Happy Presidents' Day! Today is about more than just sleeping in and crazy good sales (although, we’ll take holidays in honor of both of those things). Today we honor and celebrate our nation’s many leaders and the work they do as president of the United States, a job that we imagine is a little more challenging than your average nine to five.
It’s easy to forget that before they were literally leading an entire country, these guys were leading regular lives. They played sports in college, chilled with their friends and family, and, at least in the case of our current prez, Barack Obama (above), they went on dates. Actually, Obama’s first date with Michelle Robinson (now his wife, aka First Lady Michelle Obama) in 1989 was so majorly adorable, it was adapted for the film Southside with You, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year to great reviews. Presidents, they’re just like us. If you still don’t believe it, scroll down for more shots of our the commanders-in-chief from back in the day.
1. George H.W. Bush
George H.W. Bush was captain of the Yale baseball team in 1947.
2. John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy studied International Affairs at Harvard University.
3. Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton (pictured here in 1968) attended Oxford University in Britain.
4. Gerald Ford
Former President Gerald Ford (pictured here in 1934) played center for the University of Michigan Wolverines.
5. George W. Bush
George Bush, Jr. served in the Texas Air National Guard, flying fighter jets, from 1970 to 1973.
6. Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon (pictured here in 1934) attended law school at Duke University.
7. Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter was an Ensign in the United States Navy.
8. Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan (pictured here in 1937) was an actor and starred in the film "Love Is On The Air."