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Top Presidents Review Part 5

Readers may recall that every so often I like to get a sense of how they rate the Presidents of the United States. This go-round, I am doing something a little different; I randomized the list and then cut them into sets of three. Each day I will ask you about two sets, in each set rank the presidents 1-2-3 within that set. Here are today's sets:

Set Nine
John Tyler
Franklin Roosevelt
William McKinley


Set Ten
Harry Truman
Theodore Roosevelt
Ronald Reagan


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Set NineFrank... (Below threshold)


Set Nine
Franklin Roosevelt
William McKinley
John Tyler

Set Ten
Ronald Reagan
Theodore Roosevelt
Harry Truman


Set NineFranklin R... (Below threshold)
galoob:

Set Nine

Franklin Roosevelt (the War)
John Tyler (annexation of Texas, not judged on traitorous actions after presidency)
William McKinley (a good enough president, for sure, but what was the point of Spanish-American War?)

Set Ten

Theodore Roosevelt (Pamama Canal)
Harry Truman (ended the War, stood up to Stalin)
Ronald Reagan (very close to Truman, but did not face the same challenges. Presidency marred by Beirut disaster and Iran-contra)

TylerRoosevelt(faile... (Below threshold)
Webster:

Tyler
Roosevelt(failed economic policies)
McKinley

Reagan
Roosevelt (big govt)
Truman (wanted to nationalize steel)

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Set 9
Roosevelt
Tyler
McKinley

An interesting set of controversial presidents. Tyler was not taken very seriously. McKinley drove our brief foray into being an Empire (which we thankfully abandoned as quickly as possible thereafter). Roosevelt was possibly the most megalomaniacal president ever, and certainly did untold damage to our national identity by attempting to turn us into something akin to a consensual fascism, yet also provided steadfast leadership during WWII and a lot of confidence (misplaced, I think) during the Depression. I put all of these presidents into the bottom third (because I tend to judge on "best for America over the long run), but FDR was clearly one of the greatest presidents. (You don't have to be good to be great.)

Set 10 (best overall set yet)
Reagan
Roosevelt
Truman

OK, set 10 was hard to judge. All three are in the top third of presidents. Reagan peacefully ended the Cold War that Truman started, and both were necessary. Teddy Roosevelt's work on food safety and national security (especially the Panama canal) were critical advances for the country.

Set NineFra... (Below threshold)

Set Nine

Franklin Roosevelt

John Tyler

William McKinley

Set Ten

Ronald Reagan

Theodore Roosevelt

Harry Truman...clearly the best third ranked of any set.

Set NineJohn Tyle... (Below threshold)
Arthur:

Set Nine
John Tyler
Franklin Roosevelt
William McKinley

WM
JT
FDR (can't I put him in 4th place?)

Set Ten
Harry Truman
Theodore Roosevelt
Ronald Reagan

RR
HT
TR

Set NineFranklin Roo... (Below threshold)
nunchick:

Set Nine
Franklin Roosevelt
William McKinley
John Tyler

Set Ten
Harry Truman
Theodore Roosevelt
Ronald Reagan

Wow, Set 10 is tough, but let's leave them as they are. I know the list is randomized, but its a darn shame for these three, all great presidents in their own way, to wind up pitted against one another. Not a bad one in the lot. But I think of the three, Reagan is at the moment the most overrated, hence I put him third.

Set 9:Franklin Roose... (Below threshold)
ASD:

Set 9:
Franklin Roosevelt
William McKinley
John Tyler

Set 10 (I have to agree with the above post--it's a shame these three great presidents ended in the same lot):
Harry Truman
Theodore Roosevelt
Ronald Reagan

Set NineFranklin Roo... (Below threshold)

Set Nine
Franklin Roosevelt
John Tyler
William McKinley


Set Ten
Ronald Reagan
Theodore Roosevelt
Harry Truman

John TylerFranklin R... (Below threshold)
scrub_oak:

John Tyler
Franklin Roosevelt
William McKinley

Ronald Reagan
Theodore Roosevelt
Harry Truman

Set Nine:FDRW... (Below threshold)
Pam:

Set Nine:
FDR
WM
JT

Set Ten:
RR
HT
TR

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kbiel Author Profile Page:

Set Nine
John Tyler
William McKinley
Franklin Roosevelt

Set Ten
Ronald Reagan
Theodore Roosevelt
Harry Truman




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