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  •  How About a "Caretaker President"? (4+ / 0-)

    From "The Simpsons":

    We are the mediocre presidents.
    You won't find our faces on dollars or on cents!
    There's Taylor, there's Tyler,
    There's Fillmore and there's Hayes.
    There's William Henry Harrison,
    I died in thirty days!
    We... are... the...
    Adequate, forgettable,
    Occasionally regrettable
    Caretaker presidents of the U-S-A!

    "Some people pay for what others pay to avoid." -- Howard Devoto

    by droopyd on Sun May 24, 2009 at 02:47:59 PM PDT

    •  Like Ford? (2+ / 0-)
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      Of course, it might be argued that Nixon brought us the excesses of the George W. Bush Administration. Cheney was Ford's chief of staff, Rumsfeld his Secretary of Defense. Both men witnessed an invigorated Congress roll back Nixon's imperial presidency, and didn't like it. Both men chafed under things like the Church Committee, and both men clearly vowed--if they ever got the chance again--to grow the Executive's powers once more.

      Is that a real poncho, or is that a Sears' poncho? - Frank Zappa

      by JoesGarage on Sun May 24, 2009 at 02:53:31 PM PDT

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      •  Ford's pardon killed the Rule of Law. (1+ / 0-)
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        I know the special interests and lobbyists are gearing up for a fight as we speak.
        My message to them is this: So am I -- President Barack Obama

        by Jimdotz on Sun May 24, 2009 at 03:07:12 PM PDT

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        •  Yeah well... (2+ / 0-)
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          Collideascope, Jimdotz

          Ford certainly denied us our pound of flesh. I remember  that day and the rage many of us felt. On the other hand, I'm not sure how it killed the rule of law since the pardon was within Ford's Constitutional perogatives. It's also true that Nixon's resignation was a knife through his heart--perhaps punishment enough--and Ford spared us a spectacle that would have likely paralyzed the nation

          Is that a real poncho, or is that a Sears' poncho? - Frank Zappa

          by JoesGarage on Sun May 24, 2009 at 03:14:13 PM PDT

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