President’s Day 2012: Who’s Your Fav?

Someone asked me who my favorite President is. It didn’t take me long to answer. I love JFK because of all he did for Civil Rights. JFK believed in his core that the freedom our forefathers imagined should include equality for all citizens, even ones that our forefathers didn’t give rights to. JFK knew that this was his challenge to face and that it was critical that he succeed. He made great gains in registering African American voters, appointing African American’s to leadership positions, desegregating the schools and public places and eliminating discrimination in housing. He did this regardless of the anger, strong-arming and danger that accompanied this mission.

During Kennedy’s Inaugural address on January 20, 1961, he said, “All this will not be finished in the first hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first thousand days, nor in the lifetime of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.”

He wasn’t about the first 100 days and picking low hanging fruit to prove delivery on campaign promises. He wasn’t about posturing.

I started thinking about the similarities between what JFK and Obama faced in their terms. Why was JFK so successful and Obama, not so much? Is it the whole bi-partisan problem?

– JFK helped us stay out of nuclear war with Soviets
– Advanced anti-discrimination laws
– Helped recover from stock market crash of 1962 & drastic unemployment rates

So what’s your opinion on who did it better and why?

Read a poem I wrote about JFK from college!