The following is a list of Presidents of the United States with brief paragraphs on each one. This is not the same as the List of Presidents of the United States (New England Secession), which is just a straight list of US presidents. This list also contains every president since just before the POD, except for Alf Landon, who has his own article.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Vice President: John Nance Garner, Texas
Roosevelt was the last Democrat ever elected. He tried to implement progressive policies to confront the Great Depression by helping the elderly. While his policies were originally popular when implemented, 1936 Republican Presidential candidate Alf Landon was able to convince the American public that Roosevelt's policies were actually hurting the United States, and Roosevelt lost re-election to Landon. Several social, economic and historical scientists have theorized that had Roosevelt been reelected, as had been expected, the economy would've turned around by 1940 and then boomed in the 1940s and 1950s.
Vice President: Frank Knox, Illinois
See full article: Alf Landon (New England Secession)
Vice President: William E. Borah, Idaho (died in office); Wendell Willkie, Indiana
After the assassination of of President Landon, Knox helped re-unify a grieving country. Knox's presidency is otherwise unremarkable, except for the fact that many people believe that President Knox rigged the 1944 presidential election in his favor, and unemployment and homelessness rising exponentially during his presidency.
Thomas E. Dewey
Vice President: Richard Nixon, California; Harold Stassen, Minnesota
Dewey's presidency is only notable for keeping the Republican presidential block going since the Landon Administration. When Dewey was first elected, in 1948, the New York Times ran a front page headline declaring Dewey's opponent, Robert LaFollette of the Socialist Party, even though Dewey had won the election. LAFOLLETTE DEFEATS DEWEY the headline screamed. There were also several articles detailing about how Thomas was going to do as president, and who his cabinet choices would be. While the Times editors were able to laugh about the gaffe later, a famous photograph of a jubilant Dewey holding the newspaper above his head during his election celebration.
The Dewey presidency also marked the end of Richard Nixon's once promising political career. President Dewey had him pushed out of Washington and off his presidential reelection ballot, replacing him with former governor of Minnesota, Harold Stassen. While still in office, during a conversation he didn't know was recorded, Dewey described Nixon as "insane, dangerous and neurotic." Nixon retired to relative obscurity after he left the ticket.
Harry F. Byrd
Vice President: George Wallace, Alabama
Harry Byrd was one of the oldest people ever elected president. As a result, many people believed that his son, Harry Byrd, Jr., or his Vice President, George Wallace, were controlling him during his entire one-term presidency.
Originally a Democrat, he left the party (along with Wallace) just before the party died to become an independent and eventually Republican, because of their opposition to the New Deal, Progressivism, Socialism and desegregation. Byrd and Wallace are among the most infamous United States Presidential tickets in history, as they were so blatant in their opposition to equality, and somehow still ended up getting elected.
John F. Kennedy
Vice President: Hubert H. Humphrey, Minnesota (died in office); Lyndon B. Johnson, Texas
While there was much social regression and anti-segregationism under the Byrd Administration, the Kennedy Administration made up for it in five years. Overcoming the assassination of his first Vice President, Hubert H. Humphrey, Kennedy went on to pass the civil rights act, and push forward desegregation. He was shot during his 1966 State of the Union address, by someone still unknown. He was crippled from the neck down because of the shot, and resigned because of his injury.
Lyndon B. Johnson
Vice President: Edmund G. Brown, California
Johnson was overshadowed in his half term by Kennedy, although he did continue Kennedy's progressive policies. He attempted to reunite the country after the shooting, but Kennedy's death in 1968 (a direct result of the injuries received in his attempted assassination) proceeded to tear the country apart again. Johnson's presidency faltered from that point on, and was quite unpopular after he finished Kennedy's term. His unpopularity contributed to the election of Agnew.
Johnson is also famous for his complete disdain of Robert Kennedy. Many in the American public and the Socialist Party were calling for Johnson to choose RFK as his Vice President. He ignored those cries, and even kept RFK out of many cabinet meetings, despite still being (officially) Attorney General. While neither would say anything bad about the other one during Johnson's presidency, Edmund Brown was noted as feeling "awkward, and like I wasn't supposed to be there. There were still grumblings about my selection. And when Bobby and Lyndon got in the same room, it was like mutual contempt." Ironically, this is exactly how Kennedy and Johnson would later describe the feeling between the two.
