Who has been your favorite President in U.S. History and why, or if you are from another country...
In U.S. History, who has been your favorite President and why? Or, if you are from another country, who has been your favorite leader of your country and why? Thanks for answering.
Overall I'd have to say Lincoln. His actions kept the United States (one country) as oppose to two different countries. It's not likely we would have risen to "Super Power" status as two nations. Lincoln presided over the nation during it's most turbulent times.
One could also argue for Washington as being the first president to hold the nation together after the Revolutionary War or Franklin D. Roosevelt for helping to lead us out of the Great Depression with his "new deal" programs.
This is really a hard question to answer. So, I am going to cheat and give you four answers, because I think each played a vital part in our history.
First, there is Thomas Jefferson. He was a brilliant man, who doubled the size of the country, wrote the Declaration of Independence and help to establish the stability in the Presidency started by Washington, continued by Monroe and then by Jefferson.
Next would be Abraham Lincoln, who had the monumental task of preserving the union. He took some extraordinary steps to do it, but I think the means did justify the end.
Moving to more modern times, I am torn between FDR and Harry Truman. FDR did use the War to bring the nation out of the depression and called for the development of the Manhatten Project. it was Truman who ordered the dropping of the Atomic Bomb and as horrible as it was, it has probably been the biggest deterrent to nuclear war we could ever have. Based on the bombing of Japan, no national with nuclear arms could think that there could ever be a victory.
Finally, I chose John Kennedy and the 1,000 days of Camelot. Kennedy had his flaws, but we did not learn that until later. During his short presidency, he set goals for this nation, put a man on the moon, enact Civil Rights legislation and help the needy in other countries through the Peace Corps. Lyndon Johnson had to finish some of those tasks, but the tone was set by Kennedy. His goal of putting a man on the moon, is without the catalyst that produced our computerized lifestyles and has given us so man conveniences, tools and opportunities.
I apologize for picking more than one, but when comparing presidents over a 200 year period, picking the best becomes more difficult.
Hi Larry, Yes, it would be difficult to narrow it down to just one no doubt! It is okay to cheat here Great answer!!!
Thank you for selecting me as the best answer. I appreciate it.
I have a great deal of respect for George Washington, especially for not letting the presidency resemble the monarchy by hogging it. JFK and Ike Eisenhower were probably the last presidents who weren't corrupt in some way. Eisenhower was the first modern era president and gave us all fair warning. I don't know how much I like or agree with him other than that, but I respect him. This country couldn't handle Kennedy, end of story, but he might not have been that wonderful.
I find Lincoln extremely disagreeable and don't think he was a hero, but he did what needed to be done and certainly had a great deal of humanity. FDR did good outlining human necessities as "food, clothing, shelter, recreation, and time off," but was no saint. Jimmy Carter seemed decent, but was a weeny. I got a lot of empathy for Johnson and Grant for having to succeed Lincoln. What a situation that would have been.
The rest of them are mostly garbage. Obama is a slight exception, but geez. I want you to ask who the worst ones were.
I would have to say Teddy Roosevelt. His ideas of conservation and putting aside land for future generations to enjoy and his love of the outdoors is one reason. The way he took corporations and monopolies to help the consumer is another reason I admired him as a president. He was against false advertising and he started the first laws to protect our food.
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