Who is your favorite U.S. President?
Even though we tend to complain and not always agree with a U.S. President, chances are we all have at least one favorite...who is yours? Mine would be JFK, even though I was only 5 months old when he was assassinated, I still feel a bond with him. John F. Kennedy never had the opportunity to shine like he should have.
George Washington. An honest man, followed the constitution. Elected unanimously. People wanted James Monroe because he would be another George Washington. You don't hear that today. Today you hear "We don't want him, he'll be another George Bush." I'm aware that being popular doesn't mean you're right, but George Washington was popular because he was right, not the other way around.
I would have to say JFK also. I was ten when he was assassinated but that left quite an impression of his presidency on me. I think I liked him because of his optimism and the type of leader he was. Yes, he was good looking, but I was also interested in his family in the White House. Jackie Kennedy, Caroline ( near my age) and John-John. I think I could identify with the family in the White House. I was also interested in his quest to reach the moon by 1969 and I followed all the NASA missions into space and remember watching with excitement when man first walked on the moon. He came across to me as a president that got things done. He started the Peace Corps which I thought was so impressive and great. I also remember the Cuban Missile Crisis and how serious it was to those of us living on the east coast (NJ). He seemed to bring something like the Missile crisis to a good and safe end. Not so with the presidents today. These terrorist wars are slowly killing us like 1,000 cuts at a time. I guess in my youth, he represented a 'can do' president and he came across to me as a strong leader.
I have always viewed that in terms of the challenges they faced. In modern times Ronald Reagan faced some immense economic challenges and was able to pass some of the best tax reform which turned out to be some of the best work in incenting capital formation. He faced severe inflationary challenges and the Fed under Volcker was forced to dramatically raise rates, triggering a recession early in his Presidency. Yet Reagan made no attempts to exert any political pressure on Volcker as he understood it was a necessary action. Something most Presidents would not do.
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were probably the most interesting of all Presidents to me. Jefferson not only authored the Declaration of Independence, but was a man of enormous foresight. He warned of the dangers of a US central bank in the late 1700's. He warned of too strong a central gov't, and was very cautious of the Federalist movement. Many such concerns are still relevant today.
Many forget he was authoring our founding documents at a time that he and the other framers were being threatened to be hanged by King George. Yet he drafted a founding document that not only laid a foundation for our governing documents, but laid out the rights of all men. His words were the very foundation of liberty. He essentially drafted a document that allowed for the flexibility of gov't to protect the freedoms of all men and correct past injustices. Jefferson was a supporter of abolitionism, but knew the country was not ready for such strides. And the time to debate it was not as the colonies were facing War and severely outgunned by the British Empire. It was more important to keep the colonies together and gain independence first. The US was new nation struggling to stay a float. But his words inserted a course of action that guaranteed each of us God given rights to pursue our own destiny.
Adams was a moderate Federalist who was very unpopular during his Presidency. But had it not been for his leadership in the continental congress...The rebellion against the British may have never taken place. Annexing from the British Empire was more dangerous than a US state suddenly declaring itself a sovereign nation. It meant certain death. Yet Adams was the voice of the continental congress in the face of many feckless delegates. He was also a brilliant legal scholar. Yet despised the art of politics.. a trait uncommon among todays legal minds.
I would say Bill Clinton. Sure his personal life was messed up. However, I felt he was a good President. He left the office with a balanced budget. We weren't up to our waist in debt.
Even though I wasn't alive during his term, I would say Abraham Lincoln. He played a huge role on American history during the slave era. He was a brave man, and a compassionate president. I would also say JFK and Reagan were also pretty awesome presidents as well.
Well GF......You know damned well I can only be painfully honest. Sure, I could scan over the Presidents and think of one that I may have "almost" liked......but IMO, that's disingenuous to say the least.
I honestly do not have a favorite President. I despise the deceit, lies, greed and mis-use of power...that is-has been-and-always-will be attached to every Politician....EVER......ANYWHERE. The chaos & fiasco that is "Politics" thoroughly disgusts me.
To ask me who my favorite President is......is like asking me what my favorite terminal disease is.
Sorry honey.....but I love you and YOU have my vote!! Up+
I liked JKF, too Linda, but I was only 6 when he was assassinated. I liked him because he was handsome. I knew nothing of politics.
I think I'd have to say my favorite president was Ronald Reagan. He was a real person. Politics was an afterthought - not his "what I want to be when I grow up" aspiration. I don't think we've had a more honest, caring individual run this country since. Definitely not now!
I vote for Abraham Lincoln, the legendary and the great leader the US has ever seen.
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