Monday, February 20, 2006

a "Presidential Moment"

The University of Louisville has just held a conference to "explore some major decisions presidents have made that have led to the office that we know today as the American Presidency", the conference would also include results of a survey the univeristy held, "to look at some of the significant mistakes made by presidents throughout history."...

From CNN...the list looks like this...

1: President James Buchanan, for failing to avert the Civil War

2: Andrew Johnson's decision just after the Civil War to side with Southern whites and oppose improvements in justice for Southern blacks beyond abolishing slavery

3: Lyndon Johnson by allowing the Vietnam War to intensify

4: Woodrow Wilson's refusal to compromise on the Treaty of Versailles after World War I.

5: Richard Nixon's involvement in the Watergate cover-up.

6: James Madison's failure to keep the United States out of the War of 1812 with Britain.

7: Thomas Jefferson's Embargo Act of 1807, a self-imposed prohibition on trade with Europe during the Napoleonic Wars.

8: John F. Kennedy allowing the Bay of Pigs Invasion that led to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

9: Ronald Reagan and the Iran-Contra Affair, the effort to sell arms to Iran and use the money to finance an armed anti-communist group in Nicaragua.

10: Clinton & Lewinsky....

Original article in the Philippine Star (World section)...unfortunately due to the general chaos that exists on their website....I cannot find alink to the article...


Blogger Dusty Admin said...

That they managed to fit all the mistakes made by US presidents into one article, let alone one newspaper, surprises me to say the least!

It must be very concise and consist of bullet points or it'd be more like the Encyclopaedia Brittanica!

8:40 am  
Blogger Madame Chiang said...

They were just going for the Top 10...which probably explains the brevity!

9:19 am  

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