Presidential Legacies…You Make The Call
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?
- The Father of His Country
- The Father of the Declaration of Independence
- The Father of the Constitution
- Trust Buster
- Silent Cal
- The New Dealer
- Give ‘Em Hell Harry
- The King of Camelot
- Tricky Dick
- Slick Willy
(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.
Herbert Hoover was
The Great Engineer.
Ronald Reagan was
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?
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.)
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.