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All the President’s Men

Feb 20, 2012

by Cate Fitt handmade and vintage goods

Call me a curmudgeon but I do not like Presidents’ Day. When I was much younger, we celebrated the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, learning about their lives and how they contributed to our history. Presidents’ Day has come to be too inclusive for my taste. Are we supposed to celebrate all presidents, even the incompetent and dishonest ones? Because this year is a presidential election year, I have been thinking a great deal about the important qualities and qualifications that make a person suited for the office. It is an honor to serve in a democracy, and I want a leader who respects the position and its responsibilities. At least I can rely on Etsy for all sorts of tributes to the Highest Office.

[Clockwise from top left: Spun cotton Washington figure box from Nordeen; Washington eye pillow by Rogueobjects; Parlor chair by Metrosofa; Ice cream mold from Ifitsnotbaroque; Woodcut print by Chandarchandar]

The holiday is still officially Washington’s birthday. Even though he never did chop down that cherry tree, I plan to honor him by eating cherry pie.


[Clockwise from top left: Lino Block print by Andyrama; Stackable mugs by Rothshank; Birthplace replica by Twinoakrusticmemorie; Penny belt buckle by Citizenobjects; Vintage comic from Themagiccloset]

Lincoln is my favorite president. He not only saved the Union and freed the slaves, his eloquence rings true today.


[Clockwise from top left: Beaded White House painting by Thelonebeader; Obama mosaic by Glassvet; Obama plate by Rothshank; Obama to Reagan nesting dolls from Artmatryoshka; Handmade Obama wallhanging by Craftthingsbybeverly]

Now that I have lived long enough to see an African-American president, I am looking forward to the year we elect a woman.


[Clockwise from top left: Bush rice straw art by Museumshop; Mount Rushmore soap by Bubblegenius; Eisenhower vintage painting from Lovelyhomevintage; Woodcarved Reagan by Folkartwoodcarving; Kennedy coin bank from Modernfx; Madison brooch by Weikscraighandmade]

Tell me, do you have a favorite president?

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Abraham Lincoln Lino Block Print - Inspired by Byzantine Christian Icons
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The Flash Vintage Comic 1971
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Beaded WHITE HOUSE portrait Washington DC mixed media wall art painting 24 x 36 Beadwork on oval canvas
Beaded WHITE HOUSE portrait Washington DC mixed media wall art painting 24 x 36 Beadwork on oval canvas
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From Obama to Reagan USA presidents matryoshka nesting doll, 5 pc, free shipping
From Obama to Reagan USA presidents matryoshka nesting doll, 5 pc, free shipping
Obama-Nuff Said Wallhanging
Obama-Nuff Said Wallhanging
Mt. WASHMORE - Mount RUSHMORE Hand Soap - PINE Scent - Vegan
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  • SimplyCutebyKarin

    SimplyCutebyKarin from SimplyCutebyKarin said 5 years ago

    Washington with the Pledge toothpaste is really fun!

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    Great picks!

  • beliz82

    Beliz from beliz82 said 5 years ago

    Great finds Thank you for sharing

  • volkerwandering

    Jess from volkerwandering said 5 years ago

    Wow! I want all of the featured items here! So cool! Especially those dolls! What a great idea!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    I find American politics so fascinating, its so often about the egos and personalities which make it such an unpredictable thing.

  • decembermoondesign

    Doreen from decembermoondesign said 5 years ago

    Pledge toothpaste! love it.

  • TheMillineryShop

    Marcia Lacher from TheMillineryShop said 5 years ago

    There is a store in my neighborhood that carries a series of "Action Heroes" but they are really a bunch of presidents wives. Really weird.

  • goodbeads

    goodbeads from goodbeads said 5 years ago

    Very very them!

  • KaiceJoy

    Kirsti Joy from KaiceJoy said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the interesting and fun finds!!

  • protegezmoi

    Gozi Hunt from SalvageGozi said 5 years ago

    cool finds ! i love tat washington eye cushion!

  • nomadcraftsetc

    Janelle and Jason Ethridge from NomadCraftsEtc said 5 years ago

    What a fun collection of presidential items! Love the Obama Mosaic! Go Obama!!!!

  • KKSimpleRegalJewelry

    Krista from TheBeadtriss said 5 years ago

    thanks for the post! ~KK~

  • RockYourRoom

    Kathleen Flatoff from RockYourRoom said 5 years ago

    Neat collection. I love the FLASH comic.

  • BlueMoonLights

    Alexandra Simons from BlueMoonLights said 5 years ago

    Great finds!!!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    Debra Gilstrap from gilstrapdesigns said 5 years ago

    Unique collection and I love that chair!

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDConnection from TheIDconnection said 5 years ago

    Love it!

  • mochamint36

    Shannon from FreshlyFallenDesigns said 5 years ago

    How appropriate given the day!

