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Picking a past president to lead?

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by zrinkill, Feb 18, 2008.

  1. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    Posted: 01:51 PM ET

    FROM CNN’s Jack Cafferty:

    As the candidates continue to battle it out on the campaign trail today – President’s Day – they all have their eyes on the grand prize: becoming the 44th president of the United States.


    With 70% of Americans saying this country is headed in the wrong direction, it’s clear the country is hungry for a leader who will change course from the past eight years and get us back on track. Of course, while looking forward, sometimes people also look back – remembering the past as better, more prosperous or easier times.


    A new Gallup poll asks people if they could bring back any U.S. president, living or dead, to be the next leader of this country who it would be.

    of those surveyed

    John F. Kennedy - 23%

    Ronald Reagan - 22%

    Bill Clinton - 13%

    Abraham Lincoln - 10%

    Franklin Roosevelt - 8%

    George W. Bush - 1%



    The possibilities this time around are exciting if for no other reason than the possibility of electing the first woman or the first African-American president ever. But what if we could turn back the clock?


    Here’s my question to you: If you could choose any former U.S president to lead this country now, who would it be and why?




    http://caffertyfile.blogs.cnn.com/2008/02/18/picking-a-past-president-to-lead/
  2. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    Reagan ....... no contest for me.
  3. 03EBZ06

    03EBZ06 Need2Speed

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    Ronald Reagan.

    Oh, I got a nice retirement card from him years ago.
  4. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    Same here I like Reagan. But where is Theodore Roosevelt in the listing?
  5. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    I am surprised FDR was so low ..... they must not have polled many over 70 voters.
  6. Doomsday101

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    He is my favorite Democrat, can't say much about the ones that came after him. Unlike many I was not a fan of JFK
  7. BrAinPaiNt

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    Ronny...because he would not have started in Iraq to begin with.:D

    Plus he would put a scare into Putin.:D
  8. Aikbach

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    All presidents are a product of their times, some of our heroes would fail in circumstances outside of their own eras.

    Lincoln would be a tyrant, Kennedy would be a Republican, FDR would be a flaming socialist, Teddy Roosevelt would be a warmonger, Reagan would be a cold war relic in an era that doesn't possess that mentality anymore though he would likely be the most serviceable of the bunch.

    Two exceptions I see perhaps ringing true would be Eisenhower and Truman.
  9. Hostile

    Hostile Tacos are a good investment Zone Supporter

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    Thomas Jefferson. He was a genius and a true Patriot.
  10. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    Well Obama could be one of his descendants ...... I kid I kid!

    ;)
  11. Mavs Man

    Mavs Man All outta bubble gum

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    I like the way you think. Both would be very pragmatic choices.
  12. Mavs Man

    Mavs Man All outta bubble gum

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    Why are those two [in bold] even among the choices?
  13. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    Reagan in a heartbeat.

    And he would have dealt with Saddam as well. He had no problem taking aim at dictators and dealing with them.

    Just ask Gadaffi over there in Lybia.
  14. arglebargle

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    Yet there is some evidence that he sold his children (via Sally Hemmings) down the river as slaves....
  15. arglebargle

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    Ford?? He wouldn't do much to screw things up......

    Actually Eisenhower is looking better and better.
  16. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    “Perhaps we didn’t appreciate fully enough the depth of the hatred and the complexity of the problems that make the Middle East such a jungle. Perhaps the idea of a suicide car bomber committing mass murder to gain instant entry to Paradise was so foreign to our own values and consciousness that it did not create in us the concern for the marines’ safety that it should have. Perhaps we should have anticipated that members of the Lebanese military whom we were trying to assist would simply lay down their arms and refuse to fight their own countrymen. In any case, the sending of the marines to Beirut was the source of my greatest regret and my greatest sorrow as president.” - Ronald Reagan
  17. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    That is exactly why I think he would have went in. His understanding would have been much more keen after watching these suiciders fly planes into our buildings. There is no doubt in my mind, he would have done the same thing, especially if saddam would have spit on the UN resolutions as he did during the Clinton administration and did it with impunity.
  18. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    Hey, let's take down one of the greatest American patriots with "Some evidence".

    :rolleyes:
  19. arglebargle

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    Hey, lets ignore any evidence that might sully our idealistic preconceptions....

    George Washington managed to cleverly free ALL his slaves at his death, against the strong wishes of his wife's family.

    Thomas Jefferson sold many of his old family slaves down the river due to his financial mismanagement.

    There are always grey areas....
  20. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    What is it with people trying to tie 9/11 into Iraq...even today people still do it.

    NOBODY of import has said it was wrong to go into Afghanistan...not even Ron Paul.

    Yet again and again they try and tie it into Saddam and Iraq.

    Geez.

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