Presidential Fab Five

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Antre Stephenson
Staff Writer

Now that is finally that time of the year where the leaves are falling and basketball games are starting to be played. At the same time, it is election season, it will be great time to do a starting five lineup using five out of the forty-five US presidents. This was a tough decision on who would make the starting five roster. But the team was able to narrow it down so here is my starting five US presidents.

Starting at point guard will be the first resident of the United States, George Washington. He was born on Feb. 22, 1732 in Westmoreland County, Virginia and died on Dec. 14, 1799 at Mount Vernon Virginia. He stood at 5 foot 10 inches and was a member of Virginia House of Burgesses from 1959-74. He was a member of Continental Congress from 1774-75, as well as a Chairman of the Constitution Convention from 1787-88. The nation’s capital was located in Philadelphia during Washington’s administration making him the only president who did not live in Washington D.C. during his presidency. The fact that at the dawn of the country’s inception, everyone in the Continental Congress knew to have Washington both lead the army against the British and the country makes him the perfect floor general for the roster.

My shooting guard will be John Tyler. President Tyler was born on March 29, 1790 in Greenway Virginia and died on Jan. 18, 1862 in Richmond Virginia. He stood 6 feet tall and he was the 10th president of the United States. He was a member of Virginia house of Delegates from 1811-16. He was also the member of the U.S. House of Representatives 1816-21. He was a Virginia State Legislator from 1823-25 and a United States Senator from 1827-36. Tyler was the first president whose wife died while he was in office. He also was one of five Presidents who were never inaugurated. Five years after leaving office, Tyler was so poor he was unable to pay a bill for $1.25, forcing him to sell his corn crop. Tyler was the first President to take the office through succession, as William Henry Harrison died less than a year into his presidency. So if Washington starts turning the ball over on the court, Tyler could replace him as the primary ball handler.

Now for the small forward for the team, it will have to be Barack Obama. Obama was the 44th  president selected as the U.S. president. He was born on Aug. 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was a member of Illinois State Senate from 1996-2004 as well as a United States Senator from 2005-08. Obama was the first African American U.S, and as of today, he was also the first president born outside of the contiguous United States. Obama, playing basketball in high school and pick up games throughout his presidency, would be the star player on the team.

For my power forward position, the choice will have to be the 42nd president, Bill Clinton. Clinton was born Aug. 19, 1946 in Hope, Arkansas. On Nov. 16, 2000. President Clinton was the first president to visit Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War. Clinton, like Obama, played the sport in his childhood in Arkansas, making him the Robin to Obama’s Batman.

And last but not least, playing the center position is Abraham Lincoln. Standing at 6 foot 4 inches, he was the tallest President in the country’s history, making him the best option for the big man position. The 16th president of the U.S., he was born March 4, 1861 and died April 15, 1865. Lincoln was the first president to die by assassination. He was shot while watching a performance of “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. His long, strong arms can swat away shots like flies and throw quick outlets to begin fast breaks. So here is a recap of my starting five.

George Washington, John Tyler, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Abraham Lincoln. Although, this would be a considered a small basketball lineup compared to an average NBA basketball players, the achievements that they have all achieved surpass all of it.



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