Favorite Historical U.S. President?

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Favorite Historical U.S. President?

Post by Swedgin! on Wed Jan 14, 2009 12:53 pm

It's almost Inauguration Day, and I thought it'd be a peachy time to find out what people's preferences were. Out of respect for contemporary politics, and sensitivity to the topic generally, I've omitted from the Poll the names of ANY (U.S.) President who's occupied the office in the last thirty years (Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush), and suggested eight historically significant Presidents, and included a couple of other options as well. If I happened to MISS your fave, go ahead and make your case in the space below, if you happen to feel that William Henry Harrison or Millard Fillmore or James Garfield or Chester A. Arthur or Warren Harding or Calvin Coolidge or somebody was woefully unrepresented. The complete list of U.S. Presidents is below.

Enjoy!


1 George Washington
2 John Adams
3 Thomas Jefferson
4 James Madison
5 James Monroe
6 John Quincy Adams
7 Andrew Jackson
8 Martin Van Buren
9 William Henry Harrison
10 John Tyler
11 James K. Polk
12 Zachary Taylor
13 Millard Fillmore
14 Franklin Pierce
15 James Buchanan
16 Abraham Lincoln
17 Andrew Johnson
18 Ulysses S. Grant
19 Rutherford B. Hayes
20 James Garfield
21 Chester A. Arthur
22 Grover Cleveland
23 Benjamin Harrison
24 Grover Cleveland
25 William McKinley
26 Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt
27 William Howard Taft
28 Woodrow Wilson
29 Warren G. Harding
30 Calvin Coolidge
31 Herbert Hoover
32 Franklin Delano Roosevelt
33 Harry S. Truman
34 Dwight D. Eisenhower
35 John F. Kennedy
36 Lyndon B. Johnson
37 Richard M. Nixon
38 Gerald R. Ford
39 Jimmy Carter
40 Ronald Reagan
41 George H.W. Bush
42 Bill Clinton
43 George W. Bush
44 Barack H. Obama *

* President-Elect
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Re: Favorite Historical U.S. President?

Post by undeadmonkey on Wed Jan 14, 2009 1:21 pm

George Washington. Some say, 'meh, he's overated'. I bet he was a great person though, come on, he was asked to be King of the United States and declined. He was president for two terms, i think, and they asked him to continue, and he declined again. He fought in the war, hmm its late, cant think of much else right now.

IS there a grood movie about George Washington? If there is, show me to it, because I havent heard of any.
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Re: Favorite Historical U.S. President?

Post by Swedgin! on Wed Jan 14, 2009 1:51 pm

Hm, as far as actual FILMS go, let me think about that. Oddly enough, it's not a terribly popular subject. John Adams (miniseries, HBO), with David Morse portraying our first Commanding General and President, did a pretty decent job of capturing his aloofness, his dignity and his seriousness, but completely missed certain other traits (namely, his prowess as a soldier, his vanity and his zeal to improve his own social and political standing).

I've been hearing for awhile, now, that Tom Hanks was interested in producing an HBO miniseries to star Daniel Day-Lewis as the complex and often contradictory father of the nation, a quite perfect casting decision in my book, but nothing ever seems to materialize, quite.

As far as films focusing specifically on Washington, erm, no, actually, I can't think of any. There were a couple of very good TV-movies, notably The Crossing, but as far as big-screen representations go, well, all I can say is, at least in this case we're not being taxed for it.


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Re: Favorite Historical U.S. President?

Post by Buscemi on Wed Jan 14, 2009 2:19 pm

A tie between Roosevelt (Franklin) and Kennedy. Roosevelt was popular, a great leader and one who overcame obstacles to serve four terms as President. Kennedy was also popular and a great leader as well as one who changed the face of American politics but was killed before he could really set out to do what he wanted to do. Have he not been killed, the world today would be much different.

Damn you, Lee Harvey Oswald (or whoever the hell killed JFK)!

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Re: Favorite Historical U.S. President?

Post by MisterInformative on Wed Jan 14, 2009 10:16 pm

It was a conspiracy of the fashion industry carried out by brainwashed, over-the-hill male models on the grassy knoll.
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Re: Favorite Historical U.S. President?

Post by Donte77 on Thu Jan 15, 2009 2:07 am

I give my vote to William Henry Harrison.

The real question is why do I say that?

I bet some of you know...

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Re: Favorite Historical U.S. President?

Post by geezer9687 on Thu Jan 15, 2009 2:28 am

Clinton. I refuse to vote for anyone who wasn't around in my lifetime, or that I can't remember, and he was better than Bush.

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Re: Favorite Historical U.S. President?

Post by NSpan on Thu Jan 15, 2009 2:28 am

Donte77 wrote:I give my vote to William Henry Harrison.

The real question is why do I say that?

I bet some of you know...

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i like the "least damage" argument.. but my vote goes to Jefferson
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Re: Favorite Historical U.S. President?

Post by Donte77 on Thu Jan 15, 2009 2:35 am

NSpan wrote:
Donte77 wrote:I give my vote to William Henry Harrison.

The real question is why do I say that?

I bet some of you know...

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i like the "least damage" argument.. but my vote goes to Jefferson

Yay!! N-Span gets a gold star today!

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Re: Favorite Historical U.S. President?

Post by Swedgin! on Thu Jan 15, 2009 3:01 am

I give my vote to William Henry Harrison.

The real question is why do I say that?

I bet some of you know...


[I like] the "least damage" argument.. but my vote goes to Jefferson

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...Well, SURE, of COURSE he did the least damage: The stupid son of a bitch was still trying to act like a frontier solider at the age of seventy, and insisted on taking the Oath of Office and delivering a two-hour Inaugual Address in the middle of a nor'easter without a friggin' coat on. The dumb bastard died exactly one month later, of pneumonia and septicemia and pleuresy, not to mention abject friggin' ignorance. If only EVERY President put his country first in such a selfless, not to mention efficient, fashion, sparing the nation the terrible wages of their stupidity by simply self-destructing in a glorious celebration of same.


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Re: Favorite Historical U.S. President?

Post by J.I. on Thu Jan 15, 2009 3:17 am

Too tough between Washington, Lincoln, FDR, and JFK.
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Re: Favorite Historical U.S. President?

Post by becs on Thu Jan 15, 2009 3:21 am

As a staunch conscientious objector to politics, I went with none of the above or below...
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Re: Favorite Historical U.S. President?

Post by A_Roode on Thu Jan 15, 2009 4:25 am

My non-counting Canadian vote was for FDR. A brilliant strategist and I respect that. I imagine we'd be in good hands today if he was in charge given the way that the Global economy looks.
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