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Mon Jun 22, 2020, 10:27 AM

If you had your choice of any previous President which would you want to lead the Covid 19 effort

This was a question that came up as I listened to a podcast of the Thomas Jefferson Hour yesterday and thought it was an interesting one to pose.

My choice would be Harry Truman, but I can certainly think others would do a good job as well.

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Reply If you had your choice of any previous President which would you want to lead the Covid 19 effort (Original post)
Sherman A1 Jun 2020 OP
redstatebluegirl Jun 2020 #1
tinrobot Jun 2020 #5
redstatebluegirl Jun 2020 #13
Jane Austin Jun 2020 #2
hlthe2b Jun 2020 #3
Chainfire Jun 2020 #4
Poiuyt Jun 2020 #16
SheltieLover Jun 2020 #6
dsc Jun 2020 #7
redstatebluegirl Jun 2020 #14
HelpImSurrounded Jun 2020 #8
LizBeth Jun 2020 #9
raging moderate Jun 2020 #21
Akacia Jun 2020 #10
onecaliberal Jun 2020 #11
judeling Jun 2020 #12
malchickiwick Jun 2020 #19
judeling Jun 2020 #31
lapucelle Jun 2020 #33
judeling Jun 2020 #35
edhopper Jun 2020 #43
lapucelle Jun 2020 #36
ananda Jun 2020 #15
3Hotdogs Jun 2020 #17
malchickiwick Jun 2020 #18
SoonerPride Jun 2020 #20
Boomerproud Jun 2020 #22
Greybnk48 Jun 2020 #23
JT45242 Jun 2020 #24
Rhiannon12866 Jun 2020 #29
zipplewrath Jun 2020 #32
aidbo Jun 2020 #42
ooky Jun 2020 #25
Sunsky Jun 2020 #26
lark Jun 2020 #27
Sherman A1 Jun 2020 #40
hamsterjill Jun 2020 #28
democrank Jun 2020 #30
JI7 Jun 2020 #34
Marrah_Goodman Jun 2020 #37
SidDithers Jun 2020 #38
Buckeyeblue Jun 2020 #39
Raine Jun 2020 #41

Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 10:28 AM

1. Obama.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 10:29 AM

5. The guy who created the pandemic task force?

I agree. Obama.

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Response to tinrobot (Reply #5)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 10:40 AM

13. Yea that guy. Plus anyone as hated by 45 as Obama must have done a lot of good.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 10:29 AM

2. Me, too.

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Obama!

Always competent.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 10:29 AM

3. FDR

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 10:29 AM

4. Eisenhower

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Response to Chainfire (Reply #4)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 10:43 AM

16. Eisenhower or FDR

Both knew how to handle catastrophes.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 10:31 AM

6. 😍bama or FDR

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 10:31 AM

7. LBJ

He was a master of running the government in his prime. Yes, Vietnam was awful but in terms of running a competent government the period from 63 to 66 stands out.

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Response to dsc (Reply #7)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 10:42 AM

14. I read a book called "The Master of the Senate" about LBJ.

He was a master at getting what he wanted through Congress. Of course Congress was very different then than it is now.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 10:35 AM

8. Obama

One of Obama's great strengths was the humility to listen to his experts.

Obama would have come out in January with a message of unity and a warning to take this seriously. Then he would have stepped out of the spotlight and let the CDC lead.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 10:36 AM

9. 45 Presidents, I have no idea. But I did see how Obama handled H1N1 and Ebola so I will be with

others and say Obama.

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Response to LizBeth (Reply #9)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 10:54 AM

21. Yes, you are right. Obama.

Obama.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 10:36 AM

10. Obama!

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 10:37 AM

11. Obama

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 10:37 AM

12. Hoover

For just the Covid-19 part. He did a very good job with the Marshal Plan.

But for President in charge over all LBJ or Ike.

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Response to judeling (Reply #12)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 10:49 AM

19. I think you mean Truman?

Hoover wasn't much of a "doer," and the Marshall Plan occurred on Harry's watch, not Herbie's.

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Response to malchickiwick (Reply #19)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 11:59 AM

31. Hoover

With his letters was he one of the main reasons that the entire occupation was restructured.

Hoover is a fascinating figure in a different time he may have well been one of the best Presidents we had. It is actually not understood hao much of the New Deal built on things he had underway during the War and postwar are really not discussed enough.

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Response to judeling (Reply #31)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 01:19 PM

33. During which war did "Hoover have things underway"?

He was a Republican president from 1929-1933.

