PRESIDENTIAL “LEADERSHIP” ??? …

WHICH AMERICA? – The “Good, Bad and Ugly”)

DONALD TRUMP

A “DEAL MAKER” WHO “HITS BACK”

A “PROFIT MAKER” and “PUGILIST” (fighter)

ELITE IVY LEAGUE (born rich) from (working class)                                              “QUEENS” (New York “Street-Smart” and “Brash”

ANTI-“ESTABLISHMENT” – “DRAINS SWAMPS”, FIGHTS the “DEEP STATE” and TWEETS AGAINST “FAKE NEWS”

The “PATRIOT CAUSE” vs “PROGRESSIVE CRUSADE”

AMERICAN “EXCEPTIONALISM” (The “Good, Bad and Ugly)

THEN BEFORE  HIM WAS  …

OOPS … MY BAD … NEVER MIND … APPARENTLY, WHAT  “COMES AROUND GOES AROUND”

OBAMA

FOUGHT “ENEMY” STRAW MEN WELL …

an “ALINSKY-ite” CHICAGO “GANGSTER”

“LEVEL-er” and “DIVIDER”-in-Chief” WHO WILL GO ON TO “FIGHT IN-EQUALITY”

oops, no one told him …

“LED” (the world) FROM BEHIND (appeaser-in chief)

The “CULT of PERSONALITY”

BUT ENOUGH of THAT PRESIDENT … LET’s MOVE ON …

GEORGE BUSH #43

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INFAMOUS FOR “WAR” … DID NOT FIGHT BACK (at home)

“DIGNITY” of the OFFICE of the PRESIDENCY … MOCKED and RIDICULED MERCILESSLY

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 A “LIBERAL CONSERVATIVE”

BILL CLINTON

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A “HANDS ON” POLITICIAN

  SOUTHERN “CHARM” and “CORRUPTION”

   A “CONSERVATIVE” LIBERAL

GEORGE H.W. BUSH (#41)

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“COMPASSIONATE CONSERVATISM”

DID NOT “READ” HIS OWN LIPS (taxes)

BOTH “LEADER” and “SERVANT” – War Hero, Congressman, Businessman, Ambassador, CIA Director, Vice-President, President, Father to a President

RONALD REAGAN

The “AMICABLE, LONER” LEADER

“TORE DOWN WALLS”

(A “COALITION” BUILDER)

CONSIDERED “CLUE-LESS”,

HE HAD a “COMPASS”

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TO QUOTE ANOTHER PRESIDENTIAL MISQUOTE, REAGAN was HUGELY “MIS-UNDERESTIMATED”

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JIMMY CARTER

 CLUELESS (“instincts”)

“GENIUS” (intellect)

GERALD FORD

“SACRIFICIAL LAMB” SET UP FOR FAILURE

UN-ELECTED, ENSURED NO FUTURE WHEN HE BURIED (PARDONED) the PAST …

GOOD “SOLID” MAN, BAD SITUATION

RICHARD NIXON –

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A NATURAL (Irish) “FIGHTER” (with many “enemies”)

BRILLIANT “INSIDER”: (ended war in Vietnam “with honor”, anti-communist who “opened” Red China) & BUMBLING “OUTSIDER”: (cheat in landslide election, resigned from office)

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POPULIST (“Silent Majority”; of humble Quaker beginnings) and PUGILIST (“Enemies List”)

LBJ

 LBJ – A NATURAL (New) “DEALER” and master SENATE LEADER

MAYBE AMERICA’s GREATEST “POLITICIAN” (not President)

JFK ???

BOTH “MAN” and “MYTH”

ONLY 1000 DAYS of “CAMELOT”

BOTH “RECKLESS” and “RESPONSIBLE” …

the PROMISE of the FUTURE – “A NEW FRONTIER” …

EISENHOWER

A TRUE “COMMANDER-in-CHIEF” …

“SOLDIER” and “STATESMAN” …

KNEW HOW TO “CARRY a STICK” (controlled, calm, “competence”)

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HARRY S. TRUMAN

The “UN-EXPECTED OUTSIDER”

“HE GAVE ‘EM HELL”

“THE BUCK STOPS HERE” –

MOMENTOUS DECISIONS: ATOMIC BOMB, BERLIN AIRLIFT, DESEGREGATED MILITARY, KOREA

ONLY PRESIDENT TO NOT ATTEND COLLEGE, HE POSSESSED “WISDOM”

FDR – “The CULT of PERSONALITY”

ALONG WITH REAGAN, MOST INFLUENTIAL, IMPACTFUL PRESIDENT of the 20th CENTURY

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(e.g. my mother “came of political age” in the 1930s-40s and was a life-long “FDR DemocratLIBERAL – her “heretical” son, a child of the 1980s, became a “Reagan RepublicanCONSERVATIVE, coming from a family that voted for George McGovern in 1972 and was mocked on his 2nd grade playground for it. – but I digress …)

