posted on Oct, 18 2004 @ 08:12 PM
Jazzerman - here are some to add to that list...
Sadly, Ulysses Grant, although he was a glorious war commander, made a very poor President. It was said that his Secretary of State, the only straight
and honest member of his cabinet, graced his administration "like a diamond graces the head of a toad".
Benjamin Harrison was also seen as a poor President - one who depleted the surplus carefully accumulated by Grover Cleveland.
Herbert Hoover was personally very charitable - he wrote personal cheques to families affected by the Depression when they wrote to him - but as a
President, he was insensitive to the suffering of the American people. Among others, the episode where he had General McArthur raze the Hooverville
that WWI veterans had erected in Washington D.C.
Jimmy Carter had the best intentions as President. Sadly, his administration, however driven by the best ideals, came shorts of expectations. He more
than compensated, however, with his actions afterwards.
Another President I admire, by the way - and a Republican too: Gerald Ford. He made the very hard decision of pardoning Nixon because he knew a long
trial would be a nightmare for America, as would seeing a former American President behind bars. He knew when he made the decision that it would
probably cost him the Presidency in 1976, but he made it anyway. One has to admire that.
Ford also worked with both sides of Congress, especially when it came to crafting an energy policy for the country in 1975.