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Old 02-22-2005, 10:48 AM   #1
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Who's Your Favorite US President?

Tell me your favorite US president, and why.

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Old 02-22-2005, 11:11 AM   #2
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Easily, Martin Sheen (West Wing)....or Morgan Freeman from his tenure on "Deep Impact".

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Bill Clinton and I think you all know why
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Old 02-22-2005, 11:32 AM   #4
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Seriously, it would have to be Abraham Lincoln, FDR or Jimmy Carter.

Abraham Lincoln and FDR were both men who kept the country together. They weren't as idealistic as history made them out to be, and had failings and political self-interest, but they were the right leaders at the right time. I also admire Lincoln as a genuinely good person. Touring his home in Springfield was really an interesting experience.

Carter wasn't a very effective president (though he takes alot of unfair blame for Afghanistan), but I've admired his post-White House work and I think he's one of the few genuinely good politicians working today.
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Kennedy...........President during one of the most interesting times in history.
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Old 02-22-2005, 01:03 PM   #6
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He made America stand proud once again.
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He or she hasn't served yet.
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Old 02-22-2005, 01:52 PM   #8
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From history, Kennedy. I think he represented positive ideals and putting those ideals into action.

From present time-Clinton. In spite of all his flaws, he had such a way w/ people, a charisma that I think helped him accomplish much of what he accomplished. I believe that part of him is genuine and comes from a good place. I like how he came from an average family and got to where he did on his own.
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Old 02-22-2005, 02:10 PM   #9
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Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan
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Old 02-22-2005, 02:32 PM   #10
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Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush all make the shortlist.

I think that in terms of achievements Lincoln and Reagan are ahead ~ the problem with Kennedy is although he epitomised the values of the time and his administration dealt with some very big issues (civil rights, missile crisis, nuclear test ban treaty, Vietnam) it was only half written ~ I think his extraordinary death and the media age have really inflated his legacy more than it actually will. In a century if we come back how will these presidents be remembered (I do not think that Clinton or Carter will be considered among the greats ~ GWB is a wildcard because his policys much like trumans have to suceed relatively quickly, if things are not aligned the best way with a neo-realist strategy of liberty then the US could face decades of terror against major threat from the Muslim world. I don't think that anybody is in a position to make an adequate judgement of this administration ~ check back in 50 years and we may see some better perspective.
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1. JFK
2. Clinton
Into the heart of a child...
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Old 02-22-2005, 02:55 PM   #12
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Can somebody please hit me on the head with a mallet for forgetting George Washington
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Old 02-22-2005, 03:01 PM   #13
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if i did hit you

it would be for some of the ones you included
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Old 02-22-2005, 07:00 PM   #15
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None of them. I hate all this Presidential admiration.


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