10 Inspiring U.S. Presidents.

Via on Feb 15, 2013

Here are some of our picks for most Inspirational Presidents in American History.

Who are your faves?

Via our elephriends over at Inspiyr.com

While every American President has faced a unique set of challenges and opportunities during their administration, some have done a better job than others at inspiring the nation and the world. In honor of President’s Day we’ve put together a list of the most inspirational Presidents who have worked to bring the country together. From Lincoln to FDR to Reagan, see why each President is listed, along some fun factsand quotes from each.

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4 Responses to “10 Inspiring U.S. Presidents.”

  1. Mark Ledbetter says:

    Hey! My favorite is not on your list:

    Martin Van Buren

    He kept America out of war even though war would have won him a second term. He was probably our greatest peace president.
    He kept the government out of "fixing" the recession, setting the nation up for decades of growth, even though government intervention in the economy probably would have won him a second term. (He probably had the most sophisticated understanding of economics of any president, and did what was economically rather than politically correct.)

    Another peace president was Grover Alexander Cleveland. When war mongers were pushing for war with Spain over Cuba he took the wind out of their sails be saying:
    If Congress declares war, I will, as commander-in-chief, send no troops.

    On your list I do see:

    Every single one of the big war presidents:
    Lincoln, Wilson, F. D. Roosevelt

    The war president who made permanent the idea of presidential warfare. I.e., undeclared wars started at the whim of the president rather than by Congress, as required by the Constitution. We've had countless presidential wars since and not a single constitutionally legal war:
    Harry Truman

    The president who believed most fervently in the need for periodic wars to keep the spirit of the nation strong, believed absolutely in imperialism, believed absolutely anglo-saxonism and the hierarchy of the races (he was not unusual in this, just more vocal), and single-handedly turned McKinley's war with Spain over Cuba into a war of imperial acquisition in the Pacific (which, btw, made inevitable the Pacific War with Japan):
    Theodore Roosevelt

    The president who took the governmental rebuilding of America for the smooth running of the automobile (thus killing our wonderful train and interurban system) to the next level through the interstate system:
    Dwight Eisenhower

    • Mark Ledbetter says:

      PS, come to think of it though, this article is correct, IMO, on one point. Despite helping build Carworld, Dwight (and only Dwight?) deserves to be on this list for his warning about the military-industrial complex.

      G' day!

      • Mark Ledbetter says:

        PPS, "and only Dwight" !? How could I say that! George Washington is on the list, too, and deserves to be there for many reasons.

  2. Yvette says:

    I don't think slave owners are inspiring for anything except for what not to be.

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