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In your opinion, who is the most eloquent president we've ever had?

Asked by Dutchess_III (44144points) December 10th, 2019

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RedDeerGuy1's avatar

I would say JFK’s speeches or Abraham Lincoln.

ragingloli's avatar

Clearly Drumpf.
He has the best words.

filmfann's avatar

JFK. Not only well educated, but he had an appreciation for poetry.

ragingloli's avatar

Not after that lobotomy.

Dutchess_III's avatar

JFK was mesmerizing.

gorillapaws's avatar

FDR was pretty excellent.

JLeslie's avatar


Roosevelt was very good also, although I would have preferred if he had spoken a little faster.

In interviews Clinton was great. I’ve read he purposefully dumbed down his speeches a little to be more informal for the masses.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Clinton was crazy smart, too.

JLeslie's avatar

I actually love listening to Jimmy Carter post presidency. I think he is such a loving man, and a good man. My husband got to see him when he was in Nashville. He almost didn’t go, because it was a rainy night, and I gave him the what for! He said he would go “for” me. He was so happy he did.

josie's avatar

I have seen videos of JFK’s speeches and press conferences, and I think he was pretty impressive as a speaker.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Clinton was pretty erudite.

gondwanalon's avatar

Abraham Lincoln

Pandora's avatar

I can only speak to those I have heard throughout my life and some which I read. before my life time. I think in my generation. Clinton. Kennedy was pretty good, but listening to some of his speeches there seemed to be something missing. I can’t put my finger on it.
Now for writings I think Lincoln and Washington came across as educated and humble at the same time. In their writings I could see that they both took the office of the Presidency humbling.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I know what you mean @Pandora. Kennedy didn’t sound 100% sincere. It was like he was reading a script (which they all were) and he did a passable job of acting sincere.

NoMoreY_Aagain's avatar

I don’t know about eloquence, but I have always liked Lincoln for his quick wit, folksiness, and the fact that he was non judgemental and could see things in a person that others could not. He was confronted once by some politicos and generals who were complaining about Grant having a drinking problem..Lincoln asked what brand of whisky Grant liked. When told that they didn’t know, he said, “Well find out and send a bottle of it to my other generals”.

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