Historians have ranked U.S. presidents on leadership, economic management, and pursuing justice, but they have never asked themselves which one could beat up all the others. This show will change that. Hosted by two history professors—James Early and Scott Rank—this is an NCAA-style tournament in which all presidents fight each other one-on-one until there is one champion. You'll see Barack Obama fight William Howard Taft (who literally weights twice as much), Abraham Lincoln try to knock the wooden teeth out of George Washington, and several other rumbles among the commander-in-chiefs.
James and Scott narrate each of these 44 fights by comparing the physical abilities of each president, military experience, and special abilities that would help them win. Did they have combat training? Were they generals? Were they ex-wrestlers? The presidents are also ranked how well they would do in hand-to-hand combat at about the age of 35 (no, FDR won’t be fighting as a polio-riddled man in a wheelchair).
Epilogue: Is There a Connection Between Fighting Ability and Being a Great President?
In this postscript to the Presidential Fight Club, James and Scott discuss whether the qualities that make a president a good fighter also make him a good leader. Spoiler alert: We mostly agree that it does.
The Final Match
We are at the end of the tournament! After 43 battles, with the arena littered with the battered and bruised presidents who lost, only two remain standing. Who will be victorious?
Final 4 - Washington vs. Eisenhower
George Washington vs. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Final 4 - Teddy Roosevelt vs. Abraham Lincoln
We're nearing the end of the tournament and down to our final four contenders! Enjoy this fight between Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln
Midwest Regional Final- Gerald Ford vs. Abraham Lincoln
Gerald Ford vs. Abraham Lincoln
Midwest Regional Semifinal 2- Gerald Ford vs. James Garfield
Gerald Ford vs. James Garfield
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This series was great, They should make another one on Vice President or The Congress, Or even put Other countries Leader.
Very informative, I enjoyed it
This was great fun to listen to, and gave some much needed insight to some of the lesser known presidents. If I may ask a question, will you redo this when Biden takes office?
Presidential Fight Club
This podcast is great fun! I think this is a wonderful way to have fun with history and if you aren’t careful, you WILL learn something!