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Mon, 31 Oct 2022

Emoji for U.S. presidents

Content warning: something here to offend almost everyone

A while back I complained that there were no emoji portraits of U.S. presidents. Not that there a ChesterΒ A. Arthur portrait would see a lot of use. But some of the others might come in handy.

I couldn't figure them all out. I have no idea what a Chester Arthur emoji would look like. And I assigned πŸ§”πŸ» to all three of Garfield, Harrison, and Hayes, which I guess is ambiguous but do you really need to be able to tell the difference between Garfield, Harrison, and Hayes? I don't think you do. But I'm pretty happy with most of the rest.

George Washington πŸ’΅
John Adams
Thomas Jefferson πŸ“œ
James Madison
James Monroe
John Quincy Adams 🍐
Andrew Jackson
Martin Van Buren 🌷
William Henry Harrison πŸͺ¦
John Tyler
James K. Polk
Zachary Taylor
Millard Fillmore β›½
Franklin Pierce
James Buchanan
Abraham Lincoln 🎭
Andrew Johnson πŸ’©
Ulysses S. Grant 🍸
Rutherford B. Hayes πŸ§”πŸ»
James Garfield πŸ§”πŸ»
Chester A. Arthur
Grover Cleveland πŸ”‚
Benjamin Harrison πŸ§”πŸ»
Grover Cleveland πŸ”‚
William McKinley
Theodore Roosevelt 🧸
William Howard Taft πŸ›
Woodrow Wilson πŸŽ“
Warren G. Harding πŸ«–
Calvin Coolidge πŸ™Š
Herbert Hoover β›Ί
Franklin D. Roosevelt πŸ‘¨β€πŸ¦½
Harry S. Truman πŸ„
Dwight D. Eisenhower πŸͺ–
John F. Kennedy πŸ†
Lyndon B. Johnson πŸ—³οΈ
Richard M. Nixon πŸ›
Gerald R. Ford 🏈
Jimmy Carter πŸ₯œ
Ronald Reagan πŸ’Έ
George H. W. Bush πŸ‘»
William J. Clinton 🎷
George W. Bush πŸ‘ž
Barack Obama πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ
Donald J. Trump 🍊
Joseph R. Biden πŸ•ΆοΈ

Honorable mention: Benjamin Franklin πŸͺ

Dishonorable mention: J. Edgar Hoover πŸ‘š

If anyone has better suggestions I'm glad to hear them. Note that I considered, and rejected 🎩 for Lincoln because it doesn't look like his actual hat. And I thought maybe McKinley should be πŸ”οΈ but since they changed the name of the mountain back I decided to save it in case we ever elect a President Denali.

(Thanks to Liam Damewood for suggesting Harding, and to Colton Jang for Clinton's saxophone.)

[ Addendum 20221106: Twitter user Simon suggests emoji for UK prime ministers.Β ]

[ Addendum 20221108: Rasmus Villemoes makes a good suggestion of 😼 for Garfield. I had considered this angle, but abandoned it because there was no way to be sure that the cat would be orange, overweight, or grouchy. Also the πŸ§”πŸ» thing is funnier the more it is used. But I had been unaware that there is CAT FACE WITH WRY SMILE until M.Β Villemoes brought it to my attention, so maybe. (Had there been an emoji resembling a lasagna I would have chosen it instantly.)Β ]

[ Addendum 20221108: January First-of-May has suggested 🌷 for Maarten van Buren, a Dutch-American whose first language was not English but Dutch. Let it be so! ]


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