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American Presidents Appear Chosen by Name; Their Fate Set By The Numbers

By James Donahue

There is something very spooky about the history of American presidents. It is almost as if the electoral process has little to do with it. Certain people are destined to be our nation's leaders no matter what. And certain presidents appear cursed to die in office.

If you study the names of the men we elected to this high office, most have double letters in their names. On top of this list are Roosevelt, Hoover, Kennedy, "Bill" Clinton and "Jimmy" Carter. The other presidents include Adams (with two "a's" in the name), Dwight D. Eisenhower (two d's and three e's), and Nixon (with two n's). I think you get the picture.

Using this formula, it is easy to understand why George W. Bush defeated Al Gore. Even though Gore out-polled Bush in popular votes, Bush was destined to win because he had two g's and two e's in his name. This rule was broken in 2004, however, when Bush narrowly defeated John Kerry. Kerry’s two "r’s" should have made him the victor. But then there was strong suspicion of misconduct at the polls in both of these elections.

Finally, the double "c’s" in John McCain’s name were not enough to win against Barack Obama’s four "a’s." Was it because one of the C’s was a capital letter and the other was in small case? If the formula applies again this fall, without poll tampering, voters may chose Mitt Romney over Barack Obama because of those double "t’s." Romney also has two "m’s" in his name.

A few years ago I met a very unusual man who liked to study numbers and statistics like this. When he pointed out this phenomenon behind the winners in American presidential elections I did not believe him at first. But then, after searching through U. S. history records, I found that he was quite right. The candidates with the double letters were always the winners, especially if their opponent had a name like Al Gore, with all of the letters different from the others.

Had Gore been known by his full first name, Albert, he might have been a sure victor over George Bush. As it was, the election was so close it went before the U.S. Supreme Court to decide. The name Albert Gore, if you notice, also has two e's in the full name, but the letters are separated by first and last names. George, which contains both g's and e's in the same name, was clearly the stronger name.

You may perhaps write this off to a subconscious decision by American voters to trust or simply just prefer names with double letters. But there is another peculiar thing about our presidential history that is harder to explain and is much more disturbing.

Ever since Benjamin Harrison (with two r's) was elected to office in 1840, every president going into office on even number years except Ronald Reagan (three a's) has died in office. There was an assassination attempt on Reagan's life and it was disclosed he was suffering from Alzheimer Disease after he left office. Some believe Nancy Reagan may have been running the country during his final days in office. Was Reagan mentally dead while still serving as our president?

Then George W. Bush was elected on a triple zero election year, 2000 and he amazingly broke the cycle of the dead presidents. But how did this strange have its origins?

The story is that Chief Tecumseh was a Shawnee who wanted the American Indian tribes to break away from the reservation and return to their old ways. He established a village at Tippecanoe Creek, Ohio, called Utopia Town where his followers gathered. While he was away, William Henry Harrison, then an army general, got into a skirmish with the people at Tippecanoe Creek and Tecumseh's brother was killed. This happened in 1811.

Tecumseh was so angered that he gathered a band of about 2000 warriors and joined the British in battles against the Americans in the War of 1812. Later, when Harrison sought the presidency in 1840, Tecumseh cursed him.

The curse reads that if Harrison won the office of Great Chief "he will not finish his term. He will die in office. And when he dies you will remember my brother. You think that I have lost my powers. I who caused the sun to darken and Red Men to give up firewater. But I tell you Harrison will die. And after him, every Great Chief chosen every 20 years thereafter will die. And when each one dies, let everyone remember the death of our people."

Harrison was the ninth elected president and just as Tecumseh predicted, he became the first president to die in office. His term lasted only one month. He became ill and on April 4, 1841, shortly after taking office, he died.

The death list has continued right on cue ever since.

--Abraham Lincoln was elected in 1860. He was murdered in 1865.

--James Garfield, elected 1880, took office in 1881, assassinated Sept. 19, 1881.

--William McKinley, elected to his second term in 1990, assassinated on Sept. 14, 1901.

--Warren G. Harding, elected 1920, died of a heart attack on Aug. 2, 1923.

--Franklin D. Roosevelt, elected 1940, died of ill health on Apr. 12, 1945.

--John F. Kennedy, elected in 1960, assassinated Nov. 22, 1963.

--There are some who question whether George W. Bush was legally elected in 2000, since his win was decided by the high court. Would this account for his survival throughout his eight years in office?

In a book "Mysteries of the Unexplained published by Reader's Digest, 1982, I found some interesting synchronicities linked to the Kennedy assassination.

There is a federal mint in Dallas that issued a dollar bill just two weeks before Kennedy was shot there. It is now known as the Kennedy assassination bill. Since Dallas is the location of the 11th of 12 Federal Reserve Bank districts, the bill has the letter K, or the 11th letter of the alphabet, printed on its face. Also the number 11 appears in each corner. The serial number of this bill begins with K and ends with A, suggesting "Kennedy Assassination. Kennedy was shot on the 11th month of the year. Adding the two elevens on either side of the bill makes 22, the date of the shooting. The series number is 1963, the year Kennedy died.

The writer of the article points to yet another interesting set of synchronicities connected with both the Kennedy and Lincoln assassinations, which occurred exactly 100 years apart.

Both men were shot on Friday and in the presence of their wives. They were both shot by bullets in the back of the head. Lincoln was shot in the Ford Theater and Kennedy was shot in a Lincoln, manufactured by the Ford Automobile Co. Both men were succeeded by vice-presidents named Johnson. Both accused assassins were murdered before they could be brought to trial.

Do you ever get the feeling that our lives here are nothing more than a chess game and that we are all pawns, being manipulated by jokesters?