As today is Father’s Day, I will provide an interesting piece of patriarchal trivia: Did you know that Ronald Reagan was the last U.S. president to not be named after either his father or his grandfather?
George H. W. Bush was named after his maternal grandfather, George Herbert Walker.
William Jefferson Clinton was named after his birth father, William Jefferson Blythe, Jr.
George W. Bush, though not a junior, was clearly named after his father, George H. W. Bush.
(Reagan is also the last president whose father doesn’t have his own Wikipedia page. Coincidence?)
Interestingly, this trend will almost certainly continue through 2008, since both major-party candidates (Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. and John Sidney McCain III) and the leading minor-party candidate (Robert Laurence Barr, Jr.) are all named after their fathers. If you’re interested in breaking the trend, note that neither Ralph Nader or Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin are juniors. (I wasn’t able to determine whether they’re named after their respective grandfathers.)
Since all you really come here for are cute baby pix, I have included a picture of Pru decked out in her Flag Day best after the break.