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Wilson
 
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Harding
 
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Coolidge
 
#7
Hoover
 
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F. Roosevelt
 
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Truman
 
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Eisenhower
 
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Kennedy
 
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LBJ
 
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Nixon
 
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Ford
 
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Carter
 
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Reagan
 
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GHW Bush
 
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Clinton
 
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« on: February 13, 2004, 03:38:21 pm »
« edited: September 18, 2005, 06:37:27 pm by Boss Tweed »

I had to leave some out (Taft, Hoover, Coolidge, LBJ, GHWB), but it was unlikely anyone would pick them.

1. FDR
2. TR
3. Clinton
4. Truman
5. Eisenhower
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« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2004, 03:54:34 pm »

1. Reagan
2. FDR
3. Truman
4. Eisenhower
5. Nixon
6. TR
7. Coolidge
8. McKinley
9. JFK
10. George H.W. Bush
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« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2004, 04:02:36 pm »

I will think abut this one for a while. Regan and Roosvelt are strong contenders, as are Truman and LBJ.
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« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2004, 04:35:10 pm »

FDR
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« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2004, 04:36:41 pm »

This is too damn hard.

I voted for Truman over the other 'greats' for one reason-he didn't like being President. It was the factor that pushed him over the line, imho.
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« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2004, 05:10:03 pm »
« Edited: February 13, 2004, 05:11:21 pm by Demrepdan »

I don't see how ANYONE could say Reagan was the best President of the 20th century. He didn't have to face the hard times and war time era like FDR did. Here's my list...you'll notice Reagan is high...but not as high as others may want him to be.

1. Franklin D. Roosevelt
2. Ronald Reagan
3. William J. Clinton
4. Harry S Truman
5. Theodore Roosevelt
6. Woodrow Wilson
7. Dwight D. Eisenhower
8. John F. Kennedy
9. Richard M. Nixon
10.William McKinley
11.George Bush
12.Calvin Coolidge
13.Gerald Ford
14.William H. Taft
15.Lyndon B. Johnson
16.Jimmy Carter
17.Herbert Hoover
18.Warren G. Harding

That is every President who served during the time period of 1900-2000.
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« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2004, 05:21:06 pm »

I think Reagan was the second worst president of the 20th century, just beating out Hoover.

Amazing how polarizing the 'great communicator' was.  To me, he's just the 'great debt-tripler.'
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« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2004, 06:01:04 pm »
« Edited: February 13, 2004, 06:03:08 pm by Huckleberry Finn »

1.  FDR (WWII, New Deal)
2.  Truman (Cold War, Marshall aid, Korea)
3.  Reagan (Cold War, Economy Boom)
4.  Clinton (Economy boom, great foreign policy)
5.  TR (for the People and for the Nature)
6.  Johnson (Vietnam - Civil Rights +)
7.  Nixon
8.  Eisenhower (Golden Era, Arkansas)
9.  Wilson (WWI)
10.Kennedy (Guban crisis, Civil Rights)

Fairly international perspective!

 
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« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2004, 06:04:40 pm »

I will make a very preliminary list...

1. Harry Truman
2. FDR
3. Ronald Reagan
4. TR
5. LBJ
6. Woodrow Wilson
7. Dwight Eisenhower
8. JFK
9. William Clinton
10. George H. Bush
11. Richard Nixon
12. Jimmy Carter
13. William Taft
14. William McKinley
15. Gerald Ford
16. Herbert Hoover
17. Calvin Coolidge
18. Warren G. Harding

My problem is that I don't strongly like or dislike a lof of presidents, they all have significant cons and pros, especially LBJ, FDR, JFK and some others... Sad
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« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2004, 06:54:20 pm »

Gustaf, how is Hoover not last on your list?
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« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2004, 06:59:07 pm »

1. FDR
2. TR
3. Clinton
4. Truman
5. JFK
6. Wilson
7. Dwight Eisenhower
8. JFK
9. Nixon
10. McKinley
11. Coolidge
12. GHWB
13. Taft
14. Ford
15. LBJ
16. Carter
17. Reagan
18. Hoover

There you go.
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« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2004, 07:00:48 pm »

1. FDR
2. TR
3. Clinton
4. Truman
5. JFK
6. Wilson
7. Dwight Eisenhower
8. JFK
9. Nixon
10. McKinley
11. Coolidge
12. GHWB
13. Taft
14. Ford
15. LBJ
16. Carter
17. Reagan
18. Hoover

There you go.


