Teddy Roosevelt....maybe the most interesting guy to ever occupy the office. I've read five or six books about him in the last couple of years and I still haven't tired of him.
JFK, my first hero (outside of Johnny Unitas I guess).
LBJ....my favorite president. A man of great strengths and great (maybe greater) flaws. I love this photo of him.
Richard Nixon..... he let his paranoia overwhelm his genius.
Gerald Ford.... seems to me to have been the nicest guy to ever serve as President, at least in my lifetime. I'd have loved to have met him to find out.
Bill Clinton...another very smart man who did some very dumb things.
Barack Obama...not the best picture of the bunch but it kind of shows the stress that comes with dealing with the political world today.
How's that for a "no politics" rundown of political guys?
About the same time I was buying these I came across a couple of other items that fit neatly into my collection but didn't kill my budget. One is a JFK pennant. Purports to be authentic but condition (nice) and price (cheap) left me with some doubts. I have it on my wall and it's a nice item either way.
The other is an souvenir LBJ pen. The seller speculated that it came from the White House gift shop but did that sort of thing even exist back then? It might have come from the LBJ Library gift shop but no matter the origin it makes a nice addition to my Johnson collection.