Daily Archives: December 12, 2019

The Eighties Era: Ronald Reagan (1981-1989)

Originally posted on The Busybody:
I came of age in the eighties, and so Ronald Reagan was the first president I had meaningful opinions about. Those opinions were less than flattering, I assure you. Everything bad about the ’80s I…

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The Guy No One Likes: Andrew Johnson (1865-1869)

Originally posted on The Busybody:
According to the C-Span historians, the two presidents who served right before and after the Civil War were the worst in history. I agree that James Buchanan was a failure in every way, but Andrew…

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The Understated Greatness of Rutherford Hayes (1877-1881)

Originally posted on The Busybody:
Rutherford Hayes is like other presidents of the Gilded Age — easily forgotten, and dismissed as an executive placeholder who supposedly didn’t do much. The C-Span historians rank him in the bottom quarter of their…

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The Worst President: Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921)

Originally posted on The Busybody:
He’s known as one of the most hard-working visionary presidents in American history. He was also the very worst. Here’s the run-down of Wilson’s sins. They fall under his catastrophic military interventions, his domestic snafu,…

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The Last Good President: Jimmy Carter (1977-1981)

Originally posted on The Busybody:
There are four especially good presidents who have surprisingly bad reputations: John Tyler, Chester Arthur, Warren Harding, and Jimmy Carter. I have already covered John Tyler in depth, explaining why I think he was America’s…

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The Measure of Greatness: Chester Arthur (1881-1885)

Originally posted on The Busybody:
“For those who want presidents to be heroes, for those who expect them to be larger-than-life figures, Chester Arthur’s tenure in office isn’t satisfying. The nature of our expectations would have to change dramatically for…

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Rescuing a Reputation: The Real Warren Harding (1921-1923)

Originally posted on The Busybody:
Of all the smear campaigns leveled against good presidents, none confound me like those against Warren Harding. He usually ranks in the toilet of mainstream opinion, which is astonishing in light of how popular he…

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“Silent Cal” Coolidge (1923-1929)

Originally posted on The Busybody:
Calvin Coolidge was a man of few words and he didn’t need them. He started as Harding’s vice president, and so had a tough act to follow when his boss died before finishing his term.…

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