Ehhh...thanks, but I
l make my own list. I think Hoover's main fault was not rising to the occasion, he wasn't that bas as president. Harding is a joke, I don't think it's highly controversial to ahve him at the bottom.
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« Reply #12 on: February 13, 2004, 07:27:34 pm »

Here's my list:

1. Teddy Roosevelt
2. Franklin Roosevelt
3. Ronald Reagan
4. Harry Truman
5. Richard Nixon
6. William McKinley
7. Dwight Eisenhower
8. George Bush I
9. William Taft
10. John Kennedy'
11. Woodrow Wilson
12. Calvin Coolidge
13. Gerald Ford
14. Warren Harding
15. Herbert Hoover'
16. Bill Clinton
17. Lyndon Johnson
18. Jimmy Carter
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« Reply #13 on: February 13, 2004, 08:17:28 pm »

I would pick three:

Roosevelt
Truman
Reagan

All three rose to critical challenges in the foreign policy sphere and set the country on a course toward greater security and victory against threats and challenges.
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« Reply #14 on: February 13, 2004, 08:21:24 pm »
« Edited: February 13, 2004, 08:26:44 pm by ncjake »

My five favorite as presidents, personality is a differant story:

1. Ronald Reagan
2. Richard Nixon
3. Theodore Roosevelt
4. FDR
5. Harry Truman

The five I most dislike:

1. John Kennedy
2. Bill Clinton
3. Lyndon Johnson
4. Jimmy Carter
5. Woodrow Wilson
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« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2004, 08:31:16 pm »

Reagan
Eisenhower
TR
Truman
Coolidge
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« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2004, 09:20:17 pm »

1. Franklin D Roosevelt
2. Lyndon B Johnson (the Vietnam war is the decider)
3. Harry Truman
4. Woodrow Wilson

hard to say after that... I guess Teddy, Ike, Kennedy, Ford, Carter, Coolidge in any order are at 5 to 10 and the others at 11-15, but that's preliminary.
16. Herbert Hoover
17. Warren G Hardinge
18. Richard M Nixon
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« Reply #17 on: February 14, 2004, 06:05:48 am »

1. FDR
2. LBJ
3. Truman
4. Wilson
5. Kennedy/Carter
7. Clinton/Teddy
9. Ike
10. Ford (if only for being a complete fool)
11. McKinley/Coolidge/Taft
14. Bush 41
15. Reagan
16. Hoover
---Held in Lucifer's mouth---
17. Harding
18. Nixon
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« Reply #18 on: February 14, 2004, 06:10:07 am »

COPYCAT! The only difference is you liked Clinton better than I did! (And when I listed Coolidge rather than Clinton as a top ten contender, that was the only tough choice I didn't run away from...)
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« Reply #19 on: February 14, 2004, 06:15:08 am »

Me? Copycat? Never!
I thought about what to write, and that's what I think.
Besides no one else has alluded to Inferno yet... Wink

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« Reply #20 on: February 14, 2004, 06:27:30 am »

Me? Copycat? Never!
I thought about what to write, and that's what I think.
Besides no one else has alluded to Inferno yet... Wink



I'm not quite sure what you meant with "Held in Lucifer's mouth" (He'd certainly spit out Nixon quite quickly) and "if only for being a complete fool". I know LBJ said "the problem with Jerry Ford is that he used to play football without a helmet", and I know Ford himself believes he'll burn in hell for pardoning Richard Nixon.
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« Reply #21 on: February 14, 2004, 06:41:38 am »

"Held in Lucifer's mouth" is an allusion to Dante's Inferno and the whole "layers of Hell" thing.

With Ford I just remembered "There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe" Wink
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« Reply #22 on: February 14, 2004, 07:23:49 am »

Nice list Realpolitik, with the exception of LBJ at no. 2.  You're a little off there.

Remeber, my father ended the LBJ presidency Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: February 14, 2004, 07:52:42 am »

"Held in Lucifer's mouth" is an allusion to Dante's Inferno and the whole "layers of Hell" thing.

With Ford I just remembered "There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe" Wink

Yeah, that was kind of stupid.

Lewis: you credit LBJ with the Vietnam War? How come?
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« Reply #24 on: February 14, 2004, 07:56:08 am »

No, it's the decider for putting him at two rather than one.

Ah, OK, I got confused there for a while. Smiley
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