There were two who impressed me greatly. The first was Harry Truman. He was known to pay his own travel expenses even while on business as President. When his term was over, he, along with wife Bess, got into their car and drove home to Missouri...times were much more simple.
Ronald Reagan was probably my favorite without a doubt. I was skeptical when he took office that an actor could be up to the task. He proved that he was a born leader, a survivor, and a man of principle who did not give a damn who agreed with him. He saw what needed to be done and took action. He was a patriot to the core and despised anything that infringed upon the freedom of Americans. He believed in minimizing government intrusion into people's lives and he understood the trickle down effect of money in our economy. I believe that Bill Clinton reaped the final rewards of all the efforts that Reagan made in the end even though Bush held office four years in between. The stage was set and Bush did nothing to hamper that setting. The economy thrived as a result of Reagan's investment of trust in the private sector. Those were economics he understood very well and he worke to get the government out of the way. He was a tactful man but he carried a mighty big stick and he would use it when necessary. In my mind, he was truly an American. Thanks for asking! WB