Your Greatest American-The Winner
In one of the least shocking results ever, you voted George Washington as your greatest American. I think Washington would have won no matter what format we used, but doing it by category guaranteed Washington the win.
I did watch Discovery's show Sunday night. I give them credit for mocking some of the lightweights that made the top 100 (John Edwards, Dr. Phil), but even so, their final list of 25 that the public votes can vote on is pretty weak: JFK, but no Truman. FDR but no Teddy Roosevelt, not a singer writer, and Oprah. I had to vote, however, because I'd feel terrible if someone like Bill Gates beat George Washington.
Posted by at June 8, 2005 08:23 AM
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|# June 8th, 2005 9:47 AM james|
|"not a single writer"
i can't think of a single writer that deserves to be in the top 1000, let alone the top 25. what on earth has any writer possibly done that makes him more deserving of the title of "greatest american" than any statesman?
the fact is, any person that has ever served in Congress should be on a list of "greatest americans" before even the very best american writers. thats tens of thousands of people.
|# June 8th, 2005 9:51 AM kris|
|We've had a lot of discussions while doing this about what kinds of things should be considered great. To me, these lists aren't necessarily limited to people who have done the most good for America. There are other measures of greatness.
But here's a slightly related question. If we were making this list for the UK, would you have Shakespeare on it?
|# June 8th, 2005 9:53 AM james|
|i would have no idea how to even begin making a list for the UK, but i'm quite certain that there are many more deserving candidates that crazy ol bill shakespeare. |
|# June 8th, 2005 10:19 AM kris|
|I almost want to make a list of UK people now. I'd put Henry Tudor (Henry VII) on there just to tick off my brother |