The 5 Most Badass Presidents Of All Time . . .

. . . according to cracked.com.

#5 Theodore Roosevelt

Geatest display of badassery: “While campaigning for a third term, Roosevelt was shot by a madman and, instead of treating his wound, delivered his campaign speech. . .”

#4 George Washington

Badass quote in a letter to his brother when commander of the revolutionary army:

“I heard the bullets whistle and, believe me, there is something charming to the sound of bullets.”

#3 John Quincy Adams

Greatest Display of Badassery:

“. . . he kept a pet alligator in the East Wing of the White House and famously said “the art of making love, muffled upon furs, in the open air, with the thermometer at Zero, is a Yankee invention.”

#2 John F. Kennedy

Greatest display of badassery:

“. . . [swimming] for 4 hours to safety while towing an injured {PT-109] crewman by the life jacket strap with his teeth.

#1 Andrew Jackson

Greatest display of badassery:

“. . . beat his [failed] assassin near death with his cane until Jackson’s aides pulled him off the assassin.”

Badass quote: ” I have only two regrets: I didn’t shoot Henry Clay and I didn’t hang John C. Calhoun.”

So in the past we have had presidents who deliver campaign speeches when shot, who think the sound of bullets whistling around their head is “charming, who keep alligators in their living quarters and have sex outside in sub-zero weather, who save underlings by swimming 4 hours pulling a man by the strap of his life jacket and who whipped his would-be assassin to near death with his cane.

Which makes me wonder; what would that badass Obama do?

Refuse to take out the trash when Michelle told him to do it?

Well, yeah.

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Author: qcexaminer

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5 thoughts on “The 5 Most Badass Presidents Of All Time . . .”

  1. Oops! Sorry, I got the order mixed up; TR is #1 and Jackson is #5, which frankly I find hard to believe.

    But it’s Cracked, so there ya go.

  2. I think early presidents had to be a badass to be successful. Especially if you take into account their military exploits. George Washington on a financial shoestring, leading a ragtag bunch of ordinary citizens against one of the most powerful badass armies of the time period. That is a badass.

    You mention JFK’s war record but some of his biggest badass moments came as President. How about leaving the CIA high and dry during the Bay of Pigs operation. Blocakadinf Cuba now that was a badass moment. Real Chutzpah that worked. Of course many do tend to get swept under the rug by historians and disciples. It was his administration that approved the assassination of the Vietnamese President. JFK, Johnson and Nixon were all guilty of plotting to have Castro assassinated. And he was quoted just before is death that he would do whatever it took to defeat communism in Vietnam, a policy LBJ followed – to his bitter end. There is no doubt that despite his short time in office -good and bad decisions- made JFK a true badass President.

    Abe Lincoln leading a country into a bitter and very bloody civil war – knowing it would devastate the entire country win or lose – over his ideological beliefs. He was considered a tyrant and/or a demagogue by many for some of his war decisions. It takes a badass to order his troops to perform a scorch and burn operation like Shermans March on people that are often related to many on the other side. I would consider Lincoln one of the all-time badasses of the world.

    The same could be said for Lincolns selection for General – Ulysses Grant -to lead the army into the South. The man was not considered much as a President by scholars – but as a General he was rough and ready and took no quarter. His battles were harsh and men followed him to their death by the Thousands.

    Actually you could say the same for Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The man had grit. Talk about a military leader leading a ragtag army – like Washington vs, the British- many lacking proper clothing and equipment and often supplying their own weapons. He was one of the most charismatic and intelligent military leaders ever. He, nor his troops ever felt he was infallible in battle until his losses at Gettysburg.

    Another badass President had to be Harry “The Buck Stops Here” Truman. The man was tough as nails. I would think nit would take a tough badass to make the decision to bomb two cities nearly out of existence with atom bombs.

    FDR and his Generals handling of the WW2 could also be considered badass. Not the least was his decision to arrest and imprison American citizens simply over their nationality. My opinion was it was a bad decision. But only a badass could have pulled off such a stunt. Imagine trying something like that today. Or imagine a modern President intentionally mass bombing civilian targets as FDR chose to do in Germany. The flack would bring out the modern-day impeachment choirs.

    off topic–>
    And could you imagine the flack modern Presidents would face if it were revealed the experimentation they had allowed to be practiced on US citizens such as continues to leak out that took place under previous administrations such as Eisenhower and the sainted FDR, JFK administrations.

  3. You’re right about POTUS of the past being able to pull off more crap than current POTUS, mostly because of primitive communications.

    I didn’t agree with all the cracked.com picks—JQA? But there was some interesting stuff in the link.

    My two favorite POTUS’s—James K. Polk and Calvin Coolidge were badasses in their own way: Polk fought practically everyone for expansion of the USA, and pulled off some hankey-pankey in Cuba and Mexico and Coolidge, when he was governor of Massachusetts, did some union busting that would have made Reagan proud—he fired all the police when they went on strike.

    My kinda men!

  4. Dont forget, Andrew Jackson was drunk in a casino and was shot by a competitor, who would soon be a senator, in the arm, then proceeded to chase said shooter around the casino in attempts to do the same damage. years later, the two met in congress, and Jackson gave the bullet as a present to the congressman

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