Last Politically Motivating U.S. Polititian....

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  1. comicgirl Goddess in Residence

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    Say what you will about Obama, but he gets people energized. Thinking, talking, arguing, speculating about what's the best direction for our country.

    Who was the last US politician to really inspire and motivate voters? Since most of us are post - JFK, there has to be someone else.
     
  2. The Senator Registered

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    Michael Dukakis :o
     
  3. StorminNorman Registered

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    Reagan is an obvious one.
     
  4. Matt IKYN Guy Groupie

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    Yeah, I'd say Reagan. He may not have been as great of a president as the hype around him implies, but he certainly did get people motivated.
     
  5. Matt IKYN Guy Groupie

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    No he doesn't. He gets people who do not know any better to spout out catch phrases like "Obama Can!" or "Its time for change!" while offering them nothing to really think or speculate about outside of their own blind partisanship. I'd dare say at least 50 % of his supporters knew nothing about the candidates outside of Obama and Clinton and at least 85 % know nothing of his stances, probably more.
     
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    The same can be said about JFK is perhaps the most overrated President in American history.
     
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    George W. Bush. Got the religious right wing fired up and the secular left wing fired up.
     
  8. Matt IKYN Guy Groupie

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    Hmm, Kennedy is over rated, yes. Pretty much because his legacy was more effective than his presidency. However, Reagan is far more overrated. Never before has a president taken credit for things they had nothing to do with like Ronald Reagan.
     
  9. Matt IKYN Guy Groupie

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    That is oddly enough, true. Bush got the Amish vote out in Ohio for 2004. THE ****ING AMISH FOR ****'S SAKE! Its impressive.
     
  10. comicgirl Goddess in Residence

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    Howard Dean for a while
     
  11. comicgirl Goddess in Residence

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    ..Right....so Obama supporters don't know squat except flag waving and catch phases? Ok....

    Must be nice for the Rep's it know everything about McCain, Huckbee, et. al.
     
  12. Matt IKYN Guy Groupie

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    I personally doubt either side knows much about the issues or candidates. Otherwise, we'd likely be looking at Romney vs Richardson right now instead of Obama or Hillary vs McCain. Though in recent MSNBC exit polls, the top reason for Democratic voters, voted the way they did was "change" (whatever the hell that is) the bottom reason was "issues," (with only 11 percent). Republicans however had their top choice as the issues at 39 %, I believe it was.
     
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    Reagan.

    Best example I can give is former VP Candidate Ferraro said, "We were at a rally in West Virginia in 1984 and everyone we talked to said they were backing Reagan. I told them he stands against everything you all stand for and they said, 'Yeah that's true but he makes us feel good about ourselves as Americans.''
     
  15. The Senator Registered

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    Change

    3: A buzzword used by politicians as a part of their empty rhetoric.

    4: The process by which politicians promise to get elected. Politicians promise this so-called change, even though they fail to realize that it takes eons for revolutionary change to actually take place in the United States government. The American people never the less buy into the so-called 'change,' only to end up disappointed four years later when their candidate fails to offer the change they were looking for.



    You left those two definitions out :o
     
  16. Venom'sDad Enter The Sym

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    Yeah right... Reagan is one of the best President, if not the best, in the 20th Century
     
  17. comicgirl Goddess in Residence

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    Well, I thought I'd use Webster's Def.. :oldrazz:
     
  18. The Senator Registered

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    There were a lot of good Presidents in the twentieth century. My vote goes to Harry Truman, who I feel is not only the best President of the twentieth century, but the best President of all time.

    Then FDR.

    Then Teddy Roosevelt.

    Then Dwight Eisenhower.

    Then Richard Nixon.

    Then Woodrow Wilson.

    Then Reagan.



    But if you want to know who the last, truly inspiring politician was in my book... that had to have been RFK.
     
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    Ronald Reagan
     
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    It's amazing what fear mongering can do. It works on some people and pisses others off. Thus, you have a completely divided electorate with both sides fired up big time. And the election this year might break 2004's record for number of voters if the Dems come out like they did in the primaries.
     
  22. Matt IKYN Guy Groupie

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    I'd agree with your list as long as LBJ is between Eisenhower and Roosevelt.
     
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    The Late Ronald Reagan.
     
  24. The Senator Registered

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    I always forget LBJ :cmad:
     
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    Seconded.
     

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