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Old 12-05-09, 08:33 PM
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Most overrated president?

In your opinion, who is the most overrated president of all time? I have to go with Ronald Reagan. Likeable, great speaker, but incredibly overrated.
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In your opinion, who is the most overrated president of all time? I have to go with Ronald Reagan. Likeable, great speaker, but incredibly overrated.
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FDR. Worst president of all time but hero and champion to millions.
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Obama by far.
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FDR. Worst president of all time but hero and champion to millions.
Obama. Worst president of all time but hero and champion to millions.
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Obama, the savior of us all, will go down as the most overrated ever. Even if he ends up generally agreed to be a poor president, it will be overrated.
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Obama. Worst president of all time but hero and champion to millions.
If Obama manages to do as much damage as FDR I might agree with you. Fortunately he has shown to be mostly inept at pushing his agenda.

BTW I called it when I first saw the thread that it would mostly Obama vs. Reagan. Both a little silly.
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Crap, you are correct. FDR is very overrated, and managed to be very effective at what he wanted. Obama hasn't really done anything but spend money we don't have, and more than everyone before him put together. But it's only his first year, and that's a hell of a step.

FDR with Obama reaching for the title.
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Woodrow Wilson
In that Woodrow Wilson is far and away the worst President this country has ever seen, he's the clear answer here.
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How has Woodrow Wilson been overrated? Every history teacher I've ever had has been pretty contemptuous of him. Or do you mean he was overrated when he was president?
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Chester Arthur, that fucking bastard.
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In that Woodrow Wilson is far and away the worst President this country has ever seen, he's the clear answer here.
Agree that he sucks, but that doesn't make him overrated.
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Ronald Reagan by a light year.
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FDR-Lincoln (tie)
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I have to go with JFK for one in my lifetime.

FDR and Wilson are runners up but I'd have to think more about it to have them beat JFK in this category.
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Chester Arthur, that fucking bastard.
Agreed, and do NOT get me started on Millard Fillmore.
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Old 12-05-09, 11:10 PM
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JFK. In the north east he is revered. Growing up I had more than one teacher get misty eyed while singing his praises.
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I would think JFK fits the bill mainly because people seem to value him according to the missed potential more than his accomplishments.
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Yeah, went to sister's graduation at Harvard and they just had to quote JFK - ask whar you can do for your country etc. Still a good quote. I've been to the JFK museum, it's pretty nice. I do have some respect for JFK and Robert Kennedy, but Ted, not so much.

I agree Wilson was a bad president but I'll give him credit for trying to stop prohibition. From wiki:
The "Volstead Act", the popular name for the National Prohibition Act, passed through Congress over President Woodrow Wilson's veto on October 28, 1919 and established the legal definition of intoxicating liquor.
I've got a lot of respect for Reagan, but I think he's the most overrated.
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Old 12-05-09, 11:42 PM
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I think it's too early for people to say that Obama is overrated. He hasn't been in office long enough to prove that he can't live up to people's enormous expectations. In 3 years, then we can sit around and bitch about how overrated he was.
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I'd say FDR was probably the most overrated, for addressing massive social unrest and collapse, leading the country through WWII, and paving the way for America to spread democracy abroad in a way that actually worked.
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http://forum.dvdtalk.com/politics-wo...nderrated.html

However, the more I've read about Wilson, the more I have to rethink my top-3. I'm tempted to bump JFK from 3rd.

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How has Woodrow Wilson been overrated? Every history teacher I've ever had has been pretty contemptuous of him. Or do you mean he was overrated when he was president?
I cannot speak for now, but the Woodrow Wilson that I was taught about in school was a heroic figure who led our nation in the first world war, developed his 14 points, helped create the League of Nations, etc., etc.
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