Hoover won the Republican nomination in the 1928 presidential election, and decisively defeated the Democratic candidate, Al Smith. The stock market crashed shortly after Hoover took office, and the Great Depression became the central issue of his presidency. Hoover pursued a variety of policies in an attempt to lift the economy, but opposed directly involving the federal government in relief efforts.

In the midst of the economic crisis, Hoover was decisively defeated by Democratic nominee Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1932 presidential election. After leaving office, Hoover enjoyed one of the longest retirements of any former president, and he authored numerous works in subsequent decades. Hoover became increasingly conservative in this time, and he strongly criticized Roosevelt's foreign policy and New Deal domestic agenda.

In the 1940s and 1950s, Hoover's public reputation was slightly rehabilitated after serving in various assignments for Presidents Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower, including as chairman of the Hoover Commission. Though he managed somewhat to rehabilitate his legacy, Hoover is still widely regarded as an inadequate U.S. president, and most polls of historians and political scientists rank him in the bottom third overall.

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Response to lapucelle (Reply #33)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 01:38 PM

35. I didn't vet that enough

A lot of he early moves FDR made in the first 100 days were built on things Hoover had in place.

During he FDR and Truman used him, but more in the background. Hoover actually never really tried to rehabilitate his reputation until the Marshal Plan was in place.

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Response to judeling (Reply #35)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 04:48 PM

43. You will have to cite a reliable source

for this folderol.

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Response to judeling (Reply #31)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 02:01 PM

36. You're giving failed Republican president Herbert Hoover credit for FDR's New Deal

and First 100 Days AND for Democratic President Truman and Democratic-appointed SOS Marshall's post-WWII European economic recovery plan?

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 10:43 AM

15. Obama, Al Gore, Hillary Clinton ...

Any of those would be excellent.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 10:45 AM

17. I've always been partial to Garfield.

‘specially on Sunday mornings.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 10:47 AM

18. FDR. To me, it's not even close.

And hopefully, SCOTUS wouldn't be there blocking progress at every turn.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 10:50 AM

20. Obama. He was the smartest president we have had.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 10:54 AM

22. FDR or Bill Clinton with their spectacular FLOTUS

right along beside them.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 11:01 AM

23. For health care, Bill Clinton (and Hillary)

hands down! I'd definitely want President Kennedy or FDR to handle the financial end of it.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 11:05 AM

24. Carter

He was a nuclear engineer who understood how to make plans with other really smart people. He also deeply cares about the plight of people of color (A True Christian who has lived the Matthew 25 code of taking care of the homeless, hungry, etc.) for years.

Given the expanse of executive orders since he left office, his inability to play ball with Republicans in Congress would be less of an issue.

He gets a bad rap because the Republicans blocked everything he tried to do. Reagan and his crones committed treason by paying the Iranians to hold onto the hostages. He inherited an economic mess because of OPEC manipulation of oil prices.

Smart, willing to listen to other smart people, and compassionate. I'll take the scientist politician over the lawyer politicians for a pandemic.

Having been to the Hoover museum in Iowa, although a failed President, he would have made a great task force leader as he did with rebuilding Europe and helping those struggling with starvation. Some are better doing work than being a mouthpiece and he was one of them.

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Response to JT45242 (Reply #24)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 11:49 AM

29. +100!

And one of the primary initiatives of the Carter Center has been to eradicate disease.

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Response to JT45242 (Reply #24)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 12:35 PM

32. This was my first thought

A president who could probably understand the data himself, instead of having his experts explain it to him.

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Response to JT45242 (Reply #24)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 04:44 PM

42. Definitely Carter

 

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 11:06 AM

25. Obama

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 11:09 AM

26. Obama

The man is a genius and an excellent leader.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 11:22 AM

27. Any president in history would have done better, even Coolidge.

I'd choose any Democrat, but in order

Obama
FDR
Johnson
Carter
Clinton

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Response to lark (Reply #27)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 03:34 PM

40. To be honest

A cardboard box would have done better.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 11:41 AM

28. Obama

He is a great leader who is humble enough to learn from those smarter than he is in specific fields. He cares when people are hurting.

God knows we need a miracle. I hope Joe will make use of Obama’s strengths in his campaign and in counsel to his administration.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 11:53 AM

30. Carter

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 01:33 PM

34. Just about any of the Democrats in modern times.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 02:01 PM

37. Obama

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 02:24 PM

38. Obama or Carter...


FDR might have rounded up Chinese-Americans and put them into isolation camps.

Sid

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 02:37 PM

39. Any of the last three Democrats would have done fine

I think Clinton would have done the best at explaining to people why they needed to stay home, wear a mask, etc.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 04:43 PM

41. FDR nt

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