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Weekend open thread

It's about time for one of these. Here's a question. Given the chance, which American president would you want to have an extensive conversation with?

I'd have to go with Woodrow Wilson. The former head of Princeton University was ahead of his time when he looked at the world post WWI. My runners up would be Thomas Jefferson and Harry Truman.


At 10/14/2005 01:50:00 PM, Blogger Benny B said...

Why not Benjamin Harrison??? :) Kidding, my choices would be Jefferson, Eisenhower, Truman, and Lincoln, in no particular order.

At 10/14/2005 02:36:00 PM, Anonymous Ben said...

I'd have to say JFK, post Diem assassination.

Though T.R. would be nice. Or FDR. Getting drunk with H.W. to find out what he really thinks of his dimmer son would be interesting.

At 10/14/2005 04:44:00 PM, Blogger PRB said...

Wilson? I beg to differ there. He dragged the U.S. into a pointless, costly war based on his fantasy of making the world safe for democracy. Remind you of anyone?

Also, he was a big fan of Birth of a Nation.

It's got to be Lincoln for me--a funny and thoughtful (if troubled) guy. Chester Arthur might be the most fun. Gerry Ford would be good for sports talk over beer and nachos.

As for TR, he might be a bit much for me.

At 10/14/2005 04:54:00 PM, Blogger Scott said...

Oh I totally agree about the war itself. It was completely unnecessary, but Wilson was a big advocate for the Versailles Treaty recognizing that if the international relations relied solely on a loose set of individual treaties, we'd have more wars like that one.

Thought about FDR, but although he's one of my favorite presidents, I think Truman would be the more interesting person to talk to given his life in the midwest and making the decision to drop the bomb and all.

At 10/14/2005 05:42:00 PM, Blogger Jay Bullock said...

Jefferson, naturally. Carter, too.

At 10/14/2005 07:51:00 PM, Blogger Heraldblog said...

George W. Bush. I'd ask the tough questions that the mainstream media is afraid to ask. I can forgive Bush for a lot, but his number one sin, for which I see no excuse, is why he chose to divide the nation in the wake of 9/11 when he campaigned as a "united not a divider." He was asked during the 2004 campaign why Americans are more divided under his watch, and he just shrugged and said "I honestly don't know." That really sticks in my craw, and that's what I would to ask first. Then I would slap him upside the head and go interview Lincoln.

At 10/14/2005 08:53:00 PM, Blogger Dean said...

Lincoln for me. Why he felt the need and why he felt he could suspend some civil liberties during the Civil War.

Clinton because he seems so intelligent.

Jefferson for a related reason as Lincoln; how could one so committed to liberty keep slaves?


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