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2/14/2014 08:15 AM EST
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zewde yeraswork
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other presidents?
zewde yeraswork   2/14/2014 9:43:29 AM
Is there anyone not on this list who belongs there? Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon and a few others came close. Obviously, anyone who was at West Point, in the Army Corps of Engineers, is a candidate.

idler
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7 presidents: 8 pages ?
idler   2/14/2014 11:36:03 AM
ridiculous to spread such little information over 8 slow-loading ad riddled pages

rick merritt
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Hoover quote
rick merritt   2/14/2014 11:53:53 AM
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This quote is a gem.

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What ? Obama
Biggreenthumb1   2/14/2014 12:10:03 PM
I predicted most of these but Obama would never make the list... Sorry... In no way does he think like an Engineer.

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Seriously?
GroupOfFour   2/14/2014 1:31:14 PM
Politics aside,.. Are you kidding me?  Even before I got to the end, I knew that Barak Obama was going to make the list. The reasons sound like a "facilitator" position.  

-- the uses of iPads and other mobile devices in his presidency.  My daughter uses an ipad for notes, streaming video, that doesn't make her an engineer.

--  involved in technology, such as making sure his BlackBerry was secure at the start of his presidency.   Really? It wasn't the NSA, FBI and Secret Service that wanted him to have secure comms? If it wasn't them, then why wasn't it secure before his presidency? I mean if he was an engineer-minded person.

-- and the problems caused by NSA surveillance on individuals of American as well as non-American descent -- earn him a spot on this list.  Again, really? So the president isn't involved with what the NSA does?  And as a "constitutional lawyer by trade, his thinking reminds us of that of an engineer" he can't follow the logic to realize that the 4th Amendment protects against "unreasonable searches and seizures and requires any warrant to be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause.".  Considering that you must have a warrant to tap someone's phone in a criminal investigation, it is common sense that if they are doing that WITHOUT a warrant or probable cause, then it must be illegal. 

 

No Dwight Eisenhower? Responsible for planning the invasion of North Africa, D-Day, and during his presidency, The Interstate highway system, DARPA, NASA... 

C'mon EE Times...

 

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Re: Seriously?
selinz   2/14/2014 2:06:58 PM
The only two that I buy are Carter and Hoover. Carter made unpopular decisions that were effective and logical in solving problems but were extremely unpopular. Go Jimmy.

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Re: Seriously?
GroupOfFour   2/14/2014 2:58:58 PM
You don't buy Washington who surveyed plots of land as well as experimenting with crop rotation for soil conservation and increasing output?

And you don't buy Jefferson who designed Monticello?

 

Sorry, but if you don't include them, the list shouldn't even have been compiled.

 

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Parreco   2/14/2014 3:34:11 PM
Barack Obama????  Seriously!!!!  So you're saying Engineers are incompetent and dishonest???  You're insulting engineers by making that association!!!

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eiroot3   2/14/2014 4:27:58 PM
Exactly.

Engineers work to devise effective solutions to real-world problems. Given that, he's the antithesis of engineering.

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mosspp   2/14/2014 4:33:03 PM
Au contraire, Barack Hussein Obama should be at the top of the list. In his role as chief demolition engineer of the United States of America he is successfully presiding over the destruction of the most magnificent and most civil society ever created by mankind.

On his watch, we have spent roughly the same amount as that spent during _all_ past administrations combined.

Along with his design team in the House and the Senate, he has championed the most complex law not even dreamed of by his predecessors. The complex and punitive nature of this law is already systematically tearing down the most sophisticated and high quality health care system in the world.

Most engineers must obey the laws of physics; their designs simply will not work if they don't. BHO has perfected a way to circumvent the laws that past presidents have had to work within, especially that pesky Constitution. His solution is simple and quite elegant. Simply ignore the laws that you don't like. No Congress in their right mind would ever impeach the first black president so full steam ahead!

These are significant demolition engineering accomplishments . . . and he's not done yet!

 

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