Reality check

November 18th, 2008

Barack Obama has been compared to Abraham Lincoln:

Franklin Delano Roosevelt:

and John Fitzgerald Kennedy:

Let’s see how those comparisons hold up:

Abraham Lincoln saved the Union and freed the slaves.

Barack Obama is young and handsome and got elected President.

FDR guided the nation through the Great Depression (although probably prolonging it) and lead America to victory in the greatest war the world has ever seen.

Barack Obama is young and handsome and got elected President.

JFK was young and handsome and got elected President…

OK. I guess JFK and Obama are a fair comparison.

Unfortunately, viagra usa no rx JFK’s main accomplishments included the Bay of Pigs fiasco, almost blowing up the world during the Cuban Missile Crisis, letting the Soviets build the Berlin Wall, and getting us into Vietnam.

But he was young and good looking.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. elliot  |  November 18th, 2008 at 11:26 am

    I think Barack Obama has the potential to be a great President. (The same potential every President has before he or she is sworn in.)

    But Presidents should be measured by their accomplishments.

    Let’s see how he does before we start carving another face on Mount Rushmore.

  • 2. Nick  |  November 18th, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    To give JFK the benefit of the doubt…

    There is no telling how another President’s reactions could have effected the situation. A more hawkish President very well could have landed us in a nuclear war, while a more dovish one could have created a longer lasting threat 90 miles off our shore. I think given the circumstances, the outcome of the Cuban Missile Crisis was the best possible one.

    I’m not sure he can be blamed for the Berlin Wall either.

    The start of Vietnam and the Bay of Pigs… sure… those belong to him.

  • 3. Zach W.  |  November 18th, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    To say JFK’s major accomplishments were the Bay of Pigs fiasco, almost blowing up the world during the Cuban Missile Crisis, letting the Soviets build the Berlin Wall, and getting us into Vietnam isn’t completely fair, Elliot. JFK was instrumental in the start of the Peace Corps and he also signed the Partial Test Ban Treaty, and many of his other policies were signed into law by LBJ after Kennedy’s assassination.

  • 4. elliot  |  November 18th, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Hey, I just rely on Wikipedia. What can I say? ;)

  • 5. Vinny  |  November 19th, 2008 at 5:19 am

    Kennedy should only get partial credit for the Bay of Pigs invasion. It was conceived and planned under the Eisenhower administration and took place when Kennedy was in office only three months.

    In the Cuban Missile Crisis, Kennedy’s military advisors were gung ho for air strikes and an invasion that might have led to nuclear war. He deserves credit for choosing a middle path that gave the Soviets a chance to withdraw the missiles without losing face.

    I don’t know of anything that Kennedy could have done to stop the Russians from building a wall in Berlin.

    American military assistance to South Vietnam began long before Kennedy took office. He is certainly responsible for his blunders and the increased involvement in Viet Nam that took place on his watch, but it was still the South Vietnamese army that was doing the fighting at the time of Kennedy’s assassination. It was Johnson who started the bombing and escalated American ground forces.

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