  • DecadesOfVintage

    DecadesOfVintage from DecadesOfVintage said 5 years ago

    i agree with you

  • glusk

    Tara Galuska from GluskDesigns said 5 years ago

    I am not an American and do not celebrate Presidents Day but I do want that ice cream mold!

  • katrinaalana

    Katrina Alana from KatrinaAlana said 5 years ago

    Interesting holiday. I like the Louis chair.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Great blog!

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    Nermin from earflaphats said 5 years ago


  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 5 years ago

    Love it!

  • TheInvintage

    Molly Green from TheInvintage said 5 years ago

    Wish that some of these "great men" had some accompanying "great women" to go with them...would bill have made it through without hilary after all?

  • myvintagecrush

    Kathleen from myvintagecrush said 5 years ago

    Aaahhh!! Love these! Especially the Abe Lincoln items and dollar pillow! 2012 is here already..

  • gabeadz

    Gabriela from gabeadz said 5 years ago

    Great Blog!

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    Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said 5 years ago


  • sarahack

    Sara from sarahack said 5 years ago

    Oh my gosh...totally awesome!!


    NICOLE Dotto from DOTTO said 5 years ago

    this is supreme. and uuuuhhhh Marcia I would really love an action hero presidents wife doll. I hope you are not kidding around here because IT SOUNDS WONDERFUL.

  • ShoeClipsOnly

    kathy johnson from ShoeClipsOnly said 5 years ago

    Fun collection! Thanks for sharing!

  • andyrama

    Andrew Ellis from andyrama said 5 years ago

    Oh wow! Thanks so much for including my Lincoln print!

  • MishaGirl

    Michelle from MishaGirl said 5 years ago

    Kitschy Kool!

  • kathyjohnson3

    Kathy Johnson from kathyjohnson3 said 5 years ago

    Wonderful shop! Congratulations on the feature!

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry from jammerjewelry said 5 years ago

    Wonderful collection, thanks for sharing.

  • uniquefabricgifts

    Unique Fabric Gifts from uniquefabricgifts said 5 years ago

    Cool items!

  • andreealofgren

    Andreea Lofgren from CTbyCoutureTime said 5 years ago

    Love the pillow and the chair!

  • PaintedHorse

    susi from PaintedHorse said 5 years ago

    Very clever collection and a thought-provoking post. I agree with you, Cate. Thanks for sharing...

  • RenataandJonathan

    Renata and Jonathan from RenataandJonathan said 5 years ago

    Creative and fun collection ! That chair rocks :)

  • sweetsarahcardsandtr

    Sarah M. from sweetsarahpatisserie said 5 years ago

    it's fantastic!

  • sweetsarahcardsandtr

    Sarah M. from sweetsarahpatisserie said 5 years ago

    awesome work

  • JCTgoods

    James Tocchio from PickleshwinksCycles said 5 years ago

    Good post on Presidents Day

  • eversolovely

    Ever So Lovely from EverSoLovely said 5 years ago

    Awesome stuff! Love the Washington eye pillow!

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 5 years ago

    Great picks!

  • bedouin

    Nicole from bedouin said 5 years ago

    politics is nothing short of human nature ~ Great finds in our ever changing world

  • thevelvetheart

    Melanie Beth from thevelvetheart said 5 years ago

    Any exuse to eat cherry pie is a good one!

  • BlueJacaranda

    Linda Robertus from BlueJacaranda said 5 years ago

    I am not American but my favourite president would have to be Obama. After watching the tv-series about the Kennedyes I have also become fascinated by this family and have started reading their biographies. Fascinating stuff!

  • gwen4791

    Gwen Duhart from AdorablyHooked said 5 years ago

    The only reason I hate President's Day is because I do not have the day off! LOL! Nonetheless, I think that celebrating every president is a celebration of democracy. *We* elect *them*. It's sort of like an adoption, and we choose the one we want. The corrupt and dishonest ones are just another fold in American history. We are not perfect, we are a growing changing country. I've only been eligible to vote for four presidents. Bill Clinton was my first pick. Barack Obama was my last pick. Every president I have voted for has one each of his elections. So yeah...throw George W. Bush in there as well. I loved each of them for different reasons. Happy President's Day!

  • bijuterra

    Ioana Avram from bijuterra said 5 years ago

    great finds:)

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    Amber from BambuEarth said 5 years ago


  • lulusnest

    Lulu Hill from lulusnest said 5 years ago

    Cool finds all around!

  • mylittleposies

    mylittleposies from AmbersRoses said 5 years ago

    Great picks but PLEASE people we live in a Republic. NOT a democracy. Seriously it's an important difference.

