Tag Archives: president

What president was villified during his presidency but is fondly remembered?

Harry Truman was a controversial president. He ascended to presidency during the final months of World War II after the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He was responsible for approving the plan to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In the beginning of his first term, Truman had to deal with the largest labor strike… Read More »

Simple Saturday 5 : Shawshank, Taxes & Vote By Gender

How long has releasing tax returns been a presidential tradition? While listening to NPR Politics, they mentioned that Donald Trump was the first president to break from this tradition that has been upheld by the last 8 presidents and for the last 47 years. The first president to begin doing so was Nixon but other… Read More »

What Clinton vandalism is Drudge Report referencing?

I was reviewing old Drudge Report news articles to research political bias and read about how when the Clinton administration vacated the White House. I wanted to know what specifically this was. A Google search turned up a New York Times article about what happened. W’s were removed from keyboards. Messages against the new President… Read More »

What is the Electoral College?

It’s odd that I had to write three different articles about the presidential election before I came up with the idea of  doing an article about this. We always hear about how important our vote is but at the same time, if you were around in 2000 when it was Bush vs. Gore, we also… Read More »

What are the biggest deviations in popular and electoral vote?

While writing “What other presidents and candidates have been considered demagogues?”, I was reminded of the other two articles I wrote about presidential elections and wondered which elections had the biggest margins. Here are the results: Year Winner Popular Margin Electoral Margin Difference 1980 Ronald Reagan 50.75% 90.89% 40.14% 1912 Woodrow Wilson 41.84% 81.92% 40.08%… Read More »

What other presidents and candidates have been considered demagogues?

Demagogue. Demagoguery.  I was aware of those words before the 2016 presidential election but I didn’t really know what they meant. I didn’t bother to look it up but I assumed demagogue was a politician who plays off of the worst, most basest instincts in a group of people to get votes. According to Wiktionary, demagogue… Read More »

What is the greatest presidential victory in American history?

This question came to me while researching When did presidential polling contradict the election results? In every election, the winner wins by a certain margin. Most recently in the 2000 election, Gore beat Bush in the popular vote with 48.4% to 47.9%. (The 2000 election was close but the closest election was the 1960 presidential election with… Read More »

When did presidential polling contradict the election results?

After “researching”, I found that nearly all election results were within 4% of polling results. Interestingly, the largest deviation at 5% was also the one election where the person that polling indicated would win was the one who lost: Truman vs. Dewey. The year is 1948. Harry Truman has issued a peacetime military draft. Babe Ruth dies… Read More »