So...NO, I can't think of a single other president who would not have authorized the same thing.
On top of all that, we had real concern about his physical health, which seemed to be deteriorating. Again, whatever he did or did not do, it is American tradition that we bring him home - and if we had allowed him to die, then we would have broken that tradition...and of course the Right would have had a field day with that one, too.
“To do evil, a human being must first of all believe that what he’s doing is good" - Solzhenitsyn
"...with the terrorists, you have to take out their families." - Donald Trump
Who is more likely to suffer consequences in the aftermath of this deal? The Taliban for giving us back our one soldier or us for sending the Taliban the five guys who we held prisoner?
What we gave up was not reasonable especially when you consider that we could have tried to rescue Bergdahl at any time but chose not to because of the "risk". We're risking MORE by setting these guys free.