Skip to comments.Groupon promo pays tribute to 'President Hamilton'.
Posted on 02/17/2014 4:25:36 AM PST by carriage_hill
More than 200 years after Alexander Hamiltons death, an online coupon company has given the Founding Father a historic promotion.
Deal website Groupon launched a Presidents Day tie-in of $10 off when customers purchase a $40 coupon for a local business.
The problem is, the promotion honors President Alexander Hamilton -- who was never president of the United States.
According to MyFoxNY.com, the promo calls Hamilton "undeniably one of our greatest presidents and most widely recognized for establishing the country's financial system."
Hamilton, the nation's first secretary of the Treasury, was killed by Vice President Aaron Burr in a pistol duel.
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When asked to respond to the mix-up, Groupon spokesperson Erin Yeager told MyFoxNY.com, "We'll just have to agree to disagree."
Benjamin Franklin was 10 times better as President. He is on the $100.00 bill. Hamilton is just on the $10.00 bill.
I spoke to a 25 year old who graduated in the top 5% of his class. (White, middleclass and bright.) He had never heard of President Kennedy or Jacky-O. He could name the presidents from Carter forward. He’d heard of Lincoln but couldn’t think of anything significant he’d done.
He lost the duel; he needed some practice time at the range, too.
We’re in more trouble, as a country, than most people know. I’ve run into young people who know zero about American History. But they can open and put a condom on a cucumber in 1.237 secs.
This young man was not aware that he was a liberal. He classed himself as conservative. His only interest was being green and having a minimum carbon footprint. He used “sustainable” as a verb, noun and adjective.
He was not a good shot. But he was an excellent target.
It is very dangerous.
I know a “teacher” from a liberal private school who’s been “teaching” for 10 years. Middle school. She didn’t know what president lived at Mt. Vernon which is about an hour from here. The only reason she knows who lives at Monticello is because she studies the leaves and bugs in the mountains there.
This is what’s happening in this country. Kids get involved with the arts, mother nature and being sensitive to others and that’s it!
Based on personal experience I would not fault the young for being stupid. I would only fault them for not improving.
“Benjamin Franklin was 10 times better as President. He is on the $100.00 bill. Hamilton is just on the $10.00 bill.”
Dude. No way.
Prezzy Hamilton ended wimmin’s suffrage so he totally owns Presdent Franklin. Totes for real.
They’re taught to worship the earth god called Gaia, instead of the one, true God.
My Favorite President was Samuel Adams.
IMO good publicity ploy. Look how every one is talking about them.
I’m pretty sure that the ‘grandfather clause’ on presidential eligibility, Article 2, Section 5, made him eligible.
Gotta be some kind of marketing ploy. They can’t be that stupid.
I'll drink to that.
My Favorite President is Andrew Jackson because Chuck Heston played him twice in movies.
I thought I had read that he fired off - as was often the case in duels, but that Burr did not, which is why many even on his side were upset at him....gotta go dig.
As his forces walked home from the Battle of New Orleans he noticed that the officers were riding their horses and the wounded men were walking. He directed the officers to put the wounded men on the horses and he dismounted and put a wounded man on his horse. As they walked on a soldier approached Jackson and offered a walking stick to assist his travels. I’m sure you can guess what type of tree the walking stick was from. That and the fact that he was hard as hickory made sure that the name stuck.
ah...a matter of contention.
Quickly from Wikipedia:
“David O. Stewart, in his biography of Burr, American Emperor, notes that the reports of Hamilton’s intentionally missing Burr with his shot only began to appear in newspaper reports published in papers friendly to Hamilton in the days after his death. However Ron Chernow, in his biography, “Alexander Hamilton”, states Hamilton told numerous friends of his intention to avoid firing at Burr well before the duel. Additionally, according to Chernow, Hamilton wrote a number of letters dated before the duel that also attest to this intention. The two shots, witnesses reported, followed one another in close succession, and none of those witnesses could agree as to who fired first.”
Here I want to note a historical puzzle. It is frequently said that the "natural born Citizen" requirement was inserted in the text of the Constitution to prevent Alexander Hamilton---who was born in the West Indies---from becoming President. Some scholars note that this account is probably not true, but when they do so, they still tend to assume that Hamilton was not eligible to be President. For example, GW Law Prof Jonathan Turley says on his blog: "It is clear that the Framers considered natural born to refer to a birth on U.S. soil. Indeed, Alexander Hamilton was viewed as ineligible due to his birth in the West Indies."
Turley may well be right that Hamilton's contemporaries thought Hamilton ineligible for the Presidency. Reputable historians have said as much. But if so, Hamilton's contemporaries were surely wrong. It's true that Hamilton wasn't a "natural born Citizen," but the Constitution says that to become President one must be EITHER a "natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution . . . ." (boldface added). The boldface language was included because, at the time of the adoption of the Constitution, nobody who was old enough to be President had been born a citizen of the United States, there not having been a United States until July 4, 1776.
Jackson was a Bad Ass. Some guy took a shot at him and the guns failed to fire. Jackson took to beating him with his walking stick until he was pulled off.
Cant Imagine Obama doing that
Well he was killed by a Vice President.
LOLOLMAO! Been there, done that with a p-butter sammich!
It sure got them some ‘press’, but they look like idiots. At least to those of us who know history.
Not-so-accurate (self-admission) Wiki:
I believe Jefferson and Adams referred to Hamilton as “that foreign bastard,” due to his having been born in Nevis and not in one of the American colonies.
That’s really funny.
Actually, it does appear to be some sort of publicity ploy. They even established a twitter account for “Prez” Hamilton:
“Even bad press is good press.”
They may not have thought that at the time.
Please see post 28.
He did invent beer.
This Country needs a President like Jackson right now. For that matter it might be time to bring duels back to politics.