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Who was the best president?

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Hi, Rick.

Whew, that's a toughie, because different Presidents faced different challenges. In terms of being President, I'd probably list the top five as Washington, Lincoln, FDR, Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt. And in terms of damage to the nation, the worst (in order) were/are Buchanan, GW Bush, Calvin Coolidge, and Richard Nixon.

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I don't know

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president of what

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My Presidential 'Olympics'

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(Let's do this like the Olympics.)

Most of these were during my lifetime. The differences in the medal winners are small.

(As it has come to life after their deaths, so many of earlier Presidents were guilty of hankypanky.)

1. Not guilty of hanky-panky:

Gold: Truman
Silver: Carter
Bronze: Nixon
4th place: Ford

2. You could believe what they said:

Gold: Truman
Silver: Washington
Bronze: Lincoln
4th place: Ford

3. Had the hardest job and toughest decisions:

Gold: Washington
Silver: Roosevelt
Bronze: Lincoln
4th place: Truman

4. Brought the country together in time of crisis:

Gold: Lincoln
Silver: Washington
Bronze: Roosevelt
4th place: GWBush

5. Best sustained that coming together:

Gold: Roosevelt
Silver: Eisenhower
Bronze: Washington

6. Best or warmest personality:

Gold: JFK
Silver: Eisenhower
Bronze: Reagan

7. Most articulate off - the - cuff:

Gold: JFK
Silver: Clinton
Bronze: Reagan

8. Made the impression he really, truly cared:

Gold: Lincoln
Silver: JFK
Bronze: Washington
4th place: Carter

9. Had the most vision

Gold: Washington
Silver: Lincoln
Bronze: JFK

10. Motivated by service rather than power

Gold: Washington
Silver: Lincoln
Bronze: Truman
Bronze: Eisenhower

Now, the Best-All-Around is tough. Earlier names here molded this country. Washington was truly the Father of our country, and Lincoln united the states. They both deserve gold medals.

But, I will award the medals to those in my lifetime who served full terms.

Gold: Roosevelt, for his putting the country back on it's feet, and leading us through WWII/
Silver: Truman, for being willing to take the heat, without apologies or blaming others, for his decisions
Bronze: Eisenhower, who took us through a period of prosperity and growth.

Those who best appealed to my strictly personal middle-class issues:

Gold: Truman
Silver: Clinton
Bronze: the senior George Bush
4th place (tie) ; Eisenhower, JFK

Angeline
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My favorite was Harry Truman, but there are so many things to grade them on, i wouldn't know who was the overall best.

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In my lifetime it is hard for me to pick the best president unless given specifics as a guide....I like and favor Angeline's guidelines and choices.

What comes to mind with me:

FDR brought us out of the depression, abolished Prohibition, started Social Security, led us to defeat our foes in WWII...What we have most to fear is fear itself.

Truman was give em hell Harry, told it like it is, got shot at more often in Washington (y'all remember), and had a tough decision firing MacArthur & dropping the bomb.

"I Like Ike" was a button I wore in those days.

Admired JFK and his family. Did some crying over his demise, agree mostly with the Warren commission.

Did a lot of up/down with "Tricky ****".

LBJ was from Texas and really had a good heart for the down and trodden.

Ford, I own Ford vehicles. He survived his accidents.

Carter, I liked peanuts, but always thought of him as too soft to be the President. Too bad he was one of the most who got a lot of press about 'Billy', although Billy Beer was not that bad of taste.

Reagan, scared the hell out of Iran. I liked his wearing of cowboy boots.

Clinton, if only he didn't go on TV and say "I never had....

GWB Sr. my hero, but should have gone in and gotten Saddam at the time.

GWB Jr. Ok, and gave tough warning to the world of terrorist and those who harbour...remember. Not that all full of joy with the Republican administration this go around, but will vote for GWB again as compared to record of lies & military service of his opponent.

My post may be a little off track, but can't really pick a best President.

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