Friday, June 3, 2011

Who is My Favorite U.S. President?

Greetings Happy People,

That is a tough question to answer. From 1789 to the present, 43 men have stepped up to this role. Some have been good, others were not. Some were remembered for their courageous acts, other stepped up in difficult times. From George Washington to Barack Obama, these men have earned my personal kudos for leading this country from it's post colonial days to were we are right now.

For someone to ask me who my favorite President of all time is, I cannot give a straight answer. Why? There were so many Chief Executives that serve this position in different times. It is hard to pick only one. As I go through the different centuries and decades, I will give you my choices on who I consider to be my favorite President's of the United States and the reasons why I consider them to be on the top of my list.

George Washington (1789-1797) - Who better to start off the list than the first President of the United States? He is on my list because he was not only a great military leader, he was literaly a great architect for leading this nation to where it is today. Someone had to step into this new role as President, and I am glad that it was him.

Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809) - His vision created the Declaration of Independence, and help explored this land from sea to shining sea via the Louisiana Purchase.

James K. Polk (1845-1849) - He kept his promise to the American people. He promised that all of America will reach from sea to shining sea. With a victory in a war against Mexico, the United States acquired most of the southwestern U.S. His negotiations with the British allowed him to acquire more land in the Pacific Northwest (notably Oregon and Washington). Most notably, he did all of this in 4 years!!

Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865) - He led a country through a very difficult time. As brother fought against brother, Mr. Lincoln stood strong during the Civil War. Before his untimely departure from earth, he also had the heart to forgive his Dixie bretheren as he made an attempt to solidify the country after the four year clash. He also assured that all men were created equal as he took steps to ensure freedom for all people.

Chester Arthur (1881-1885) - His administration created a civil service act where people who were vying for government positions were given the task for their qualifications and experience.

Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909) - At the age of 42, he was the youngest person to become President of the United States. He was know for his vibrant spirit and sense of adventure that capture a nation before, during, and after his days in the White House. He travelled all over the world, searching for that next adventure. During the war against Spain, he led a group of men up a certain hill in Cuba. And he has a penchant to speak softly and carry a big stick.

Herbert Hoover (1929-1933) - He was the scapegoat for America's worse financial crisis - The Great Depression. No matter what was thrown at him, no matter how many people blamed him, he did his best to lead a nation through this difficult time.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933-1945) - He helped get this nation out of a depression and into a crucial World War where the U.S. and their allies came out victorious. He did a outstanding job that he was elected four times as President of the United States.

Dwight David Eisenhower (1953-1961) - He was one of the brilliant five star generals that helped shaped a nation with amazing military strategy (along with MacArthur and Bradley). His vision also help create a U.S. Interstate system where people can drive from sea to shining sea in days instead of months.

John F. Kennedy (1961-1963) - His presidency may have been short, but I give him credit for standing up against a rival during the 46-year staring contest known as the Cold War. His courage and determination caused the Soviet Union to get their missles out of Cuba which would have caused a full blown war. Standing up to this tense moment had some impact within the Soviet Union as this caused Nikita Khuruschev to be knocked out of power as a Soviet leader.

Ronald Reagan (1981-1989) - From the acting stage, to California leadership, to the White House, he carried a leadership that came at a time when it was needed. Before he served as President, America was at a crisis inside and outside of the country. When he stepped into the White House, he stood strong against the foes, and showed people all around the globe that the United States is an awesome superpower. The impact and wisdom of his strategic leadership caused the end of the Cold War and the beginning of life for nations that backed the hammer and sickle.

With the last four Presidents, history is too soon to say how their presidency impacted the world. I will leave that open for another time.

As you can see, these are the men I picked as my favorite Presidents of all time. They were brave, courageous, and took on the role where few would wince at the opportunity. These men were also strong visionaries as they not only saw what was possible, but also took the starting steps to make it happen.

Again, 43 men have stepped up to this role within the past 222 years. Some were successful, others were not as much. No matter who stepped into the White House (or New York - in George Washington's case). These men earn kudos for performing the job to the best of their abilities. The men, will be forever honored in serving the American people as the President of the United States.

That is all I have for now. Take care and thank you for your time and attention.


Jesse I-I-I

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