President’s Day

WHO IS YOUR ALL TIME FAVORITE PRESIDENT?

american presidents

And WHY?  How do you think he affected the country?   Tell us more!

I know many of us will pick Reagan, and I’d love to hear anything you’d like to say about him……but have you another you can mention, please?

Z

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23 Responses to President’s Day

  1. John M. Berger says:

    Of the Presidents serving, in my lifetime, other than Reagan, I would pick Eisenhower. While he served during a period of prosperity, brought on by ending WW11, of which [he] greatly contributed to it should be noted that he:
    1) concluded the Korean conflict
    2) authorized NASA
    3) launched the Interstate Highway System
    4) was instrumental in the advancement of civil rights
    Was he perfect? No but then no one ever is or was.

  2. bocopro says:

    Truman was an honest, straightforward, no-nonsense country boy who was in far over his head no matter what he tried, but never gave up in frustration or fear. He was supposed to be nothing more than a place-filler veep for FDR, but suddenly found himself in the big picture struggling amongst political titans during cataclysmic global crises. He won because he was a good, patriotic, guileless man .

    Eisenhower was an ordinary man whom fate thrust into extraordinary circumstances. He responded by doing the best job he knew how that he thought would benefit the most people. He tended to see the big picture clearly, and generally didn’t like what he saw.

    Kennedy was an aristocrat who grew up comfortable with wealth and power. But he tried to experience the common man’s world, which allowed a trickle of common sense to penetrate his elitist veneer. He never wanted to be President or even senator, and did so only to please his father. He saw the big picture, but didn’t particularly want to be in it.

    Johnson was a devious megalomaniac who was most content when people feared him. He was a manipulator, a schemer, and a bully who behaved like a man with a huge appetite, a sour stomach, and an overactive libido. He wanted the big picture to be hanging in his personal office.

    Nixon was a brilliant but paranoid self-loather, a sort of well-educated Joe Btfsplk whose timing was abysmal. Much of what he was impeached and castigated for would today be given a pass by the mass media for Democrats, but he simply came across as someone you wouldn’t buy a used car from. He saw the big picture and wanted to photoshop it.

    Ford was that guy who takes one for the team. He saw the big picture, but preferred to watch NFL films, reruns of the Abbot And Costello TV show, and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.

    Carter was an accidental office holder whose own mother questioned the wisdom of giving him birth. He saw the big picture distortedly through cloudy and misshapen lenses, never fully grasping the nature of geopolitical events, politics, economics, or religion. In the American Dictionary of Slang, if you look up the word twerp, you’ll find his photograph in the space.

    Bush I was a loyal, hard-working government employee, the Rodney Dangerfield of Republican presidents, who tried to do the right thing but kept focusing on the wrong section of the big picture. After he built a great international coalition and his team won a spectacular victory over Saddam Hussein, he managed to steal defeat from the jaws of victory and lose his re-election bid.

    Clinton was a narcissist who wanted both adulation and success to go with what he considered the entertaining and carnal perks of the job. But he was also a realist who recognized that if the country succeeded, his chances for fame and fortune would increase in ratio. He was not quite able to see the big picture because he was always standing in the shadow of his own collection of hungers.

    Bush II was a genuine patriot, a loyal friend, and a terrible manager. As President, he was very much like Monty Python’s King Arthur in Holy Grail. He saw the big picture but had great difficulty deciding when and where to hang it. He tried his best but was not properly equipped for the job.

    Soetoro is a classic narcissist who craves attention and fame. But he is also a solipsist who has no use for other people except when they give him their approval and adulation. He is culturally and psychologically unable to see the big picture in American terms and wouldn’t be interested if he could unless it enhanced his popularity somehow and featured him prominently at its center, preferably with a golden halo and shimmering backlight as he stares off nobly into a glorious tomorrow.

    So . . . my favorite? Jefferson.

  3. -FJ says:

    Coolidge

    from Wikipedia:
    Soon after, he was elected as the 29th Vice President in 1920 and succeeded to the Presidency upon the sudden death of Warren G. Harding in 1923. Elected in his own right in 1924, he gained a reputation as a small government conservative, and also as a man who said very little, although having a fair sense of humor.

