I was born 100+ years too late!!!
The HBO series "Deadwood" was one of my all time favorite TV programs
Those that list past President's who lived and were deceased over a hundred+ years ago are relying on the history books...not denying that Thomas Jefferson was a great President but he lived in a time when he presided over an emerging nation that was growing by the month if not by the day...if he lived in today's media controlled world where a scandal brings out talks of impeachment, not too sure TJ would have lasted very long...
Also we give JFK a pass because of the brutal way he was assassinated before our very eyes...
I would think that we might judge our Presidents that were around during our lifetimes, did we prosper or flounder under their administrations...Did they appoint SCOTUS jurists that impacted our lives forever....
from my perspective we have had quite a few crappy POTUS, but thanks to American perserverence we have survived their terms...I hope that we can say the same in 2016
Since Harry S Truman was Pres when I was born, I'll go with him as best. He busted military contractors for stealing millions, helped form NATO and stood up to Gen MacArthur. Had he not, no telling what the consequences of nuking Red China would have been. Its been all downhill since.
so no fav at all Bon?Quote:
I would think that we might judge our Presidents that were around during our lifetimes, ....
from my perspective we have had quite a few crappy POTUS,
I always admired Regan for ability to take his agenda directly to the public and put the democratically controlled house and senate on their heels.
I think that the current president will be remembered for bankrupting the country without ever passing a budget.
Best, Reagen because he when he left office the Country was in better shape than when he took it. Runner-up Clinton
Worst, G.W. Bush because he when he left office our nation was in shambles. Runner-up Obama
I agree with Bon, I only chose Presidents from my lifetime.
Least favorite - in a broad field with lot's of worthy's - I'd say a tie between Johnson & the present POTUS - Johnson because of his creation of the entitlement mentality & the present POTUS because he is trashing the Constitution. While Carter deserves a mention his biggest issue was incompetence. In the years since Ike we have only had one chance for a legitimate choice & the country blew it. Every president since Ike including Reagan would go down with more minus than plus on their resume, IMO.
Other than Coolidge these are all people I either served under or participated in the election.
Did he see his shadow today?
JFK - incomplete
LBJ- will never forgive him for Vietnam
RMN- a crook to the core
GF- nice guy, way in over his head
JC-totally inept,had no business being POTUS
RWR- did what he was supposed to do
GHB- likeable but ineffective
WJC- felt like the country learned how to be sleazy after him
GWB- one term too many, peaked at 9/11