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Perhaps George H.W. Bush was the most consequential one-term President in American history. Or, perhaps, it was James Polk - elected this day in 1844. Polk made America a continental power, adding more territory to the United States than any other president #ManifestDestiny
One thing cannot be doubted: Polk was easily the hardest-working President in American history. He took only a handful of days off, worked seven days a week, delegated almost nothing. The ultimate micro-manager
On This Day, 1918: Woodrow Wilson departed for Europe—the first sitting president to visit the continent. He was traveling to France for the Versailles conference, which dealt with the end of World War I. He spent six months in Europe, the longest time any POTUS ever spent abroad
On This Day, 1981: Ronald Reagan signed an executive order allowing the CIA to engage in domestic counter-intelligence obtained as part of lawful foreign intel, counterintel. international narcotics or international terrorism investigations
George H.W. Bush ordered 28,000 Marines to Somalia, on this day in 1992. The African country was being torn apart by civil war; Bush wanted to distribute humanitarian aid. He called the military mission “God’s work.” But the Marines soon found themselves drawn into the civil war
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