I KNEW ANDY JACKSON, HE WAS A FRIEND OF MINE & YOU, MR. TRUMP, ARE NO ANDY JACKSON
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Although University of Tennessee history professor Daniel Feller* was not around during the lifespan of the 7th U.S. President, as director of The Papers of Andrew Jackson, he knows him very well. Dr. Feller sees little resemblance between Jackson and Trump.
Michael Collins addressed the comparison of Old Hickory and the Tweeter-n-Chief for USA Today pointing out that the 45th POTUS has put up a portrait of the 7TH POTUS, by Ralph E.W. Earl**, in the Oval Office. In fact, it hangs in just the right spot behind the Resolute Desk so that it appears in photos of President Trump signing Executive Orders.
Mr. Collins points out that Mr. Trump's team has been saying that he, like Jackson, is an "outsider who took on the political establishment and return(ed) power to the people." While historians generally agree that Jackson was a populist president whose origins were of the common man, by the time he was elected POTUS, Mr. Jackson had served in public office for almost 3 decades.
And while Mr.Trump's presidential demeanor is under question,
Mr. Collins summarizes Dr. Feller's view of President Jackson as being "polished, courtly and even polite."
Mary Jordan of The Washington Post writes that Jackson and Trump share some noted similarities. Both are known for their "rabid fans and rabid foes," and both share the following description, spoken by Andrew Jackson and on display at The Hermitage...
"I was born for a storm and a calm does not suit me."***
Another major difference between Presidents Jackson & Trump is that Jackson was a DEMOCRAT while Trump is a REPUBLICAN. Although there are exceptions, generally presidents like to honor other presidents from their own political party.
*Daniel Feller earned his PhD at the University of Wisconsin. He taught at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque & came to the University of Tennessee in 2003.
**Ralph Eleaser Whiteside Earl (1788-1838) was born in New York City & studied under John Trumbull in London. He met Andrew Jackson at the Hermitage in January 1817 & became the "court painter" for the presidential administration of Andrew Jackson.
***Dr. Feller kindly informed me that this phrase was not written by Jackson as I originally posted but was spoken by him "or so said James A. Hamilton, a close confidant of Jackson's, who repeated it in a letter right afterwards."
"Professor: Trump is no Jackson," by Michael Collins, USA Today Network-Tennessee, February 6, 2017, Knoxville News-Sentinel, www.knoxnews.com/
"The TV star and the war hero: Donald Trump compares himself to Andrew Jackson," by Mary Jordan, February 5, 2017, The Washington Post.
by Ralph E.W. Earl
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