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Hail to the Chief

 

 

 

Something for the weekend.  Hail to the Chief.  The Presidential anthem, it was written by James Sanderson in 1812 and became associated with the Presidency in 1815 to honor George Washington and the ending of the War of 1812.  Andrew Jackson was the first living president for which the song was played.  During the Civil War it was played for both Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis.  Chester A. Arthur did not like the song and had John Philip Sousa write a replacement, the Presidential Polonaise.  After Arthur’s term of office the Marine Corps Band went right back to playing Hail to the Chief to announce the President.  Here are the almost never sung, thank goodness, lyrics:

Hail to the Chief we have chosen for the nation,
Hail to the Chief! We salute him, one and all.
Hail to the Chief, as we pledge cooperation
In proud fulfillment of a great, noble call.

Yours is the aim to make this grand country grander,
This you will do, that’s our strong, firm belief.
Hail to the one we selected as commander,
Hail to the President! Hail to the Chief!

Here is the Presidential Polonaise:

 

 

 

 

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

4 Comments

  1. Between 1828 and 1969, there were 29 occupants of that office, of which one might have a congenial regard for about 8 (and no more than an academic interest in most of the remainder). Arthur’s one of the 8. Here’s hoping that a future president will put Hail to the Chief in the ashcan. For someone of my vintage, it evokes one of the more disagreeable features of the Nixon Administration: its perk madness. (Though I suspect an audit of the accounts would reveal that the Obamas have left the Nixons in the dust re high-living at public expense).

  2. Since January 2009, I’ve replaced (in my mind’s ear) “Hail to the Thief” with Julius Fucik’s, “Entry of the Gladiators.”

  3. Sounds like, and reminds me of, the “OOMPA” music played at Bier Stubes during “Fasching”.
    Timothy R.

  4. And then, a fetching Fraulein, or maybe a Frau, in full costume, would step up to the mike and belt out a wonderful rendition of the song about “The Cuckoo Clock”. I still love that song. Timothy R.

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