Yes, it’s true: even presidents love their mommies. From Washington to Trump, look at these mom pics and read these presidential quotes about moms. If you can get to the end without a tear in your eye, you might be a robot.
Just in time for Mother’s Day in our nation’s capital, learn how these 12 presidents felt about mother dearest. We even have pictures to put with the quotes about moms — can you see the resemblances in their famous progenies? (Check out Lincoln’s mom — she was a fox)!
1. George Washington (Mary Ball Washington)
“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual, and physical education I received from her.”
2. Thomas Jefferson (Jane Randolph Jefferson)
“Motherhood is the keystone of the arch of matrimonial happiness.”
3. Andrew Jackson (Rebecca Jackson)
“There never was a woman like her. She was gentle as a dove and brave as a lioness … The memory of my mother and her teachings were, after all, the only capital I had to start life with, and on that capital I have made my way.”
4. John Quincy Adams
“My mother was an angel upon earth. She was a minister of blessing to all human beings within her sphere of action. Her heart was the abode of heavenly purity. She had no feelings but of kindness and beneficence; yet her mind was as firm as her temper was mild and gentle. She had known sorrow, but her sorrow was silent. She was acquainted with grief, but it was deposited in her own bosom. She was the real personification of female virtue, of piety, of charity, of ever active and never intermitting benevolence.”
5. Abraham Lincoln (Nancy Hanks Lincoln)
“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”
6. Teddy Roosevelt (Martha Bulloch Roosevelt)
“My mother, Martha Bulloch, was a sweet, gracious, beautiful Southern woman, a delightful companion and beloved by everybody.”
7. John F. Kennedy (Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy)
“Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don’t want them to become politicians in the process.”
8. Lyndon B. Johnson
“This is a moment that I deeply wish my parents could have lived to share. My father would have enjoyed what you have so generously said of me — and my mother would have believed it.”
9. Ronald Reagan (Nancy Wilson Reagan)
“From my mother I learned the value of prayer, how to have dreams and believe I could make them come true.”
10. George W. Bush (Barbara Pierce Bush)
“The bond between mothers and their children is one defined by love. As a mother’s prayers for her children are unending, so are the wisdom, grace, and strength they provide to their children.”
11. Barack Obama (Ann Dunham)
“Mothers are the rocks of our families and a foundation in our communities. In gratitude for their generous love, patient counsel, and lifelong support, let us pay respect to the women who carry out the hard work of motherhood with skill and grace, and let us remember those mothers who, though no longer with us, inspire us still.”
12. Donald Trump (Mary Anne MacLeod Trump)
“My mother was one of the greatest people I’ve known in my life.”
So now that you know what mushy-gushy quotes about moms these 12 presidents came up with, go on and shower Mom with some of your own! I’m not sure anyone can out-do John Quincy Adams, though (wish he were MY son).
Are you going to be with your mom on Mother’s Day? Tell us about it in the comments! (Word to your mother).