Greatest U.S. Presidents

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  1. Clay Knick

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    Who were the greatest Presidents in
    the history of the U.S.?

    Who would be in your top five or
    ten?

    Share any reasons you believe a
    particular President is worthy of
    being on your list, if you like.

    Clay
     
  2. Johnv

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    Pat Paulsen. Oh, wait....
     
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    It depends on your definition of greatest.
    If greatest means: Greatly changed the country and accomplished what he set out to do, through his deliberate actions (instead of simply stumbling into a succes).
    FDR and Lincoln were the greatest.

    If it is all about looking good on television.
    Reagan, Kennedy, Clinton.

    If it is about character
    Teddy Roosevelt and Jimmy Carter.

    If it is about skillful handling of the job.
    Eisenhower comes to mind.

    And if it's all about growing pot.
    Nobody can beat George Washington!

    It needs to be mentioned, that in most of the areas mentioned, former Dutch Prime Minister Willem Drees beats any US president. :D
     
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    George Washington.
     
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    It's all about growing pot :D ;)
     
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    Richard Griffin, of course, was the best. He was the final President of the United States in Congress, under the Articles of Confederation on which our nation was founded and lasted until 1789.

    Sadly, there was a federalist coup that instead of "tweaking" those wonderful Articles, usurped power and formed a new government under the US Constitution. Black day for America.

    Then, under the new federal big-government regime, some dude named Washington took Griffin's place as President. And gets all the credit.

    Kinda like a new dynasty in Israel started the calendar over with the date THEY began. Like the whole world revolved around them.

    "GOOD" and "FEDERALIST" are oxymoronic.
     
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    1. Thomas Jefferson: He authorized the Lewis and Clark expidition to explore the land the U.S. obtained through the Lousiana Purchase.

    2. James Monroe: He approved the Adams-Onis Treaty which purchased Florida from Spain.

    3. John Quincy Adams: He was an advocate for ending slavery in this country.

    4. James Knox Polk: He was president during the California Gold Rush and acquired the most property for the U.S. since the Louisiana Purchase.

    5. Abraham Lincoln: for various reasons that most people are fully aware of.

    If I have to stop at 5, then I'll stop at 5. It's my opinion that there were a great many presidents that did monumental things for this country. ;)
     
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    George Washington.

    Richard Nixon. [​IMG]
     
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    George Washington--set the example of giving up power

    Abraham Lincoln--preserved the Union

    Harry Truman--Drew the line for the Cold War

    Ronald Reagan--"It's time someone said it, Ronald Reagan won the Cold War..." Maggie Thatcher.

    Teddy Roosevelt--Made us a world power
     
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    1. Abraham Lincoln - for reasons that are well known - plus he was a marvelous writer and speaker.

    2. George Washingon - For setting a good example and for his leadership skills.

    3. Thomas Jefferson - for the Louisana Purchase

    4. Franklin Roosevelt - for leadership in depression and and war.

    5. Dwight Eisenhower - for making it look easy

    6. Teddy Roosevelt - for conservation and establishing many national parks
     
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    Shurely shome mishtake :eek:

    Limey's list:-

    1. Washington

    2. Lincoln

    3. FDR

    4 LBJ

    5 Carter

    Yours in Christ

    Matt
     
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    Carter?? :eek:
     
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    1. Reagan - made me proud to be an American again.

    2. Lincoln - stalwart, in the face of tremendous pressure.

    3. Coolidge - quiet - we need more of this.

    4. Jefferson - great mind.

    5. Andrew Johnson - so hated by the other side that he couldn't get anything passed by congress -- definitely should happen more often!!
     
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    LBJ??? The man who committed 10 years of disasterous blunder in Vietnam, prohibitting US forces from either winning or withdrawing? ...the man who instituted the "new slavery" of welfare and entitlements? ...the man who ruined the economy so badly that even Nixon couldn't do anything but damage control for 7 years? ...the man who caused more racial hatred in this country than any president in history - including Jeff Davis?

    LBJ??? You've got to be kidding?

    I vote for T. Roosevelt
     
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    I was thinking more in terms of civil rights and his Great Society reforms.

    YOurs in CHrist

    Matt
     
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    1. Lincoln (The Union Forever!)

    2. Washington (An obvious choice easily
    could be #1.)

    The rest in no particular order:

    FDR (WW 2)
    T.R. (Brings America into the world)
    Truman (Cold War)
    Reagan (Visionary, Ends Cold War)
    Jefferson (1803 !)
     
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    If greatness has anything to do with the Constitution, then just about every President since the Civil War is out.

    Most of the ones chosen so far would be among the worst in that regard e.g. Carter, both Roosevelts, LBJ, etc. OF course, Billary was the worst of all time, but GW has had a far greater disregard for the Constitution even than they.
     
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    1. F. Roosevelt

    2. Lincoln

    3. T. Roosevelt

    4. Washington

    5. Jefferson
     
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    1. George Washington - Got U.S. off to a great start.

    2. Thomas Jefferson - Louisiana Purchase.

    3. Andrew Jackson - showed that power properly belongs to the common people, not the elites, in the U.S.

    4. Grover Cleveland - probably the last true advocate of limited government to be president.

    5. Ronald Reagan - won the Cold War and put the Soviet Union out of business.
     

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