‘White House Down’ (But Not Out): 10 Real Presidents Who Kicked the Most Butt
Jamie Foxx plays gunslinging President in 'White House Down' (Photo: Columbia Pictures)
Jamie Foxx plays U.S. President James Sawyer, a man forced to defend 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue from an all-out attack by domestic terrorists.
Yes, starting this Friday we get to see the President pull out his piece — and his rocket launcher — in "White House Down." While it's a shocking prospect (can you imagine Obama doing that!?), real presidents in U.S. history have scrapped and battled their way to victory — some in arguably more dire circumstances.
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In ranked order, these are 10 United States Presidents who proved they could kick some major butt when the going got tough:
Truman during World War I, 1918 (Photo: Corbis)
10. James A. Garfield: Know When to Hold 'Em, Know When to Fold 'Em.
One of the hardest but most important parts of being a military man is stepping down when those are your orders. During the early days of the Civil War, James A. Garfield, later the 20th president, was a Lieutenant Colonel in the 42nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry. At a time when Union forces were still finding their feet, Garfield led his men to impressive victories in Kentucky. Garfield soon was promoted to Brigadier General and later Major General, but in 1862 he resigned from the military and ran for a congressional seat. Why? President Lincoln persuaded him that he needed an ally in the House of Representatives more than he needed him on the battlefield. After eighteen years as a representative, Garfield became a dark horse candidate for president and won a narrow victory, but his time in office was limited – he was killed by an assassin after serving for only two hundred days.