American presidents through the ages


“I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy.” — George Washington, 1st president.


“Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” — Abraham Lincoln, 16th president.


“This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly […] the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd president.


“Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” — John F. Kennedy, 35th president.

Official portrait of President-elect Barack Obama on Jan. 13, 2009. (Photo by Pete Souza)

“We’re going to reshape America in a way that is less mean-spirited and more generous.” — Barack Obama, 44th president.


“Grab ’em by the pussy” — Donald J. Trump, 45th president.

Oh well. *shrug*. It’s your country. I guess you can do what you want with it. Just try not to blow the rest of us up in the next four years.

5 responses to “American presidents through the ages

  1. “It’s your country. I guess you can do what you want with it.”

    Says the man from the land of the Brexiteers.

    Glass houses, Mike, glass houses.

  2. Ironically given the ones you picked, when it comes to sexual misbehaviour, JFK was every bit as bad as Trump. He gave, literally gave, women on his staff to his friends as sex toys, just as a start.

    The difference is that with Trump it was known what a monster he was before he was elected, whereas the truth about JFK only came out decades later.

    Oh, an that JFK was a competent president whereas Trump gives every impression of being totally unable to do the job he has just been chosen to do. That’s the biggest point, really.

  3. owentt, I am very, very aware that my country’s 2016 is every bit as stupid as America’s.

  4. John: *writes Revelations* “Lord, the End is signaled by trumpets?”

    God: “No, Trump/Pence.”

    John: “Right. Trumpets.”

    God: “Fine. They’ll know.”

  5. Pingback: Why Trump matters to me: I love America | The Reinvigorated Programmer

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