Teddy Roosevelt was an avid boxer and became the first American ever to receive a brown belt in Judo. He lined the White House basement with training mats and sparred with anyone that was willing including boxing champion John Sullivan, his wife, and a Swiss minister.
The first president of Zimbabwe was President Banana.
Once out of office, President Harry Truman decided that he did not wish to be on any corporate payroll, believing that taking advantage of such financial opportunities would diminish the integrity of the office. He had no personal savings. His only income was his old army pension: $113 per month.
President Garfield’s assassin chose an ivory-handled gun over a similar wooden-handled model because he knew it would look better in a museum exhibit.
The US has had a Native American vice president.
After JFK was assassinated, there was a brief scuffle between local and federal authorities when the President’s security detail wasn’t allowed to remove his body from the hospital. It ended when the Secret Service agents put the local officials against the wall at gunpoint.
Ronald Reagan was turned down for a role in the Broadway play “The Best Man” because the playwright didn’t think Reagan could play a credible president.
In 1981, Ronald Reagan fired 11,345 air traffic controllers after they refused to end their strike and subsequently banned them from federal service for life.
In July 1984 President Ronald Reagan called ice cream “a nutritious and wholesome food” and established National Ice Cream Month.
Richard Nixon proposed to his wife on their first date. He pursued her for two years before she said yes. He even drove her on dates with other men during that time, hoping to win her over.