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Toughest President

 
 
Equus
 
Reply Mon 11 Aug, 2003 08:50 am
If, magically, all the American Presidents were alive and 30 years old, and forced to fight each other in a no-rules, battle royale; who do you think would win?
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Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 11 Aug, 2003 09:15 am
George Washinton, or William Howard Taft. Washington was over six feet in height, and kept fit, having traipsed about the wilderness since adolescence. Taft was over six feet, and weighed in at nearly 300 lbs. (when he was the civilian head in the Phillipines, the military leader, Arthur MacArthur, would send nasty notes home about the horse who broke down after being ridden by Taft). Abe was a tall drink of water, and probably pretty fit, but he was kinda skinny.
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jespah
 
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Reply Mon 11 Aug, 2003 09:19 am
What about TR?
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Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 11 Aug, 2003 09:22 am
Taft would just sit on him. At age 30, they were friends . . . later, they were less enchanted with one another . . .
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fishin
 
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Reply Mon 11 Aug, 2003 09:32 am
Taft, if I remember right, was also a Grecco Roman Wrestler while at Yale which might come in handy.

Gerald Ford was a collegite boxer (and later a boxing coach) as well as a football player so at age 30 he prolly would have been in pretty good position to contend too.
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Mon 11 Aug, 2003 09:34 am
Bush, he'd attack "pre-emptively".
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roger
 
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Reply Mon 11 Aug, 2003 09:56 am
Jackson - he was just plain meaner.
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Sofia
 
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Reply Mon 11 Aug, 2003 10:02 am
Yep.

Jackson. Meanness counts for a lot. Did he shoot Burr, or did Burr shoot him? Faulty memory. Was it over Jackson's wife?

Ford would probably swing and miss.

I have some very ornery politicians in my family tree.
The Tilghmans of South Carolina. One of them shot NG Gonzales, the local newspaper editor, on Main Street in broad daylight. (Didn't like the bad editorials.) He was acquitted. They say he paid people to use fishing rods, clipped with money, to pay off the jury as they deliberated.
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Equus
 
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Reply Mon 11 Aug, 2003 10:23 am
Sofia- not that it matters, but Aaron Burr shot & killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Jackson shot & killed a guy named Charles Dickenson in a duel.

Regarding Taft. President Cleveland was almost as heavy as Taft. And if he was President twice, maybe he'd be reincarnated twice? And could double-team Taft.
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jespah
 
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Reply Tue 12 Aug, 2003 06:26 am
Cleveland and Taft in a sumo match?
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Jim
 
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Reply Tue 12 Aug, 2003 07:13 am
If I remember my history correctly, Jackson killed a man in a duel for slandering his wife. Lincoln was challenged to a duel, but his opponent backed out when he saw the stipulations that Lincoln had put up.
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Sofia
 
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Reply Tue 12 Aug, 2003 07:19 am
Thank you Jim and Equus.
Seems like we've had our fair share of pistol totin' Presidents.

Now, I'm curious about Lincoln's stipulations....
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Jim
 
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Reply Tue 12 Aug, 2003 07:26 am
I was afraid someone was going to ask that. From what I remember, it had to do with dueling with sabers in a confined area. Given the length of Lincoln's arms, it would have been suicide for the challenger to follow through with the duel.
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Sofia
 
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Reply Tue 12 Aug, 2003 07:32 am
That's funny. Lincoln was a hoot.
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cavfancier
 
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Reply Tue 12 Aug, 2003 07:47 am
This is funny....I was rooting for Taft too, and I'm Canajun...I shouldn't know about Taft. Maybe it's the Marat-Sade bathtub death that got me interested. I would put bets on Lincoln too though. He was skinny, but he boxed, and probably had more stamina than the fatties.
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Sofia
 
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Reply Tue 12 Aug, 2003 07:55 am
Lincoln--also devilishly witty and sly. Once dispersed a lynch mob by himself, without a weapon. (Wait, that was a TV movie...)
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CodeBorg
 
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Reply Tue 12 Aug, 2003 08:04 am
JFK would just hire a hit,
and no one would realize what happened or that he had anything to do with it.
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roger
 
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Reply Tue 12 Aug, 2003 08:16 am
J. Edgar would have known, but he wouldn't have told, unless . . . .
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CountZero
 
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Reply Thu 14 Aug, 2003 11:51 am
Definitely Teddy Roosevelt. Very physically fit (despite a sickly childhood, very familiar with firearms (and fond of hunting large dangerous games), a combat veteran...as president he commonly carried his own pistol, determined to take any would be assassin with him. Took up Judo while in the White House too.
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BillW
 
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Reply Thu 14 Aug, 2003 12:04 pm
Bush Jr. - he would have Rummy call in an airstrike, followed by a division of rangers.............Of course, Bush would be a thousand miles away and 6 miles high Exclamation
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