Rank the President's of Your Lifetime
by nikkid, Tue Dec 30, 2008 at 10:44:22 AM EST
I read a great article in HuffPo about W's legacy (or lack thereof), that some in the media are claiming that he "kept us safe", (so that is his legacy), but many are failing to mention that 9/11 happened on HIS watch in spite of all the warning signs.
The article by Paul Abrams can be read here:
So, looking back over the President's in MY lifetime, I thought I'd rate them on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 = horrible, 10 = perfect). Kind of a fun Year End game that you might want to do too.....
I was born under Eisenhower, so there have been 10 President's so far in my lifetime. I was thinking how Bill Clinton was clearly the BEST and George W was clearly the WORST, what about everyone in between? Here's how I ranked them:
#1 Bill Clinton 9 1/2. The positive: Economy, Ecomony, Jobs, Jobs, and more Jobs. Plus Family Medical Leave, Brady Bill, Children's Health care, Kosovo, Reinventing Gov't, more Women, Latinos and African American's in Cabinet jobs then at any time, Americorps, Respect around the World, attempted to help Gays (at least brought this out into the open). The negative: only reason I wouldn't give him a 10 is due to the Lewinsky scandal and maybe NAFTA ended up not being so great. Otherwise, I'd say Bill Clinton is as near Perfect a President as we could hope for.
#2 John F. Kennedy 8. The positive: Economy did well (so they tell me), Peace Corps, Space Program, Cuban Missle Crisis, Great speeches and Leadership, Loved around the world. Negative: Presidency cut short, Bay of Pigs, questionable support of Vietnam.
#3 Lyndon Johnson 8. The positive: Carried on with Kennedy's legacy, Civil Rights, Education, Medicare/Medicaid. The negative: Vietnam, came in under horrible circumstances.
#4 Dwight Eisenhower 7. I remember nothing about him. But, from what I read, the economy was doing okay, he continued with the New Deals, installed the Dept of Health, Education and Welfare, supported Brown vs. Board of Education and added the Interstate Highway system. The negative: enhanced Cold War, began the first involvement with Vietnam, strengthened the CIA to do more covert operations.
#5 Ronald Regan 6. Funny how he frequently gets ranked as one of the best President's when I don't remember it this way at all. The positive: he restored leadership after the failings of Nixon/Ford and Carter. He ended the Cold War. The Negative: the economy, inflation, unemployment, cut government programs, S&L crisis, Iran-Contra.
#6 Gerald Ford 5. I don't remember him accomplishing anything, but at the same time, he didn't seem to do any real damage either.
#7 Jimmy Carter 4. (sorry, there are probably alot on this website who think Carter was great, I don't happen to be one of them). The positive: Dept of Education, Dept of HHS. The negative: Inflation, Energy Crisis, Airline deregulation, Iran hostages.
#8 Richard Nixon 3. The positive: Relationship with China, Walk on the Moon, the EPA, OSHA, EEOC. The negative: Watergate and resignation, Vietnam.
#9 George H. W. Bush 2. After Nixon, I thought there couldn't be a worse President. I was WRONG!! The positive: ADA. The negative: Economy, Persian Gulf War, highest deficit in history (at the time).
#10 George W Bush 0. I can't even give him a 1 - he's worse then Horrible!! The positive: extended daylight saving time by 4 weeks. The negative: Worst economy in 30 years, highest deficit in history, job losses, stock market crashes, bank defaults, attacked on 9/11 (in spite of warnings), divided the country by targeting groups to hate (gays, latinos), ignored the constitution, FEMA fiasco, loss of respect around the world, invaded a country, no bid contracts, highest gas prices in history, got rid of science and replaced it with Christianity, screwed the Environment, vetoed stem cell research, Hired Rumsfeld and Cheney.
Well that about sums up the President's of my lifetime. You'd think after two failed Bush's that maybe THIS family would go into hiding. Now I hear Jeb is going for the FL Senate. Can the American people just say "NO" to the Bush family. How much damage do we have to endure?
I think if President Obama is even half as good as Bill Clinton, he will turn out to be a 9 or a 10. Hopefully, he will have learned from Bill Clinton's scandals and with the way W is leaving the state of our nation and the world, it can only (hopefully) go UP from here. To me, that puts Obama in a position to be a Great President.
So as we end the worse 8 years of a President in my lifetime, I hope we can regain the great 8 years that Bill Clinton gave us - without all the scandals and that should make all of us happy and proud to be Democrats.
Happy New Year's to All My DDers.