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1Historygenius
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4/29/2013 5:55:10 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
As we all know, there's a president's category in your profile. The presidents category gives out what person you supported in the 2012 election. However, I was curious how people would feel if this was switched to something more like picking a favorite president. Instead of having Jill Stein, Rick Santorum, and Gary Johnson as choices this would be based on your favorite president so you would be able choose from Washington to Obama.

The other idea I had was switch the term "president" to "supported" and then add the favorite presidents category under "president". Your thoughts?
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4/30/2013 10:42:40 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/29/2013 5:55:10 PM, 1Historygenius wrote:
As we all know, there's a president's category in your profile. The presidents category gives out what person you supported in the 2012 election. However, I was curious how people would feel if this was switched to something more like picking a favorite president. Instead of having Jill Stein, Rick Santorum, and Gary Johnson as choices this would be based on your favorite president so you would be able choose from Washington to Obama.

The other idea I had was switch the term "president" to "supported" and then add the favorite presidents category under "president". Your thoughts?

I like it.
1Historygenius
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4/30/2013 5:12:22 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/30/2013 1:26:15 AM, Smithereens wrote:
congrats on reaching 1000 posts.

Thank you!
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Noumena
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4/30/2013 5:18:38 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Can we also do that with Soviet Premiers?
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4/30/2013 5:37:17 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
I like that idea.
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4/30/2013 5:37:47 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Though I think we should have two categories:
Favorite President:
Presidential Candidate:
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4/30/2013 6:39:00 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Ronald Ragen vs. Rick Santorum. Now there's a good match up.
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1Historygenius
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5/1/2013 7:31:35 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
Glad to see this idea has some support. Perhaps Juggle can make it happen.
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RoyLatham
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5/2/2013 11:42:21 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
Very few people have an in-depth understanding of presidents in history. Instead, they will rely on the stereotype that they have that best corresponds to their ideology. So if you are a conservative you are likely to pick Reagan and if a liberal you are likely to pick FDR. I doubt that you'll get James K. Polk, because he as president in difficult times and worked so hard he had no energy to run again.

In short, I doubt the question would reveal must beyond what the member has already revealed as his ideology. But maybe there are some members who decline to state an ideology, but who would volunteer a favorite president. That would give an insight.
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5/2/2013 1:52:15 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/2/2013 11:42:21 AM, RoyLatham wrote:
Very few people have an in-depth understanding of presidents in history. Instead, they will rely on the stereotype that they have that best corresponds to their ideology. So if you are a conservative you are likely to pick Reagan and if a liberal you are likely to pick FDR. I doubt that you'll get James K. Polk, because he as president in difficult times and worked so hard he had no energy to run again.

In short, I doubt the question would reveal must beyond what the member has already revealed as his ideology. But maybe there are some members who decline to state an ideology, but who would volunteer a favorite president. That would give an insight.

I have to agree, completely. If you had to pick, Roy, who would be your favorite?
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5/2/2013 2:22:59 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/2/2013 11:42:21 AM, RoyLatham wrote:
Very few people have an in-depth understanding of presidents in history. Instead, they will rely on the stereotype that they have that best corresponds to their ideology. So if you are a conservative you are likely to pick Reagan and if a liberal you are likely to pick FDR. I doubt that you'll get James K. Polk, because he as president in difficult times and worked so hard he had no energy to run again.

In short, I doubt the question would reveal must beyond what the member has already revealed as his ideology. But maybe there are some members who decline to state an ideology, but who would volunteer a favorite president. That would give an insight.

President James K. Polk did have a superb track record.

I thought the same when I first joined. I wanted to pick Bill Clinton, but I had to deal with Obama instead. I was disappointed.
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5/2/2013 2:45:03 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/2/2013 1:52:15 PM, YYW wrote:
I have to agree, completely. If you had to pick, Roy, who would be your favorite?

I'd pick Washington. My knowledge doesn't go much beyond lectures on C-SPAN 3, but I gather that historian now think that Washington contributed substantially to intellectual framework of the country, as well as the practical leadership.

A couple of books on Coolidge have been published recently, and he's being claimed to have been a model president. I would never have guessed that "silent Cal" wrote a weekly newspaper column and was, it's claimed, a great communicator.

My father went on a senior class trip to Washington, DC. That was in 1926, and President Coolidge shook hands with the students when they visited the White House. Times have changed.
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5/2/2013 2:50:38 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/2/2013 2:45:03 PM, RoyLatham wrote:
At 5/2/2013 1:52:15 PM, YYW wrote:
I have to agree, completely. If you had to pick, Roy, who would be your favorite?

I'd pick Washington. My knowledge doesn't go much beyond lectures on C-SPAN 3, but I gather that historian now think that Washington contributed substantially to intellectual framework of the country, as well as the practical leadership.

A couple of books on Coolidge have been published recently, and he's being claimed to have been a model president. I would never have guessed that "silent Cal" wrote a weekly newspaper column and was, it's claimed, a great communicator.

My father went on a senior class trip to Washington, DC. That was in 1926, and President Coolidge shook hands with the students when they visited the White House. Times have changed.

That's fantastically cool. DC in 1926 would have been awesome too.
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