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Monday, February 19, 2007

Happy Presidents Day

In honor of Presidents Day: Who were America's five best Presidents and what makes them the best?

7 Comments:

Anonymous jim adams said...

1)Washington - Sit the example.
2)Jefferson - Good eye for Real Estate.
3)Lincoln - Reunited the Union
4)F.D.R. Saved Democracy from Economic destruction.
5)Truman/JFK - Used the Bomb / Didn't use the Bomb.

One independent, one Republican, four Democrates.

5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

G.W. Bush - for making all of the other presidents look good

William Henry Harrison - he died a month after taking office

5:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nina Basu will be America's greatest president.

1:32 PM  
Blogger Steven said...

I'd like to make a case for Dwight Eisenhower - every President has shortcomings - Ike was a segregationist by principle - but when forced with his own beliefs and interests, Eisenhower chose the rule of law... he was perhaps our greatest liberal President, liberal meant in the old-school way whereby one commits to restraints that are in place when it is possible they will give in to desire things that perhaps they cannot from their own judgment see that they should not. Ike could not see why segregation was bad, but he could see how it could be that he didn't get it. By sending the 101st airborne in to enforce Brown, Ike made integration a fully fledged, executed law.

He had his problems, but Eisenhower was a leader who believed in prudence in a time when few others were prudent. I'd argue that the mistakes made in any of the other "great Presidents" Presidencies Constitute much more egregious national and constitutional harms than Ike's.

Further, we should be careful about calling ANY President's great. President's command a shocking quasi-tyrant post in our political regime, and often times the only thing that restrains them is our unending suspicion about what they are up to and why... we should never let this go, even our best Presidents clearly went too far in ways that destroyed lives.

11:18 PM  
Anonymous jim adams said...

Steve, we should add to all you said. Ike's emphasis on the County's Highway system.

11:37 AM  
Blogger wordbones said...

Having just finished reading "His Excellency" a biography of George Washington I would offer that he was the president of all presidents.

I am also an admirer of Theodore Roosevelt.

-wb

5:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

T.R.?

"I should welcome almost any war for I think this country needs one." - http://www.pbs.org/crucible/Transcript.txt

More - http://www.fff.org/freedom/0295c.asp

And still more -
http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Philippine-American_War

11:53 PM  

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