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NateE November 4th, 2013 9:17pm

This is to answer a question me and my friend was talking about today- Whose legacy would have grown more if they had been able to finish their terms as president, John Kennedy or Abraham Lincoln?

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ProfDG I Want Truth
11/06/13 6:17 am

Abe. JFK's legacy might have been damaged by the escalation of the Vietnam war.

stefanie22 Cincinnati
11/05/13 4:39 am

I said JFK, but only because Lincoln's legacy is already so massive with the civil war & the freeing of the slaves, that I can't imagine him being able to do anything to make his legacy even grander.

2katz I live in Nebraska
11/04/13 9:08 pm

And speaking of assassination, NathanE kind of brought grammar to a brutal end in the poll question. LOL.

Doopy Remedial Americanism
11/04/13 6:59 pm

I honestly think they both would have grown less, had they not been assassinated.

trepidhickory Ayy Lmao
11/04/13 5:06 pm

Lincoln was already well established and Kennedy was just really getting into the groove of things

if it weren't for the curse placed in the Kennedy family I feel we would be so much better off today

NateE Moderate Republican
11/04/13 5:51 pm

No such thing as the Kennedy curse

stefanie22 Cincinnati
11/05/13 4:41 am

The many Kennedy's that had untimely deaths may disagree with you.

NateE Moderate Republican
11/05/13 5:40 am

Trust me, I know all about it. It's not a curse

Ebola1 Florida
11/04/13 5:00 pm

Kennedy because he did very little before he was assassinated but had great potential.

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Swarley utah
11/04/13 3:40 pm

abe's legacy is well established. its hard to build upon something more, that already has such high standards. I guess kennedys legacy could grow more than abe's due to that fact.

jonny323
11/04/13 3:27 pm

Do you mean who would have had a bigger overall legacy or strictly what legacy was missed due to the assassinations?

jvberg Winter has Come
11/04/13 3:18 pm

Lincoln would have made the south come back into the union more smoothly and effectively, Kennedy handled the missile crisis well, would have made Vietnam way shorter, and more

chinito Florida
11/04/13 3:08 pm

JFK did:

-Back out Bay of Pigs
-Said he was a Doughnut
-Made a ridiculous speech (what you can do for your country)
-Said lets put a man on the moon
-Nail hot chicks
-and Got killed

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bMyComrade Stumptown
11/04/13 3:24 pm

No one in Germany perceived his comment to mean anything about doughnuts. Its a funny historical myth - not based in truth.

bMyComrade Stumptown
11/04/13 2:51 pm

Much of JFK's work in civil rights may have been unnecessary had Lincoln been able to oversee his version of reconstruction.

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rickvee Living the dream
11/04/13 2:43 pm

Lincoln was assassinated after serving four years. His term was pretty much done...

zman117 Ohio
11/04/13 2:49 pm

He was assassinated shortly after being reelected. So he still had a whole term to go.

rickvee Living the dream
11/04/13 3:02 pm

My mistake, I thought it was at the end of his first.

MJSeals J.D.
11/04/13 2:29 pm

JFK did nothing

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zman117 Ohio
11/04/13 2:29 pm

Uhhhh that's not true

MJSeals J.D.
11/04/13 2:30 pm

Your right he failed at the bay of pigs

zman117 Ohio
11/04/13 2:30 pm

You mean the operation that was already underway before he became president?

MJSeals J.D.
11/04/13 2:32 pm

I mean the operation he promised he would support but backed out of

zman117 Ohio
11/04/13 2:34 pm

So what do you think happened with the Cuban middle crisis?

To say JFK did nothing is absolutely absurd. We were literally on the brink of nuclear war, he and his administration essentially saved countless lives.

MJSeals J.D.
11/04/13 2:35 pm

There were no missiles on Cuba at the time of Bay of Pigs

MJSeals J.D.
11/04/13 2:36 pm

He won there the missile crisis would have never happened. Also Kennedy supported an air strike on the missiles, he did not want the blockade, his cabinet basically forced him to contact the kremlin

zman117 Ohio
11/04/13 2:38 pm

What? He actually talked to them more than many people wanted him to.

MJSeals J.D.
11/04/13 2:39 pm

His cabinet members convinced him to contact the kremlin. He himself did not want to talk to the Soviets

zman117 Ohio
11/04/13 2:48 pm

And where are you getting that from?

MJSeals J.D.
11/04/13 2:52 pm

APUSH textbook and review book

Torfin Never Behind
11/04/13 2:27 pm

Kennedy would have come out as the politician that he really was eventually.

zman117 Ohio
11/04/13 2:28 pm

Which was?

NateE Moderate Republican
11/04/13 2:26 pm

I think John would've ended the Vietnam war a lot sooner

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zman117 Ohio
11/04/13 2:27 pm

I think so too

rlands
11/04/13 2:25 pm

Lincoln had more of a chance to do things in his time as president. JFK was just getting started...

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rons screw politicians
11/04/13 2:23 pm

Somehow JFK was like clinton. They were interested in women more then the country.

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zman117 Ohio
11/04/13 2:25 pm

Wow, such a well thought out point based on facts.

Skarface Banned
11/04/13 2:27 pm

I just laughed out loud reading that comment. You were making an accusation about JFK, but you seem so unsure about it.

skinner Wisconsin
11/04/13 2:21 pm

JFK really wasn't that great Lincoln on the other hand was willing to lead and would have increased the rights of African Americans

cpaswr just say the letters
11/04/13 2:20 pm

I voted for JFK only because he didn't complete one term. Lincoln was assassinated after he was re elected.

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Skarface Banned
11/04/13 2:20 pm

I think that the reconstruction would've been handled much better if Lincoln would've been alive to oversee the start of it.

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