    Coolidge restored public confidence in the White House after the scandals of his predecessor’s administration, and left office with considerable popularity. As a Coolidge biographer put it, “He embodied the spirit and hopes of the middle class, could interpret their longings and express their opinions. That he did represent the genius of the average is the most convincing proof of his strength.”[2] Coolidge’s retirement was relatively short, and he died at the age of 60 in 1933, less than two months before his direct successor, Herbert Hoover, left office.

    Though his reputation underwent a renaissance during the Ronald Reagan administration, the ultimate assessment of his presidency is still divided between those who approve of smaller, laissez-faire government and those who believe the federal government should be more powerful.

  4. Silverfiddle says:

    I love Bocopro’s post, but I vote for FJ’s choice. A President Coolidge and a government that tends to its enumerated powers and leaves the rest to the states and the people is such a faraway dream now…

  5. Kid says:

    I have to say George Washington. I don’t believe anyone worked harder or brought so many sound fundamental principles to the creation of America.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington

  6. Baysider says:

    Washington first.
    Reagan 2nd.
    Coolidge 3rd.

    Washington was a capable and selfless leader without whom the nation would have floundered in its first years. He set a tone that largely held sway until the troublemakers of the 20th century – TR, Wilson, FDR, Carter, Clinton, Obama.

  7. Mustang says:
    I agree that President Coolidge is exactly what this country needs today, but his personality would not allow him success in the modern world of politics. Both he and Reagan rank at the top of my list and I think Mr. Reagan’s success came as the result of his being able to play to an audience. What I mean by that is that he knew how to speak to all Americans, not just those of his own party.

    I stand in awe of President Washington for a number of reasons, but principally because he was a true gentleman. Having no idea what a president should do, he gave us the American presidency. He was not perfect (the Whiskey Rebellion was the wrong move), but no one ever is. Hard not to admire a man of his caliber.

  8. Baysider says:

    and bocopro – fabulous rundown!

  9. Bob says:

    George Washington was the most important president in the history of the nation. First, as General Washington, his skills and perseverance brought this nation into being. In battle he was often out in front of his troops, risking his life just to survive to fight another day. Secondly, as the first president, he framed the office for generations to come by refusing to become an absolute leader, deferring to the idea of a Repubic that ruled by the people.

    Of course, Lincoln was important to the future of the nation, as was FDR and several others. There were probably greater intellects in the office, like Thomas Jefferson. I really don’t know of any other president who sacrificed so much for his country. He risked it all, and then made it all work. That says a lot!

  10. I agree with Baysider’s choices, which coincide with others.
    Also, Silent Cal was not so silent. He actually had a highly popular media presence.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calvin_Coolidge#Radio.2C_film.2C_and_commemorations

    While I like Bocopro’s erudition, I find his summary facile.
    Truman was a Democratic Party hack.
    Bush was not a Rodney Dangerfield.
    Eisenhower was an extraordinary man.
    Ford was far more engaged than watching television shows.
    GWB, despite his flaws, was far more than a Monty Python character.

    Is this President’s Day?
    Or Trash President’s Day?

  11. Mal says:

    I was going to say Washington, too, but Baysider beat me to it. Why? Because without his leadership, there probably wouldn’t be an America. You also mentioned Reagan and would like to say anything about him, and my favorite was when he was Gov. of Calif. On his way into a building to give a speach there was a Hippie with bare feet, long hair and mustache, holding a sign that read “Make Love, not War”, and when a TV News reporter asked Reagan what he thought of the guy, he cocked his head a bit to one side like he use to, and with a grin said “Well, judging from his looks, I don’t believe he is capable of either one!” Everybody roared.

  12. cube says:

    I’m tardy to the party and all the good ones have been taken so I will have to be unoriginal. I have to give props to the original George W., who cast the first American presidential mold, and, of course, Ronald Reagan, whose presidential mold we’re hoping to one day recreate.

  13. bocopro says:

    Well, Ed, that’s why we have horse races.

    And BTW, I wasn’t entirely thrilled with everything Ronaldus Maximus while in office did, either. If this were a different style forum, I’d post my complete evaluations of everyone from TR through Soetoro. Therein I am particularly critical of Wilson and FDR. I admire GWB for many of his traits and would like to sit around and shoot the bull with him, but still consider him a failure as a manager.

    HST was indeed a party man, but IMO he did a better job than Slick or Dubya or LBJ or even the overhyped JFK. He’s in my top 5 for honesty, integrity, and loyalty. Still gonna stick with TJ as the one who did the most for the country, both in and out of office. GW is a close second. Neither of those guys was a saint.

