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Good Soldier Doesn’t Mean Good President

08/29/2008
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A lot is being made of John McCain’s military/service record.

Many have used his POW status as a “mantra” that this entitles him to be President but being a “Good soldier doesn’t mean good President.”

In a study done by the Federalist Society and the Wall Street Journal, they took several Presidents who served in the military and compared their record as President.

I’m just going to mention several.

George Washington has a ranking of Great President; Andrew Jackson was rated Good, but I must disagree with this one and I feel his “populist status” makes him fare better than he deserves; W. Harrison has a N/A rating since he died after 3 months in office; Zachary Taylor, Bad and died a year in office; Franklin Pierce, Extremely Bad; USS Grant, Bad; Rutherford B. Hayes, Average; James A. Garfield, N/A rating since he died 7 months in office and Dwight David Eisenhower, Good.

These are the ratings of just the Generals and it averages out to only a 30% success rate as President.

Taking a look at the two lowest military grade ever elected Presidents, George H. Bush, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, his rating as President in a 2006 Gallup poll was a 50% Average and George W. Bush, First Lieutenant (National Guard), in the LA Times/Bloomberg 8/15-18/08 poll showed a 46% Poor/Disapproval rating.

As General Douglas MacArtur once mused, “Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.” Hopefully that’s true with those military men who think that gives them a mandate and right to be President.

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