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A study of their Numerology Life Path numbers
In the analysis, the Presidents have been ranked. There are any number of Presidential rankin gs available, but I found that some seem to have a partisan bias. I attempted to avoid any political slant by using the C-span survey which was developed using the thinking of approximately 90 historians and Presidential experts. These historians and scholars rated the Presidents on 10 criteria including: 1. Public Persuasion, 2. Crisis Leadership, 3. Economic Management, 4. Moral Authority, 5. International Relations, 6. Administrative Skills, 7. Relations with Congress, 8. Vision/setting agenda, 9. Pursuit of Equal Justice for All, and, 10. Performance Within the Context of the Time. If you want to examine any category individually, visit here and take a look. You can also use this page to check out any particular President and see how he ranked in all of the individual categories.
Just below is a listing of the Presidents in the order that they served, the historians' leadership ranking number, their birth date, and the resulting Life Path number. If you are not familiar with Life Path numbers, you can click here to visit the page that will introduce you to this numerology concept.
I've discussed the presidency of at least one or 2 Presidents from each Life Path group, in most cases focusing on the highest ranking example of each Life Path group.I also added our most recent past President, George W. Bush while reviewing the Life Path 6 Presidents.
The Life Path 1
The Life Path 1 Presidents: George Washington, Zachary Taylor, and William McKinley
George Washington took office as the first US President acutely aware of the need to build an executive structure that could be a mold for future presidents. It was his to decide what was really meant by the term "executive power" in the Constitution, and to fix the place of the presidency in the government. He had to hold the new nation together, get the government working, and attract first-rate people to run it. Washington established the power of the President. It was his idea that the President was to represent all the people, placing the office above political parties and battles. He was to be the leader at home and in foreign affairs, as well. He was to be a symbol of the people and of the nation. He was never to abuse his power, but he was never to fail to use the power that the people and the Constitution had entrusted to him. He had to set its finances in order, get its commerce going again, protect the frontiers against the Indians, and defend the nation against threats from Britain and Spain.
Congress, under his leadership, established the first executive departments. With the aid of his cabinet and the Congress, Washington got the machinery of government going. A financial system was established that got the United States out of debt and enabled it to pay its way. The supremacy of federal (or national) law over state law was established. Peace was made with the Indians, and new lands in what was then the West were acquired, including the future sites of Detroit and Chicago. Three new states, Vermont, Kentucky, and Tennessee, were admitted to the Union.
Clearly, this was a time when the original thought, assertive leadership, will, and determination of a Life Path 1 President was absolutely essential. George Washington, in accepting this task, established himself as one of our greatest Presidents.
The Life Path 2
The Life Path 2 Presidents: John Adams, William Henry Harrison, Franklin Pierce, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and now, Barack Obama
Bill Clinton - Early in his presidency, Clinton called for nearly $500 billion in tax increases and spending cuts. Congress narrowly approved. Clinton also won approval for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico. However, one of his top priorities--health reform--met with stiff opposition, and he had to abandon the idea.
Clinton was plagued with allegations of misconduct prior to his election as president. Months were spent on an investigation of his and his wife's involvement in the failed Whitewater Development Corporation, an Arkansas real estate development firm. The other concerned charges of sexual harassment made by Paula Jones. These issues contributed to the Democratic Party's defeat in the 1994 midterm elections.
In international matters, Clinton helped bring about an agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) concerning self-rule for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. And in the Balkans, he sent 20,000 American troops to serve as part of an international peacekeeping force.
In his second term, his first major accomplishment was reaching an agreement with the Republican-controlled Congress on a plan to achieve a balanced budget. Despite tax cuts worth $95 billion, the plan also trimmed $263 billion from federal expenditures. Meanwhile, the number of people receiving welfare dropped, in part because of the welfare reform law Clinton pushed through Congress in 1996. Seeking to ease racial tensions, Clinton in 1997 launched a yearlong campaign of town hall meetings and conferences. He called for reconciliation between the races, defended affirmative action, and pointed out that by the end of the next half-century there would no longer be a majority race in America.
Soon after another scandal disrupted Clinton's presidency. This controversy stemmed from charges that he had an improper relationship Monica Lewinsky, and then tried to cover it up. Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, who had been investigating the Whitewater case, launched an inquiry. His probe focused on whether Clinton had committed perjury by denying the affair with Lewinsky in a sworn deposition in the Paula Jones case, and also whether Clinton had tried to get Lewinsky to lie in her own sworn statement in the Paula Jones lawsuit. At first Clinton denied the charges, but when Lewinsky confirmed the affair in testimony before a grand jury, he was forced to admit he had not told the truth. Starr meanwhile issued a report, contending that the president's actions could be grounds for impeachment. Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. After a trial in the Senate, the president was acquitted on both the impeachment and perjury charges. Despite these difficulties, Clinton was able to reach an agreement with Congress on a program designed to bolster the Social Security system in the long run. In 2000 the Clintons were cleared of any wrongdoing in the Whitewater matter.
