There’s no way I’m going to vote for Obama? This has been the sounding board before the election race even got started. Maybe you’re a hard core conservative, or perhaps you really disagree with his policies or maybe you just don’t like the guy. Well, to the guys on the right, here’s a reason to reconsider. History shows that the second time around for most presidents is usually fraught with peril, and sometimes they are just downright disasters.
A total of fifteen presidents out of forty four have been reelected so far, and not one had a second term that was better than his first, according to presidential historian Robert Dallek. In fact, for half, the second term was a catastrophic, according to USA Today’s Susan Page.
A quick look in to the matter:
- George Washington faced the Whiskey Rebellion.
- Thomas Jefferson enacted a disastrous embargo that nearly tanked the economy.
- James Madison fled Washington as the Brits burned down the White House.
- Andrew Jackson forced the widespread removal of Native Americans.
- Ulysses S. Grant suffered scandal after scandal.
- Grover Cleveland dealt with a severe economic depression.
- Woodrow Wilson saw his League of Nations rebuffed.
- Franklin Roosevelt tried to pack the Supreme Court.
- Dwight Eisenhower weathered Sputnik and the U-2 incident.
- Richard Nixon resigned.
- Ronald Reagan sold arms for hostages.
- Bill Clinton was impeached but not successfully.
- George W. Bush caused an economic meltdown.
Truman and Johnson, who came into office following the deaths of FDR AND Kennedy, had such bad second terms that neither man chose to stand for reelection.
Power dissipates overt time, and opportunities for legislative reform diminish.
AS ALWAYS WE WANT TO KNOW YOUR
- Six Year War (sublimelife.org)
- Did JFK sign his death warrant by firing CIA chief? (mobile.wnd.com)
- Woodrow Wilson (iamanawesometwin.wordpress.com)