Jennie McKeon asked me who my favorite president was. That got me to thinking.

Who WAS my favorite president?

I decided to rate each president who served from my birth year, 1955, to the present, using the following scale: A. Excellent, B. Good, C. Adequate, D. Poor.

Dwight D. Eisenhower: A kindly man who played golf, dealt with the Cold War and let the Russians beat us into outer space. Adequate.

John F. Kennedy: Big on ideas but in many ways resembled his GOP counterparts. He deepened America’s involvement in Vietnam but handled the Cuban Missile Crisis. Then there was Bay of Pigs. … Adequate.

Lyndon Baines Johnson: He possessed admirable social ideals but he threw us full-body into the Vietnam quagmire and left office before resolving that mess. Adequate.

Richard Nixon: He managed to get the United States – clumsily – out of Vietnam. But there were his infamous wage and price controls … and a little thing called Watergate. Poor.

Gerald Ford: He tried to Whip Inflation Now with buttons. I remember him through SNL skits and Betty Ford’s stint in rehab. Adequate.

Jimmy Carter: He had a big heart and tried to do the right thing, but the economy spiraled out of control and Iran went up in flames. Poor.

Ronald Reagan: He started the debt binge but his eight years in office were some of the best in America during the latter half of the 20th century. He made friends around the world, even among our enemies. Good.

George Bush: A technocrat who got us into a couple of wars, including the improbable alliance of nations that fought the Gulf War. Adequate.

Bill Clinton: He did a good job with spending – balanced budgets, can you believe that? But his personal life was disgusting, and he was impeached. Adequate.

George W. Bush: He won two squeakers and immersed the United States in a war it is still fighting. Poor.

Barack Obama: An approachable guy who restored some of the dignity to the office, but he went hog wild with debt and seemed hopelessly naïve about foreign policy. Adequate.

Donald Trump: He has turned around the economy and has asked questions that needed to be asked – hello, NATO, why aren’t you paying your bills? But he has encouraged divisiveness in our society like no other, and has alienated America. Poor.

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