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Favorable or Unfavorable #381: Warren G Harding


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Favorable or Unfavorable #381: Warren G Harding  

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Pres. Warren G Harding (OH-R) has typically been considered one of the worst presidents, primarily because of a scandal-ridden presidency and his own admittance several times that he was unfit for the job or didn't understand key issues. As president, he admitted to be unfit for the role. Also, while president, he admitted to having no understanding of tariffs and hoped that a book existed that could explain it to him--despite there likely being several books. 

In his defense, he was ably-served by several men. Unfortunately, some of these were highly corrupt. Harding admitted to not being able to control "his friends." This shows he was aware of misdeeds but felt helpless to do anything or that he didn't want to do anything. 

I get the idea of him being sort of an affable buffoon in some ways with zero ability to discipline others or himself. I don't think he personally went out of his way to contribute to scandals, I think he was just passive and allowed them to happen. Some argue that because he was deep in corrupt Ohio politics that he accepted them as just being a part of politics and hadn't the moral courage or moral initiative to do anything about it. 

His actions:

Harding, Warren G. 1903? Predicted by his kingmaker, Harry M Daugherty, to rise in politics because he "looks like a president"
Harding, Warren G. 1905 Begins extramarital affairs that are later revealed after his death
Harding, Warren G. 1912 Gives speech nominating Taft for renomination at GOP Conv, but speech causes TR supporters to bolt
Harding, Warren G. 1916 Keynote speaker at GOP Conv
Harding, Warren G. 1916 leads opposition to merchant marine subsidy bill
Harding, Warren G. 1917 Supports entry into war and for granting Wilson "near-dictatorial" powers during wartime
Harding, Warren G. 1917 Votes for prohibition despite being a drinker
Harding, Warren G. 1917 Supports Espionage Act
Harding, Warren G. 1919 Gives big speech opposed to League of Nations
Harding, Warren G. 1919 Has child out of wedlock with a longtime mistress (not known until after his death)
Harding, Warren G. 1920 GOP nominee on 10th ballot ("smoke-filled room" compromise pick); Landslide victory
Harding, Warren G. 1921 Confides that he is "not fit to be president" to Nicholas M Butler (anecdote revealed after death)
Harding, Warren G. 1921 Signs Emergency Quota Act
Harding, Warren G. 1921 Signs Revenue Act of 1921
Harding, Warren G. 1921 Signs Budget and Accounting Act
Harding, Warren G. 1921 Vetoes Bonus Bill for WWI vets
Harding, Warren G. 1921 Supports US entry into World Court, but the Senate shelves the debate
Harding, Warren G. 1921 Pardons Eugene V Debs and others who had been jailed during the Red Scare and WWI
Harding, Warren G. 1921 Signs Federal Aid Highway Act
Harding, Warren G. 1921 Nominates Taft as ChJ of the SC
Harding, Warren G. 1921 Signs Sheppard-Towner Act
Harding, Warren G. 1921 Presided during numerous administration scandals, mostly unknown until 1924
Harding, Warren G. 1921 Presides as nation gets out of the 1920-1921 Depression
Harding, Warren G. 1921 Veterans Bureau Scandal, Tea Pot Dome Scandal, Ohio Gang scandals, drinking during prohibition, marital affair, etc (on-going through term)
Harding, Warren G. 1921 Presides during Washington Naval Conference
Harding, Warren G. 1922 Nominates Sutherland to the SC
Harding, Warren G. 1922 Vocally supports anti-lynching bill
Harding, Warren G. 1922 Nominates Butler to the SC
Harding, Warren G. 1922 Sides with the RR magnates against strikers and unions on Great Railroad Strike of 1922
Harding, Warren G. 1922 Presides during dedication of Lincoln Memorial, along with Robert Todd Lincoln
Harding, Warren G. 1922 Signs Capper-Volstead
Harding, Warren G. 1922 Signs Fordney-McCumber
Harding, Warren G. 1923 Nominates Sanford to the SC
Harding, Warren G. 1923 Dies in office
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