Living President Legacies

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This hub is meant to reflect on positive aspects of the United States and its leadership.

I have noticed an array of websites, articles and other material that has called for Barack Obama to be thrown out of office. It seems many have lost all respect for him and the office of the Presidency.

First, I must point out that I do not lean right or left. I stand tall and straight (well, I may have a slight hunch in my back.). Sometimes, when the wind blows, I may sway one way or the other, but for the most part, I ride on an even line between Democrat and Republican.

I do not agree with a vast amount of President Obama's system of leadership, but I will support him.

Why?

If the American people do not "back" their leaders, we will have problems.

Memories

Hopefully, this hub will provide another "light".

Presidents leave legacies when they die. If we look back, the vast majority of Presidents are remembered for something they did that was good.

Consider your memories of past Presidents:

Abraham Lincoln

When I mention President Lincoln, and ask what he is remembered for, the first answer will probably be "freeing the slaves."

Why are not these things brought up:

  • Using the military to take over newspapers that wrote negative material about his administration.
  • Stole gobs of land from American Indians in the Southwest.
  • An all-white United States. Huh?? you say? Yes, Lincoln wanted no more slavery, but his ultimate plan was to round up all black people and ship them elsewhere. He even oversaw one shipment to Haiti.

All of our history books point out Lincoln's good and no bad.

Theodore Roosevelt

We remember "Teddy" because of the Big Stick image. His toughness against the evil corporations that were trying to monopolize everything. The American people have been taught to have good memories of Teddy Roosevelt. The fact is: if you were around during his tenure as President, odds are, you would have hated him. Why isn't he remembered for:

  • Brutalizing and torture of Philippine citizens?
  • Financial policies that not only affected the U.S., but the world as well.
  • Instituted Federal income tax.

That last one created havoc for many. It still does. We are one of the highest taxed nations, but we look back at the President as a great guy.

I could go on and on, but I believe you see my point; for the most part, Presidents are remembered for the good they did after they die. (I may have to leave Richard Nixon out of that though.) Every single President made some bad decisions and had some enemies.

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By Tyler Robert Mabe [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Jimmy Carter

For any of us that were around during the Carter Presidency, the memories of outrageous inflation haunts us. It was also during Carter's lead when we had the Iran hostage situation that did not turn out very good.

What good things do you remember coming from Carter's Presidency? How about some reminders?

  • The creation of both the Department of Energy and the Department of Education were both implemented by Carter.
  • Was a key in the Israel/Egypt peace treaty.
  • Jimmy Carter had solar panels installed on the White House. Ronald Reagan removed them.
  • Boycotted the 1980 Olympics in Moscow.
  • Provided amnesty to Vietnam draft dodgers. Some would call this a negative, while others would say it was positive.
  • Gave the Panama Canal back to Panama.

Some of these decisions from President Carter cost him votes. What do you think will be Carter's legacy?

What will be Carter's legacy?

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George H.W. Bush

The words haunted many of us years ago; "Read my lips: No new taxes." This was said just before he took the office of President. Just a tad over 1 year later, a gaggle of tax increases hit many Americans. Bush's ratings slipped immensely.

Let us look at some facts though; George H.W. had good intentions for our country I believe.

President Bush was a World War II Veteran pilot. He even earned the Distinguished Flying Cross when his plane was shot down, and he parachuted out.

Here are the good things that come to memory from George H.W. Bush's Presidency.

  • Terminating the Presidency of Manuel Noriega in Panama.
  • Foreign relations as the Soviet Republic dissolved into factions.
  • Standing against Saddam Hussein when he invaded Kuwait. His handling of the whole situation was done superbly.

It was the taxes and economy that kept Bush from being reelected. Will that decision be the one people remember.

No, because people want to remember the good that was done.

So what will be George H.W.'s legacy

What will be George H.W. Bush's legacy?

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William Jefferson Clinton (Bill)

I do know that under President Clinton's administration, the economy improved greatly.

What exactly do you recall about the Clinton Presidency? An Intern and a blue dress?

Hopefully, after Bill has gone, memories won't be about his affair while in the office of the Presidency. What many do not recall is: Bill Clinton was the 2nd President to be impeached.

