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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Why Every President Sucked

In an excellent work of art and political commentary, created primarily as an educational tool for history teachers, THL contributor, Eric Olsen has boldly and humorously taken one of the most honest looks at U.S. Presidential history with his project: "Why Every President Sucke d."

Visit his website and you will be treated to a scrolling bar with a picture of every president the United States has had from Washington to Obama. Click on any of their pictures and you'll be taken to a page where you can watch a YouTube video with an original song written and performed by Olsen uncovering the flaws of each president.

In a culture that reveres and deifies its presidents (if you think that word too strong, examine The Lincoln Memorial and compare it to classical depictions of the god Jupiter or ancient Christian icons of Christ Pantocrator), it is a breath of fresh air to hear someone proclaim that every president actually sucked... especially since it's true.

Even model presidents that classical liberals (or libertarians) admire like Thomas Jefferson are not without their major flaws, as you can learn from the video below:

So if you want to delve into U.S. Presidential history, be enlightened and entertained at the same time, and learn a thing or two that may surprise you, check out Why Every President Sucked and peruse the presidents there. If you're a teacher, Olsen encourages you to use these materials in class to teach your students.

Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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