Who's the greatest US president of the post-Vietnam era?

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Who's the greatest US president of the post-Vietnam era?

  1. George W. Bush

    5 vote(s)
    3.9%
  2. Bill Clinton

    73 vote(s)
    57.0%
  3. George H. W. Bush

    1 vote(s)
    0.8%
  4. Ronald Regean

    31 vote(s)
    24.2%
  5. Jimmy Carter

    9 vote(s)
    7.0%
  6. Gerald Ford

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. None

    9 vote(s)
    7.0%
  1. Unspeaked macrumors 68020

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    In your opinion, who's the greatest United States president of the "modern" (post-Vietnam) era, and why?
     
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  3. Much Ado macrumors 68000

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    They still wear uniforms?
     
  4. skunk macrumors G4

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    They certainly should.



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  5. Prof. macrumors 601

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    I'm torn between Reagan and Clinton BUT I'm gonna say Clinton.
     
  6. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Can I vote for none? They've all sucked, IMO.
     
  7. skunk macrumors G4

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    I think we are in agreement.
     
  8. Much Ado macrumors 68000

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    Or been sucked, in the case of Clinton.
     
  9. skunk macrumors G4

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    Hoover sucked, but he was pre-Vietnam.
     
  10. Unspeaked thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I don't know, he had his fair share of mistakes and bad decisions:

    Telecom Reform Act

    Digital Millennium Copyright Act

    Defense of Marriage Act

    Not to mention that whole presidential pardon thing on his last day in office.

    In a way, his legacy is sort of like Reagan's - incredibly popular when he left office, but slowly tarnished with reflection.
     
  11. it5five macrumors 65816

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    Agreed.

    If we were voting for the worst, however, Reagan would get my vote for that.
     
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    Here's an easy (but long) way to figure out who was the greatest post-Vietnam president.

    Go through every episode of the Tonight Show, Letterman, and Arsenio Hall. Whichever president jokes got the most laughs wins. ;)

    BL.
     
  14. hulugu macrumors 68000

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    Well, there was Chevy Chase's Gerald Ford on SNL and Dana Carvey's imitation of George I.

    But, then again, Clinton provided so many cigar and blue dress jokes... this could be a tight race.
     
  15. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Yep- and I love how young conservatives come in here and talk about him like he's God. If they lived through it, they'd have a much different opinion.
     
  16. hulugu macrumors 68000

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    But...but...he won the Cold War single-handed.
     
  17. Unspeaked thread starter macrumors 68020

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    According to Ford, the Cold War was over long before either of Reagan's terms...
     
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    Clinton was extremely flawed,but he was the best of the lot. Not saying much.

    Reagan was the second worst, IMO. W. has the dubious distinction of being the worst president in modern history. Even worse than Nixon. Both were criminals while in office, W. just hasn't been made to answer for his crimes, and his were much worse, in that he got thousands of people killed and put countless more in mortal danger.
     
  19. leekohler macrumors G5

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    And:

    1. Ignored the AIDS pandemic.
    2. Forced all the states to raise the drinking age to 21 or have their highway funds taken away. (What a stand-up states rights guy! :rolleyes:)
    3. Stopped all funding to state-run mental institutions and gave all the inmates a bus ticket to nowhere. That's turned out well.
    4. The national debt ballooned.
    5. Iran-Contra scandal.
     
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    And of course we learned today that McCain has been "pal-ing around" with the criminals from that crowd.

    Funny that all the conservatives who are here harping on Ayers and Wright don't care that McCain did the same thing they claim Obama did, only with a different group of anti-American ****wads.
     
  21. BigHungry04 macrumors 6502

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    Nixon was not impeached. He resigned from the presidency before the House Of Representatives even started the process of drawing up articles of impeachment. Bill Clinton was impeached.

    I liked Jimmy Carter, he was the best President ever.
     
  22. Unspeaked thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yet he managed to crush Mondale in winning his second term...


    You forgot the S&L crisis, the "just say no/war on drugs" campaign, the Bork Supreme Court nomination and the market crash of '87.
     
  23. Unspeaked thread starter macrumors 68020

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    As a side note, I'd just like to point out that "none" isn't really an answer - the question is: who on the list was the greatest?

    It's not saying they were all great.

    It's not saying any one of them was great.

    It's just saying among the group of presidents we've had in the past three decades, which did the best job. They could have done a horrible job and still have done better than the others.

    I equate anyone voting "none" as really saying "all of the above" - as in "All of the above did an equally good job at being president of the United States."

    (And that's a great disservice to anyone not named Bush Jr.)
     

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