HERBERT HOOVER

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HOOVER – “The ENGINEER” – “DESIGNer” and “DISASTER” (Great Depression)

A “SELF-MADE” MAN WHO PERSONIFIED AMERICAN OPPORTUNITY and OPTIMISM, HOOVER PERFORMED GREAT ACTS of “HUMANITARIAN-ism”, ONCE CONSIDERED a “MIRACLE WORKER“, HOOVER ALSO was HATED by “EVERYMAN”, CONSIDERED “UNCARING” by the “COMMON MAN”,a “CURSE” and “DISASTER” as a PRESIDENT.  

SYMBOLIZED BOTH AMERICAN WEATH and POVERTY (The “Roaring 20s & Great Depression)

BOTH AMERICAN “GENIUS”, “KNOW HOW” and GROSS “INCOMPETENCE”

IRONICALLY, a “MAN of ACTION” PERCEIVED and LOATHED FOR “DOING NOTHING” in time of national catastrophe.

DESTINED for “GREATNESS”, DOOMED for “DISASTER”

CALVIN COOLIDGE

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WARREN HARDING

HARDING – “RETURN to NORMALCY”: LOVED POKER, DRINKING DURING PROHIBITION and MISTRESSes

WOODROW WILSON –

“PROGRESSIVE”, “LIBERAL FASCIST” PROFESSOR

SELF-RIGHTEOUS, RACIST “CRUSADER”

ULTIMATE AMERICAN “PROGRESSIVE”

A UTOPIAN “CRUSADER” (e.g. made world “safe for democracy” in the “war to end all wars”)

TEDDY ROOSEVELT

AMERICAN “EXCEPTIONALISM”, “ENIGMA”, “EXTREMES” and “ENERGY”

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BOTH “TRADITIONAL” and “PROGRESSIVE”

“KILLER” and “CONSERVATIONIST”

POLICEMAN-SOLDIER and PEACEMAKER

LIKE HIS DISTANT COUSIN FDR, the “CULT of PERSONALITY”

LINCOLN

HIS ELECTION CAUSED WAR, BUT HE SAVED the UNION (a “HOUSE DIVIDED”)

MAYBE MOST “EXCEPTIONAL” of AMERICAN “EXCEPTIONAL”

BORN in a LOG CABIN, (“LOW” BEGINNINGS), CALLED AMERICA the “LAST, BEST HOPE of MANKIND” (“HIGH EXPECTATIONS)

JAMES K. POLK

MAYBE MOST “EFFECTIVE” PRESIDENT EVER

DID EXACTLY WHAT HE PROMISED and LEFT OFFICE (and died shortly thereafter)

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ANDREW JACKSON

PARADOXICALLY “ELITIST” and “The COMMON MAN”

The ULTIMATE PRESIDENTIAL “FIGHTER”

THOMAS JEFFERSON

AMERICAN “EXCEPTIONAL”

AMERICAN “FLAWED” GENIUS:

FARMER, INVENTOR, SCIENTIST, LAWYER, POLITICAL PHILOSOPHER, MUSICIAN, AMBASSADOR, VICE-PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT, EDUCATOR

AMERICA “EXTREME” and “CONTRADICTION”:

an ELITIST WHO FAMOUSLY TOLD WORLD “ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL”; a RELIGIOUS “NON-CONFORMIST” YET UNAPOLOGETICALLY WROTE of “NATURAL RIGHTS” DERIVED from OUR “CREATOR” and the “GOD of ISRAEL”; a “REPUBLICAN” WHO STARTED “DEMOCRAT” PARTY; “ESTABLISHMENT” and “ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT; A SLAVE HOLDER WHO HATED SLAVERY but LOVED a “SLAVE”; a “PACIFIST” ISOLATIONIST WHO ACTED as “INTERVENTION-ist” – STARTED “MARINES” and SENT THEM to FIGHT “JIHAD”; a “CONSTITUTIONALIST” WHO OFTEN IGNORED CONSTITUTION when “expedient”; PREACHED AMERICAN “RESTRAINT” (an anti-imperialist) WHILE PRACTICING AMERICAN “EXPANSION“, DISCOVERY (Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark) and “EMPIRE”

WASHINGTON –

“FATHER of OUR COUNTRY”

A GREAT WORLD REVOLUTIONARY” – (compare to French Revolution – Napoleon)

AMERICAN “EXCEPTION-alism”

BEFORE YOU CRITICIZE HIM or “The FOUNDERS”, HOW MANY COUNTRIES HAVE YOU STARTED OR “FOUNDED”?

P.S.

HISTORY “X-treme” …