No Historical Parallel to Trump’s Disastrous Start

I cannot remember any historical parallel where a new president faced such legal challenges so early. Even the besieged Jimmy Carter had an eight-month honeymoon of popularity before the Bert Lance "scandal" erupted and valued aide Lance was forced to resign. He was eventually cleared of wrongdoing, but not until 1980. A special counsel was … Continue reading No Historical Parallel to Trump’s Disastrous Start

Hillary Clinton Won Larger Percentage Or Higher Margin of Vote Than 14 Presidents

Hillary Clinton won, in the final tally, nearly three million more votes than Donald Trump, about the same number as Barack Obama did in 2012, and 48.2 percent of the vote compared to Trump's 46.1 percent. She won a larger percentage or margin of the popular vote than 14 (about one third) of US presidents -- … Continue reading Hillary Clinton Won Larger Percentage Or Higher Margin of Vote Than 14 Presidents

Presidents Can’t Seem to Change Government Bureaucracies

“National Security and Double Government,” a book by Tufts University political scientist Michael J. Glennon, suggests presidents can't change certain policies, particularly involving national security, no matter how hard they try. In the 2008 campaign, Obama promised to end the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping, close Guantanamo Bay and scrap or reform the Patriot Act. Yet he could … Continue reading Presidents Can’t Seem to Change Government Bureaucracies

Worst US President #1: James Buchanan of Lancaster, PA, 1856-60

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWNTo5hRc5U He had a most impressive resume, but turned out to be disastrous. When he took office, the country was "the United States of America." When he left office, the country was on the verge of civil war, with states seceding. He called the abolitionist movement “weak, powerless and soon to be forgotten." They were extremists … Continue reading Worst US President #1: James Buchanan of Lancaster, PA, 1856-60

So Much for ‘Experience’ As the Most Important Attribute in Presidents

George Will: "The president who came to office with the most glittering array of experiences had served 10 years in the House of Representatives, then became minister to Russia, then served 10 years in the Senate, then four years as secretary of state (during a war that enlarged the nation by 33 percent), then was … Continue reading So Much for ‘Experience’ As the Most Important Attribute in Presidents

Voices of Presidents Benjamin Harrison, 1889, and Grover Cleveland, 1892

This is believed to be the oldest known recording of any president of the United States (Source): Michigan State University Library has posted audio recordings of a number of presidents, including two clips from Grover Cleveland, who served as president from 1881-1885, and 1989-93. Drill Deeper: Sound Scholarship, Time magazine. Michigan State University, sound recordings … Continue reading Voices of Presidents Benjamin Harrison, 1889, and Grover Cleveland, 1892