The surprising first jobs of 18 US presidents

Barack Obama spent a summer scooping ice cream.Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

First jobs are usually a mixed bag; they can be disastrous failures, great learning experiences, or somewhere in between.

• That’s the case even for people who go on to become the president of the United States.

• American presidents took on some memorable first roles across history.

The road to the White House isn’t always glamorous.

Sure, most US presidents throughout our

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