Russia: Very New At This President Game!

Democracy is like a chess game!

Hello,

Americans have played Democracy a lot longer than Russians have. It dawned on me that Russian people really do not know what a President is all about. I grew up with the concept as an American. My wife does not understand, her life was Communism & many times she wishes that it still was that way!

I remember reading that America wanted George Washington to be a King! I am sure that idea took awhile to leave the minds of people who had lived under a King all their lives.

1991 was the first Russian President Boris Yeltsin, by my count 17 years is not a very long time. I think that older Democracies need to have a little more finesse toward other countries that are at least making an attempt at trying.

It has been made clear to me, by living in Russia that America is only pushing Russia the wrong way. America needs to learn to play chess……

American Presidents:
PresidentVice President
George Washington (1789-1797)John Adams (1789-1797)
John Adams (1797-1801)Thomas Jefferson (1797-1801)
Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809)Aaron Burr (1801-1805)
George Clinton (1805-1809)
James Madison (1809-1817)George Clinton (1809-1812)
none (1812-1813)
Elbridge Gerry (1813-1814)
none (1814-1817)
James Monroe (1817-1825)Daniel D. Tompkins (1817-1825)
John Quincy Adams (1825-1829)John C. Calhoun (1825-1829)
Andrew Jackson (1829-1837)John C. Calhoun (1829-1832)
none (1832-1833)
Martin Van Buren (1833-1837)
Martin Van Buren (1837-1841)Richard M. Johnson (1837-1841)
William Henry Harrison (1841)John Tyler (1841)
John Tyler (1841-1845)none (1841-1845)
James K. Polk (1845-1849)George M. Dallas (1845-1849)
Zachary Taylor (1849-1850)Millard Fillmore (1849-1850)
Millard Fillmore (1850-1853)none (1850-1853)
Franklin Pierce (1853-1857)William King (1853)
none (1853-1857)
James Buchanan (1857-1861)John C. Breckinridge (1857-1861)
Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)Hannibal Hamlin (1861-1865)
Andrew Johnson (1865)
Andrew Johnson (1865-1869)none (1865-1869)
Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1877)Schuyler Colfax (1869-1873)
Henry Wilson (1873-1875)
none (1875-1877)
Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881)William Wheeler (1877-1881)
James A. Garfield (1881)Chester Arthur (1881)
Chester Arthur (1881-1885)none (1881-1885)
Grover Cleveland (1885-1889)Thomas Hendricks (1885)
none (1885-1889)
Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893)Levi P. Morton (1889-1893)
Grover Cleveland (1893-1897)Adlai E. Stevenson (1893-1897)
William McKinley (1897-1901)Garret Hobart (1897-1901)
Theodore Roosevelt (1901)
Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909)none (1901-1905)
Charles Fairbanks (1905-1909)
William Howard Taft (1909-1913)James S. Sherman (1909-1912)
none (1912-1913)
Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921)Thomas R. Marshall (1913-1921)
Warren G. Harding (1921-1923)Calvin Coolidge (1921-1923)
Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929)none (1923-1925)
Charles Dawes (1925-1929)
Herbert Hoover (1929-1933)Charles Curtis (1929-1933)
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945)John Nance Garner (1933-1941)
Henry A. Wallace (1941-1945)
Harry S Truman (1945)
Harry S Truman (1945-1953)none (1945-1949)
Alben Barkley (1949-1953)
Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961)Richard Nixon (1953-1961)
John F. Kennedy (1961-1963)Lyndon B. Johnson (1961-1963)
Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969)none (1963-1965)
Hubert Humphrey (1965-1969)
Richard Nixon (1969-1974)Spiro Agnew (1969-1973)
none (1973)
Gerald Ford (1973-1974)
Gerald Ford (1974-1977)none (1974)
Nelson Rockefeller (1974-1977)
Jimmy Carter (1977-1981)Walter Mondale (1977-1981)
Ronald Reagan (1981-1989)George Bush (1981-1989)
George Bush (1989-1993)Dan Quayle (1989-1993)
Bill Clinton (1993-2001)Al Gore (1993-2001)
George W. Bush (2001- )Dick Cheney (2001- )

(Add Obama to the list now)

Russian Presidents:
#PresidentTook officeLeft officeTerm
01Boris YeltsinJuly 10, 1991*
(inaugurated)
December 25, 1991*1**
December 25, 1991August 9, 1996
August 9, 1996
(inaugurated)
November 5, 1996
(went to surgical procedure)
2
Viktor Chernomyrdin
(Acting)
November 5, 1996November 6, 1996
01Boris YeltsinNovember 6, 1996
(returned from surgical procedure)
December 31, 1999
(voluntary retired)
2
Vladimir Putin
(Acting)
December 31, 1999May 7, 2000
02Vladimir PutinMay 7, 2000
(inaugurated)
May 7, 20041
May 7, 2004
(inaugurated)
Incumbent
(Term expires May 7, 2008)
2
03Dmitry Medvedev
(President-elect)
(Term starts May 7, 2008)1

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Big difference!

Makes you think about all the slam dunking America does against Russia. Wrong chess moves…….

Kyle & Svet

comments always welcome.

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