    Incidentally, I’ve said for years that anyone who actively seeks the PotUS job disqualifies himself by that very act. I wouldn’t take it if offered, except with carte blanche for a few key issues.

    Oh, I met Jerry Ford at the Hawaiian Open back in the early 80s. Nice enough, but kinda vacant, as if he was on valium or something. The Secret Service guys said he was a sweetheart but indecisive and slow. Saw no reason to disagree with ’em.

  14. Bob says:

    George Washington: There is one thing I didn’t mention about GW. He was one of the largest distillers of whiskey in the colonies. During his presidency put down the Whiskey Rebellion, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whiskey_Rebellion which was brought on by the Whiskey Tax. Since GW had to pay the tax on his products, I would say that by leading an army lf 13,000 militia to put down the rebellion was just taking care of business.

    GW was a good business man in the traditional American sense. He got things done.

  15. geeez2014 says:

    Bocopro, nice job and I agree with Ed… and I’ll add that your comment that “Much of what he (Nixon) was impeached and castigated for would today be given a pass by the mass media for Democrats,:”
    Rubbish; only if Nixon had been a Democrat would the media give him a pass.

    I think all of your input is good, everybody…..kind of sad we focus on roughly the same 5 presidents for greatness, though. Out of so many.
    Says a lot.

    I heard Trump’s press conference this morning and finally had to turn the radio off…..it’s the MOST DISGUSTING display of egomaniacal insecurity, yes…that’s the truth…I have ever EVER seen.

    He’s threatening third party again. Bye Bye, Miss American Pie……..Apparently, the ‘brilliant’ Trump (to hear him say it…who can’t even mention his son belonging to the NRA without adding what an UNBELIEVABLE shot he is)…apparently Trump can’t even understand what breaking the Republican party in two before an election would do to Conservatism and this country.
    THAT’s what so many want for PRESIDENT?

  16. If Trump third parties, maybe what I posted today is a step closer.

  17. Kid says:

    If Trump 3rd parties, he’s working for clinton. Plain and simpe. he isn’t stupid.

  18. geeez2014 says:

    Kid, I believe Trump’s ego is suddenly so bruised from having had ONE EVENT where people boo’d him, that he’s back on the Third Party thing as a punishment for all those who don’t lavish him with adoration. He simply couldn’t take it.
    He’s threatening to sue Cruz over the ‘lies’ he’s told about him, as if that doesn’t happen ALL THE TIME in politics?

    The man is gasping for air, for people to soothe his ego, to build him up and make him feel like a man. He repulses me, God forgive me…he repulses me.

  19. Kid says:

    You could be rght Ms Z, but I believe there is more to it. At this level, there is always more to it Imo. IF he runs 3rd party, it would be Easy to make the case, he was being paid by (?) to destroy the 2016 republican ticket.

  20. bunkerville says:

    Sadly his assassination let us to his VP Roosevelt. Had he lived the world would be much different. He kept the Gold Standard. I recently read a biography of him, and is little appreciated.

    William McKinley (January 29, 1843 – September 14, 1901) was the 25th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1897, until his assassination in September 1901, six months into his second term. McKinley led the nation to victory in the Spanish–American War, raised protective tariffs to promote American industry, and maintained the nation on the gold standard in a rejection of inflationary proposals.Rapid economic growth marked McKinley’s presidency. He promoted the 1897 Dingley Tariff to protect manufacturers and factory workers from foreign competition, and in 1900, he secured the passage of the Gold Standard Act. McKinley hoped to persuade Spain to grant independence to rebellious Cuba without conflict, but when negotiation failed, he led the nation in the Spanish–American War of 1898; the U.S. victory was quick and decisive. As part of the peace settlement, Spain turned over to the United States its main overseas colonies of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines; Cuba was promised independence, but at that time remained under the control of the U.S. Army. The United States annexed the independent Republic of Hawaii in 1898 and it became a U.S. territory.https:
    //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_McKinley

  21. geeez2014 says:

    Kid….that’s quite a theory; I hope it’s not true.

    Bunk; very interesting info, thanks very much. McKinley was quite a man, too!

  22. Kid says:

    Well, McKinley IS on the $500 bill. If I didn’t have stacks of them I wouldn’t have know that.

  23. geeez2014 says:

    Kid 🙂 Me, too. (not!)

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