Other dads you might not want to vote for
By Alexandra Petri
Jan Schill does not want you to elect her father, John Mantooth, as a judge in Oklahoma's McClain County. So she created DoNotVoteForMyDad.com. Here are a few other famous fathers who might have gotten a similar treatment.
-Teddy Roosevelt. Alice Roosevelt Longworth and Teddy didn’t always get along. He once famously commented: "I can be president of the United States-- or-- I can attend to Alice. I cannot possibly do both." She, in turn, quipped that her father always wanted to be the corpse at every funeral, the bride at every wedding and the baby at every christening.
-Thomas Jefferson. Given that Jefferson’s children with Sally Hemmings were born enslaved to him, it is likely that they would have opposed his election to the nation’s highest office.
-Henry VIII. Daughter Elizabeth I was presumably a bit upset after he beheaded her mother Ann Boleyn.
-Peter the Great. This Russian czar had his son killed, a move that probably did not bring them closer as a family.
-Agamemnon. According to legend, this ancient Greek king sacrificed his daughter Iphigenia so the ships would sail. Her website might have run more along the lines of DoNotMakeMyDadYourHereditaryMonarch.com
-King David. His son Absalom tried to supplant him as king of Israel, a move that resulted in his death and, much later, the Faulkner novel Absalom, Absalom.
-Cronos. This Greek god was known for devouring his children.
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