  • DeweysNook

    Victoria Benenati from DeweysNook said 5 years ago

    My little posies: We don't live in A republic ;). A republic, by definition, is a government ruled by one or few people or, communism, neither do we live in a democracy, a democracy in it's pure form is anarchy, or a government ruled only by the people. We live in an indirect-republic, or, a democratic republic ;). Fascinating, however, we take two of the GREATEST opposite evils (Communism, or totalitarianism and anarchy) and smash them together to get the greatest system man can create. My favorite president is easily John Adams. My least favorite is Woodrow Wilson and Obama. I would love to have a woman president, but, I would never, EVER vote for a president strinctly on their gender or race. I want to vote for someone I agree with.

  • TeenAngster Admin

    Alison Feldmann from TeenAngster said 5 years ago

    My favorite presidents? FDR and Obama.


    VINTAGE NOW from ESTATENOW said 5 years ago

    Great picks.

  • mingtaphotography

    Mingta Li from mingtaphotography said 5 years ago

    WOW! So COOL!!! Great collection!

  • andiespecialtysweets

    Jason and Andie from andiespecialtysweets said 5 years ago

    There is a very good reason that our Pledge of Allegiance refers to our country as a Republic and there is a very good reason that our Declaration of Independence and our constitution do not even mention the word "democracy". The Founders were extremely knowledgeable about the issue of democracy and feared a democracy as much as a monarchy. They understood that the only entity that can take away the people's freedom is their own government, either by being too weak to protect them from external threats or by becoming too powerful and taking over every aspect of life. They knew very well the meaning of the word "democracy", and the history of democracies; and they were deliberately doing everything in their power to prevent having a democracy. In a Republic, the sovereignty resides with the people themselves. In a Republic, one may act on his own or through his representatives when he chooses to solve a problem. The people have no obligation to the government; instead, the government is a servant of the people, and obliged to its owner, We the People. Many politicians and Americans have lost sight of that fact. A Constitutional Republic has some similarities to democracy in that it uses democratic processes to elect representatives and pass new laws, etc. The critical difference lies in the fact that a Constitutional Republic has a Constitution that limits the powers of the government. It also spells out how the government is structured, creating checks on its power and balancing power between the different branches. The goal of a Constitutional Republic was to avoid the dangerous extreme of either tyranny or mobocracy but what exists in America today is a far cry from the Constitutional Republic our forefathers brought forth. Article IV Section 4 of the Constitution states: "The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion . . ." Fave Presidents: 1) George Washington, because he didn't want to be president, but did a darn good job. 2) Thomas Jefferson, believed in sound money, and wanted government to mind their own business. 3) John Adams -great integrity. Even as a lawyer he defended the British Red Coats, even though they had committed horrible crimes, just because he wanted them to have a fair hearing.

  • andiespecialtysweets

    Jason and Andie from andiespecialtysweets said 5 years ago

    Love the presidential finds you gathered, Cate!

  • SweetMeas

    Sarah Meas from SweetMeas said 5 years ago

    I'm hoping that my new favorite President will be.......Ron Paul....awwwww

  • AmberGypsySky

    Amber Archibald from GypsySkyCreations said 5 years ago

    the Obama mosaic is awesome :P

  • blueroompottery

    Marietta from blueroompottery said 5 years ago

    Oh I agree with you Kate! You are so right!! The picks are fantastic, those nesting dolls are so funny, and I love the red chair! Great article, keep them coming :) xox

  • cottonlamps

    jiranut supon from cottonlamps said 5 years ago

    Great picks!!

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    Alisa from AlisaDesign said 5 years ago


  • DiscordVintage

    Discord Vintage from DiscordVintage said 5 years ago

    That Parlour Chair is amazing!

  • TheEverlastingPosy

    TheEverlastingPosy from TheEverlastingPosy said 5 years ago

    Interesting collection! I especially like the little log cabin.

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies from BanglewoodSupplies said 5 years ago

    The belt is amazing!

  • johntran1408

    John Tran said 5 years ago

    Please see my tribute here..Abraham Lincoln doing Just Dance 3..;postID=2347728695222413586

  • johntran1408

    John Tran said 5 years ago

    this one actually..

  • Namaz

    Nazima Banka from nazimabanka said 5 years ago

    very inventive finds!

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    AJ Marsden from OnlyOriginalsByAJ said 5 years ago

    Great finds! I'd have to say that I admire Lincoln as well. Since he's one of my favorite presidents, I had to read the book Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter. Excellent book - and they are making a movie about it! It takes historical events and puts a great creative spin on them. Here's the trailer: Thanks for the good read!

  • NannyMadeandfound

    Melinda from sixtybeansVntg said 5 years ago

    a very thought provoking article, and love the finds. thanks jason and andie for your words, they ring very true. we the people. that phrase has never meant more. it's not about who the president is, it's who the people are and how we all work together to form a nation that supports each other, and has great influence worldwide. here's hoping we can put someone in office that understands that

  • GreatRussianGifts

    Great Russian Gifts from GreatRussianGifts said 1 year ago

    Interesting idea with presidential nesting dolls.

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