Political fun facts

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

$400,000: Annual salary of the president of the United States. That number came into effect when George W. Bush assumed office (Bill Clinton signed the new salary into law in 2000). Previously it had been $200,000.

$221,100: Annual salary of the vice president of the United States.

13: Number of electoral votes Walter Mondale received in the 1984 election vs. Ronald Reagan. It’s the lowest amount of votes a major-party candidate has received since Hawaii became the 50th state in 1959.

17: Number of electoral votes George McGovern received in the 1972 election vs. Richard Nixon, the second lowest amount of votes a major-party candidate has received since Hawaii became the 50th state in 1959.

40: Total number of electoral votes George W. Bush won by in his two election victories. Bill Clinton won his terms by a combined 422 electoral votes. The most lopsided victories were by Ronald Reagan (952) and Franklin D. Roosevelt (928 in his first two terms).

43: Number president that George W. Bush is, but it could be said the next president will be No. 43 – Grover Cleveland is counted twice because he served two nonconsecutive terms.

2: Number of presidents who have been impeached. They were Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson. Neither was removed from office, however.

1: Number of presidents who were never elected as president or vice president. It was Gerald Ford, who became vice president when Spiro Agnew resigned and then became president when Richard Nixon left office.

43: Youngest age of an elected president (John F. Kennedy). The youngest president, however, was Theodore Roosevelt, who assumed office at age 42. Barack Obama is 47.

69: Oldest age of an elected president (Ronald Reagan). The second oldest elected president is William Henry Harrison at 68. John McCain is 72.

6-4: Height of Abraham Lincoln, the tallest president in U.S. history. Barack Obama is 6 feet 1 inch.

5-4: Height of James Madison, the shortest president in U.S. history. John McCain is 5 feet 6 inches.

8: Number of presidents who have died in office (natural deaths and assassinations). They are William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, William McKinley, Warren G. Harding, Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy.

1: Number of presidents who were never married. James Buchanan (president from 1857 to 1861) had his niece serve as the “first lady.”

300: Approximate weight of William H. Taft when he was president, making him the heaviest president ever. James Madison was the lightest at about 100 pounds.

4: Number of presidents who lost the popular vote but won the presidency. They were John Quincy Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Benjamin Harrison and George W. Bush.

7: Number of presidents who were left-handed. They were James A. Garfield, Herbert Hoover, Harry S. Truman, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. The number will rise to eight no matter the result of this year’s election: Both John McCain and Barack Obama are lefties.

4: Terms served by Franklin D. Roosevelt, making him the only president elected to more than two terms. The presidential term limit didn’t go into effect until 1951 when the Twenty-second Amendment was ratified.

538: Number of electoral votes up for grabs in today’s election. For a candidate to win, they have to secure at least 270 electoral votes.