Clearly Not Reagan

Donald Trump’s supporters view him as the second-coming of Ronald Reagan….   Trump’s unwillingness to address the authoritarian excess of Vladimir Putin- even his tacit support of the Russian strongman – should signal to everyone that our foreign policy has radically changed since the 1980’s. Earlier posts on this blog highlighted the foundations of AmericanContinue reading “Clearly Not Reagan”

Practically Historical Presidential Rankings

Following the rubric created by Arthur Schlesinger Sr. in 1948, here are the rankings of our Presidents.  *Garfield, Harrison, and Trump are not ranked Historians consulted-  Me.  Great 1. Abraham Lincoln 2. George Washington 3. Franklin Roosevelt Near Great 4. Theodore Roosevelt 5. Thomas Jefferson 6. Harry Truman 7. James Madison 8. Dwight Eisenhower 9.Continue reading “Practically Historical Presidential Rankings”

Not the Party of Eisenhower

Would Dwight D. Eisenhower be welcomed in today’s Republican party?… Today’s GOP- dominated by fiscal Conservatives like the so-called “freedom caucus;” scrawny descendants of Do-Nothings of the 80th Congress who obstruct, protest, and bloviate over the slightest Federal spending. The insistence on labeling government programs as “entitlements” will give these rank amateurs undue influence inContinue reading “Not the Party of Eisenhower”

Friends Separated by War

Simon Bolivar Buckner thought he knew US Grant… They roomed together at West Point, formed a strong friendship, and Buckner was the Best Man at Grant’s wedding in 1848.  In February 1862, they stood on opposite sides of the walls of Fort Donelson on the Cumberland River.  Grant’s army outnumbered Buckner’s garrison- and the nooseContinue reading “Friends Separated by War”

Presidential Birthday Folly

  Further proof that the trend of combining different commemorations into banker’s holidays… is truly foolish, look no further than Thomas Jefferson. Upon entering the executive mansion… citizens began petitioning him for the use of his birthday as a holiday, he gently reminded them, ‘The only birthday I ever commemorate, is that of our Independence,Continue reading “Presidential Birthday Folly”

George Washington’s Farewell to His Officers

Originally posted on Presidential History Blog:
The quintessential General “An army of asses led by a lion is better than an army of lions led by an ass.” The Quote and the Sentiment British General Edward Braddock The quote about asses (donkeys) and lions is frequently attributed to George Washington, but it is an ancient…

Review of “The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama” by David Remnick

Originally posted on My Journey Through the Best Presidential Biographies:
David Remnick’s “The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama” was published in 2010 and covers the 44th president’s life from his birth through his 2009 inauguration. Remnick is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and has been editor of The New Yorker since 1998. He…