#1 - Franklin D. Roosevelt  
Score: 86.74 
FDR’s résumé is staggering. He issued 3,721 executive orders—twice as high as the next president—and held office for more than 12 years. He also appointed eight Supreme Court justices and served as commander-in-chief during WWII.  
No president pushed the limits of executive power as much as Roosevelt. By our numbers, FDR takes the top seat as the most influential president in U.S. history.  
 
Number 
 
Party Affiliation 
 
Years In Office 
 
State Affiliation 
 
Date Of Birth
32rd President 
 
Democratic 
 
1933-1945 / 12yrs 1 mth. 
 
New York 
 
January 30, 1882
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#4- Harry S. Truman  
Score: 60.36  
Truman’s high ranking might be the biggest surprise on this list, but his record speaks for itself. During his 7.9 years as president, Truman issued 907 executive orders, appointed four SCOTUS justices and signed 16 international treaties—tied for first among U.S. presidents. 
He served as a United States Senator from Missouri (1935–45) and briefly as Vice President (1945) before he succeeded to the presidency on April 12, 1945 upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was president during the final months of World War II, and approved the plan to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Truman was elected in his own right in 1948. 
Despite this, Truman’s legacy is mixed, and he left office as one of the more unpopular presidents in history. 
 
Number 
 
Party Affiliation 
 
Years In Office 
 
State Affiliation 
 
Date Of Birth
33rd President 
 
Democratic 
 
1945-1953 / 7 yrs  9 mths 
 
Missouri 
 
May 8, 1884
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I remember them both.  I was almost 12 years old when FDR passed away. Roosevelt and Truman were both great Presidents.  Trump reminds me a bit of 
Harry Truman.  He was my favorite of all the Presidents. (Ev)   
 
 
"A Short Memoir" 
Born in the 1930s we exist as a very special age cohort. We are the last ones.ť We are the last, climbing out of the depression, who can remember the winds of war and the war itself with fathers and uncles going off to military service and some to the fighting. We are the last to remember ration books for everything from gasoline to sugar to shoes to stoves. We planted victory gardens grew and canned our own vegetables. We collected newspapers and metal cans saved tin foil and poured fat into tin cans and bought war bonds, all for the war effort. We saw cars up on blocks because tires weren't available. Some mothers delivered milk in a horse drawn cart, many others worked in factories--because the men were gone.  
We are the last to hear Roosevelt's radio assurances and to see gold stars in the front windows of our grieving neighbors. We can also remember the parades on August 15, 1945; VJ Day.  
We saw the boys home from the war build their Cape Cod style houses, pouring the cellar, tar papering it over and living there until they could afford the time and money to build it out.  
We are the last who spent childhood without television; instead we imagined what we heard on the radio. As we all like to brag, with no TV, we spent our childhood playing outside until the street lights came on. Sometimes longer until our parents called us home. We did play outside and we did play on our own. There was no little league.  
The lack of television in our early years meant, for most of us, that we had little real understanding of what the world was like. Our Saturday afternoons, if at the movies, gave us newsreels of the war and the holocaust sandwiched in between westerns and cartoons. Newspapers and magazines were written for adults. We are the last who had to find out for ourselves.  
As we grew up, the country was exploding with growth. The G.I. Bill gave returning veterans the means to get an education and spurred colleges to grow. VA loans fanned a housing boom. Pent-up demand coupled with new installment payment plans put factories to work. New highways would bring jobs and mobility. The veterans joined civic clubs and became active in politics. In the late 40's and early 50's the country seemed to lie in the embrace of brisk but quiet order as it gave birth to its new middle class.  
Our parents understandably became absorbed with their own new lives. They were free from the confines of the depression and the war. They threw themselves into exploring opportunities they had never imagined. We weren't neglected, but we weren't todays all-consuming family focus. They were glad we played by ourselves until the street lights came on or we were called home. They were busy discovering the post war world.  
Most of us had no life plan, but with the unexpected virtue of ignorance and an economic rising tide we simply stepped into the world and went to find out. We entered a world of overflowing plenty and opportunity; a world where we were welcomed. Based on our naive belief that there was more where this came from, we shaped life as we went.  
We enjoyed a luxury; we felt secure in our future once we're freed from war. Of course, just as today, not all Americans shared in this experience. Poverty and depression from the pre-war days was deep rooted. Polio was still a crippler.  
The Korean War was a dark presage in the early 50's, and by mid-decade school children were ducking under desks as we did during WW II. China became Red China. Eisenhower sent the first advisors to Vietnam. Castro set up camp in Cuba and Khrushchev came to power in Russia.  
We are the last to experience an interlude when there were no existential threats to our homeland. We came of age in the late 40's and early 50's. The war was over and the cold war, terrorism, climate change, technological upheaval and perpetual economic insecurity had yet to haunt life with insistent unease.  
Only we can remember both a time of apocalyptic war and a time when our world was secure and full of bright promise and plenty. We experienced both.  
We grew up at the best possible time, a time when the world was getting better not worse.  
We are the last ones.
 
 
"Not Today, Honey" 
An attorney arrived home late, after a very tough day trying to get a stay of execution for a client who was due to be hanged for murder at midnight. His last minute plea for clemency to the governor had failed and he was feeling worn out and depressed.  
As soon as he walked through the door at home, his wife started on him about, 'What time of night to be getting home is this? Where have you been?' 'Dinner is cold and I'm not reheating it'. And on and on and on.  
Too shattered to play his usual role in this familiar ritual, he went and poured himself a shot of whiskey and headed off for a long hot soak in the bathtub, pursued by the predictable sarcastic remarks as he dragged himself up the stairs.  
While he was in the bath, the phone rang.  
The wife answered and was told that her husband's client, James Wright, had been granted a stay of execution after all. Wright would not be hanged tonight.  
Finally realizing what a terrible day he must have had, she decided to go upstairs and give him the good news.  
As she opened the bathroom door, she was greeted by the sight of her husband, bent over naked, drying his legs and feet.  
'They're not hanging Wright tonight,' she said. To which he whirled around and screamed, "For the love of God, Woman, don't you ever stop"?
 
 
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Politics wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for the fact that it attracts so many politicians. 
A mistake should not be considered a step backwards, but considered a pause for re-direction.  
One thing that never breaks, no matter how much it is stretched, is our imagination.  
Basic truths are often called naked truths so that we will rush to cover them before they are noticed.  
The difficulties of life are intended to make us better,  not bitter. 
Procrastination is the greatest thief of time.
 
               
 
All God's angels come to us disguised.  
One could be sitting right next to you at any time.
 
 
 
'Thank You', God, for giving us the opportunity to change our country back to what You intended it to be. We glorify Your Name for all You've done in bringing Donald Trump into office. We 'Thank You' for the way so many of Your people prayed, and You answered. Now we pray that You continue to equip him and his team to take the leadership in our nation. We pray that You block those who would cause confusion or disrupt this transition in any way. Bring us together again as "one nation under God", where your values are upheld and every person is blessed.  
In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen.
 
 
 
 
"Sometimes When We Touch" 
Floyd Cramer 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Designed  
Compiled 
by 
Ev & Els 
 
 
 
 
Bye for now my Amies. 
Take Care & God Bless.