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

    It was Kennedy's assassination that made the presidency "real" for me, but I was still too young to know anything about politics - until Nixon. I was in the Navy at the time, Secretariat had won the Triple Crown a few months earlier in an amazing fashion, but Nixon's abdication of the throne shocked us all even more, having a profound impact on me. I wanted to know what a President of the United States must have done to warrant that sort of act.
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    Re: Who was President when you first became politically aware?

    I was born in 1964 so I did not experience the Kennedy assassination, but it seems that for many of the generation above mine that incident "shocked" people into political awareness. Would that be a fair statement?

    Younger people who weren't already aware, I mean.
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    Re: Who was President when you first became politically aware?

    Politically aware is an odd question. Does that mean the presidents name or does that mean a belief in the effectiveness of the president?. If it's effectiveness I have to go with Kennedy. I liked him, remember where I was when he was shot, remember the grief of the country at his death, remember how feckless Johnson was and how my friends and I opposed the war in Vietnam and it's escalation under Johnson. I was drafted when Nixon was president and now realize how much of a progressive he was. I remember my father was an Eisenhower supporter, my uncle was a union rep and personal friend of Humphrey. My father once told me the best presidents didn't do too much. Maybe that's where my desire for small government comes from.
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    Re: Who was President when you first became politically aware?

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

    Kennedy.

    I've voted for every Republican since.

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

    Eisenhower was president when I was born and I vividly remember the JFK assassination, but as for awareness of politics it would be Nixon.
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    Re: Who was President when you first became politically aware?

    Washington.

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

    For me it was Ronald Reagan, and at that time I protested the placement of nuclear missiles in the Netherlands (with about 3.8% of the total population of the Netherlands at that time).

    I was very positive when he signed the treaty with the Soviet Union about nuclear arms but as a whole, as a progressive individual, I was and am not a fan of the Reagan presidency. But as said that is not really strange seeing that he was of a very different political generation and different political ideology.
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    Re: Who was President when you first became politically aware?

    Bush II

    Born in 1970, I lived my life as an uninformed Republican for the first 30 or so years.
    As a white man from Mississippi I was very susceptible to the type of fear and hate tactics used by Republicans to boost their numbers.
    I was a Republican and I voted Republican, but I was most definitely NOT politically aware.

    911 opened my eyes. I spent several years listening, reading, and discovering all I could. It became an obsession.
    I learned that not only was I not a Republican, but that defeating and eliminating Republican control over my Nation is my most passionate mission in life.
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    Who was President when you first became politically aware?

    Bush Sr., however, I became more socially and politically interested during Clinton's early second term. It's been a steady rise since that time.
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