President’s Day is around the corner, making all of us at UpState Hearing feel inspired and nostalgic. Two particularly inspiring presidents come to mind for living with hearing loss and wearing hearing devices while in office—Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. To celebrate this holiday with you, we thought we’d share some of our favorite things about past American presidents.
George Washington was our first president, but our sixteenth president, “Honest Abe Lincoln” is my favorite. He is regarded as one of America’s greatest heroes. If you have never seen his memorial in Washington DC, it needs to be on your Bucket List. All of us are reminded of this great man when we use a one-cent coin or a five-dollar bill. Did you know that he was familiar with American Sign Language and that his hands on the memorial are carved to represent an A and L? — Carole
I love that John Fitzgerald Kennedy was a champion of the underdog, much like other great men and women of that era, such as Martin Luther King, Jr. I believe that we each have something to offer the world and a duty to use those offerings to leave it a better place. One of my favorite JFK quotes is, “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” — Stacy
I like President George Bush because he liked to hunt which means he likes guns and I like guns too. — Pam
My favorite president was Theodore Roosevelt because of all the beautiful National Parks he helped preserve. When working in my community to make it a better place, I try to remember, per TR, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” My favorite quotes of his is, “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” — Scott
President Abraham Lincoln continues to inspire me. “That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.” — Sarah
One of my favorite presidential quotes (or quips, as the case may be) can be attributed to Dwight D. Eisenhower: “When I was a small boy in Kansas, a friend of mine and I went fishing and as we sat there in the warmth of the summer afternoon on a river bank, we talked about what we wanted to do when we grew up. I told him that I wanted to be a real major league baseball player, a genuine professional like Honus Wagner. My friend said that he’d like to be President of the United States. Neither of us got our wish.” — Donna
One of my favorite presidential quotes comes from Ronald Reagan, “I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will eventually triumph. And there is purpose and worth to each and every life.” — Ken
May our future leaders be as great as those who have come before them. Share with us! Do you have a favorite U.S. president that inspires you?