Thursday, February 17, 2011
Fathers and sons serve as presidents of the United States
By Bill Ellis
Special to ASSIST News Service
SCOTT DEPOT, WV (ANS) -- Many fathers may want their sons to follow in their particular vocation. It does not always work out that way. Play a little mind game and think of instances where sons followed their father’s vocation.
That has happened twice in the United States when a president had a son who also became president. What about the possibility of a woman president having a daughter who would become president?
Consider two presidents and their presidential sons this presidents’ month.
John Adams (1735-1826) served for eight years as the Vice President with George Washington, our first president. The Department of the Navy and the Library of Congress came into existence during Adams’ presidency.
He was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a Harvard graduate.
Adams, on November 2, 1800, became the first president to move into the White House. He composed this prayer, later engraved upon the mantel in the state dining room: “I pray Heaven to bestow THE BEST OF BLESSINGS ON THIS HOUSE and All that shall hereafter Inhabit it, May none but Honest and Wise Men ever rule under This Roof.”
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years after they had signed the Declaration of Independence.
John Quincy Adams (1767-1848), our sixth President, like his father, was exceptionally well educated. After his one term as president, he reentered politics and became a Congressman in 1831 and strongly opposed slavery. In that long hard fight he never seemed discouraged and was asked why, he replied, “Duty is ours; results are God’s.”
George Herbert Walker Bush (1924- ), said at his inauguration on January 20, 1989, “I have just repeated word for word the oath taken by George Washington 200 years ago, and the Bible on which I placed my hand is the Bible on which he placed his.”
President Bush, captain of the baseball team and graduate of Yale, tells this story: “I’m reminded of how once, marking an examination paper written shortly before Christmas, the noted scholar teaching at Yale, William Lyons Phelps, came across this note: ‘God only knows the answer to this question. Merry Christmas!’ Phelps returned the paper with the annotation: ‘God gets an A. You get an F. Happy New Year!’ ”
George W. Bush, (1946- ) our 43rd president and son of George H. W. and Barbara Bush, is married to Laura Bush. He was president during one of the most difficult periods of our nation’s history.
In his first inaugural address, January 20, 2001, he said, “When we see that wounded traveler on the road to Jericho, we will not pass to the other side. As a saint of our times has said, every day we are called to do small things with great love.” That gives us all a chance to do something for our community, nation and world.
At a White House Press Conference, Tuesday, April 13, 2001, President Bush said, “I believe that freedom is the deepest need of every human soul.”
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George Washington, June 1, 1774, the day the British blockaded Boston Harbor, wrote in his diary, “Went to church and fasted all day.”
The disciples of Jesus had difficulty bringing healing to a young boy. Jesus said, speaking of the boy’s illness, “However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting” (Matthew 17:21). Perhaps, Jesus and Washington knew something that the rest of us need to know.
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