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Who was the best president of the last ten

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John F. Kennedy - 1961-1963
Lyndon B. Johnson - 1963-1969
Richard Nixon - 1969-1974
Gerald Ford - 1974-1977
Jimmy Carter - 1977-1981
Ronald Regan - 1981-1989
George Bush Sr. - 1989-1993
Bill Clinton - 1993-2001
George W. Bush - 2001-2009
Barack Obama - 2009-pres.
 

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As far as effectiveness goes, I have to say Richard Nixon. Vision wise I like Kennedy, however because of his premature death I can't honestly state him as our best. For example his handling of the failure of the Bay Of Pigs Invasion.

Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.
-John F. Kennedy
 
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I think JFK because he realized the roots of all evil in this country. It cost him his life.
 

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I think it was Ronald Regan because he had good economic policies and he did most of the stuff that led to the end of the Cold War and the fall of the USSR.
 

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"Best" is very subjective. Are we to judge by legislative accomplishments during their terms in office? By their character? By the economy during their tenure?
 

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"Best" is very subjective. Are we to judge by legislative accomplishments during their terms in office? By their character? By the economy during their tenure?
Overall quality of how they did
 

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I think it was Ronald Regan because he had good economic policies and he did most of the stuff that led to the end of the Cold War and the fall of the USSR.
and when he got shot he lived ;)

hah yeah JFK my posterior, The failed Bay of Pigs invasion nearly caused a nooclear exchange during the Cuban missile crisis.
 

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You may want to check the spelling of Reagan. Even Cheney stated that 'Reagan proved that deficits didn't matter". We now have a 17 trillion Total Accumulated Debt that proves different.
I think it was Ronald Regan because he had good economic policies and he did most of the stuff that led to the end of the Cold War and the fall of the USSR.
 

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I think it was Ronald Regan because he had good economic policies and he did most of the stuff that led to the end of the Cold War and the fall of the USSR.
I fully agree that actions of Ronald Reagan helped bring an end to the Soviet Union. For example his speech at the Berlin Wall and the arms race of the 1980's. Though I feel that far too much of the credit goes to Ronald Reagan himself. Reagan himself was a laid back executive. His cabinet is where all the works of his administration came from, Gipper was effectively just the "Okay-guy".
 

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You may want to check the spelling of Reagan. Even Cheney stated that 'Reagan proved that deficits didn't matter". We now have a 17 trillion Total Accumulated Debt that proves different.
I always forget the 'a'. We wouldn't need to worry about our deficit if the liberals would just let us drill for oil in America instead of having to rely on arabs for it. Obama, your response...
 

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and when he got shot he lived ;)

hah yeah JFK my posterior, The failed Bay of Pigs invasion nearly caused a nooclear exchange during the Cuban missile crisis.
Bay of Pigs was initiated by Dwight D. Eisenhower. Not to mention Bay of Pigs didn't really have to do with the Cuban Missile Crisis directly, it was really just a worse turn of US-Cuban/Soviet Bloc relations.
 

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I always forget the 'a'. We wouldn't need to worry about our deficit if the liberals would just let us drill for oil in America instead of having to rely on arabs for it. Obama, your response...
Isn't domestic drilling is at an all-time high. And I believe you can thank Jimmy Carter for that initiative.
 

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Bay of Pigs was initiated by Dwight D. Eisenhower. Not to mention Bay of Pigs didn't really have to do with the Cuban Missile Crisis directly, it was really just a worse turn of US-Cuban/Soviet Bloc relations.
Still, Reagan can take a shot ;)
 

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Drill for oil is loon talk. There is plenty of oil shale. The Soviet economy wasn't the only one destroyed by our spending on Star wars and such. Aren't you glad we're destroying those weapons now? C. Christie is coming to the rescue of the GOP, especially with the splitting of the loon vote.
I always forget the 'a'. We wouldn't need to worry about our deficit if the liberals would just let us drill for oil in America instead of having to rely on arabs for it. Obama, your response...
 

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I liked IKE. So do the OTR truckers who benefit from his interstates. Too bad today's loons don't see it that way. When did IKE involve us in Vietnam? Foreign policy is not to be politicized by True Patriots.
Must be awesome to be able to re-write history at your whim
 

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hah look ol Slick Willie is pullin' in some good numbers
"It was a real sort of Southern deal. I had AstroTurf in the back. You don't want to know why, but I did."
Bill Clinton, reminiscing about his El Camino
 

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John F. Kennedy - 1961-1963
was a strong leader who inspired people, but tragically was killed just three years into his presidency. He faced down the Soviets during the Cuban Missile crisis. I really can't see any of the rest of them pulling that off, other than perhaps Reagan.

Lyndon B. Johnson - 1963-1969
Signed into law the Civil Rights act. If only he hadn't been led astray by the military industrial complex, he might have been a great president.

Richard Nixon - 1969-1974
finally got us out of Vietnam, but left behind a mess, much as our later withdrawal from Iraq has left a mess. He signed into law the EPA. No more rivers have caught fire since then.
If he hadn't tried to cover up that burglary, he might have been a great president. Unfortunately, Watergate seems to be his legacy.
Gerald Ford - 1974-1977
OH, yes, he was president, wasn't he? It must have been pretty uneventful, or maybe I just don't remember. Anyway, there is something to be said for an uneventful presidency.
Jimmy Carter - 1977-1981
had the bad luck to be president during the OPEC oil crisis. Carter was a decent man, perhaps too kind to be good at the nasty world of politics.
Ronald Reagan - 1981-1989
Credited with a lot of things that he didn't really do, like winning the cold war. Reagan was another man able to inspire people to greatness. If only he had been successful at decreasing the size of the federal government, if he had put a stop to Iran Contra before it started, he might have been a great president. Some people think he was anyway, but they just don't remember.

George Bush Sr. - 1989-1993
did a decent job, didn't get us involved in a lengthy war in the ME despite Saddam's invasion of Kuwait, and might have accomplished more had he been reelected. I never did understand why he wasn't. \

Bill Clinton - 1993-2001
did an adequate job, but a great president? the best of the 10? Somehow, I just don't see it. It would have helped had he kept his pecker in his pants.

George W. Bush - 2001-2009
OMG! Surely no one will pick the guy who got us into Iraq and Afganistan and put the war on the national MasterCard. I never forgave him for that. Otherwise, he was OK.

Barack Obama - 2009-pres.
Might have been an excellent president had he had some experience. Had he done anything of note before being elected, and if the opposition party had had some goal other than making him a one term president, he might have accomplished something. Were he able to reach across the aisle and get people to make compromises, in other words, if he had a bit more experience, he might have done a good job. As it is, however, the biggest surprise was his reelection.

I'd have to say John Kennedy was the best of the lot.
 

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With Clinton we had both peace and prosperity. Its hard to beat that combination.
 

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peace and prosperity
neither of which he had anything to do with
hey wait wasn't he the prez (up until Obama) that had sent troops into harms way more than any other?
mebbe you were too young then to remember?
 

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When did IKE involve us in Vietnam?
1954, right after Ho Chi Minh won his country's independence from the French. It was Johnson who really blew it up into a full scale war, however.

Yes, the interstate highway system is what he deserves to have as his legacy, no doubt, that and the greatest economic boom we've ever had.
 

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neither of which he had anything to do with
hey wait wasn't he the prez (up until Obama) that had sent troops into harms way more than any other?
mebbe you were too young then to remember?
I will gladly take the eight years of peace and prosperity that the nation had under Clinton again and again and again.
 
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