We’ve heard of professional athletes having some serious superstitions, but Presidents of the United States? Yep, even leaders in the highest office have held onto certain beliefs for luck. Here are a few Presidents known to believe in a superstition.
- William McKinley (25th President) wore a red carnation in his lapel for luck. Occasionally, he would give it away but he always made sure his staff was ready to replace it with another one.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt (32nd President) held onto the old superstition of fearing the number 13. He would avoid traveling on the 13th of the month and would never sit at a table with 13 guests.
- Harry Truman (33rd President) hung a horseshoe over the door to his Presidential office for luck.
- One superstition starting with Gerald Ford (38th President) stated that the candidate’s wife who won the Family Circle baking contest would win the presidency.
- President Barak Obama is known to play basketball on important election days for luck.
- Another superstition in Washington is the Redskins Rule. It’s believed that if the Washington Redskins win the last home game before the election then the incumbent president will win.
I hope superstitions never influence any important decisions because I believe you can’t go looking for luck . . . it finds you.