Presidents: Drunk or Not? Quiz Part 2

U.S Presidents: Drunk or Not? Part 2

A stressful time at the White House is a lot worse than sharing office space with a colleague who smells like cats (even if you love kitties). Some heads of state golfed, some channeled their inner rock star, and some peppered their days with booze. Hot off the heels of our first Presidents: Drunk or Not? Quiz, here’s another round of leaders and how they handled alcohol:

1. Barack Obama (2009-2017):

Infectious smile, chill demeanor, and marriage that epitomizes #RelationshipGoals. Was drinking behind that persona?

Yes! Barack used booze to cope with the limelight!


No, he didn’t need a buzz to be likeable!

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2. Barack Obama (2009-2017):

Answer: Obama liked drinking and creating brews (eco points for using honey from White House apiaries!), but did so responsibly. Yep, still cool.


3. Andrew Johnson (1865 – 1869):

Johnson didn’t do Lincoln proud; he made bad decisions, and eventually became impeached. Was alcohol also his less than lustrous claim to fame? Was Andrew Johnson a drunk?

Yes, hell yes, he was under the influence!


No, Johnson couldn’t blame alcohol for poor leadership!

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4. Andrew Johnson (1865 – 1869):

Answer: Andrew was known to attend events intoxicated, including when he won the vice-presidency under Lincoln. And who says politicians lie about their priorities?


5. James Buchanan (1857-1861):

Dred Scott supporter. “Worst President.” Lifelong bachelor whose only former fiancee reportedly committed suicide. At least James didn’t get lost in liquor, right?  Did James Buchanan drink too much?

Yes, he did!


No, drinker isn’t one of Buchanan’s attributes!

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6. James Buchanan (1857-1861):

Answer: Based upon accounts, James was an alcoholic, drinking everyday, and criticizing others for not drinking enough or bringing enough alcohol to the occasion. But he did make time to often attend Church beforehand….


7. Harry S. Truman (1945-1953):

Wars, bombs, and following in FDR’s footsteps – did Harry stay sober throughout these turbulent times?

Yes, he kept it together without turning to the bottle!


No, his stoic look belies a drinker!

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8. Harry S. Truman (1945-1953):

Answer: Like our 2nd President, John Adams, Harry liked to have a drink every morning with breakfast. Interestingly enough, FDR also had a reputation as a drinker, so hmmm….


9. Grover Cleveland (1885-1889 & 1893-1897):

Grover’s claims to fame: an alleged child out-of-wedlock, a wife almost 30 years his junior, and a preference for telling others what to do more than doing it himself. He didn’t need to binge drink too, did he?  Was Grover Cleveland an alcoholic?

Yes, he loved to drink!


No, he relaxed, alcohol-free!

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10. Grover Cleveland (1885-1889 & 1893-1897):

Answer: Add beer, a LOT of beer, so much that it creates a noticeable belly, to Cleveland’s all-important tasks he liked to pay attention to.


11. Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809):

Hotels, schools, parks, cities, and facilities have been named after this Declaration of Independence writer. Oh, and add third POTUS to his resume. Did he imbibe while organizing expeditions and being man about town?  Was Thomas Jefferson a drunk?

Yes! All of that schmoozing involved boozing!


No, no time for drinking with all to do!

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12. Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809):

Answer: Jefferson blew budgets on wine, and installed dumbwaiters so liquor glasses could be refreshed quicker. Seems cups of tea weren’t enough to unwind with.


13. Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929):

Some of Coolidge’s first acts as president in 1923 involved cleaning up chaos left by Warren Harding. Other notable achievements included tax cuts, and the Indian Citizenship Act. But the Roaring Twenties was a roller coaster of economic highs and lows, so did he drink to ease the pains?

Yes, that’s how he earned the “Silent Cal” nickname, by quietly drinking away troubles!


No, his stoic personality was just part of his New England charm!

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14. Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929):

Answer: Coolidge reportedly preferred non-alcoholic beverages – there’s even a well-circulated story of him having water when meeting with Cuban dignitaries. His moniker, by the way, came from his non-combative nature – just a simple, laid-back dude.