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How will history judge your present leader?

A long read about how your dear leader may fair in the history books.

Goes into how previous presidents stack up with good points and bad of several as well as your present dear leader.


Hostile historians may come to regard Donald Trump's presidency as an aggregation of the lesser traits of his predecessors.

The bullying of Lyndon Baines Johnson, who demeaned White House aides and even humiliated his Vice-President Hubert Humphrey - forcing his deputy once to recite a speech on Vietnam while he listened, legs akimbo, trousers round his ankles, on the toilet.

The intellectual incuriosity of Ronald Reagan, who once apologised to his then White House Chief of Staff James Baker for not reading his briefing books with the immortal excuse: "Well, Jim, The Sound of Music was on last night."

The shameless lies of Bill Clinton about his affair with Monica Lewinsky.

The paranoia of Richard Nixon, who in his final days railed, King Lear-like, at portraits hanging on the White House walls.

The incompetence of George W Bush, whose failure to master basic governance partly explained his administration's botched response to the aftermath of the war in Iraq and also to Hurricane Katrina.

The historical amnesia of Gerald Ford, whose assertion during a 1976 presidential debate that Eastern Europe was not dominated by Moscow was a forerunner of Trump's recent endorsement of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

The strategic impatience of Barack Obama, whose instinct always was to withdraw US forces from troublesome battlefields, such as Iraq, even if the mission had not yet been completed.

Even the distractedness of John F Kennedy, who whiled away afternoons in the White House swimming pool with a bevy of young women to sate his libido, a sexualised version, perhaps, of Donald Trump sitting for his hours in front of his flat-screen TV watching friendly right-wing anchors massage his ego.

6 Replies

Re: How will history judge your present leader?

history has shown that what Ford meant, and didn't communicate adequately, was actually true.


But it's a lot easier to just go with what some talking head with an agenda tells you, right?

Veteran Advisor

Re: How will history judge your present leader?

It greatly depends on who writes that history, what their angle is, how often it gets repeated, and what the kids are taught.

Senior Contributor

Re: How will history judge your present leader?

Well, it seems it goes without saying that hostile historians will find what they call faults in anyone. I'm surprised this idea is worth mentioning.


You want to find some historical rethinking, look at some of the revisionist views of Herbert Hoover's regime and that of Franklin D Roosevelt.  Both come off much differently than the preponderance of popular thought.


Yes, I agree that hostile historians will find fault with anyone.

Senior Contributor

Re: How will history judge your present leader?

so did you know that president John Tyler...


had a Huge Family and Three First Ladies With 15 children, and 14 surviving until adulthood, Tyler holds the record for the biggest family of a U.S. president. He also holds the record for the most first ladies, which started because his first wife, Letitia, died in 1842 and the duties were assumed by Priscilla Cooper Tyler, his daughter-in-law. She remained the First Lady until Tyler remarried in 1844 to Julia Gardiner, who happened to be 30 years younger than the president.

Tyler Was the Only U.S. President to Support the Confederacy

Senior Advisor

Re: How will history judge your present leader?

The question is how will history judge the media.

Senior Contributor

Re: How will history judge your present leader?

Spot on reply.  We are the media now.


Apparently my post contained too much honesty regarding the fake eyebrowed sock aficionado of the great white north.  Apparently that isn't allowed either.