5 presidents more 'radical' than Obama





Newt Gingrich called President Obama "the most radical president in American history" at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference last week.

The leader of the 1994 Republican Revolution is a smart man and a historian, so he must know better. But he's also exploring a run for president, an action that frequently suspends good judgment in pursuit of sound bites. Perspective is the first thing abandoned in hyper-partisan attacks.

So here is a look at five presidents who, it could be argued, exceed Obama in the "radical" sweepstakes.

• Franklin D. Roosevelt
• John Adams
• Andrew Jackson

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Alan Varagona - 4/15/2010

John P. Avlon is obviously not a historian.

His stated metrics for deciding how radical presidents may be have no consistency. Given this explanation, there is no wonder that he claims that one cannot determine how radical a president is.

- Poorly thought-out and obtusely written commentary.

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