• George Herbert Walker Bush, 1989-1993

    George Herbert Walker Bush Family pull but not much push. Wealth, connections, distinguished past — War hero, ambassador and not last, Director of the C.I.A. Well-trained, no wimp we say — but hey! Note his credentials, read his lips, Check the essentials, study his clips; A war abroad; kinder, gentler…

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  • Thomas Jefferson, 1801–1809

    Thomas Jefferson, a liberal intellectual Believed in freedom, political and sexual. He declared our nation’s independence, Then populated it with white and black descendents. He had friends in France, played the fiddle; His politics ranged from left to middle. He planned his estate, called Monticello; He must be called a…

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  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933-1945

    Unemployment everywhere, system failure near. Another day, another care. Pessimism, fear. Enter Franklin Roosevelt: aristocrat, assured. How could he know what poor folks felt, what they had endured? Yet something in his confidence, conveyed in fireside chats, His lordly tone and common sense, persuaded democrats. He went to work immediately…

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