Clinton's scandals at home did not prevent him from playing an active role abroad. He persuaded Russian president Boris Yeltsin to accept the expansion of NATO by admitting some former Soviet Bloc countries as members. Following terrorist bombings of U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Clinton unleashed retaliatory strikes at terrorist sites in Afghanistan and Sudan. He also ordered the bombing of Iraq when Iraq refused to allow the UN to inspect its weapons facilities. He helped negotiate a Mideast pact between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Israel agreed to withdraw its troops from land claimed by the Palestinians in return for a promise to stop terrorism against Israel.
Soon after his impeachment trial ended, Clinton set in motion the biggest military operation of his presidency, joining other NATO countries in a massive bombing campaign against Yugoslavia. The aim was to force Yugoslavian president Slobodan Miloevi to stop attacks on ethnic Albanians in the province of Kosovo. After ten weeks of bombing, Miloevi agreed to withdraw his forces from Kosovo, and Clinton claimed victory. The United States did not lose a single soldier in combat.
In the last year of his presidency, Clinton made yet another effort to ease Mideast tensions. But at a summit meeting at Camp David, Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat failed to reach an agreement on the establishment of a Palestinian state.
Clearly this ultimate diplomat set the bar high in foreign affairs. He is the classic good example of the 2 Life Path. Sadly, he suffered in the rankings owing to his last place finish in Moral Authority, which he clearly earned.
Barack Obama - From his first day in office, Barack Obama faces challenges of a magnitude equaled only by Washington (ranked 2), Lincoln (ranked 1), Wilson (ranked 9), and Franklin Roosevelt (ranked 3). Our nation is in a major recession and for some parts of the country, a depression; the budget deficient is out of control and the national debt has become a national disgrace; we are engaged in two wars, and our image and reputation around the world has been battered in the past eight years of the Bush administration. The country also faces huge challenges in health care, energy independence, education, and global warming. If Mr. Obama can guide the nation through this mine field of problems, his future ranking will surely be amongst this illustrious group.
The Life Path 3
The 3 Presidents: John Q. Adams, Andrew Jackson
The 4 Life Path
The 4 Presidents: John Tyler, Andrew Johnson, and Grover Cleveland
Grover Cleveland - As a lawyer in Buffalo, Cleveland became notable for his single-minded concentration upon whatever task faced him.
Cleveland was the only President to serve two, nonconsecutive terms. After his first term, he was narrowly defeated by Benjamin Harrison , grandson of William Henry Harrison. Cleveland, in turn, defeated Harrison four years later.
As President, his dogged determination and abrupt manner, typical Life Path 4 traits, became obvious. Cleveland vigorously pursued a policy barring special favors to any economic group. He signed into law the Interstate Commerce Act, the first law attempting Federal regulation of the railroads. Regulation and control, more 4 tendencies, highlighted his term. Grover Cleveland was not one of the great presidents, but for courage, honesty, and patriotism he has never been surpassed.
Grover Cleveland's blunt and stubborn ways curtailed his popularity and probably explains why the "strictly business" Life Path 4 fails to deliver more good Presidents.
The Life Path 5
Natural Skill Set: Progressive ideas, inventive, resourceful, fights for freedom, independent, quick thinker, inquisitiveness, excellent administrator, energetic. With excessive 5 energy or negative application of 5 energy: Overly critical, impatient temperament, a sharp tongue, hasty decisions, impulsiveness, restlessness, nervousness.
The 5 Presidents: Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt.
When you look at the Life Path 5 Presidents, with ranking 7, 1, 4 and 2, respectively, you wonder why we don't make this Life Path a prerequisite for serving as US President. The Life Path 5 has been the clear winner in terms of quality. All four must be admired.
Jefferson may be the best example of the four in expression the love of freedom and liberty so strong in the Life Path 5. Before his presidency, at age 33, he drafted the Declaration of Independence and authored a bill establishing religious freedom, enacted in 1786. As President, he slashed Army and Navy expenditures, cut the budget, eliminated the tax on whiskey, yet reduced the national debt by a third. Although the Constitution made no provision for the acquisition of new land, Jefferson boldly acquired the Louisiana Territory from Napoleon in 1803.
Lincoln, as an exemplary Life Path 5, issued the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy. He never let the world forget that the Civil War involved one huge issue. Dedicating the military cemetery at Gettysburg he said: "that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain--that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." Great Life Path 5 stuff that landed him the the top ranking.
