In his guise as the nation's first president, Hal Pisors of Newport
Beach visited first Eastbluff Elementary School, then St. Marks
Preschool, and finally he met up with two other patriots at Our Lady
Queen of Angels.
Thomas Jefferson, the third U.S. president and author of the
Declaration of Independence, and Dolly Madison, wife of the fourth
president, James Madison, also put in appearances.
Jefferson, known day-to-day as Tom Bubonic, has a grandson at the
school. He regaled students with tales of Jefferson's feats as only a
grandfather could do.
Madison, played by Sandy Perez, has two girls at the school. In honor
of Madison being the original first lady to serve ice cream in the White
House, she brought some icy treats for the children to enjoy.
The three historical figures roamed the lunch yard answering questions
and quizzing students about "their" lives.
"George Washington never smiles," Pisor told a group of students. "Do
you know why?"
"Because he had wooden teeth," said Jennifer Denumuri, 8.
He also told them of Washington's alternate dentures made of cow bones
and ivory, neither of which looked much better, he said.
But when he tried to tell a group of students that he, Washington,
might have been the greatest president of all time, students told him not
Their 8-year-old classmate, Nicole Casey, not only has aspirations of
being president, but she would be the very best.