The Luckiest Penny

Presidential Superstitions

We’ve heard of professional athletes having some nTEXL8zTAserious superstitions, but Presidents of the United States? Yep, even leaders in the highest office have held onto certain beliefs for luck. Here are a few Presidents known to believe in a superstition.

  • William McKinley (25th President) wore a red carnation in his lapel for luck. Occasionally, he would give it away but he always made sure his staff was ready to replace it with another one.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt (32nd President) held onto the old superstition of fearing the number 13. He would avoid traveling on the 13th of the month and would never sit at a table with 13 guests.
  • Harry Truman (33rd President) hung a horseshoe over the door to his Presidential office for luck.
  • One superstition starting with Gerald Ford (38th President) stated that the candidate’s wife who won the Family Circle baking contest would win the presidency.
  • President Barak Obama is known to play basketball on important election days for luck.
  • Another superstition in Washington is the Redskins Rule. It’s believed that if the Washington Redskins win the last home game before the election then the incumbent president will win.

I hope superstitions never influence any important decisions because I believe you can’t go looking for luck . . . it finds you.


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