Most influential president: Jimmy Carter or Barack Obama? | The Tylt
Most influential president: Jimmy Carter or Barack Obama?
The President of the United States is the most powerful political figure in America, and throughout history, presidents have shaped the very fabric of our nation. As we approach President's Day 2018, we are asking Tylters to tell us which president they believe had the biggest impact—positive or negative—on America.
Presidents have led us through global conflict, civil war, economic crises and cultural revolutions. From George Washington to Donald Trump, which president do you believe was the most influential?
Be sure to vote on our other President's Day matchups below!
The 39th president of the United States, Jimmy Carter was a one-of-a-kind leader who had a lasting impact on the presidency despite serving only one term.
Before he began his political career, Carter was a Georgia peanut farmer who would go on to serve in the navy. After spending a few years in the Georgia Senate, Carter served as the governor of Georgia before becoming president of the United States. Carter's tenure as president was a time of recession and an energy crisis. Carter would eventually create the Department of Energy, and his last year would be marred by the Iran hostage crisis.
In 1979, Carter gave his famous "crisis in confidence" address to the nation in which he called out American consumerism—a speech that many believe cost him the presidency.
The erosion of our confidence in the future is threatening to destroy the social and the political fabric of America.
Our people are losing that faith, not only in government itself but in the ability as citizens to serve as the ultimate rulers and shapers of our democracy. As a people we know our past and we are proud of it... There is a growing disrespect for government and for churches and for schools, the news media, and other institutions. This is not a message of happiness or reassurance, but it is the truth and it is a warning.
Carter won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his post-presidency human rights work. At age 93, Carter continues to do humanitarian work across the globe.
The 44th and first African-American president of the United States, Barack Obama's presidency was both historic and culturally significant.
Obama was the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. Upon graduation, Obama went to Chicago where he served in the Illinois state senate and eventually the U.S. Senate before becoming president in 2008.
As president, Obama made health care reform his main focus and signed the Affordable Care Act into law in 2010. He also notably rescued the country from the Great Recession, cut the unemployment rate in half and began normalizing relations with Cuba. In 2009, Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.
This is our time—to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth—that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes We Can.
Obama served two terms and has dedicated his time post-presidency to redistricting efforts.