Spend! Please Don’t Wait For the President to Tell Us the Economy is “Just Fine”

It was not to many decades ago when the na├»ve mindset of our country, and most countries, was that the President was “the good daddy who taught us right from wrong; fiscally, morally, and behaviorally”.

Here’s some news. The President is not our Daddy; and, if anything we are his. At least we are his employer. Many who have not worked within the confines of the Washington D.C. Beltway (I did for over a decade in media covering Capital Hill, The White House, the first Gulf War, etc), I came to realize a few things.

The most important one is that the Office Of The Presidency is not a very glamorous job. In fact there are only two main descriptions within it. a. Keep our citizenry safe and b. balance the budget. Though of course it is more ideal if our president keeps his zipper up while performing his duties, or not be inebriated and choking on pretzels while his two dogs look on, as long as he gets the job done, he has done what we elected him to do.

You see, he/she works for us, not vice versa. If we find ourselves in a “photo-op” with the president, it is he who should be excited, not us, as he gets to take a picture with his boss (one of us).

So why wait for the President to tell us the economy is okay. We know it is not okay as long as we are throwing billions of dollars into a war in which we do not belong. So be it. One day, we pray, he may come to his senses and start bringing them home.

Meantime, we the small businesspersons of America must continue doing commerce. Our clients and customers can still buy. Yes, they may be merchandise that costs less than they normally would, but that is fine. Just the very act of making a purchase, clicking a mouse, charging it on your debit or credit card (or PayPal), shows the rest of the country that it is okay to still buy goods. We do not have to wait for the president to tell us “things are going to be okay”. He is not our daddy. We love shopping for our friends and family, and no economy is going to change that, even if it is merely a card or a mouse pad or a hoodie, we’ve made a purchase, created jobs, and made someone else very happy.

Please don’t wait for one of your employees (the President) to tell you “everything is okay, lets start spending”; do it on your own, maybe he’ll get the picture, and know we are not waiting for him to tell us. After all, we are the boss.

Presidential Museums – Visiting Cincinnati and the Home of America’s 27th President

This is another in a continuing series of travelogue articles showcasing presidential museums, homes, and historical sites. Join us as we visit the Queen City, Cincinnati, and the home of America’s 27th president, William Howard Taft.

President Taft: An Overview

America’s 27th president, William Howard Taft, was born in Cincinnati just before the Civil War. He pursued the legal profession early in his career, which ultimately led him into public service and politics. In the 1908 elections, he won the presidency and served in office until 1913.

Taft is the only U.S. president who also served as chief justice of the Supreme Court, a position Taft held in higher regard than the presidency. He was appointed to the court by President Harding and served for several years until just before his death in 1930.

The Taft Home In Cincinnati

Located about a mile north of downtown, the Taft Historic Site welcomes visitors free of charge. This is the home where the future president lived up until the time he left for Washington.

Guided tours are conducted daily by National Park Service rangers. You will see period rooms which have been restored to their appearance when Taft lived here, along with fascinating political memorabilia from Taft’s presidential campaign.

An overview of his many accomplishments as president and chief justice are spotlighted, and you can stroll around the grounds to see the home’s exterior and the adjacent visitors center.

Visiting Cincinnati

Nearby in downtown Cincinnati, there are numerous attractions, especially along the Ohio River. Take a river cruise in the summer, or dine in one of the many waterfront restaurants with a view of the Cincinnati skyline.

While you’re here, be sure to try the chili at either Skyline, Gold Star, or Camp Washington, three of the area’s best known chili parlors. The chili is a slightly sweet, slightly spicy mixture that is served over spaghetti, along with onions, cheese, and beans.

For an historic lunch in a beautiful urban courtyard, we recommend Arnold’s Bar and Grill on 8th Street downtown. This is Cincinnati’s oldest bar and restaurant, open since 1861. Try one of the daily specials and soak in the historic ambience.

Just a mile from downtown, and almost straight up, is a well known city entertainment area, Mt. Adams. Here you’ll find specialty shops, restaurants, and nightlife options dotting the narrow, winding streets. An under the radar gem is the City View Tavern, well known for its outdoor deck overlooking the city below. They have a limited food menu but be sure to try a mettwurst, a mildly spicy sausage that is famous in these parts.

There are numerous other attractions in and around the city, like a world class aquarium and the famed white Bengal tigers at the Cincinnati Zoo. You’ll find an active local sports scene, dozens of great local restaurants, and a real sense of history.

Summary

Accessible from just about anywhere in the country, Cincinnati is an ideal weekend destination. Visit the home of America’s 27th president, William Howard Taft, and then explore the many attractions and great local cuisine the city has to offer.

Presidential Museums – Visiting the Birthplace of America’s 14th President

For history travel lovers, there is no better area in America than New England. From the Revolutionary War heroes of early Boston to the many historical sites dotted across the area, New England is a treasure trove of American history.

Once outside of Boston, visitors can find many interesting sites, particularly those associated with American presidents. One such destination is located in Hillsborough, New Hampshire in the south central part of the state. In addition to a wealth of scenic beauty, you can also explore the life of America’s 14th president, Franklin Pierce. His birthplace and boyhood home is located in this typical New Hampshire small town, located about an hour from both Manchester and Concord, the state’s capital.

President Franklin Pierce: An Overview

Franklin Pierce was born into a prominent family in 1804, and the home which visitors can tour was once a gathering place for writers, politicians, and philosophers of the day. Pierce, a lawyer by trade, was highly regarded as a statesman and public servant. He added to his rapidly growing national reputation with exemplary service in the Mexican-American war of 1846.

In the election of 1852, Pierce was chosen as a compromise candidate, favored by influential leaders from both northern and southern states. At age 48, he was at the time the youngest man ever to become president in 1853. Faced with a rapidly dividing nation, Pierce was able to stave off civil war, at least temporarily.

During his term as president, the nation experienced a tremendous amount of economic growth, despite growing political instabilities. Pierce oversaw the completion of the Gadsen Purchase, a key piece of legislation that acquired important land in the southwestern area of the country.

Sensing he could not win a second term as president, he traveled to Europe for several years after leaving office in 1857. He lived to witness the reemergence of the United States and the beginning of reconstruction after the Civil War. The former president passed away at age 65 in 1869.

Visiting The Pierce Homestead

The home where Franklin Pierce was born and spent his formative years is now beautifully restored to reflect the time period in which he lived. A large ballroom and spacious parlor are the centerpieces, as well as the gardens and grounds surrounding the home.

Guided tours of the home are given, or you can take a self guided tour. The homestead is only open seasonally, so plan your visit for summer months. The site is open daily in July and August, and weekends only in June and September. There is a nominal fee for adults, and admission is free for those under 18.

The surrounding area showcases the natural beauty of New England and New Hampshire. Both nearby cities of Concord and Manchester are interesting in their own right for shopping and leisure activities. Hillsborough is also a charming small town with several interesting shops and restaurants serving New England style cuisine.