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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! ]

[ Addendum 20221218: Lorrie Kim reminded me that an old friend of ours, a former inhabitant of New Orleans, used to pass through Jackson Square, see the big statue of Andrew Jackson, and reflect gleefully on how he was covered in pigeon droppings. Lorrie suggested that I add a pigeon to the list above.

However, while there is a generic "bird" emoji, it is not specifically a pigeon. There are also three kinds of baby chicks; chickens both male and female; doves, ducks, eagles, flamingos, owls, parrots, peacocks, penguins, swans and turkeys; also single eggs and nests with multiple eggs. But no pigeons.Β ]

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