Another thing that happened that divided our country even more was the passing of NAFTA.

Lets look at some of the pros from Clinton's Presidency:

  • The crime rate nationwide fell substantially.
  • The strong economy.
  • Clean Water Act and protection of the environment.
  • Foreign policies in the situation
  • Welfare reform.

So what will Bill be remembered for?

What will be Bill Clinton's legacy?

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George W. Bush

As you probably know, George W. is the son of George H.W. Bush.

He was President when terrorists ran planes into the Twin Towers in New York City. Is this the legacy George W. will be remembered by?

Many people thought that George W. may have been the worst President in history. Some even claim he should be behind prison bars for war crimes. You can look all over the internet and find negative reactions to Bush's Presidency. We can find negative after negative to remember George W. for, but we haven't done that for any other Presidents who are deceased. Why would we start with him?

Maybe one of these positives will be his legacy:

  • No Child Left Behind to help the educative system.
  • Away with Saddam Hussein
  • Hmmm?

Even Bush himself says he isn't worried about his legacy. He feels that future Presidents will look even worse.

So what do you think?

What will be George W. Bush's legacy?

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Barack Obama

Our current President.

To ask what his legacy will be is asking for some negative responses. Many people are frustrated with him, but really, has he been all that terrible?

Don't get me wrong; I disagree with many of the decisions Obama has made, but in all honesty, I do believe he has been trying to help and not hurt. I do believe President Obama truly cares about the United States and its citizens.

So what will be Obama's legacy?

There are many choices. What do you think?

What will be Barack Obama's legacy?

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Conclusion

Sometimes, we as humans get so caught up in the here and now, we forget about both the past and the future.

Look back. Even terrible Presidents are looked upon in a good light and with respect.

Soon, President Obama will no longer be President and the next one can have the "hot seat."

I wrote this hub just to make people think. Are we possibly so caught up in a possible political scandal that we don't see the whole picture?

I, by no means am a Democrat; neither do I consider myself a Republican. For the record: I voted for Ross Perot and Bob Barr.

With that said, I will now say that 50 years from now, I believe humans will consider Obama a great President.

With that I will say goodnight and leave you with this video on the same topic.

References

  1. http://deuceofclubs.com/books/245bully_boy.htm
  2. http://www.sparknotes.com/biography/troosevelt/section10.rhtml
  3. http://listverse.com/2013/12/05/10-reasons-lincoln-was-secretly-a-terrible-president/

  4. http://www.legacy.com/news/legends-and-legacies/salute-to-us-presidents/1166/
  5. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-macaray/10-good-things-the-39th-p_b_945343.html
  6. http://www.forbes.com/sites/briandomitrovic/2010/11/29/decision-points-george-h-w-bush-edition/
  7. http://www.biography.com/people/george-hw-bush-38066#congressman-and-vice-president
  8. http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/50-reasons-you-despised-george-w-bushs-presidency-reminder-day-his-presidential

  9. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/us-politics/9994865/George-W-Bush-was-he-really-that-bad.html
  10. http://townhall.com/tipsheet/danieldoherty/2013/04/28/was-george-w-bush-a-bad-president-n1580306
  11. http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2011-08-26/you-think-obama-s-been-a-bad-president-prove-it-jonathan-alter
  12. http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/08/29/frum.obama.mistakes/
  13. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-macaray/10-good-things-the-39th-p_b_945343.html

© 2014 Greg Boudonck

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Lastheart 2 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

Wow you did a great search. This brought to my heart, a Bible verse which I have disobeyed in Romans 13:1 " Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God."

A man is a man, is a man. Our expectations toward them is what has to be modify.


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Froggy213 2 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

Thank you Maggie.

There are some major questions when it comes to Romans 13:1. We are to be in subjection, but what about Moses and the Israelis? What about George Washington and the rest of the ones who took up arms against the British? I believe that God sometimes calls his people to take stands against governments. It is back to the Holy Spirit, and also realizing we all need to stand before our Creator and be judged. It just comes down to common sense and realizing eyes are upon us.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

An interesting topic, Greg, and an enjoyable read. Nicely done.


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Froggy213 2 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

Mucho gracias Señor billy. I achieve a smile when visit. I need to come see you.

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