Monday, May 16, 2011

Stamp Collecting Makes Presidents Wiser

Jack R. Van Ens asks in a guest commentary on the Denver Post website, "Couldn't U.S. Presidents enormously benefit from stamp collecting?"

Jack says stamp collecting helped President Franklin Roosevelt a great deal during World War II.

He points out, "When Asian experts conversed with FDR during World War II about what South Pacific islands Allied forces should invade fighting the Japanese, they were amazed at FDR's command of geography. He pinpointed on maps obscure islands that few Americans recognized. The President mastered this valuable knowledge largely from his devotion to stamp collecting."

But what about modern presidents?

Jack comments, "Presidents should emulate FDR and become stamps collectors. By studying history, geography and culture that stamps depict, a president will wisely shun military strikes in foreign lands non-philatelists often misunderstand."

To read the entire piece, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM