“I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any president — with the possible exceptions of Johnson, F.D.R., and Lincoln,” Obama told Steve Kroft, “just in terms of what we’ve gotten done in modern history.” 12/11/2001
“… with the possible exceptions of …”
George Washington: Led the new nation through the Revolution; through the drafting of a new constitution; set the model for future Presidents.
Thomas Jefferson: The Louisiana Purchase.
Abraham Lincoln: Ended slavery; led the nation through a bloody Civil War; preserved the union.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Defeated the Nazi and Japanese empires.
Truman: Set in place the reconstruction of Europe and Japan while leaving them with a constitutional and representative form of government; Stopped Communist expansion in Korea and Eastern Europe; saved liberty in West Berlin; recognized the new nation of Israel.
Eisenhower: Continued the defense of liberty against the aggressive and expansionist Soviet and Chinese Empires; began the Interstate Highway System.
Kennedy: Prevented the placement of Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba; showed (again) what reasonable tax policies can do to enable economic growth.
Nixon: Ended the Vietnam war with victory; opened dialogue with China.
Reagan: Ended the Cold War; presided over (along with Thatcher, John-Paul II, and Lech Walesa) the destruction of the Communist Soviet Empire; showed (again) what reasonable tax policies can do to enable economic growth.
George H.W. Bush: Stopped and reversed the invasion of Kuwait and probable invasion of Saudi Arabia by Saddam Hussein.
William Clinton: Achieved balanced budgets and surpluses.
George W. Bush: Aggressively pursued and stopped further Islamic terrorist attacks following 9/11/2001; liberated millions in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Not to mention that my presidency would be “the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.” 6/8/2008