Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Andrew Johnson: Bad President!

April 15, 1865 – March 4, 1869, one term

National Unionist, kind of a Democrat, (Vice President under Lincoln, who was a Republican) April 15, 1865 – March 4, 1869, one term

Quote: "This is a country for white men, and by God, as long as I am President, it shall be a government for white men." This stuff pretty much writes itself.

The good: As a Senator from Tennessee, Johnson was the only southern senator not to quit his post upon secession, and he supported Lincoln’s military policies during the Civil War. He presided over the Reconstruction, in which he reversed his hard-line rhetoric against Southern sympathizers and put into place some of the more lenient policies Lincoln had advocated.

Not so good: His leniency towards the postwar South. He supported allowing prominent former Confederate leaders to be elected to Congress, which pissed off Congress and began a power struggle with the Radical branch of the Republican Party that undercut his power, reversed most of the legislation he supported, and largely defined his Presidency. He allowed the Southern states to replace slavery with “Black Codes”, which furthered the discrimination against the former slaves by reaffirming the notion that they were inferior and had essentially no civil rights.

Johnson was the first President to be impeached, though he was acquitted. The impeachment was essentially a pissing match between Congress and the President, each believing they were on the right side of the Constitution, each . . . oh wait, that pretty much describes everything of note that goes on in Washington, doesn’t it? At any rate, this time, Congress said Johnson had violated the Tenure of Office Act, which Johnson claimed was unconstitutional, and they were all, “Fraid not” and he was like “Yah Hanh” and they went, “No way” and he went “Fraid so”.

Even though after his presidency was over, Johnson was elected to the Senate for the state of Tennessee, so apparently there were a sizable number of good simple folks in Tennessee who thought he was aces!

Fun Facts: Johnson was one of the targets of the Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy. Lucky for him the guy who had the assignment to kill him, George Atzerodt, decided to get wasted on whiskey that night instead.

Johnson's inaugural address as Vice-President was rambling and incoherent. He had been drinking whiskey to dull the pain of typhoid fever.

When Johnson married his wife Elizabeth McArdle, he was 18. She was 16, the first child bride to become First Lady!


Anonymous said...

You want to talk about Andrew Johnson being racist? Why don't you take a gander at ol' 'honest Abe'.

Lincoln wanted to support an amendment to the constitution, called the 'Corwin amendment' making it impossible for congress to end slavery in the southern states!


He only wanted to stop the spread of slavery because he didn't want blacks infiltrating the west! Just take a look at what he says during the Douglas-Lincoln debates!

"I am not now, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in any way the social or political equality of the white and black races. I am not now nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor of intermarriages with white people. There is a physical difference between the white and the black races which will forever forbid the two races living together on social or political equality. There must be a position of superior and inferior, and I am in favor of assigning the superior position to the white man."


Ooh boy! Your 'Great Emancipator' also strongly supported deporting free blacks back to Africa!

"There is a moral fitness in the idea of returning to Africa her children,"


Don't be nit-picky about presidents if you're going to badmouth them m'kay?

Anonymous said...

Really, Abe Lincoln racist? Have you ever heard of something called THE CIVIL WAR!?!?!?!?

Anonymous said...

guys, face it. abe licon and MANY others in government were raceist, abe licon had the civil war for one reson only: TO NOT HAVE A SUCCESION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! he was a recist to blacks, and indians. you know all men are created equal? the first version of that document was: 'all men are created equal, except indians' he was a racist. most ppl were. slavery and recism are KIND OF different. but remember the civlil war was ionly to keep the united states to splitting.

Unknown said...

Andrew Johnson openly defied the Reconstruction laws of the United States Congress. There were two Andrew Johnson impeachment attempts by Congress over the same issue, not enforcing the federal Reconstruction laws and allowing blacks to be exterminated. Lincoln, although having beliefs of white supremacy, sponsored and endorsed anti-racist legislation, including the Freedman's Bureau. Johnson under minded the Freedman's Bureau and was attempting to turn the government over to the former Confederates.