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February 23, 2008
POLITICS: Everything Old Is New Again

Posted by Baseball Crank at 10:04 AM | History • | Politics 2008 | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)
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Almost prophetic that JFK's answer was at the Roosevelt Hotel. Truman was right and wrong at the same time. Clearly he didn't want the son of a major gangster to be president (can't blame that I guess), but Truman mentioned about lack of experience. Would that be, say the experience of a political hack haberdasher who sort of bullied his way into office?

I'm not coming down on Truman; history makes him a great president--BTW, when in office he was considered an idiot. So history picks their own winners and losers (don't worry, Carter and W both will surely rank down with the losers, some things can't ever change).

Crank, sensational research on this one.

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at February 23, 2008 4:30 PM

Actually, I just sorta blundered across this looking for something else.

By any metric, Truman was a terrible president on domestic policy; his economic policies were harebrained and his SCOTUS appointments were cronies and hacks. He's remembered as a great president because he was a steadfast foreign policy leader.

Posted by: The Crank at February 23, 2008 11:48 PM

Great clip -- thanks for posting it. Two of my heroes going toe to toe; this is what makes this country great.

You notice Truman makes it clear he is taking issue with JFK's backers (most notably Joe Kennedy) but respecting JFK. It reminds me of his comment about Kennedy's Catholicism -- "Its not the Pope that concerns me; its the Pap."

The country made a leap of faith in electing JFK during very challenging times - and I would say he delivered during his short time in office (though not without some on the job learning eg. the Bay of Pigs).

Here again, it seems the country is considering another leap of faith with Obama. I am not convinced he will deliver as well as JFK did. The one characteristic I see lacking in Barack that JFK held is humility.

Barack thinks he has all the answers and he seems to believe all of his own grand rhetoric. JFK consistently demonstrated the importance of listening -- especially during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Can someone with Barack's high opinion of his own wisdom listen as carefully in such critical times?

Posted by: Patrick at February 24, 2008 10:57 AM

Patrick, if there is one quality JFK does not have; hell, none of the Kennedys (or most presidents for that matter, except maybe Lincoln) have humility.

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at February 25, 2008 10:10 AM

I disagree Daryl. Growing up as the sickly child in the shadow of his older brother, JFK retained a sense of detachment from the aggressive and arrogant ways of his old man -- which is not to say he didn't enjoy a sense of entitlement. I heard he never carried cash, always let others pay for everything. And of course the women. But I still think he brought humility to the oval office. Something that has been sorely lacking over the last eight years. AndI think will also be lacking under President Obama.

Posted by: Patrick at February 25, 2008 8:30 PM
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