This week’s article on the people who were known as POTUS focuses on the some of the biggest world events of the twentieth century, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, and the start of the Space Race.
John F. Kennedy (1961-1963)
President Kennedy gave the United States a mission when he came into office. He wanted a man on the moon by the end of the decade. From him, we should learn that we need to aim high in goal making and reach for the stars. He even set about the right way of achieving this objective. He said he wanted it done by the end of the decade and we dedicated the nation’s time, treasures and talent to see it happen. And it did a few months shy of the end of the 1960s.
Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961)
On the eve of D-Day, General Eisenhower wrote two letters. The first one was if the operation was a success. The other was if it failed. These letters show us that we need to be prepared to take responsibility for our actions. Also, his approval of the interstate highway system shows us that we can learn from our enemies. He saw the Autobahn in Germany and realized the U.S. needed something similar in our own country.
Harry Truman (1945-1953)
Harry Truman is the most modern president to come to that office without a college degree. We need to remember that a college degree is just a piece of paper. It shows what we learned, not what we are capable of doing as people. The same is true for any education or paper given to us by others. Education is only as good as what a person does with it.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945)
FDR was sick and tired of the U.S. Supreme Court striking down the laws of the New Deal. So he had and idea. He thought the Justices were too old to do their jobs, so he came up with a plan to drastically change the makeup of the Supreme Court. This is called the Court Packing plan and no one liked it. It failed but soon after the court started to change its tune on the New Deal. Also, due to his long time in office, FDR eventually got to nominate eight new member to the highest court in the United States. From this, we can learn that patience is a virtue that is often rewarded.
Herbert Hoover (1929-1933)
In the midst of one of the worst economic depressions in U.S. history Herbert Hoover thought it was a good idea to raise taxes on foreign imports to protect American industries and jobs. Unfortunately, when he and Congress passed the Smoot-Harley Tariff the rest of the world responded as well with tariffs of their own on U.S. goods. The tariff just made the economic depression, which was worldwide, even worse for everyone by constricting trade. From this, we should learn the Golden Rule to treat others as we would want to Moreover, The U.S. would not have appreciated it if other countries tax our imports so we should have seen their reaction coming.
That is all I have for your this week. The next in this series will deal with the Presidencies of Calvin Coolidge, William Harding, Woodrow Wilson, Howard Taft, and Theodore Roosevelt. See you next week!
Thanks for reading. Questions? Comments? Concerns? Class dismissed!
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