Most influential president: Jimmy Carter or John F. Kennedy? | The Tylt
Most influential president: Jimmy Carter or John F. Kennedy?
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 also 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 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy was a transformative figure in American politics even though he didn't get to serve out a full term.
Kennedy represented his home state of Massachusetts in the House and Senate before becoming president in 1961. In his three years as president, Kennedy championed civil rights at home and human rights abroad. He prevented a potential nuclear disaster in the Cuban Missile Crisis and sent a man to the moon.
In his inaugural address, Kennedy famously said "ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country."
So let us begin anew—remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate. Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.
Whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own.
Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, while campaigning for his second term in Dallas, Texas.