Monday, April 23, 2018



During my lifetime there have been 12 Presidents and one reality semi-star questionably elected to the office.
Many have inspired us and moved the country forward with their beliefs, actions, words and or ability to govern.
They have all been good for the country in some ways and not so much in others but at least they appeared to have our best interest at heart.  At least until now.
Did they seek out their own enjoyment from time to time? Of course they did!
Did they try to do some things out of the public eye? Of course they did!
Did they all make some questionable decisions? Of course they did!
But in their hearts and minds were they constantly thinking of helping as many Americans as they could? Of course eleven of them were!
This post will not examine every policy move they made as that would tend to be a book longer than War and Peace.
Instead I offer a few of their public statements those of us of a particular age should be familiar with along with some major policy move they espoused.

Harry S Truman (Democrat 1945 – 1953)

I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.
It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
The buck stops here.

Dwight D Eisenhower (Republican 1953 – 1961)

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do.
Pessimism never won any battle.
A former World War II general and hero, Eisenhower helped end the Korean War and steered a moderate course during the Cold War.
Beware of the vast industrial military complex!

John F Kennedy (Democrat 1961 – 1963)

And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country.
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
In 1962, the United States and the Soviet Union hovered on the brink of nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Kennedy eventually forced the Soviets to back down. 
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.

Lyndon B Johnson (Democrat 1963 – 1969)

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.
Organized crime constitutes nothing less than a guerrilla war against society.
Passed sweeping antipoverty and civil rights programs.

 Richard M Nixon (Republican 1969 – 1974)

Remember, always give your best. Never get discouraged. Never be petty.
Always remember others may hate you but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.
During Nixon's first term, he improved relations with the Soviet Union and China and wound down the Vietnam War.
When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal.
I am not a crook.
Only President to resign his office so far!

Gerald R Ford (Republican 1974 – 1977)

Tell the truth, work hard, and come to dinner on time.
My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over. Our constitution works.
Never be satisfied with less than your very best effort. If you strive for the top and miss, you'll still 'beat the pack.
Ford is the only President never elected President or Vice President.
His pardon of Nixon was unpopular, probably costing him reelection.

James E Carter (Democrat 1977 – 1981)

We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic.
Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.
You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can.
Carter had success promoting Middle East peace. But soaring oil prices, high inflation, and the Iran hostage crisis made him look weak and ineffectual.
Habitat for Humanity and Human Rights around the World.

Ronald W Reagan (Republican 1981 – 1989)

In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem.
Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They’re just braver five minutes longer.
He enjoyed great popularity, though his conservative policies were controversial and tremendously injurious to the middle class.
Reagan is the only President to survive after being wounded by a would-be assassin. Another gun issue the country forgets about in the days after it occurs.

 George H W Bush (Republican 1989 – 1993)

Read my lips: no new taxes.
I have opinions of my own, strong opinions, but I don't always agree with them.
No problem of human making is too great to be overcome by human ingenuity, human energy, and the untiring hope of the human spirit.
During Bush's term, the Soviet Union collapsed and the Cold War ended. He also led the United States in the 1991 Gulf War against Iraq. But economic troubles at home cost him his reelection bid.

William J Clinton (Democrat 1993 – 2001)

There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.
Clinton presided over the longest period of peacetime economic expansion in American history. The Non-Partisan Congressional Budget Office reported budget surpluses of $69 billion in 1998, $126 billion in 1999, and $236 billion in 2000, during the last three years of Clinton's presidency.
If you live long enough, you'll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you'll be a better person. It's how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.
Clinton achieved goals such as passage of the NAFTA trade agreement and cuts in the budget deficit. But his popularity was uneven and his second term was marred by scandal, including impeachment.

George W Bush (Republican 2001 – 2009)

Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.
Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?
Ignored glaring reports of impending attack by terrorists then blamed wrong country & plunged America into unfunded wars.

I can hear you!
A leadership is someone who brings people together.

Barack H Obama (Democrat 2009 – 2017)

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress. AND I think when you spread the wealth around it's good for everybody.
Affordable Care Act commonly known as Obamacare.

donald j trump (republican 2017 - )

All of the women on 'The Apprentice' flirted with me — consciously or unconsciously. That's to be expected. A sexual dynamic is always present between people, unless you are asexual.
The mainstream media is Fake News.
Only I can fix our government.
When you’re a celebrity women let you do anything, grab them by the pussy…
Reality television host.
Some say he may very well have pre-frontal lobe dementia.
He is the first president who hasn’t previously held public office or served in the military.