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ARE U.S. PRESIDENTS THE BEST AMERICA HAS TO OFFER?
by Dr. Thomas E. Davis, Col., USA (Ret.), ©2016
(May 17, 2016) — Eisenhower was the proverbial puzzle wrapped in an enigma inside a conundrum. He was not particularly bright but was the recipient of an abundance of great favors. The following link is a remarkably insightful peek into Eisenhower’s seemingly charmed life.
Eisenhower’s victory in 1952 campaign ended a long streak of Democrat presidential contest victors. Eisenhower became the oldest president at age 62 since Buchanan. Eisenhower was not the most industrious of presidents, preferring to play golf. He even had a golf green built on the White House lawn, replacing the Rose Garden. President Eisenhower attempted to utilize the best of the New Deal and the 30-odd programs of Roosevelt and Truman. He also ordered a complete desegregation of the Armed Forces. His major accomplishment was most likely the construction of the interstate highway system. It was built to serve the interests of the United States Defense Department in the event of war. Eisenhower also sent federal troops to racially integrate the Little Rock, Arkansas High School.
Pres. Eisenhower served two full terms. In the 1960 presidential election, the handsome, charismatic Prince of Camelot, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, scion of a wealthy Massachusetts family and a serving Democrat senator from Massachusetts, won the nomination as the Democrat presidential candidate on the first ballot. John Kennedy’s running mate was Sen. Lyndon Baines Johnson. More on him later. When he won the presidency he became the youngest president in our history and the first Roman Catholic. He had married Jacqueline Bouvier who gave him two beautiful children, Caroline and John, affectionately called John-John.
The Kennedys were a beautiful and admired family, Jackie was beautiful and glamorous and all reports indicate she was absolutely faithful to John. On the other hand, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was a philanderer of the first order. “Newman and other [Secret Service] agents assigned to guard Kennedy soon learned that he led a double life. He was the charismatic leader of the free world. But in his other life, he was the cheating, reckless husband whose aides sneaked women into the White House to appease his sexual appetite.” [See: Kessler, Ronald (2009-07-29). In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect (p. 11). Crown Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.]
A legitimate question arises relative to JFK’s performance as President of the United States. Thomas E. Ricks, writing for The Washington Post, said, “He spent his 35 months in the White House stumbling from crisis to fiasco.” Although Kennedy had agreed not to invade the Bay of Pigs, he nevertheless ordered the invasion resulting in the loss of over 400 men.
Next, Kennedy went to a summit in Vienna where he got his clock cleaned by Nikita Khrushchev of the Soviet Union. This ultimately led to the Cuban Missile Crisis, which was narrowly avoided when Russia removed its missiles from Cuba. Did Khrushchev blink? Or was Kennedy just lucky? In any event, in the words of Ricks, it gave Americans a whiff of nuclear apocalypse.
As one of his last disasters before he was assassinated, JFK managed to get the United States involved in Vietnam. When all is said and done, in my humble opinion, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was not a particularly able president.
Following Kennedy’s assassination in November 1963, his vice president, Lyndon Johnson, could hardly keep from running to the plane after he was sworn in as President of the United States. Quite prominent on his lapel was the miniature Silver Star indicative of a high-level theft of stolen valor.
When World War II broke out, Lyndon Johnson was a lieutenant commander in the United States Naval Reserve. Early in the war, President Roosevelt, unhappy with the way the war was progressing in the South Pacific, sent Johnson on a fact-finding tour. Flying out of Australia in a B-26 bomber in which Johnson was an observer on a photographic mission, the plane developed magneto trouble, forcing it to return to Australia. While flying over Lae, New Guinea, just before the B-26 was forced to turn back, several Japanese fighters were seen taking off from the Japanese base. None of them even approached Johnson’s plane. For his “gallantry and coolness” under fire, General MacArthur awarded Johnson the Silver Star. Subsequent investigation and interviews with the crew proved conclusively that Johnson’s plane was never in any danger from Japanese Zeros.
None of the other crew members received recognition for that non-mission.
Lyndon Johnson was an arrogant, bullying braggart. He was a big man, and he had no qualms about inviting male guests to go swimming in the White House pool naked. Johnson was most proud of his male member and wanted to make certain the visitors got a good look at. He was also another predatory philanderer who kept loose women around his offices in order that he might satisfy his lust at will. His wife, Claudia Alta, better known as Lady Bird, hated Washington and spent much of her time at home in Texas.
Much has been written about the assassination of Kennedy, with the most having been written about Johnson’s manipulations of that fateful trip to Johnson’s home state of Texas. It is and was obvious that Johnson hated the Kennedys, most particularly, Robert, who had made no bones he was not happy about Johnson being the Vice-President.
Johnson was a dyed-in-the-wool racist even though it was during his purloined administration that the Civil Rights Act became law. “I’ll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” [Touting his underlying intentions for the “Great Society” programs, LBJ confided with two like-minded governors on Air Force One]
Finally, Richard Nixon, a Republican, got his chance at the big chair. Nixon had dirty hands even while in Congress, keeping Jack Ruby, who ultimately killed Lee Harvey Oswald, on the payroll as a member of the committee to reelect the president.
Nixon sealed his fate when he ordered the Watergate break-in which led to his resignation rather than facing impeachment.
