Holy Leaping Presidents!

June 27, 2008 By: Marshall Cutchin

Herbert Hoover may have won the coveted “Fishing President” title by spending more time at his Rapidan River fishing camp than he did fixing the Depression, but as this story proves, Dwight D. Eisenhower clearly had the passion: “To please the president, the [Brown Palace] hotel created an ice carving of a mountain complete with pine trees and a miniature lake at the base of the mountain in which swam three tiny trout. Ike was enchanted with the creation and could hardly keep his eyes off the lake and its tiny inhabitants. Thus, when one trout suddenly flipped himself out of the pool and onto the carpet, Ike leaped out of his chair to the rescue, nearly upsetting the table in his eagerness to save the fish.” Penny Parker in the Rocky Mountain News.