Presidential Legacy

A comparison of two presidents and their signature deals. Their “legacy” as leaders:

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

“The New Deal”

Compared to our modern “leaders”…

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

The “No Deal!”

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13 Responses to Presidential Legacy

  1. J Martin says:

    Why don’t the Republicans offer a deal better aimed at reducing the national debt, namely quantitative easing which is surely also inflationary and so will put the US in a position that it can no longer service the interest on the national debt and the the USA goes spectacularly bust taking China and much of the rest of the world with it. Not, you understand, that I know anything about economics.

  2. dearieme says:

    Good Grief! O may be a bit of a dud but he’ll never do the harm that FDR did.

  3. Speed says:

    “How did you go bankrupt?” Bill asked.
    “Two ways,” Mike said. “Gradually and then suddenly.”
    The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway.

  4. philjourdan says:

    His legacy has been established – Barrycades.

  5. Gary says:

    Notice the body language.

  6. dearieme says:

    “the body language”: well, it is a photoshop, isn’t it?

  7. philjourdan says:

    Both are bad deals.

    FDR had the advantage of having a congress all in his party. And he still managed to pick fights with them.

  8. philjourdan says:

    BTW: Obama has found his legacy. Barrycades.

    So let’s recap the last 3 democrat presidents:

    Carter – Malaise
    Clinton – The meaning of “is”
    Obama – Barrycades

  9. punmaster says:

    I have so much trouble with the word legacy. It suggests something positive to me, more than just ” what was left behind.”

  10. E.M.Smith says:


    In the computer world, “legacy software” is the dregs of old crap software that is not very function to be purged as soon as possible…. Just sayin’…


    Nice, very nice. ;-)


    I think they are both official photos.

    @J Martin:

    Perhaps because that is what we are doing by default anyway… and you know plenty about economics. The plan is to stretch things enough to land the problem in the next guys / generations lap; then let inflation burn up any value in the debt, then repay it with printed paper…


    At what point did I say one was better than the other? I’m just showing two “legacies”; their ‘worth’ is a value judgement for each individual to make … ;-)

  11. p.g.sharrow says:

    The “legacy” of the “ObamaNation” is to so discredit the concept of Moore, the philosophy of the liberal progressives, that the people will shun them for all time. The over reach of Obama care is just starting to bite the rear ends of the “liberals” that thought their leadership could do no wrong. This will get ugly as they realize they have had by the “Great Deceiver” in this Con. When religious followers flip they can be mean. The DNC is in for a huge fall next year as their base is ravaged by the “Affordable Health Care” act. pg

  12. Tim Clark says:

    Since I work in a federal building, I know something you don’t.

    In most federal offices there are two pictures:
    One of the current President.
    One of the secretary of the organization.

    The current Secretary of the USDA is Tom Vilsack who replaced Ed Schafer. He was sworn in on Jan 20, 2009, about the same time as obama. Now it takes a while for the government to get those pictures to the local offices, and each organization is responsible for their own. We received Tom Vilsacks first and hung it up next ot George Bushs while waiting for Obamas. When it came we hung it up where Georges was. About one month later we received another picture of obama, and were instructed to replace the one we had previously received, and send the old one back. It costs about $150 usd to have those pictures made, (Color 24X20″ or so, oak frame, postage).

    The reason for the new Obama picture was because his HEAD WAS SMALLER than Vilsacks.

    No joke. Take another look at those pictures above. Who’s got an ego problem?

  13. Tim Clark says:

    Let me elaborate. It is the same picture as in this link (we haven’t received a new one for the second term–it’s still this one).

    This is the original picture we received. In the second one we received, the picture is cropped top and bottom. The second picture is cut on the bottom between the two stripes on his tie, roughly about two inches, and is cut two stars down on the flag so that only a very short amount of fringe is visible at the top right of the flag–about two inches. Only about two inches total was cut from the horizontal line. Net result is both his and Vilsacks heads are exactly 12 1/4 inches top to bottom and almost identical 91/4 inches side to side. Obamas side to side is still bigger because of the ears, but his head was elongated top to bottom to alleviate some of that.

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