Under Roosevelt’s leadership, the United States entered international affairs with the policy of “speaking softly and carrying a big stick.” He received the Nobel Peace Prize for mediating peace during the Russo-Japanese War and is best known for founding the National Parks system to preserve America’s natural beauty.
John F. Kennedy
The Cuban Missile Crisis, which prevented the Cold War from escalating, was Kennedy’s most famous act as president. He is also the most recent president to be assassinated.
Highlights of his presidency include providing aid to Bosnia and bombing Iraq after Saddam Hussein refused to allow UN nuclear weapons inspections.
Ulysses S. Grant
Ulysses S. Grant, lauded for his Civil War leadership, was an obvious choice for the presidency during Reconstruction. Grant, dubbed a radical, was ultimately unsuccessful in his efforts to rehabilitate the South.
Obama’s presidency is remembered for the passage of Obamacare and the capture of Osama Bin Laden. He is the first African-American elected to public office.