Commander in Chief?

One day during the early stages of the Revolutionary War, George Washington enlisted an officer to requisition some horses from local landowners. Calling at an old country manse, the officer was graciously received by the lady of the house.
“Madam,” he explained, “I have come to claim your horses in the name of the government.” “On whose orders?” the woman sternly demanded. “On the orders of General George Washington,” the officer replied, “Commander in Chief of the American army.”

“Well, you go back and tell General George Washington,” the woman replied, “that his mother says he cannot have her horses!”

Governor’s Mother

Barbara Bush was once asked whether she gave President George W. Bush advice. “I do,” she replied, “but he never takes it. I, for instance, was the one who told him not to run for governor – he could never win!”

Jefferson’s Mother

One day Thomas Jefferson was told by a servant that his mother’s house had burned to the ground. His first question? “What about my books?”

Girly Man

Douglas MacArthur’s military success may have come as a surprise to his childhood friends. His macho image notwithstanding, the future general was dressed in skirts by his mother – until he was eight years old!


“When I was a child,” Picasso once recalled, “my mother said to me, if you become a soldier, you’ll be a general. If you become a monk, you’ll end up as Pope. Instead I became a painter – and wound up as Picasso.”

Lesson of the ‘M’ for “Magnet”

A teacher gave her class of second graders a lesson on the magnet and what it does. In a written test, she included this question:

“My full name has six letters. The first one is M. I pick up things. What am I?”

When the test papers were turned in, the teacher was astonished to find that almost 50 percent of the students answered the question with the word, Mother.

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