Herbert Clark Hoover (1929-1933)

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    Sun Dec 14 2008

    Hoover didn't cause The Great Depression like some say, but he certainly didn't help out.

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    Sun Dec 14 2008

    Every President is a "victim of circumstance", it all depends on how they (and congress) deal with those circumstances. Hoover dealt with the economic situation at the time by more than doubling taxes on the rich and The Great Depression was the result.Hmmm. Dealing with an economic situation by raising taxes on the rich. That sounds familiar...

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    Sat Jul 12 2008

    Prosperity is just around the corner. Right.  But take heart, there's probably a Hooverville near you!  His treatment of the Bonus Army, veterans of The Great War, was also less than stellar.

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    Fri May 18 2007

    Although he understood how to get things done, he, unfortunately, never fully understood how to run a country or its government. He was, however, a good humanitarian.

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    Wed Feb 21 2007

    In this case, the job was bigger than the man. He was and is underrated as a progressive and a true humanitarian. A good man, a weak leader who has been unfairly maligned for "causing" the Great Depression. However, his signing of the Smoot Hawley Tarrif Act did worsen the effects of the Depression, and sitting on his can in the White House while the Bonus Marchers (American heroes/ war veterans) were beaten and arrested was inexcusable.

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    Tue Feb 20 2007

    I have a saying that should become this country's mantra. Never let an engineer be president! Engineers have no feelings. Look at Jimmy Carter!

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    Sun Dec 10 2006

    Herbert Hoover was a good man who was in over his head and stubbornly refused to think "outside the box" as the country collapsed around him; he was deservedly swept out of office. His real legacy was made during World War I as the head of food relief.

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    Sat Apr 29 2006

    Very bright man, and much hated because of the 'crash' in 1929 and the depression. Truth is, Hoover was a victim of his time- which believed that the American free enterprise system would cure all ills- that was proven not to be the case. Hoover was not a bad President- just unable to realize that times had changed.

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    Tue Feb 21 2006

    Published more than 16 books, including one called "Fishing for Fun - And to Wash Your Soul."

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    Sat Feb 04 2006

    A bright man who was overmatched during the Depression.Deer in the headlights look during these times did not exactly inspire confidence.Tried a lot of stuff to compensate for this,none of what he did helped.And on top of that,this banana was succeeded by one of the true nitwits in FDR the loser!

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    Mon Nov 21 2005

    Gets a solid "E" for effort. As the national economy started acting like a cheap wind up toy with a broken spring, Hoover at least made several attempts to turn things around. Unfortunately, none of them worked.

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    Thu Jul 28 2005

    Hoover's economic policies led us to the Depression. Oddly, FDR continued to use those same economic policies for the first six years of his presidency which only deepened the Depression. Like TR, Taft and Wilson, Hoover expanded the size and power of the Federal government beyond the intentions of the Founders.

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    Sat May 21 2005

    Like Warren Harding he was one of the only republican Presedents we've had who was a good man, even though he had some bad polocies it would've taken forever to fix them anyway.

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    Wed Apr 27 2005

    Gotta get him ahead of Bush

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    Wed Mar 09 2005

    Though extremely intelligent and resourceful, it is unfortunate that Herbert Clarke Hoover was unable to translate his personal attributes to the Presidency. It lends then to the fact that great men sometimes do not make great leaders. Hoover, because of his inability to relate to the average American, could not govern in an effective way so as to inspire confidence from them. He did his best to try to curb the effects of the Great Depression, but it was beyond his control. Hoover might have been a great President in a different era, but it was his unfortunate luck to be President during this time in history.

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    Sun Mar 06 2005

    Hitler became fuhrer in 1934, and even in late 1933 when he became Chancellor, Hoover was already out of the presidency.

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    Sat Dec 18 2004

    He promised every US citizen a car in every garage and a chicken in every pot. My grandmother said that she and her family nearly starved to death. However, he's a whole lot better than this doofus we have for a preseident in '04.

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    Thu Nov 04 2004

    If you go based on constitutionality, he is #1 alongside Buchanan. Unlike Buchanan, he actually ended up trying some things. Though these all failed, he at least tried. He was not a good president, nor was he a bad president. History has come kind on him, as it should have. He also shortened the Lame Duck period for outgoing presidents and senators. Let's hope Bush does not change that so he stays in office another 8 months or something...

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    Tue Oct 05 2004

    Much better than W

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    Wed Sep 15 2004

    Better than W.

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    Tue Aug 31 2004

    Truly awful, one of the worst. Represented traditional consevative economic ideals.

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    Thu Aug 26 2004

    Depression wasnt his fault, but also did nothing to help stop it.

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    Mon Aug 23 2004

    The WORST president of all time.

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    Mon Aug 23 2004

    There really wasn't anything he could have done about the depression.. Roosevelt didn't fix it either...

