Thursday, May 26, 2005

Greatest American

The Discovery Channel will be airing The Greatest American. Apparently they will allow viewers to vote on the following 100 people:

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

What do you think?


Robb said...

People who absolutely should not be on this list:

Bush, Barbara
Bush, Laura
Cruise, Tom
DeGeneres, Ellen
Edwards, John
Jackson, Michael
McGraw, Dr. Phil
Moore, Michael
Obama, Barack
Stewart, Martha
Tillman, Pat

Robb said...

Some people who deserve consideration:

Buckley, William F.
Dole, Elizabeth
Edwards, Jonathan
Warren, Rick

A said...

Hands down, Ronald Reagan.

When it comes to everything that an "American" should be, he was it.

Robb said...

Yeah, I think I agree with you. A case can be made for Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, but I would ultimately vote for Reagan.

The resume is impressive:
- Defeating the Soviet Union and ending the Cold War
- Unprecidented economic expansion
- Reestablishment of US military superiority
- Rebirth of American patriotism

And then some.

Anonymous said...

What about Obi-wan Kenobi. Oh wait, he was from Tattooine

A said...

Then you add the acting career, love of the outdoors and "cowboy" lifestyle, example of love he and Nancy displayed. He's got the total package.

John said...

I'm not quite for sure why Hugh Hefner is on there. He's a great something but it has nothing to do with being an American.

Robb said...

John, you don't consider Hugh Hefner a tremendously influencial American? I certainly do. I guess, it all comes down to how we define "great."

Anonymous said...

Brett Favre?

I don't think he should be on the list either.