See if I can cover each century represented so far - Washington in the 18th (a true statesman), Lincoln in the 19th (ending slavery and seeing the nation through the Civil War), FDR in the 20th (being elected 4x says enough), and Obama in the 21st (not much of a contest there). |
Reply #21. Mar 14 09, 6:22 AM
On the other hand, hovenaut, George W. Bush was elected twice, so re-election doesn't necessarily denote greatness in a president! |
Reply #22. Mar 14 09, 3:24 PM
Well, C30, by that logic, my favorite American President is William Sinkford.|
Reply #23. Mar 15 09, 2:54 PM
Stu........well, again, nothing was said about the "President" having to be President of a nation! Your nominee thus qualifies I guess. |
Reply #25. Mar 15 09, 4:45 PM
I think that when Americans say America, they mean the USA, and would only qualify it if they meant something else. C30, it would be nice if you could join in without shouting. |
Reply #26. Mar 15 09, 5:37 PM
Most likely Teddy Roosevelt, I agreed with his policies and loved his sense of adventure. Liked the grit of Andrew Jackson as well.|
Reply #27. Mar 15 09, 7:33 PM
Lesley............my apologies for "shouting", it was unintentional as I used capitals to emphasise a word(s).|
Reply #28. Mar 16 09, 3:14 PM
I guessed that really, Ray. Just looked a bit shouty, though. :)|
Reply #29. Mar 16 09, 5:14 PM
No doubt - Abraham Lincoln - although I do have other characteristics about other presidents which I wish we could use to make the super president.|
Reply #30. Mar 16 09, 5:23 PM
john fitzgerald kennedy|
Reply #31. Apr 26 09, 11:07 AM
I am not an American although I have American relatives by marriage. Viewed from the distance I would have to say that the one who I liked most so far was Bill Clinton. In spite of his bad judgement in personal life, he was a refreshing change from some of the previous stiff-necked brotherhood. His good-natured acceptance of Boris Yeltzin's antics and his boyish charm made him seem more human and more normal. So far Barack Obama has proven to be a charming man also and time will tell just how he will make his mark......Mommakat|
Reply #32. May 15 09, 12:02 AM
I'm not american but I have my fav presidents: Let's say Washington, Jefferson, Teddy Roosvelt and Reagan....and so far I don't like Obama at all.|
Reply #33. May 15 09, 2:59 AM
Jefferson -- was extraordinarily ADHD, and inconsistent between words and deeds. John Quincy Adams is ignored -- but it was he who in his later years was the foremonst abolitionist in Congress, and who won the Amistad case. |
Teddy Roosevelt had a greater impact than many realize -- even though he had an ego such that "he never went to a wedding where he did not want to be the bride, and never went to a funeral where he did not want to be the corpse" (according to his daughter, Alice Roosevelt Longworth, a rather colorful character).
As for judging anyone while they are alive - not I.
Reply #34. May 15 09, 6:20 AM
According to various Scholar surveys the greatest president would be Abraham Lincoln for his tenacity, leadership during the civil war and eloquent speeches.|
Of more modern presidents, Roosevelt scores very highly.
Reply #35. May 15 09, 7:04 AM
Typical choice, but I'll go with good ol' Abraham Lincoln.|
Reply #36. May 15 09, 11:29 AM
The one The only (drumroll please) "Franklin Pierce"|
Reply #37. May 15 09, 12:27 PM
Which brings us, in a roundabout sort of way (President Pierce being a CSA sympathizer), back to President Jefferson Davis of the CSA. C30 nominated him as his personal favourite, and was shot down for his views. As Jefferson Davis was voted in to lead several states comprising millions people (as opposed to various worthies being voted to head religious or financial institutions), I feel that he has a valid point. Although foreign recognition was never granted, boundaries were drawn and the people of the southern states of America considered themselves to be of a different nation to that of the North, the Union. For this they fought a long, hard and disastrous war.|
My point is, Jefferson Davis was an American, elected by Americans to govern and lead a them in times of war and peace.
Reply #38. May 15 09, 1:42 PM
Why thank you Trojan! My sentiments entirely! I'd love to see a "swop", because I have always wondered how well Abe Lincoln would have done had he faced the problems Jefferson Davis faced, or how he (Davis) would have fared holding all the aces as Lincoln did.|
However, the point I made is as you say, Jefferson Davis was American and he was a President, thus qualifying to be included in this thread theme.
Reply #39. May 15 09, 2:58 PM
Trojan and C30, |
I have no problem with Jefferson Davis being include on this list your case is strong and legitimate. Please do not count me among those who take issue. I did not defend your choice only because I have other favorites and not because I do not consider him a valid entry.
Reply #40. May 15 09, 11:33 PM
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