radical, militant look, and another could be 70’s Barack with a disco fro and bell bottom jeans.

Stage a presidential debate with past presidents including Washington and Nixon, whose own mask continues to be a brisk seller to this day for most Halloween shops. The possibilities are endless and only limited by your own imagination.

If you plan to stick to the basics and authentic, make sure that you are wearing a well tailored suit, and power tie with your President Barack Obama mask and that you pay attention to his mannerisms and speech patterns. President Obama has good diction and a solid command of the English language so there are no huge blundering gaffes or miscues to make fun of- nor has he had any major catch phrases that the spin doctors are ready to run into the ground.

For now, you can just wear the mask and go with the major historical fact that this is our very first African-American president ever. Love him or hate him that is something very special indeed.

Presidential Sites – Visiting Kinderhook, New York and the Home of America’s 8th President

Welcome to another in a series of travelogue articles highlighting historic sites related to America’s presidents. Located in mid state New York about 25 miles southeast of Albany, the charming town of Kinderhook is home of the farm and restored mansion of America’s 8th president, Martin Van Buren.

Visiting Kinderhook, New York

Kinderhook is a perfect half day trip from Albany, the capital of New York. You’ll find all sorts of things to see and do in Albany, which has the bustle of a government town. Kinderhook is slower paced and small, a typical upstate New York charming small town.

If you enjoy antique shopping, the area around Kinderhook is ideal. Over 35 antique stores dot the streets of Kinderhook and adjacent towns. The quaint downtown area is perfect for a stroll and to stop in one of the local shops or restaurants.

Presidential Trivia

Everyone is aware of the phrase “OK”, but do you know how it originated? Credit goes to Martin Van Buren, whose nickname was “Old Kinderhook”. In letters and memos to staff, he frequently signed off with “OK”, which from his perspective meant “off to Kinderhook”. The abbreviation stuck and morphed into the meaning we know today.

The Home Of America’s 8th President: Martin Van Buren

After winning the 1836 election, Martin Van Buren became the 8th president in early 1837. Not long afterwards, the country sank into a recession. This, coupled with increasing tension between northern and southern states, prevented Van Buren from being elected to a second term. And yet, during his one term, he was well noted for his diplomatic abilities. He successfully navigated the United States through difficult political issues with England and Spain.

He ran for president twice more, in 1840 and 1844, but was defeated both times. This beautifully restored mansion, named Lindenwald, was where he not only conducted his campaigns, but met with prominent leaders and celebrities of the day. In his later years, Van Buren was a respected elder statesman who continued to impact the country until his death in 1862.

From late May through October, Lindenwald and the surrounding grounds are open to visitors. Tours are given on the hour, with tickets available at the adjacent visitors center. Once inside the mansion, you will be taken through many of its 36 rooms, complete with many original furnishings and items from Van Buren’s presidency and family life.

The Lindenwald Estate is just three miles south of Kinderhook and is a popular gathering spot for school groups and the site of numerous special events. It is not too far from the Franklin Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York, making it an ideal stop for those interested in American and presidential history.

Presidential Sites – Visiting the Home of James Polk, America’s 11th President

Welcome to another in a series of travelogue articles spotlighting presidential historic sites. America’s 11th president, James Polk, was born in North Carolina and later moved to neighboring Tennessee. His birthplace in North Carolina and family home in Tennessee are both open to visitors and historians. Join us as we visit both sites and learn more about President Polk…

President James Polk: An Overview

James Polk was born into a North Carolina farming family in 1795. Ten years later, Polk’s father moved his family into Tennessee, where Polk eventually made a name for himself. After his graduation from the University of North Carolina, he established a law practice in Columbia, Tennessee.

In 1822, Polk was elected to the Tennessee Legislature and married his wife Sarah, who became an integral part of his later campaigns. Polk himself was well known as a staunch supporter of President Andrew Jackson and became a United States Senator at age 29 in 1824. He remained in the Senate for fourteen years, before successfully running for governor of Tennessee.

With his national ambitions intact, Polk was drafted as a compromise candidate for the presidency in 1844. Running on a campaign of continued westward expansion, he won the election and served as president until early 1849.

During his productive administration, the boundary of the United States was extended to the Pacific Ocean, and thousands of square miles of land was acquired in the northwest territory.

After leaving the presidency, Polk returned to Tennessee. Long suffering from rather frail health, only three months later he died of cholera at age 53.

Polk Home In Columbia, Tennessee

In historic Columbia, Tennessee, in the eastern part of the state, visitors can tour the only remaining home where Polk lived. The handsome two story structure was built in 1816 by Polk’s father. It is here where Polk lived as a young lawyer until his marriage in 1824.

Tours of the home are available year around for $7. Over 1000 items belonging to Polk and his family are displayed here, and there is a beautiful garden adjacent to the property. Campaign memorabilia, inauguration items, and White House china are among the many items to see. A small gift shop is also on site which carries a number of interesting presidential themed gifts.

Polk’s Birthplace

In Pineville, North Carolina, just outside of Charlotte, a memorial site is dedicated to James Polk on the land where he was born. The actual birthplace building is long gone, but faithful reconstructions of period buildings now occupy the site.

Visitors can view a film about Polk’s life and his presidential administration. The buildings are authentically furnished and emphasis is placed on Polk’s North Carolina roots.

Summary

Both of these historical sites give visitors and historians a glimpse into the life and administration of President James Polk.

Polk’s influence is still felt today. He was a visionary who foresaw the need for western expansion and making the United States a continental country.