John Quincy Adams, our sixth President, was quite the proper Bostonian. And, in the proper spirit of his times, refused to grant an interview with woman reporter, Anne Royall. However, Ms. Royall, like Megyn Kelly of a more forthright time, was not about to take no for an answer.
She heard a rumor that Quincy liked to go swimming in the Potomac in the early morning before starting his Presidential duties and looking like an old crab, maybe. So she waited a few minutes before Nature Boy was properly immersed, and surprised him while he was skinny-dipping.
She sat on his clothes, and demanded an interview.
John Quincy Adams was not happy, to say the least; but he relented, and gave her the first Presidential interview to a female reporter! It's surprising that he was the first known skinny-dipper, and not some he-man like Andrew Jackson. But JQA was elected first.
Now that's being resourceful in getting an interview!
I can also mention that he was the first President to be photographed.
But suppose there were tabloids in that time frame; would Anne Royall have stayed in order to get the real deal? Can you imagine the teaser headline on the first page?
"How does Quincy measure up? Details below!"
She could have at least led with: "Qunicy: Boxers or briefs?"
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