Fun Video Facts
The videos launched as promotional videos for POTUSMatch.com are not simply entertainment! Did you catch some of the little fun or interesting references hidden?
Prince Zehn on Andrew Jackson (with Princess Ursala) - Part 2
- Prince Zehn's initial confusion over "Jackson" (referencing the songs "Thriller" and "Bad") was that he was thinking of former pop star Michael Jackson. Prince Zehn is not the smartest character in the "Bionoid Blake Dermont" galaxy...but then again he is not from Earth, so that might account for part of it!
- Zehn's reference to liking the type of guy who would start a war in order to get the "biggest, roughest state to join the Union" is in reference to President Jackson's obsession with obtaining the Mexican border province of Texas for the United States. Jackson initially tried to purchase the land, but the Mexican government was unstable and suspicious of U.S. motives. The situation needed to be handled with patience and care, but unfortunately the agent Jackson sent to represent him in Mexico was not capable of such things. Jackson had also been somewhat unclear with his instructions, which led to the agent attempting things such as bribery. In 1835, Jackson's old Tennessee comrade Sam Houston mounted a successful revolt against Mexico and declared their (Texan) independence. While Jackson smartly did not publicly endorse the annexation of Texas without congressional approval (which was the correct constitutional process), the situation unfortunately remained unsettled. A decade later, U.S. President Polk would declare war against Mexico over this territory, claiming that Mexicans were responsible for American bloodshed on U.S. soil. It caused great debate within the U.S. Congress, especially since it was the power of Congress, not the President, to declare war. Included in the House of Representatives debate - and speaking against Polk's actions - were former President John Quincy Adams, and future President Abraham Lincoln. The idea of annexing Texas into the U.S. also caused additional conflict between the northern and southern states. Most northern states felt that if Texas became part of the U.S., it was a clear path to the extension of slavery, something that many wanted to, at minimum, at least slowly get rid of, it if not abolish it completely. For the southern states, the idea of Texas was enticing because it would give them a large territory to extend slavery, which would also increase their power within the U.S. government; at this time, each slave was counted as 3/5 of a person. This meant that by extending slavery, the south would get more representation within the House of Representatives and also more electoral votes for Presidential elections. One other interesting outcome of the war was that many men who served together at the time would later face each other on battlefields across the country in the U.S. Civil War (1861-1865), including men like Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant. And while some may disagree, Texas has often been portrayed in books, television, film, etc. as a rough & tough state; most Texans would proudly say they are tough to the core!
- As already referenced on the facts page from the 2.16.14 video, Jackson didn't mind that the woman he fell in love with, Rachel Donelson Robards, was married. Technically she was separated at the time from her husband, as she was in Tennessee and he was in Kentucky. For Jackson it wasn't an issue and he married her anyway. Eventually word got back to Mr. Robards that his wife had re-married, which caused unpleasant accusations that would stick with Jackson for the rest of his life. Mr. Robards finally obtained a divorce in Kentucky, and Jackson & Rachel "officially" married for a second time three years after their first wedding. Even with the mess it caused, both were undeniably devoted to each other and loved each other dearly until Rachel's early death in 1828, just weeks after Jackson had been elected President. Those that knew them claimed them as a "perfect love match"; Jackson did not pursue another relationship after her passing. (Side note: As for Prince Zehn, the rough & tough character in the video, he can relate to such an action as he is in love with his enemy's sister (Princess Ursala).)
- In regards to Jackson being fearless of guns and bullets, this was also somewhat touched upon on the facts page from the 2.16.14 video. Not only did Jackson carry the bullet in his chest from his successful duel with Charles Dickinson, but he also had a bullet in his arm. In 1813, Thomas Hart Benton, a friend of Jackson's from Tennessee, was with Jackson heading south as the U.S. was still at war with the British. Jackson decided to make Benton his aide; this would mean Benton would not be allowed combat experience. Upset with the news, Benton shot Jackson in the left arm, which greatly reduced the mobility in that arm until the bullet was finally removed 20 years later.
- While President, some dubbed him "King Andrew" as they felt he often abused his Presidential power. This perception must not have bothered enough citizens though, as he was easily elected for a second term.