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Executively Nautical

Former US President and Choate graduate John F. Kennedy was prep. There’s no two ways about it. Just as JFK’s yacht was handcrafted to perfection, the JFK Sailing Belt by Kiel James Patrick is hand braided. Set sail here!

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Saluting our prep school Presidents on President’s Day

With everyone kicking back and enjoying a day off on President’s Day, I figured that we should recognize those men who graduated from some of our country’s finest prep schools.

Franklin Roosevelt on the Groton Football Team

First up to the plate is Franklin D. Roosevelt. I did some research, and it seems like FDR is the first true prep school grad to win the high office. His cousin Teddy Roosevelt was home schooled. FDR went to Groton, and as much as we sometimes hate on Groton, I have some friends there and you can’t deny its a great school. 

Check out FDR in his Groton JV football t-neck. Classic.

 

JFK is swag surfing

Following FDR was John F. Kennedy. We have already written about JFK being so prep. He went to Choate before it became Choate Rosemary Hall and then went to Harvard.  Just check out the photo above. JFK had so much coastal swag going on that it was ridiculous.

George H.W. Bush as a student at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts

The next President up was George H.W. Bush, who attended Phillips Andover, ’42. Bush was a legend at Andover, and went to Yale to play some baseball AFTER serving in the Navy in WWII. Despite his wealth and connections, Bush chose to serve his country before going on to college. He and his family are well liked in Kennebunkport.

George W. Bush at Andover

Last up is George W. Bush, who also attended Andover. Bush followed in his father’s footsteps in many ways, although he did not excel as an athlete as his father did. Like his father, “W” went to Yale and then got his MBA from Harvard. Even though he has solid east coast prep cred, W really has more cowboy swag than anything else.

So, in case you are keeping score, it’s Groton: 1, Choate: 1 and Andover: 2. If Mitt Romney becomes president, Belmont Hill gets 1/2 a point because Romney sent all his boys there.

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Did JFK plagiarize from his head of school?

By Basil Katz

NEW YORK | Tue Nov 1, 2011 6:59pm EDT

(Reuters) – John F. Kennedy’s most famous turn of phrase was inspired by the headmaster of his New England prep school, according to a new book on America’s only president to have won the Pulitzer Prize.

In his 14-minute 1961 inaugural speech, which addressed the United States’ role in the Cold War, Kennedy told Americans to “ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”

Kennedy, it turns out, had heard something like it before.

Two documents unearthed by MSNBC television host Chris Matthews in his book “Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero,” show that the future president’s headmaster at the elite Choate boarding school in Connecticut in the early 1930s had used a similar exhortation.

“The youth who loves his alma matter will always ask not ‘What can she do for me?’ but ‘What can I do for her?” the headmaster said, quoting a Harvard University dean.

The book says that Kennedy, who was nearly expelled from Choate for his rebellious hijinks, boosted his 1960 presidential bid with small but well-timed moves.

Wait…I’m confused. JFK ripped off his line from the head of school at Choate, who ripped it off from a Harvard dean?

I tried to Google JFK’s “rebellious hijinks” while he was at Choate. They were probably pretty funny.

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