July 4th Is Reader Participation Time, Folks!

Presidential Legacies…You Make The Call

Meet All 44 Presidents(photo credit)

Presidential nicknames are an interesting indicator of the legacy they leave behind – the footprint of their impact on our great country.

Are you up to speed on POTUS nicknames?  Let’s find out….

Presidential Nickname Quiz

Who do these 12 distinctive presidential nicknames belong to?

    1. The Father of His Country
    2. The Father of the Declaration of Independence
    3. The Father of the Constitution
    4. Trust Buster
    5. Silent Cal
    6. The New Dealer
    7. Give ‘Em Hell Harry
    8. Ike
    9. The King of Camelot
    10. Tricky Dick
    11. Slick Willy
    12. Dubya


Presidential Nickname Quiz Answers

(Note #1:  If you turned your monitor upside down to read these answers, you might be a redneck.)

(Note #2:  If you held your little brother upside down by the ankles so he could read you the answers, you might think you’re a clever redneck.  But since he’s a redneck too, he can’t read anyway, so never mind.)

In the ‘90s, I coined my own nickname for the philandering Bill Clinton:  “The Undersecretary of the White House.”  (Go ahead and Google it, with the quotes around it.  As of this posting, you won’t find it anywhere but here.)

There have been many unflattering presidential nicknames.  Due to their large diameter, John Adams was “His Rotundity,” Grover Cleveland was “Uncle Jumbo,” and William Taft was “Big Bill.”  John Tyler and Millard Fillmore were both called “His Accidency” since they succeeded presidents who died in office.  Woodrow Wilson was the “Coiner of Weasel Words.”  Warren Harding was called “President Hardly.”  Lyndon Johnson was “Uncle Cornpone.”  Jimmy Carter was “President Malaise.” George Bush-41 was called “Rubbers.”

Here’s a presidential nickname that hits way too close to home:

“Rutherfraud.”  (Rutherford B. Hayes)

Moving right along, here are the notable “Greats”…

Abraham Lincoln was

The Great Emancipator - Abraham Lincoln

The Great Emancipator.


Herbert Hoover was

The Great Engineer - Herbert Hoover

The Great Engineer.


Ronald Reagan was

The Great Communicator - Ronald Reagan The Great Communicator


President Obama is in his second term.  Obviously he and his devoted followers are focusing intently on finalizing and enshrining his legacy.  How shall President Obama be remembered?

Barack Obama

President Barack Obama(Nickname?)

Will he be characterized as a “Great” one?  Obviously it depends on who you ask.  Today, I’m asking YOU.

I have a lot of great followers on this blog, but the majority of you have never commented.  Friends, it’s time for you to speak up, please.  I’d love to see 127 thoughtful replies to this question:

What do you think President Obama’s

nickname should be, and why?


Since this is a family show, let’s keep it clean and relatively civil.

(And while you’re at it, tell me how many you answered correctly in the nickname quiz.)

In my next article, I will give my own answer.  I’ve been building up to it since my June 14 post “Remote Control President” and my June 22 post “The Executive Branch: A Modern Day Mammoth.”

Barack Obama Bust - Untitled (photo credit)


Finally, I hope you’re having a great summer.  On this 237th anniversary of our exceptional country, I want to wish you a Happy Independence Day 2013.


About Necessary and Proper

Jeff believes in the Individual's ability to excel when liberty and freedom of choice are protected. Also believes in the Community's ability to take care of the vast majority of its own issues and needs when the federal government leaves the Community's resources and sphere of control alone. State and local choice produce better results than centralized federal control. https://necessaryandpropergovt.wordpress.com/
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14 Responses to July 4th Is Reader Participation Time, Folks!

  1. sally1137 says:

    The Great Prevaricator, perhaps?


  2. Joey says:

    The Shameful Indulgence … He said there would be change, and there really has been quite a bit of change. But is it sustained healthy change, or is it short term guilty pleasure? It’s like going to college for philosophy, great that you got through college, but there aren’t that many philosophy factories out there to help you create a healthy career.


  3. bullright says:

    Good post. LOL Okay we skip the Great part, just say the “One” which does not imply first or best at anything. For instance when somebody picks a guy out of a lineup he might say “he’s the One!” But I am partial to the Remote control theme.


    • The “One” would also be consistent with his predominant use of the words “I” and “my” in his speeches. Aren’t you glad he doesn’t share Bob Dole’s weird habit of referring to himself in the 3rd person all the time? His already too-long speeches would double in length if he said “Barack Obama” every time instead of “I”.
      – Jeff


  4. bullright says:

    Oops I forgot, I also like “the great pretender” .


  5. D.J. says:

    President Osmosis – because apparently we are supposed to understand and pass bills without ever actually reading them.


  6. My three favorites, which I’ve used over the last few years:
    -President Xerxes
    -President Genius
    -The Great Offender (sung to the tune of ‘The Great Pretender’, of course!)


    • tannngl says:

      “First black president”
      Don’t think there’s anything positive yet for him to be known for.
      Unless there is some horrible attack on US homeland, then he’ll be known for that.


  7. godsbooklover says:

    How about The Great Ego? And I got all but one right on your quiz…missed Teddy! My husband would say, “Tsk, tsk.”


  8. How about “The Handout”? It seems all he wants to do is make people government dependent. I think I’ll fire my blog back up, look for me soon!


  9. Denice says:

    The “Do As I Say, Not As I Do” President.

    And my daughter says, “No You Can’t” President.


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