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War, Peace, Popularity, and History

September 14, 2015

Because of the war, the sitting two-term President was very unpopular, and because of that, the people chose a freshman Senator from a Midwestern state to be his successor. It did not matter that a war hero ran against him. The people wanted a fresh face. The people wanted someone who would return things to the status quo ante bellum.

Because of the 2nd Gulf War, President George W. Bush became very unpopular during his second term. His successor, a freshman Senator from Illinois, defeated former P.O.W. John McCain to become President of the United States. However, our story has nothing to do with President Obama.

Our subject was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1914. That was year World War I began. By 1917 the United States became involved, and, because of the war, the people became very upset with President Wilson.

Our subject ran for President in 1920, and one of his opponents for the Republican nomination was General Leonard Wood, one of the Rough Riders who fought in Cuba during the Spanish-American War.

Our subject promised to put things as they were before the Great War. He promised a “return to normalcy.” Some people believed he had coined a new word and that he really meant “normality.” But he knew what he meant, and so did the people who gave him more than 60% of the popular vote. Historians have given him a low rank in the list of Presidents, but in 1920 Warren G. Harding was unstoppable.

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