Day 33: Senior Superlatives For Presdiential Portraits

So, I paid a visit to Monticello yesterday and it was a bigger disappointment than Jefferson’s tenure as Governor of Virginia. History burn, anybody? Anyway, they didn’t allow photography inside of the home itself, all I have are lame outside shots that aren’t even interesting to me.

To remedy this, I went to my favorite museum in Washington DC, The National Portrait Gallery, and compiled some of my favorite pieces from the Gallery’s new Civil War collection and have created a little Presidential Portrait Yearbook because, why not?

 

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I don’t know about John Brown’s Body, but the man’s face is completely unhinged

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A phenomenal political cartoon from 1856. I don’t entirely understand mid-19th century humor, but I’m pretty sure the freaky man-buck is historically awful President James Buchanan.

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This is one of my favorite pieces in the museum. ‘I feel like John Waters would approve.

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The only Monticello picture I’ll include, solely because my tour guide looked eerily like Richard Belzer.

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Now for the awards. Unanimously voted on as President with the Most Prominent Butt-Chin: James Monroe

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President Most Likely To Host ‘Tales From The Crypt’: James K. Polk.

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President with the Most Bitchin’ Facial Hair: Chester A. Arthur

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President Who Looks The Most Like a Cadaver: (Ironically) William McKinley

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Most Stylish President: Franklin Delano Roosevelt (bonus points for the cape)

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President Most Likely to inspire an episode of Law & Order SVU: Richard M. Nixon

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President Most Likely To Have His Portrait Painted While Watching a Magnum P.I. Marathon: George W. Bush

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