Vice President: Barry Goldwater, Arizona
Agnew, the obscure Governor of Maryland, was elected on a very anti-hippie, anti-New England agenda, by a close margin. After he forced most of the counterculture youth out of Maryland, they sought refuge in New England, particularly rural areas.
Agnew is mostly remembered for being a failure. His premier failure, however, is believed to have been the catalyst for the downfall of the Republican Party, the secession of the Republic of New England and Republic of the Pacific, and the bastion of socialism returning in the 1970s. That failure was the Woodstock Massacre.
A counterculture, free, open concert featuring many famous musicians and thousands of hippies and anarchists was held in Woodstock, Maine. Agnew ordered several thousand National Guardsmen to attack the show. Initially, they were reluctant about firing on the unarmed, open crowd. However, they eventually did open fire. 5,000 attendees and musicians were killed. Agnew was almost brought up on charges of war crimes. There were calls for his resignation. He was impeached. His popularity ratings plummetted into the single digits. Human rights violations were almost brought up by the UN.
He stood no chance against the popular Robert F. Kennedy in 1972, with the Socialists winning in a landslide, winning 49 of the 50 states, plus DC (the only state that didn't go for Kennedy was South Carolina, but they went for independent candidate and home son Strom Thurmond, with Kennedy in second). The Socialists and Progressives allied to form a massive super majority in both houses in congress, a direct result of the unpopularity of Agnew. Spiro Agnew retired ashamed. He single handedly killed the Republican Party.
Robert F. Kennedy
Vice President: George McGovern, South Dakota
Kennedy's reputation preceded him during the election, and the massive unpopularity of Agnew led to his easy, practically unopposed election. He promised to serve only one term during his campaign, although there were calls against that. Kennedy piggybacked on the progressive policies of his brother and Johnson, but with significantly more popular than the latter. His presidency was one of the most optimistic times for America, and helped re-unify the country, and improved its image abroad. He was the first president to visit Palestine after the formation of Israel, and advocated and Israel-Palestine united nation, "The Federated Republic of Israel-Palestine", with one central government, and all people equal, while Israel and Palestine would remain autonomous republics within the Federated Republic. The flag would combine images of Jewish and Muslim culture. While Kennedy's proposition was immensely popular, even by Jewish Israelis who were initially lukewarm to the idea, it has yet to come into effect.
Kennedy only had one term because of his belief that a president shouldn't have had more than one, and his desire to become a philanthropist, a desire later mimicked by Vice President Bill Clinton in 2000.
Vice President: Edmund Muskie, Maine
There was general sorrow after Kennedy left office. Some Americans felt unfulfilled, that they thought Kennedy deserved more from them, that he should've stayed longer. The cordiality conservatives gave to the Kennedy Administration was gone almost immediately following McGovern's inauguration, following his election in 1976.
In many ways, McGovern faced the same attacks following a popular Kennedy president that Johnson did. McGovern, however, handled it worse. The media bashed him, opponents bashed him, even members of his own party bashed him. It all led to a mental breakdown in early 1979, which caused McGovern to resign and hand the presidency over to Ed Muskie.
Vice President: Jimmy Carter, Georgia
Muskie had been trying for years to become the president, and now it had just been handed to him on a silver platter. While McGovern was unpopular, Muskie saw a spike in his popularity ratings when he became president. Americans felt he was more moderate, more centrist than McGovern. However, he failed to do much in his almost two years as president, and lost election to a full term in 1980.
Vice President: John Connally, Texas
The first and only Christian Democrat president, Dole saw the over the secession of the RNE and RoP, and attempted to stop both. While he wasn't as maniacal as his succesor, Jack Kemp, was about getting the breakaway states back in the US. Dole was very unpopular following the secession, and the failed invasions. Some believed had the nations broke away before the 1984 election, Dole would've lost. Some also believe had Dole lost in 1984 before the nations seceded, that the RNE and RoP would've never seceded.
Vice President: Alexander Haig, Pennsylvania (resigned in protest), Lamar Alexander, Tennessee
Jack Kemp was terrible right from the start. Less than one year after his inauguration (which had included the words "Getting those godless hippies in the north and the west back into our nation") Kemp ordered, with no congressional (or even cabinet) consultation, a massive invasion of the Republic of the Pacific. While the small Pacifican army was able to keep them away from San Francisco, Portland and Seattle, the Americans took most of Los Angeles County, pillaging wherever they went. Bloods and Crips were seen momentarelly united, trying to fight back the invading force.
