George Bush will be a unique president in many, somewhat trivial ways-including being one of the tallest, one of the few who is lef-handed, and one of the oldest at his inaguration.
The public relations office for Bush's inagural, which is headed by Utahn Laurie Snow Turner, prepared a long list of such trivia as part of its 3-inch-thick handbook for the press covering the swearing-in.Here are some highlights:
-Bush will be the fourth-oldest president to be sworn in at his first inagural. He will be 64 years and 221 days old. Ronald Reagan was 69 years, 349 days; William Henry Harrison was 68 years, 23 days; and James Buchanan was 65 years, 315 days.
-Bush will be the fourth tallest president ever. His 6 feet 2 inches is exceeded only by the 6-foot-4 inch Abraham Lincoln, the 6-foot-3-inch Lyndon B. Johnson and the 6-foot-2 and one half inch Thomas Jefferson.
-Bush joins Gerald Ford, Harry Truman and James Garfield as America's only left-handed presidents.
-Bush is the 14th former vice president to become president and the ninth to win a presidential election. However, he is only the fourth to be elected president directly out of the vice presidency, joining John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Martin Van Buren.
-Bush is the 19th former member of the U.S. House of Representatives to become president, but only the eighth to do so without also being elected as senator.
-Bush is only the second Texan to become president. Lyndon B. Johnson was the other.
-Bush is the only president who was an ambassador to the United Nations.
-Bush is the only president who was once chairman of his political party.
-Bush is the only president who was once director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
-Bush is the 27th president who has served in the military and the sixth who served in the Navy.
-Bush is the 31st president with a college education and the 12th who was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
-Bush is one of only six presidents who played varsity sports in college. He was captain of Yale's baseball team, Reagan played football for Eureka College in Illinois, Jimmy Carter was on the U. S. Naval Academy's cross country team, Ford played football at the University of Michigan, Kennedy was on the swimming team at Harvard and Eisenhower played football at West Point.
-George and Barbara Bush, who were married on Jan. 6, 1945, already have the ninth longest marriage of all time among the presidents. Only William Henry Harrison had been married longer at the time of his inaguration (45 years, 98 days). John and Abigail Adams had the longest marriage at 54 years and 3 days.
-Barbara Bush, who was born in the Bronx, is the ninth first lady from New York, which has produced the most first ladies. Virginia and Ohio are tied for second place, with six each.
-Bush is the fourth president born in Massachusetts. The others were Kennedy and John and John Quincy Adams.
-Bush is the only president who was the son of a U.S. senator.
-Bush is the only president born in June, although he and John F. Kennedy are both Geminis and the only two presidents born under that sign.