Being President Is Hard as S**t

And you don't even get overtime.

Nobody said being president was easy, (except maybe President Harrison, who died of a cold within a month of taking office). Here are just a few of the trials faced by some of America’s former presidents.

  1. JOHN ADAMS AND THOMAS JEFFERSON SQUARE OFF.

    These dignified leaders took political mud-slinging to an absurd level. Brace yourself: It’s traumatizing to see our founding fathers fight.

  2. ABRAHAM LINCOLN DODGES BULLETS IN BALTIMORE.

    Legendary detective Allan Pinkerton used the art of deception to save Honest Abe’s ass. Sometimes all it takes to avoid assassination is a lame disguise and a horse-drawn train car.

  3. EDITH WILSON RUNS A SHADOW PRESIDENCY.

    First Lady Edith Wilson’s one-woman conspiracy famously caused nothing bad to happen.

  4. THE KING BEGS RICHARD NIXON FOR A FEDERAL BADGE.

    In 1970, Elvis Presley visited the White House in hopes of getting an official federal agent badge. Back then, that sort of thing was considered weird.

  5. THE REAGANS CONQUER WASHINGTON.

    Find out how Mr. and Mrs. “The Gipper” rose from Hollywood has-beens to conservative demigods. Never underestimate the power of a chiseled Hollywood chin.