On February 4th, 1789, the 69 members of Congress elected George Washington as the United States’ first president. Since then, there have been a total of 43 people sworn into the office of the President of the United States. Grover Cleveland is the only president to have the honor of serving two non-consecutive terms, making him the 22nd and the 24th president. On this episode of Flash Past, Lyle and Dan talk about some of the best and worst presidents in American History.
It’s a popular discussion among conservatives and liberals, alike. Who do you think was the greatest American president? Better yet, what constitutes a successful presidency? Chances are, your answer to the first question will be Abraham Lincoln. Throughout the show, the hosts reference a number of polls conducted by groups including ABC News, C-Span, Washington College, and Gallup. The Gallup poll, conducted in February of 2011, produced the most striking results, and we don’t mean that in a good way. Poll after poll listed Abraham Lincoln as America’s greatest president, and rightfully so. His list of accomplishments is impressive for any time period. The 2011 Gallup poll, however, lists Ronald Reagan as America’s greatest president, followed by Lincoln and Bill Clinton.
Where does President Obama fit in this listing. Well, depending on the poll, he’s either the 15th or 18th worst president. But it’s not all bad. Lyle and Dan discuss the current president and what will make up his legacy. Of course, Obamacare will be one of his greatest achievements, but what about opening trade with Cuba? As far as the hosts of this show are concerned, as long as Cuba isn’t sheltering terrorists, and they don’t have nuclear weapons pointed at the US or our allies, who cares about Cuba? Well, other Central and South American countries do, that’s who.
So, who do you think was America’s greatest president? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter. We’re listening.