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Who is the greatest US president of the 20th & 21st centuries?

Discussion in 'North American Politics' started by dust1n, Apr 18, 2013.

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  1. William McKinley

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  2. Theodore Roosevelt

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  3. William Howard Taft

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  4. Woodrow Wilson

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  5. Warren G. Harding

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  6. Calvin Coolidge

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  7. Herbert Hoover

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  8. Franklin D. Roosevelt

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  9. Harry S. Truman

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  10. Dwight D. Eisenhower

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  11. John F. Kennedy

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  12. Lyndon B. Johnson

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  13. Richard Nixon

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  14. Gerald R. Ford

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  15. Jimmy Carter

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  16. Ronald Reagan

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  17. George H. W. Bush

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  18. Bill Clinton

    6.5%
  19. George W. Bush

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  20. Barack Obama

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  1. dust1n

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    I will say, I wasn't expecting a Reagan/Carter race right at the get go.

    And what, no one like's Taft?

    And why Reagan, and not, say, Hoover? :D
     
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    David Palmer (24) is my pick for fictional presidents.
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    I'm really surprised that Carter is in the running. His admin was rather lackluster, with a grinding
    economic malaise & a horrible gasoline rationing scheme. But he was likeable & didn't start any wars.

    He, like many, also mispronounced "nuclear".
    I'll bet Taft never mispronounced it!
     
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    Taft precedes fission. :D
     
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    Jimmy Carter was the best man to become president, but he was not the best president. He was honorable but not a savvy politician - unlike Lincoln, who was both.

    I would go so far as to say that we all pretty much live in the shadows of FDR. There's really no comparison.

    Johnson gets a bad rap for his continual involvement in Vietnam, but his persona is what pushed through many civil rights bills. He had always wanted to be a peace-time president and civil reformer.
     
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    Teddy Roosevelt...I mean the proof is right there on Mt. Rushmore isn't it? ;)
     
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    You antitaftites will say anything to minimize his garguantuocity!
     
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    That's a really good point. Perhaps one I should have thought about more before voting. I tried not to get weight to people for having their circumstances just by virtue of being where they were, and tried to stick how people dealt with what they were handled. But I think I might agree with your statement about Carter.
     
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    I'd say the high rankings of Reagan and Carter reflect peoples' ignorance of history. They remember Reagan and Carter so they vote for them. Taft sucks, but I'm surprised Woodrow Wilson hasn't gotten a few votes.
     
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    That might not necessarily be the case, since I voted for Carter and was born after both of them served office. I can't remember nothin'! :D
     
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    Eisenhower was a decently good man and a positive presidential figure.

    JFK is overrated. He pretty much amounted to a Bill Clinton figure. During Vietnam and the civil rights protests people looked back fondly on his presidency just like how we look back at the Clinton presidency fondly after dealing with the Global Recession and Iraq/Afghanistan.
     
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    Carter and habitat for humanity....Teddy Roosevelt is best because he realized that the entire natural world is humanity's habitat. How many speeches did Carter give immediately after being shot during an assassination attempt ? Ol' Teddy's got him beat I'd imagine.
     
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    You're just brainwashed by the slogan "I like Ike"
     
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    I like Teddy, besides his propensity to kill Native Americas. Besides that, I really don't know enough about him to even criticize him. I respect greatly anyone who takes on corporations though. :D
     
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    Theodore Roosevelt was one hell of an American.

    Here's the wikipedia link: Theodore Roosevelt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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    I picked Carter, because no guns were fired internationally during his term.
     
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    "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist." -Dwight D Eisenhower
     
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    C'mon, Carter! C'mon, baby, you do it. You can PULL THROUGH!
     
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