A Conversation with Doris Kearns Goodwin

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    Definitely worth a read.

    Who is your favorite president, 1900 till now and which president accomplished the most for America? My picks LBJ and FDR.

    A Conversation with Doris Kearns Goodwin

    Great presidents build support for transformative change. What can the next president do to revive a sense of common purpose? Robert Kuttner December 19, 2007

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    Who is your favorite president, 1900 till now and which president accomplished the most for America? My picks LBJ and FDR.
     
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    LBJ was a horrible president.. Let me guess what side of the asle Doris is..
     
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    I'm not saying the it was all peaches and cream during the Johnson adminstration, but the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Medicare are some solid accomplishments. Can't think of anything this momentus and positive that either Clinton or Bush have done.
     
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    Horrible? Well, certainly his policies in Vietnam turned out to be failures. But I doubt one would consider LBJ "horrible" if the Civil Rights Act was important to them.

    Let me guess what side of the aisle *you're* on.
     
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    My choice for post-1900 would be Bill Clinton. I wish he could have a third term in office.


    pre-1900 would probably be Lincoln. I'm currently on the hunt for a good biography on Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt.
     
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    Team of Rivals, Doris Kearns Goowin, for Lincoln. Supposed to be amazing, though I haven't gotten to it yet.

    Seems like her next one is on Teddy, so should be interesting.
     
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    Thank you for the suggestion. I will check it out. Ditto on an upcomming Teddy bio. I have to say, the more I read about Roosevelt the more I might have to rethink my vote for Bill. He seems like a very interesting guy despite all the Nordicism crap.


    Have a great evening, Jillian.
     
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    Maybe it's the times, with all the quick ways of getting information and smearing others, though I don't really think that's all of the answer. People were much more 'into' politics in the 19th and 18th C. For whatever reasons, the 20th C had presidents that I find it hard to pick a 'favorite' or 'worst'. Seems they were mostly failures in one form or another.

    While most had some redeeming factors, and a few had some great moments, there was an overall lack of either perceiving the future or recognizing the moment. Anyways, here's the list of them:


    # Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909 Great for open space and trustbusting. Not so good on keeping his party together. I must admit though to a preference for the name "Bull Moose." Very good though in transition between the centuries and eras. He may be my best president for the century.
    # William Howard Taft, 1909-1913
    # Woodrow Wilson, 1913-1921
    # Warren Gamaliel Harding, 1921-1923
    # Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929
    # Herbert Clark Hoover, 1929-1933
    # Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933-1945
    # Harry S. Truman, 1945-1953
    # Dwight David Eisenhower 1953-1961
    # John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1961-1963
    # Lyndon Baines Johnson, 1963-1969
    # Richard Milhous Nixon, 1969-1974
    # Gerald Rudolph Ford, 1974-1977
    # James Earl Carter, Jr., 1977-1981
    # Ronald Wilson Reagan, 1981-1989
    # George Herbert Walker Bush, 1989-1993
    # William Jefferson Clinton, 1993-2001
    I guess my favorite president would be TR.
     

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