We may as well skip Gerald Ford; his pardon of Nixon was not too smart. Basically Ford was a decent man, moral and faithful.
Jimmy Carter, another Democrat. That should be sufficient but a few choice adjectives are in order. Stupid! He pardoned all the Vietnam draft dodgers, an affront to every American who served in that hellhole and especially to those who never came home to an unfriendly bunch of snot-nosed punks.
Incompetent! Carter failed to rescue the American hostages held by Iran for 444 days, thus marking himself as the worst chief executive until BHO. Carter’s mother, Lillian, who was one smart lady, once remarked, “When I look at all my children sometimes I say to myself, Lillian, you should have stayed a virgin.”
Ronald Reagan annihilated Carter in the election of 1980. Reagan was a most personable human being who I had the privilege to actually run into in 1942. I mean literally run into:
First Lieutenant Ronald Wilson Reagan was standing just inside a door in the Pacific Building in Santa Monica, California. I was a 17-year old messenger for the U.S. Army Air Force Materiel Command in November 1942. As was my habit, I ran through the door, striking Lt. Reagan, knocking him to his knees. I assisted him to his feet while apologizing profusely. As he stood, he placed a hand on my shoulder, smiled and remarked, “Take it easy, kid; this war is going to last a while yet.” Great guy, the Gipper.
Reagan was a great president, the major blemish to his time in office being the Iran-Contra gun-smuggling affair, about which I believe he was virtually unaware.
George Herbert Walker Bush won the Republican nomination for the presidency in 1988 and handily beat his opponent, Michael Dukakis. Bush had served during World War II as the youngest naval aviator. He was shot down in combat, rescued by submarine and for heroism was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Mr. Bush had served in numerous public service offices in previous administrations and two terms in the House of Representatives. He also had served as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
President Bush sent American troops into Panama to overthrow the corrupt regime of Manuel Noriega, who had been threatening the Panama Canal and was also involved in running drugs. Other than that, Mr. Bush’s presidency was unremarkable. His one real mistake was that during the 1992 presidential campaign, he said to the crowd, “Read my lips, no new taxes!” That single remark likely cost him the election, which was won by William Jefferson Clinton, better known as “Slick Willie.”
Bill Clinton was and still is the consummate Democrat politician, as is his wife Hillary. Both are disreputable; both are arrogant. Hillary became Obama’s first Secretary of State.
Bill Clinton was born and raised in Arkansas and was an extremely intelligent young man but a hippie saxophone-playing character by choice. He graduated from Georgetown University in 1968 and won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University and then earned a law degree from Yale University in 1973.
Clinton’s administration was not helped by his vice president, Al Gore, who is a global-warming hoax fanatic.
Based on the material contained in the White House presidential records, one might think Bill Clinton was an angel. The White House biographies of the presidents have undergone a considerable amount of touch-up during the administration of Barack Hussein Obama.
George W. Bush, son of Pres. George Herbert Walker Bush won a hotly-contested election against Clinton’s vice president Al Gore in 2000. Mr. Bush was inaugurated as our 43rd president on January 20, 2001. His administration had barely begun to function when on September 11, 2001, Islamic terrorists hijacked three American commercial aircraft, two of which were crashed into the World Trade Center. Both towers collapsed to the ground. The third crashed into the Pentagon building in Washington, DC. A fourth, Flight 93, was also hijacked and forced to crash in a field in Pennsylvania.
Some 3,000 lives were lost that day.
The actions of these hijackers were determined to be members of Al Qaeda, led by one Osama bin Laden. President Bush vowed to track down and kill or capture Osama bin Laden, who was known to be hiding somewhere either in Afghanistan or Pakistan.
Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein even after being ousted from Kuwait, continued to be a threat in the region. President Bush’s administration determined that Hussein had in his possession certain types and amounts of weapons of mass destruction or WMD’s. True or not, President Bush asked for and received congressional approval to invade and topple the Hussein regime. That happened quite rapidly, though at great cost. Hussein was ultimately run down, captured, tried by the Iraqi government and hanged for his crimes.
President Bush’s economic policies were, as usual, decried by the opposition in Congress. In the 2004 presidential election, George Bush was opposed by Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, another member of the stolen valor club. Bush won the election. At his inauguration on January 20, 2005 President Bush stated:
“At this second gathering, our duties are defined not by the words I use, but by the history we have seen together. For half a century, America defended our own freedom by standing watch on distant borders. After the shipwreck of communism came years of relative quiet- and then there came a day of fire. There is only one force of history that can break the reign of hatred and resentment, and expose the pretensions of tyrants, and reward the hopes of the decent and tolerant, and that is the force of human freedom – tested but not weary… we are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom.”
A casual proposal of Barack Hussein Obama’s voting record as a state senator and U.S. senator indicate without a doubt he is a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat Party loyalist who ran for president in 2007. His nearest opponent was another party loyalist, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Obama had no record of note. In contrast, Hillary had a record a mile long and little, if any, was good.
Obama won his victories in the 2008 Democrat primaries under questionable circumstances and was elected over Republican contender Sen. John McCain on a campaign of “hope and change” and becoming the “first black president.”
We know a considerable amount about this faux president, but little that is verifiable. One of his first acts on January 20, 2009 was to issue an Executive Order sealing presidential records or otherwise making them unobtainable to any researcher.