Theodore Roosevelt expressed the view that the President as a "steward of the people" should take whatever action necessary for the public good unless expressly forbidden by law or the Constitution." As President, he held the ideal that the Government should be the great arbiter of the conflicting economic forces in the Nation, especially between capital and labor, guaranteeing justice to each and dispensing favors to none. Serving the people and freeing them from the tyrants of the time he became know as the trust buster bringing antitrust suits under the Sherman Act. A legendary peacemaker and our greatest environmentalist, Roosevelt proves that the love of liberty inherent in the 5 Life Path does provide top Presidents.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, our longest serving President (4 terms) took office at the height of the great depression and gave the people hope when he asserted in his Inaugural Address, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." His leadership freed the country from the poverty by initiating a sweeping program to bring recovery to business and agriculture, relief to the unemployed and to those in danger of losing farms and homes, and reform, especially through the establishment of the Tennessee Valley Authority. His resistance to involving his country in war, and finally his leadership during the second world war after the country for forced to enter the hostilities, cemented this Life Path 5 leader as our second best President.
All of these greats were progressive thinkers and energetic fighters for freedom and liberty. All are certainly deserving of the elevated rankings, and together they establish the Life Path 5 as the ideal for "leader of the free world."
The Life Path 6
Natural Skill Set: An idealist, determined humanitarian spirit, service to fellow man, righteousness, conventional thinking, fixed opinions, steadfast in beliefs. With excessive 6 energy or negative application of 6 energy: Stubbornness, obstinacy, self-righteousness, dominating posture, easily victimized by adulation, slow decision-making.
The 6 Presidents: James Madison, Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, and George W. Bush
The Life Path 7
The 7 Presidents: James Garfield, William Henry Harrison, Harry S Truman, John F. Kennedy, George H. W. Bush
The Life Path 8
The 8 Presidents: James Monroe, Martin Van Buren, James K. Polk, Millard Fillmore, Ulysses S. Grant, Chester A. Arthur, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Gerald R. Ford
The executive skills and political savvy of the Life Path 8 would lead one to assume that this would be a natural number to dominate the oval office. Indeed, it has produced more Presidents more (a total of 8) than any other Life Path number. Yet only three of the 8 have ranked as above average Presidents, and only one of these, Lyndon B. Johnson, was ranked as one of the top ten Presidents.
Lyndon B. Johnson - The assassination of President Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, elevated Johnson to the office where he quickly showed his skills in domestic affairs. Legislation was passed promoting economic growth and the Economic Opportunity Act, launching the War on Poverty. He secured a strong Civil Rights Act in 1964, which became the legal authority against racial and sexual discrimination.
Although Johnson had increased the number of U.S. military personnel in Vietnam from 16,000 at the time when he took office to nearly 25,000 a year later, compared the challenging Republican, Goldwater, at the time this seemed restrained. In this election, he easily won his own term in 1964. A huge victory gave him a mandate for the Great Society, his domestic program. Congress responded by passing the Medicare program, approving federal aid to elementary and secondary education, supplementing the War on Poverty, and creating the Department of Housing and Urban Development. It also passed another important civil rights law, the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
As the nation became mired in Vietnam, racial problems grew into widespread urban race riots between 1965 and 1968. Military escalation in Vietnam proved to be Johnson's undoing. Overshadowing domestic affairs, the war resulted in sharp inflation, and prompted unremitting criticism, especially from the young who were subject to the draft. The war dragged on and was not won. Johnson became more secretive, dogmatic, and hypersensitive to criticism. His brilliant political instincts were failing. With his popularity on the decline, on Mar. 31, 1968, he announced he would stop the bombing in most of North Vietnam and seek a negotiated end to the war, and that he would not run for reelection.
Johnson was a power broker in Congress and in the presidency. A great example of the strength of the Life Path 8 chief executive.
The Life Path 9
The 9 Presidents: James Buchanan, Rutherford B. Hayes, William Howard Taft, and Jimmy Carter
Major accomplishments of his time included the 1978 agreement known as the Camp David Accords. This set the groundwork for a peace treaty the following year between Egypt and Israel. Carter had invited the leaders of both countries to the United States so that he could help them work out a fair peace treaty. He also established full diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China. On the home front, Carter created a national energy policy and created the new Department of Energy. He expanded the National Park System, including protecting more than a million acres (400,000 hectares) of the Alaskan wilderness. He also appointed record numbers of women, African-Americans, and Hispanics to government jobs. The final 14 months of the Carter administration were haunted by a crisis in Iran. A group of Iranians kidnapped 66 Americans from the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and held them hostage for 444 days. This episode probably cost Carter a second term in office.
Jimmy Carter was a very caring and religious President. His words and deeds established him as one of our most righteous leaders, if not one of stronger chiefs. His charitable ways have continued throughout his post-presidency. His is a vivid example of the 9 Life Path President.
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