Saturday, April 23, 2005

Greatest American

I just ran across AOL's list of 100 nominees for greatest American. I don't know if this is something we're supposed to vote on in the future or what. I didn't bother with checking that out yet, I just looked over the list to see if I could find anything I thought was odd about the list. I figured I would and I was right. When you get down to the M's on the list AOL has listed, Madonna, Malcom X, Dr. Phil McGraw, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Moore, and Audie Murphy. Notice that James Madison, The Father of The United States Constitution didn't make the list. OK the people listed in the M's are all well known, and some of them have done some good things, (matter of opinion) but are any of them great Americans?

I thought some of you might be interested in seeing AOL's list of Great Americans in alphabetical order.

Muhammad Ali
Maya Angelou
Susan B. Anthony
Neil Alden Armstrong
Lance Armstrong
Lucille Ball
Alexander Grahm Bell
Barbara Bush
George H. W. Bush
George W. Bush
Laura Bush
Andrew Carnegie
Johnny Carson
Jimmy Carter
George Washington Carver
Ray Charles
Cesar Chavez
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Bill Clinton
Tom Cruise
Ellen DeGeneres
Walt Disney
Frederick Douglass
Amelia Earhart
Clint Eastwood
Thomas Alva Edison
John Edwards
Albert Enstein
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Brett Favre
Henry Ford
Benjamin Franklin
Bill Gates
Mel Gibson
John Glenn
Billy Graham
Rudolph W. Guiliani
Alexander Hamilton
Tom Hanks
Hugh Hefner
Katharine Hepburn
Bob Hope
Howard Hughes
Michael Jackson
Thomas Jefferson
Steven Jobs
Lyndon B. Johnson
Michael Jordan
Hellen Keller
John F. Kennedy
Robert F. Kennedy
Jacqueline Onassis-Kennedy
Martin Luther King Jr.
Rush Limbaugh
Abraham Lincoln
Charles Lindbergh
George Lucas
Malcolm X
Dr. Phil McGraw
Marilyn Monroe
Michael Moore
Audie Murphy
Richard Nixon
Barack Obama
Jesse Owens
Rosa Parks
George Patton
Colin Powell
Elvis Presley
Ronald Reagan
Christoper Reeve
Condeleezza Rice
Jackie Robinson
Eleanor Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt
Babe Ruth
Carl Sagan
Jonas Edward Salk
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Frank Sinatra
Joseph Smith Jr.
Steven Spielberg
Jimmy Stewart
Martha Stewart
Nikola Tesla
Pat Tillman
Harry Truman
Donald Trump
Harriet Ross Tubman
Mark Twain
Sam Walton
George Washington
John Wayne
Oprah Winfrey
Tiger Woods
Orville Wright
Wilber Wright
Chuck Yeager

I'd like to hear your ideas on who should be left on, added to, or deleted from AOL's list of Greatest Americans.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.


Blogger Scooter said...

That is a poorly put together list. It's like they took the biggest names of the last 25 years then threw in Washington for good measure. It's really too early to judge most of the people on the list especially Obama who has been on the national stage for less than a year.

Scooter McGavin's 9th Green

8:57 AM  
Blogger Janette said...

The list is absurd. It looks like to make thier choices they took a history book and a People magazine and threw darts.

9:49 AM  
Blogger David Schantz said...

I have to agree with both Scooter and Janette. I wondered how they came up with this list while I was posting it. There are people who feel some of the names on this list should be charged for committing crimes, and at least one of them has been.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

10:50 AM  
Blogger Janette said...

Mr. Schantz,

I wrote a post linking to your blog. It's posted at my blog

and the site that I'm currently guest blogging at

10:54 AM  
Blogger Myopic Zeal said...

Quite a list. I referenced your post here.

4:14 PM  
Blogger Whymrhymer said...

Well at least Mark Twain is on the list -- I'm happy!

9:27 AM  
Blogger A Wiser Man Than I said...

Possible adds:

John Adams - good President, good American

Robert E. Lee - he fought on the wrong team, so of course he didn't make the list

Ulysses S. Grant - good General, good President

Davy Crockett - soldier and statesman

Patrick Henry - patriotic fellow

James Madison (as you mentioned)

Andrew Jackson - despite his heroic in the War of 1812, they're not putting anybody on the list who wasn't kind to the Indians

That's all I have offhand.

12:43 PM  
Blogger waybar26 said...

Isn't Mel Gibson Australian? And can you believe it, Michael Jackson??

6:50 PM  

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