Kemp's Vice President, Alexander Haig, resigned in protest of the invasion. Only after the General Secretary of the UN, and the Heads of State of several major nations went on international television to decry the invasion, a UN resolution decrying the invasion, and threatening military action if it continued, and after congress had started the impeachment process, Kemp began considering negotiating. Canadian, New English and British diplomats all mediated the process, with American Richard Holbrooke chairing it. Because of foreign disgust with the invasion, the odds were tipped tremendously in the favor for the Pacificans. The negotiations were held in the still semi-active war zone of Sacramento, California, and were named the Sacramento Peace Accords. In return for recognizing Pacifican and New English sovereignty, the annexation of southern and western Nevada and the Idaho panhandle to the RoP, and several northeastern New York counties being occupied by the RNE to the RNE, NATO wouldn't invade and overthrow Kemp, and the United Nations Security Council wouldn't throw the US off. Kemp had no choice but to accept.
Kemp's presidency never recovered, and he lost reelection handily.
Vice President: Bill Clinton, Arkansas
The Socialists and Moderates put forth a unified ticket in 1992, with a left-leaning Moderate as the VP and a centrist Socialist as the president. Tom Harkin's presidency has gone down as one of the best in American history, do to his repairing of America's foreign image, strengthening American bonds with the RoP and RNE, and overall popularity. The RNE, RoP and US were all united during the Second Korean War in 1994, fighting against North Korea.
Harkin's Vice President, Bill Clinton, was especially popular during Harkin's presidency, and many believed he had a chance to become president himself. His down-to-earth good old boy personality made him well liked by the press and Americans alike. His popularity ratings remained high, even after the discovery of a sex scandal during his vice presidency. Many thought he should've ran in 2000, but he didn't for his desire to become a philanthropist, and his private belief that he couldn't win after the revelation of his sex scandal relatively recently.
Vice President: Mike Huckabee, Arkansas
Emboldened by the so-called "Clinton abandonment", the Conservatives believe they have a chance to recapture the White House. They choose veteran politician and oil baron Dick Cheney of Wyoming to be president, and young, idealistic Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee to be his VP. The Moderates also have an unusually strong campaign in 2000, with former General Colin Powell (the first African-American to headline a campaign) nominated as their president, and Representative Mike Castle of Delaware. Powell/Castle take away from the moderate Socialists, and receive many endorsements from members of the Socialist Party, who oppose their candidate, John Edwards, choice of Vice President, the unknown and radical David Cobb.
After Cheney won the election, he started by cutting taxes and reducing restrictions on oil companies. He suffered a heart attack in 2003 and died in office.
Vice President: Jeb Bush, Florida
Huckabee was seen as stronger and more friendly than Cheney, although he had significantly more controversy. He attempted to create a state religion (Protestant Christianity) and made a constitutional amendment against homosexual activity. He also drove the RoP and RNE further away from the United States. His popularity was average, but many opposed how conservative he was.
Vice President: John McCain, Arizona
Sarah Palin was the unknown and "inexperienced" governor of Alaska was seen by many as simply a younger, female version of Huckabee. She was still very right-wing. Since Huckabee was marginally unpopular and very inexperienced, Palin chose experienced Moderate-Conservative Senator John McCain of Arizona to be her VP.
Just over a year into her presidency, several Conservatives from Delaware, Arkansas and Florida came forward and announced that Palin had paid them to throw out votes for her opponents in those states (all of which went to Palin). The impeachment process began, and Palin and her entire cabinet was impeached. The interim president was Sam Brownback, the Senator from Kansas, who asked to not be counted in official presidential counts. A recall election was planned for November 2010.
Vice President: Paul Wellstone, Minnesota (died in office); Alan Grayson, Florida
Dennis Kucinich was a multiple time candidate for president, and finally got his chance to become president during the recall election. Most Americans were disgusted with the behavior of Palin and the Conservatives, so Kucinich/Wellstone were elected easily. However, very early in Kucinich's presidency, his Vice President (who was initially reluctant and worried about his health during the national campaign) Paul Wellstone died in a plane crash, and was replaced by former congressman Alan Grayson.