Changing Times

The winds of change will sweep through the halls of The White House, Washington and the World, when the next American presidential inauguration occurs on January 20th, 2009. Upon that day Barack Obama will take the oath of office and be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States of America.

The first president, George Washington, was inaugurated in New York on April 30, 1789. While watching the following YouTube video I was fascinated not by the faces I recognised, but by the names and faces of those I didn’t.

The other factor that scared me is that come the 20th I may boast being around for ¼ of them

From George Washington To Barack Obama – A Long Way

01 Washington, George (1789-1797)

02 Adams, John (1797-1801)

03 Jefferson, Thomas (1801-1809)

04 Madison, James (1809-1817)

05 Monroe, James (1817-1825)

06 Adams, John Quincy (1825-1829)

07 Jackson, Andrew (1829-1837)

08 Van Buren, Martin (1837-1841)

09 Harrison, William Henry (1841)

10 Tyler, John (1841-1845)

11 Polk, James Knox (1845-1849)

12 Taylor, Zachary (1849-1850)

13 Fillmore, Millard (1850-1853)

14 Pierce, Franklin (1853-1857)

15 Buchanan, James (1857-1861)

16 Lincoln, Abraham (1861-1865)

17 Johnson, Andrew (1865-1869)

18 Grant, Ulysses S. (1869-1877)

19 Hayes, Rutherford Birchard (1877-1881)

20 Garfield, James Abram (1881)

21 Arthur, Chester Alan (1881-1885)

22 Cleveland, Grover (1885-1889)

23 Harrison, Benjamin (1889-1893)

24 Cleveland, Grover (1893-1897)

25 McKinley, William (1897-1901)

26 Roosevelt, Theodore (1901-1909)

27 Taft, William Howard (1909-1913)

28 Wilson, Woodrow (1913-1921)

29 Harding, Warren Gamaliel (1921-1923)

30 Coolidge, Calvin (1923-1929)

31 Hoover, Herbert Clark (1929-1933)

32 Roosevelt, Franklin Delano (1933-1945)

33 Truman, Harry (1945-1953)

34 Eisenhower, Dwight David (1953-1961)

35 Kennedy, John Fitzgerald (1961-1963)

36 Johnson, Lyndon Baines (1963-1969)

37 Nixon, Richard Milhous (1969-1974)

38 Ford, Gerald Rudolph (1974-1977)

39 Carter, James Earl Jr. (1977-1981

40 Reagan, Ronald Wilson (1981-1989)

41 Bush, George Herbert Walker (1989-1993)

42 Clinton, William Jefferson (1993-2001)

43 Bush, George Walker (2001- )

44 Barack Hussein Obama II (President Elect)

20 thoughts on “Changing Times

  1. Sam

    that is a fabulous picture montage, I loved the way the faces (and eyes) would turn and change and give you the next person. It really does make Obama’s face look quite striking. (that first picture that showed teeth was very odd!!)

  2. Baino

    Aww thanks for making me feel like an ‘old fart’ . I just wish they’d stop toting him as the next JFK. A lot of hope lies in his administration.

  3. Grannymar

    @JL – Some of those changes were creepy.

    @Sam – That first smiling face seemed so out of place, and a few others were real ‘There’s a camera!’ smiles!

    @Baino – You are a young chicken compared to me!

  4. steph


    Nice one!

    It’s fascinating to note the change in facial hair trends over the years.

    First, sideburns were all the rage, then beards, then moustaches until finally, the clean shaven look won over.

    I can’t see Obama sporting a beard while in office, can you?

  5. Magpie11

    Now we can all be presidential anoraks and learn them all…and then help out the quiz team….

    But why Ravel?

    As for the JFK comparison…. I agree that it’s unfortunate for many reasons not to be iterated here. The pessimism and cynic in me make me fearful for/of what will happen….. the optimist is ever hopeful.

    There are too many entrenched interests in the USA for much to really change… talks.

    Sorry to be a party pooper but, Hey he’s a good guy..and young!

  6. Grannymar Post author


    I saw somewhere on the blogs the other day a question ‘I wonder if Obama will wear a hat?’ You know I think it would suit him.

  7. Grannymar Post author


    He has come a very long way in a very short time. He presents himself well and can speak with conviction. I only wish we had a few like him in government closer to home!

  8. Nick

    Hopefully it won’t be long before he stops being seen as the first black president or the new JFK and just becomes a widely loved and admired national leader alongside the best of his predecessors.

  9. Ian

    Being born three months before JFK was inaugurated, Obama will be my eleventh US President – like you, one quarter of the total!

  10. Grannymar Post author


    I have my sums wrong! 🙁

    Harry Trueman was in the hot seat when I arrived during the bitter winter of ’47. At this stage I have lived through the terms of 11 US Presidents.

  11. wisewebwoman

    I’ve got fingers crossed for BO, GM but I have many reservations.
    I couldn’t access your blog for several days, glad whatever needed fixing got fixed….

  12. Grannymar Post author


    The Grannymar family were changing Hosting plans within house and my site took a little longer to settle since it never sleeps. A few people were knocked out for a day or three. I do apologise.

  13. K8

    You know what’s amazing? They only smile after the 1940’s… once Truman started it they all followed suit! The smile renaissance?

    Long live Obama!

  14. Darren

    It’s a brilliant video. It’s both inspiring and very sad to see that colour change at the end. A great moment in US history, but one that should never have taken this long.

  15. Grannymar Post author

    @K8 – That first smile was a bit of a shock and a few of the others were a bit ‘cheesy’. Barak’s looks natural, he has an open face and I wish him well with all my heart.

    @Darren – Our own Island, small and all as it is, has some prejudices to deal with. Lets hope we learn from this Election.

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