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The Greatest President 
26th-Aug-2010 04:31 pm

Who do you think was the greatest President of the United States?

George Washington
Thomas Jefferson
Abraham Lincoln
Theodore Roosevelt
Woodrow Wilson
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
John F. Kennedy
Lyndon Johnson
Ronald Reagan
Someone else (who?)
26th-Aug-2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
Having read about Abe Lincoln what I have recently, I would have to say hands down that he was the best president of the U.S. even though I didn't live during his time.
27th-Aug-2010 12:30 am (UTC)
I'm torn between Lincoln and FDR. Both were able to be and do exactly what they needed to be and do, even when it wasn't the most popular thing. I can even forgive Lincoln's martial law rule and suspension of habeus corpus in Maryland -- Maryland was likely to fall to the Confederacy in 1861, and DC (and the Union) would have been screwed. I couldn't forgive modern administrations for such policies (especially in recent overseas conflicts), but I can forgive Lincoln for it? And goodness knows how much flak FDR took and still takes for his incredible liberal policies with no guarantee of ever getting any money back. But America is better for it.
27th-Aug-2010 01:09 am (UTC)
I find Abraham Lincoln to be a man of his time whose presidency to be far more dated than many others. He is viewed as one of the faces of African American rights, but he was against slavery and the conflict between the states. Yes, he was a huge part in ending slavery in America, a huge step in a very long fight for rights. A famous quote of his, as I'm sure many have seen before, shows exactly how much a man of his time he was and how anti-African American rights he was:

"I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in anyway the social and political equality of the white and black races - that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. I say upon this occasion I do not perceive that because the white man is to have the superior position the negro should be denied everything."

This certainly doesn't mean Lincoln wasn't a great president; he was a great president. I should like, however, to chose the greatest president of all time to be someone who stands truer against the test of time than Lincoln.
27th-Aug-2010 01:38 am (UTC)
I see at least three on this list that many people would place on their "Worst Ever" list.
27th-Aug-2010 03:26 am (UTC)
Wilson is obvious, and I'd probably say JFK as well (he did essentially nothing; he was more politically useful in death than in life), but who else?
27th-Aug-2010 03:31 am (UTC)
Some might say Johnson or Reagan, depending on their politics.
27th-Aug-2010 03:38 am (UTC)
Actually, I was thinking Wilson, Reagan (The Left hates him) and FDR (The Right hates him).
27th-Aug-2010 06:25 am (UTC)
Interestingly enough, Reagan was a great admirer of FDR's.
29th-Aug-2010 04:50 am (UTC)
You can make a credible argument for worst president for just about all of them.
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28th-Aug-2010 02:43 am (UTC)
Coincidentally, today is the anniversary of LBJ's birthday. I wrote a blog about his contradictory legacy here in potus_geeks.
28th-Aug-2010 05:36 am (UTC)
Bill Clinton
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