Your RDA of Irony

Hail to the Cheap

Of course, you knew that the dollar was worthless but it now is officially a joke.  Yes, William Henry Harrison is on the dollar coin.  President Harrison is best remembered for dying.  He caught pneumonia at his inauguration and then spent a month succumbing to it.

In his day, Harrison was renowned as an Indian fighter–at a time when the Wild West was Indiana.  The site of one of his victories gave him the nickname of Tippecanoe.  That and the name of his vice presidential candidate combined into the memorable campaign slogan “Tippecanoe and Tyler too.”  Harrison was also the first presidential candidate to be reinvented by his media consultants.  The Virginian patrician was marketed as a homespun, log cabin frontierman.  (Andrew Jackson should have sued for plagiarism.)  Aside from the folksy appeal, Harrison had the decisive advantage of not being Martin van Buren–the hapless incumbent who presided over the economic collapse of 1837.

As for Harrison’s lasting legacy, he also is remembered as being the grandfather of President Benjamin Harrison who is remembered for being the grandson of William Henry Harrison.

p.s.  Let’s not forget the historic significance of this day:

  1. Rafferty Barnes says:

    A rabbi, a doctor, a traveling salesman and a kangaroo walk into a bar.

    The bartender looks up and says, “What is this, a joke?”

  2. Nancy Kullman says:

    I knew there was a tippy canoe in there someplace. Not a cause of death in this case, but certainly a catchy song for a political campaign.

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