That man above is John Quincy Adams. He was the 6th President of the United States. He was the son of founding father, John Adams. He was graduate of Harvard. And he was a dumb bitch. He let some guy from Ohio named John Symmes convince him that the Earth of was actually hollow. Symmes was convinced that there were people living on the inside of the Earth. Not underground, per se, but like on a different surface and that you could access the underside of the Earth through holes in at the Earth Poles.
Adams was convinced that there was flora, fauna, and people to trade with that were living inside the Earth which he thought looked something like this
John Quincy Adams gave the green light to an expedition to the center of the Earth through the North Pole. He approved Symmes going up there with 100 men with sleds pulled by reindeer. Legit. That was the plan. Just go find Santa at the center of the Earth with nothing but Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen.
The plan took a long time to actually come together after it was approved. So long in fact that the clock ran out on John Quincy Adams' presidency and when Andrew Jackson came in he squashed that notion as soon as he shook off his hangover. It never happened and no trip to the North Pole happened for like almost another 100 years.
Just a reminder that when you look around at leadership and get frustrated, no matter what your political leanings are, just know that having dumb ideas isn't something unique to our period in time. There's been dumb bitches since forever.