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Feb 21

President’s Day – Flawed Heroes You Should Know About

Posted on Monday, February 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

Today is a U.S. federal holiday known as President’s Day.

A USA Today/Gallup Poll conducted Feb. 2-5, 2011 asked “Who do you consider the greatest United States President?

There has never been a perfect U.S. president, but here are three admirable U.S. Presidents who have passed away that you might want to know more about.

Theodore Roosevelt

Why should you care?

Theodore Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize for his pursuit of international peace.  He was known as someone who believed that character was as important as the issues. Later while campaigning in Milwaukee, he was shot in the chest by a fanatic. Roosevelt soon recovered, but his words at that time describe a man who lived admirably: “No man has had a happier life than I have led; a happier life in every way.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Why should you care?

Eisenhower was a decorated soldier who was later elected president who concentrated on maintaining world peace.  In his farewell speech he said, “the potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist… Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”

Gerald Ford

Why should you care?

Scandal rocked the political landscape during the 1970s.  The White House was in turmoil.  Gerald Ford was the only president never elected to be either president or vice-president.

According to the Wikipedia article, “The choice of Ford to fulfill Agnew’s vacated role as vice president was based on his reputation for openness and honesty. “In all the years I sat in the House, I never knew Mr Ford to make a dishonest statement nor a statement part-true and part-false. He never attempted to shade a statement, and I never heard him utter an unkind word,” said Martha Griffiths.”

While he was defeated in the 1976 elections, in his Inauguration speech, incoming President Jimmy Carter began: “For myself and for our Nation, I want to thank my predecessor for all he has done to heal our land.”

At a time of national crisis President Ford worked hard to heal America’s wounded heart.

All three men are flawed heroes.  This week’s posts will focus on how you and I can become flawed heroes too.

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