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Response to Koinos (Reply #5)

Thu May 26, 2016, 05:17 PM

7. Like all great Presidents, he was creative, flexible, and willing to listen to all sides and...

weigh them seriously.

Unlike at least two Presidential candidates at either extreme in the current day, he was able to change his mind without being impulsive and, um, well, crazy, and he had a healthy amount of charm well coupled with a certain willingness to hold his cards close to his chest as long as was necessary.

These properties were also well known in the case of Abraham Lincoln.

Both Presidents, FDR and Lincoln, made mistakes, some of which were grievous, but both Presidents are generally acknowledged to have saved their country by growing through, leading through and living through their times.

FDR also had something that at least one candidate in the current election cycle has; a brilliant spouse with a deep knowledge of politics and the art of negotiation. (For me, Eleanor Roosevelt was the greatest Democrat of the 20th century, well, no, not just the 20th century, but of all time; but that's just my opinion. Not a day goes by that I do not think of her.)

(Actually Mary Lincoln, though much maligned by some historians, was also brilliant and had a lot to do with who her husband became.)

And then there's, um, Bernie...

I am not comparing my candidate, Ms. Clinton, with FDR or Lincoln, but merely stating that both of these "greatest" Presidents were well served by strong spouses and this will help the second President Clinton navigate our country through very perilous times.

Have a nice evening.

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