America's Best & Worst Presidents
TIME Magazine may have featured the whole political career of the late US president Ronald Reagan by now. Still our people might be interested to know more about him as US president compared to his predecessors in the past. Nathan Miller, former US Senate staffer, and an awardwinning reporter for Baltimore Sun for 15 years, has written history books, including the biography of Theodore Roosevelt, for which he was nominated five times for the Pulitzer Prize. Now by Millers latest book, "Star-Sprangled Men: Americas Ten Worst Presidents," we may know him more.
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Miller wrote there is a remarkable resemblance between Taft and Bush (the father), being members of Americas upper class and Yale graduates. But both were uninspiring leaders who succeeded their activist predecessors Roosevelt and Reagan. Taft and Bush could not articulate a vision of America, or a broad perspective of the nations problems. Miller excluded Reagan as one of the ten worst presidents because Reagan came to Washington with two goals to reduce the influence of "govment" and destroy the "Evil Empire." He accomplished both. How could he be a bad president?
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James Buchanan, the 15th president in 1875, has four distinctions, namely: Last American president born in the 18th century, the nations only bachelor chief executive, the oldest man to enter the White House at sixty-five, and holder ofa government job of one sort or another for nearly 40 years. Well. Reagan broke two of Buchanans distinctions: While Buchanan became president at 65, Reagan was inaugurated president at 70 years old. While Buchanan held all his jobs in the government, Reagan earned private money as a basketball star, sports radiocaster, and a lifeguard.
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The key to Reagans success was knowing where he wanted to take the American people and the ability to do so. …