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    Sat Jul 03 2004

    Bush makes Hoover seem like a freakin' genius.

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    Sun Jun 27 2004

    Made the depression worse.

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    Tue Feb 10 2004

    Totally clueless in dealing with the dire economic conditions of his term office. Was in blunt denial of the peril, which didn't help things much. Later, he redeemed himself to a certain extent by humanitarian efforts, but he has to rate among the worst half dozen American Presidents. What's amazing about the relative success of this country is that it was achieved while so many dimbulbs have supposedly been in charge. Honestly, we've had over 40 Presidents and only about a quarter of them were any good.

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    Fri Oct 10 2003

    Hoover was a great humanterian prior to becoming President. The Worldwide depression that struck was not created with him. He actually did make a strong effort to turn the tide. It failed . As did FDR's programs failed to stem the depression only the war economy in WW2 ended the Depression. A great man caught at the wrong time in History.

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    Thu Aug 28 2003

    One of the greatest presidents ever, and a #2 for the best name (Millard Fillmore wins) but he shall go down in history with this ONE line from the classic American movie Home Alone 2: Plaza Guy: You know, Herbert Hoover stayed on this floor! Kevin: You mean the vacuum cleaner guy? Plaza Guy: No, the president!!! What a gag, you go Herbie!!!

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    Sat Jun 07 2003

    POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES: Herbert Hoover was an honest, well-intentioned man who was a firm believer in volunteerism and a public-private partnership between the people and the government. He was a firm believer in rights ofr Native Americans and planned on initiating many more Social Programs such as federal aid to education than his predacessor did. NEGATIVE ATTRIBUTES: Herbert Hoover's biggest problem wasn't that he did not stop the Depression, but in turn, he refused to acknowledge that any such Depression existed. At a time when over 10 Million were unemployed and dozens of people were homeless and poverty-stricken in 1930, he had the audacity to make the statement that "no one in this country is actually starving". He was naiive enough to believe that the local governments would be able to turn the economy around with next to no federal governmental aid. Only when time for re-election came around did he create the Reconstruction Finance Board which granted federally funded loans to st... Read more

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    Sun Jun 01 2003

    Hoover's main achievement was to create by far the worst economic record of any political leader in the history of western capitalism. Most people think Hoover inherited a worldwide Great Depression but didn't do enough to fight it, due to the lack of economic techniques & knowledge at the time. Only the first claim is true. The Fed created the conditions for a stock market bust and recession/banking panic by massively inflating the money supply during the 1920s. Hoover inherited this, but instead of following previous policy and letting the market correct itself, he believed it would be better for the government to step in and "help" the economy recover. The idea that he was a "free market republican" is absolute nonsense - from WWI onwards there is a clear record of him advocating large government intervention (in supposed "partnership" with big business) to fight recessions. So he was always a big government interventionist (like Nixon). In addition, he enacted HUGE interventions fr... Read more

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    Sun May 04 2003

    Vastly underrated. A Republican through and through, he wholeheartedly believed the government had no place in "fixing" the economy. Thrashed by the Great Depression and FDR, Hoover did go on to help spearhead efforts to re-build post-war Europe. A good man with horrible timing went on to make one of the finest ex-presidents ever.

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    Wed Jan 29 2003

    Before the cardboard box houses the legions homeless created by Reagan commonly called "Reagan Ranches," there were "Hoovervilles." When will people ever learn that these republican fascists are only out for one monied group of WASPs. Today it's the gluttonous Bushes salivating over expanding their oil empire for self gain and at extreme risk to the greatest nation on earth. Hoover should have beent tried for treason.

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    Mon Feb 25 2002

    No intelligent and open-minded person could honestly believe Hoover was capable to starting a world-wide depression only a few months after taking office. Even if he were terrible enough to want to, no one man could possibly pull off something like that.

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    Thu Feb 08 2001

    Poor Hoover.

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    Wed Dec 20 2000

    One heck of a world class explorer as a younger man, and one who had a better grasp of the world than generally given credit for. He inherited sprouting seeds of depression. Economic theory, imperfect now, was not equipped to deal with problems in 1929. FDR, for all of his New Deal activism, saw depression end only because of WWII spending.

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    Sun Nov 26 2000

    Hoover was not the cause of the depression, there were forces greater than him at play. He advocated limited government intervention, but never to the extent that his successor, FDR did. Otherwise, he did little, which is what the government should have done in the first place.

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    Wed Oct 18 2000

    One of the greatest racists to ever occupy the White House.

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    Mon Mar 20 2000

    The funny thing is Hoover's downfall was dabbling in "New Deal" style economic interventionism. FDR was just better in marketing than Hoover.

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    Wed Mar 15 2000

    His vacuum cleaner company is still going strong today.