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The first of the presidents who I believe to have exhibited effective leadership in a difficult situation would be president Woodrow Willison during The Great War. Willison’s campaign was built around by him trying to promise the US staying neutral so the he could have a stronger presence in the reshaping of Europe when the war ended. However, Willison had to step up and go to congress to declare war on Germany once word got out about a message from German foreign secretary, Arthur Zimmermann to his minister in Mexico. “The note urged Mexico to join the Central Powers; Zimmermann promised that if the United States entered the war, Germany would help Mexico recover “the lost territory of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.” With Pancho Villa’s border raids still fresh in the public mind, this threat jolted American opinion.” (A. 644)
The second president to exhibit effective leadership in a hard time would be President John F. Kennedy during the Cuban missile Crisis in 1962. Having the country so close to nuclear war and Kennedy steering the country to safety took an amazing amount of courage and leadership. “Kennedy pledged not to invade Cuba, and Khrushchev promised to dismantle the missile bases. Kennedy also secretly ordered U.S. missiles to be removed from Turkey, at Khrushchev’s insistence.” (A. 782) This was a first for both nations
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Bush and the global war on terror. Bush had to deal with an attack against American civilians, his quick action rallied the country to the cause and to the war on terror. “In October 2001, the United States attacked — not with conventional forces, but by deploying military advisors and supplies that bolstered anti-Taliban rebel forces. While Afghani allies carried the ground war, American planes rained destruction on the enemy.” (A. 965) Bush would later invade Iraq more or less for the oil production and to spread

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