View Poll Results: Who was President when you first became politically aware?

Voters
89. You may not vote on this poll
  • I'm way too old for this poll.

    15 16.85%
  • Johnson

    10 11.24%
  • Nixon

    12 13.48%
  • Ford

    5 5.62%
  • Carter

    2 2.25%
  • Reagan

    10 11.24%
  • Bush I

    5 5.62%
  • Clinton

    10 11.24%
  • Bush II

    19 21.35%
  • Obama

    1 1.12%
Page 2 of 8 FirstFirst 1234 ... LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 79

Thread: Who was President when you first became politically aware?

  1. #11
    Canadian Conservative
    CanadaJohn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Last Seen
    Today @ 07:04 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Conservative
    Posts
    26,464

    Re: Who was President when you first became politically aware?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Who was President when you first became politically aware?

    ETA: "Aware" in a non-partisan sense. Just aware of the political realm in general.

    For me it was Nixon, though I didn't really start forming my own opinions and studying politics until Carter.
    For me, it was being seven and coming home from school and seeing the TV coverage of JFK's assassination. I had a similar feeling the morning of 9/11 watching the first tower burning and then seeing the plane fly into the second tower. Times in your life that are forever imbedded in your mind and always fresh as the day they happened.

    From that point on, I was interested in politics and government. The Nixon Presidency was when things got more partisan for me. Being in a Canadian highschool and the only person who supported Nixon, I got a quick lesson on defending your side of an argument.
    A Canadian conservative is one who believes in limited government and that the government should stay out of our wallets and out of our bedrooms.

  2. #12
    Global Moderator
    Rage More!
    Your Star's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Georgia
    Last Seen
    @
    Gender
    Lean
    Very Liberal
    Posts
    25,506

    Re: Who was President when you first became politically aware?

    Bush 2. I was 10 when he was elected. I started to become aware politically right after that, and in middle school I started keeping up with things. Though, I didn't really form my own opinions on political matters 'till high school. Before then I just believed whatever my parents believed.
    Eat me, drink me, love me;
    Laura make much of me

  3. #13
    Global Moderator
    Moderator
    Helix's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Last Seen
    Today @ 07:34 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Independent
    Posts
    32,970

    Re: Who was President when you first became politically aware?

    probably GHWB. i knew about politics as a thing before that, but i didn't get excited about it until Ross Perot made his run for the WH. he was my first presidential vote.

    Helix, proudly backing lost causes since 1992.












































    (go Bernie)

  4. #14
    The Dude
    Kobie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    Western NY
    Last Seen
    Today @ 04:07 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Liberal
    Posts
    38,627

    Re: Who was President when you first became politically aware?

    I was aware that Ronald Reagan was President and we didn't like the Russians, but I started to grasp policy in my mid-teens, during George H.W. Bush's term. My first presidential vote was for Clinton in 1996, when I had just turned 20.
    Freedom of speech is not freedom from criticism.

  5. #15
    long standing member
    justabubba's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Last Seen
    Today @ 07:30 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Independent
    Posts
    32,784

    Re: Who was President when you first became politically aware?

    JFK
    the first televised presidential debate between he and some republican who later became notorious
    and then his inaugural address. heard it in school ... it was shown in the next room's television; i strained to hear his challenge to do for your country being said across the hallway while diligently ignoring my own teacher's instruction
    the cuban missile crisis, where, after countless nuclear drills at school, i gained a sense of my own mortality, realizing a nuclear war - and the end - was a distinct possibility
    but it was the space race, when Kennedy launched the Mercury 7 - my newfound heroes - into head to head competition with a then winning USSR, that was politically and personally definitive for me
    we should again hear - and heed - his prescient words:
    The exploration of space will go ahead, whether we join in it or not. And it is one of the great adventures of all time, and no nation which expects to be the leader of other nations can expect to stay behind in this space race. We mean to lead it, for the eyes of the world now look into space, to the moon and to the planets beyond, and we have vowed that we shall not see it governed by a hostile flag of conquest, but by a banner of freedom and peace
    we are negotiating about dividing a pizza and in the meantime israel is eating it
    Quote Originally Posted by Hari Seldon View Post
    No BILLIONAIRE left behind!
    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Why confuse things with facts?

  6. #16
    free market communist
    Gardener's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Last Seen
    08-12-16 @ 12:15 PM
    Lean
    Undisclosed
    Posts
    26,661

    Re: Who was President when you first became politically aware?

    JFK. That day in Dallas made us all aware politically.

    The first time I was able to vote was on my birthday in 1972. The day I turned 18 was the first time 18 year olds were allowed to vote, so I got to be the youngest person in my little town to ever vote for President.

    I'm still waiting for the parade to celebrate such an important occurrence.
    "you're better off on Stormfront discussing how evil brown men are taking innocent white flowers." Infinite Chaos

  7. #17
    Educator
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Last Seen
    @
    Gender
    Lean
    Conservative
    Posts
    1,198

    Re: Who was President when you first became politically aware?

    I clearly remember good old Gerald Ford. Nice man. Not so Great president.

  8. #18
    Iconoclast
    DaveFagan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    wny
    Last Seen
    Today @ 07:26 PM
    Lean
    Conservative
    Posts
    6,348

    Re: Who was President when you first became politically aware?

    I remember Truman, Ike, Kennedy, but it was not until Johnson and getting back from Vietnam and relating to past events and current politics that I realized that our politics was mostly lies and schemes. Nothing has changed for the better. It's always about war and business in this Nation. Good, if not great, citizens, but scumbag politicians.

  9. #19
    Sage
    Lutherf's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Tucson, AZ
    Last Seen
    Today @ 07:33 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Conservative
    Posts
    21,097

    Re: Who was President when you first became politically aware?

    Nixon. For weeks every show I wanted to watch on TV was interrupted by congressional hearings. My awareness of what politicians actually did began during the SALT II talks when the paper ran a graphic comparing SALT I to SALT II. That's when I really started asking questions and recognizing the players.

  10. #20
    A sinister place...
    OrphanSlug's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Atlanta
    Last Seen
    Today @ 02:46 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Independent
    Posts
    10,821

    Re: Who was President when you first became politically aware?

    I turn 44 this year, and Reagan happened to cover my middle school / high school years into the time of Bush 41.

    I recall well across my youth being involved in, or at least overhearing, the family speak of politics often enough, and all the usual suspects of the period were mentioned. The political principles of Reagan vs. Carter, Carter vs. Nixon/Ford. The economics of the late 70s headed into the 80s, the lasting impressions of the oil embargo of 73, the lasting impressions of the complete removal of the Gold Standard, the later S&L crisis, etc. My family was mostly from Texas and had both oil and banking interests, so you would expect a good bit of conversation related to those industries. Both those industries went through very pivotal moments over that time frame, and they spoke about it all the time.

    I would offer that I became "politically aware" very quickly as just about anytime something would happen with the markets plenty in my family would be talking about the politics of the matter. While we can talk about the rest of the nation speaking about Nuclear Proliferation, AIDs, Communism, and The War on Drugs most of the time my family was talking about Fed actions, economics and the markets, and the growing national debt / growing unfunded liabilities position. As you can guess, the family is mostly Republican and were strong supporters of Texas Governor William ("Bill") Clements, especially around the time of his 1st term.

    When I became politically Independent and eventually leaning to Libertarianism, they all thought I had lost my mind given their history of political leans.
    "Every time something really bad happens, people cry out for safety, and the government answers by taking rights away from good people." - Penn Jillette.

Page 2 of 8 FirstFirst 1234 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •