US Ex-President, Richard Nixon, Spent Over 8 Lakh On Bird Repellent To Avoid Pigeon Poop

9:00 am 13 Jul, 2017


About 50 Democratic lawmakers say they will not attend the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump. They have a legit reason for not going to the inaugural function.

History has stood true that there have been all sorts of mishaps at the U.S Presidential inaugural functions.


White House at U.S. Wikimedia Commons

In 1857, James Buchanan was struck with a case of diarrhea before taking his oath of office. In 1865, giving the vice presidential inaugural address, Andrew Johnson was drunk. In 1973, Richard Nixon’s second inauguration was littered with dead pigeons.

Due to these incidents, the lawmakers this year were reluctant to attend the inaugural ceremony of Donald Trump.



Richard Nixon, who had its now way to walk on path of glory Wikimedia Commons

Richard Nixon, who was the 37th President of the United States from 1969 until 1974 gave a new twist to his inaugural parade. He wanted to walk on clean roads.

So, at his  request, the inaugural committee spent $13,000 (that’s more than 8 lakh rupees) to smear Roost No More, a chemical bird repellent, on tree branches along the parade route to deter pigeons. Roost No More was supposed to create an itching sensation on their feet. Unfortunately, the birds ate the stuff, which dotted Pennsylvania Avenue with sick and dead pigeons.


Andrew Johnson, whose medicine only worked against him. Wikimedia Commons

The most amusing of all the inaugural function mishaps was when Andrew Johnson, who was the 17th President of the United States, serving from 1865 to 1869 sworn in as President. Johnson became president as he was vice president at the time of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.

Andrew Johnson was sick, and then he was drunk. He had typhoid fever, and whiskey is good for what ails. He drank whiskey, walked into the overheated, crowded Senate chamber and had to listen to a speech and then had to give one himself. He stood up and basically just rambled like a drunk man.

However, Richard Nixon proved to be the only daring man who put his thoughts into action fearlessly, even though it worked against him.

We wonder how crazy our world leaders can be?



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