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SimonZ
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The Best President of All Time

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 12/15/2007 Category: Politics
Updated: 13 years ago Status: Voting Period
Viewed: 2,531 times Debate No: 459
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Redman

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Let us have a debate on who was the "best" president in our country's history. We shall name our candidate in the first round and go from there. I would argue that we should have categories, such as war, social, economic and foreign policy, but deciding which categories to put down is too time consuming. So, let's have it. Who was the best president of all time?
SimonZ

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This is a tough argument and this is my first go at this but I will take a shot at it. Let's see, if I were to pick the best president of the United States of America I would first want to clarify what exactly are we examining. If we choose to look at character of a president then there are some pretty shady individuals, i.e. drunks, womanizers, etc. If you choose to look solely at the impact of their presidency then there are some presidents who stand out amongst others. Also, I would like to point out that the era of their presidency is a major factor in the way we see them today. A president from the late 18th century has had nearly 200 years to become a heroic icon from the past while other presidents of late are still fresh in our memories.
Having said this, I would like to nominate George W. Bush as the greatest president of all time. This may seem like an odd choice and feel free to contest my decision but I feel like he has had and will continue to have a substantial impact on the development of modern America as it moves into the 21st century. We can discuss his political standing in America over his presidency as well as his foreign relations policies. Essentially all is fair game with the president, which is a major factor in the position itself. As the spokesman (possibly spokeswoman), of the United States, this person is seen by the entire world and thus their life (background, relations, etc.) is all picked scrutinized by people from every spectrum. Our job at finding the greatest president of all time pales in comparison to the duties that a president must attend to. Keep this in mind as we look further into the greatest president of all time....
Debate Round No. 1
Redman

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Redman forfeited this round.
SimonZ

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Yah, just try and put up a decent argument for the third round and if we want to continue we can in another debate.
Debate Round No. 2
Redman

Pro

Redman forfeited this round.
SimonZ

Con

Alright someone else can argue this if they want. You can offer a challenge if you are interested in finishing this.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Solarman1969 13 years ago
Solarman1969
Washington hands down

FDR was a socialist but guided us through our toughest time, WWII, when the country needed to be united
Posted by Fimbulvintr 13 years ago
Fimbulvintr
The greatness of a president should be based on how good for the people they were, not how much they impacted the world. Hitler impacted the world, was he a great president?. Given that, I cannot think of anyone worse than Mr. Dubbya.
Posted by Redman 13 years ago
Redman
Damn school always getting in the way of internet time! I will write my argument in the next round. We may have to do this debate again.
Posted by clsmooth 13 years ago
clsmooth
GWB the best? Wow.

And no surprise to find GWB admirers think Lincoln the Tyrant was great.

The worst three presidents, bar none: Wilson, Lincoln, FDR.

The best: Cleveland, Jefferson, Coolidge.
Posted by mrmatt505 13 years ago
mrmatt505
Bush did NOT have the hardest presidency. Van Buren had the hardest presidency.
Posted by righty10294 13 years ago
righty10294
I love Bush, and he now doubtful has had the hardest presidancy, but Abe Lincoln was the best no questions asked.
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