1944 - 1952 Thomas E Dewey
Thomas Dewey won a hair-thin victory over Harry S Truman in the 1944 Presidential election following the death of Franklin D Roosevelt. His subsequent eight years in officer bridged the gap between war and peace. The first challenge facing President Dewey was a major dispute over nuclear strategy between General's Groves and LeMay. General Groves favored an early, necessarily limited, use of nuclear weapons that would entail dropping between two and six devices from B-29s in the latter part of 1945. This option became known as "The Little One". General LeMay favored waiting until a substantial arsenal of nuclear devices had been built and the B-36 bomber was available to deliver them. This option, known as "The Big One", meant delaying the assault until mid-1947. At first, proponents of The Little One appeared to have the upper hand, primarily as a result of information on the Holocaust in Germany becoming available, but the massive casualties inflicted on the B-29 fleet in 1944-45 and General LeMay's advocacy won the day for The Big One. In 1948 President Dewey won re-election by an unexpected landslide and spent his second term returning America to a peacetime footing. Although he faced much pressure to stage a rapid demobilization of US power, he resisted this and, in particular, preserved the huge US bomber fleet.
1952 - 1956 George S Patton
General George S Patton remains the only US President ever to have been elected by unanimous vote of the Electoral College. He achieved this distinction for two reasons. First was his popularity with the large number of US Army veterans of the war in Russia that also carried over into a large, vocal and active faction of the American civilian population. The second reason was that the prospects of his Democrat rival, Alger Hiss, were blighted by his indictment for treason (on evidence supplied by the Russians) a week before the election. Despite his Army background, President Patton proved an effective tri-service commander-in-chief and oversaw the re-orientation of American strategy that lead to the dramatic reduction of the U.S. Army. Much of the credit for Patton's Presidency is owed to his chief of staff, an old Army friend, Dwight D Eisenhower, who provided the political skills and team management ability that Patton sometimes lacked. Patton's warm personal relationship with Russian Premier Zhukov laid the foundation of the Russian-American alliance that remains in force to this day. President Patton suffered a serious stroke early in 1956 and was effectively disabled for the rest of the year. He died shortly after his successor, President Curtis LeMay was inaugurated in 1957.
1956 - 1964 Curtis E LeMay
President Patton's stroke obviously put him out of the running for a second term and his place on the Republican electoral ticket was taken by General Curtis LeMay. The Democrat Party contender, Adlai Stevenson was ploughed under by a LeMay landslide. Along with Patton's term, LeMay's two terms of office are now regarded as something of a golden age of international politics. Although much was made of a number of small issues at the time, it is now apparent that these were of little significance overall. The only obvious use of American power was the 1959/60 involvement in a Triple Alliance/Chipanese dispute that terminated in the Siege of Myitkyina and was ended by Operation Jungle Hammer. For the rest of these twelve years, the term Pax Americana was exact and accurate. President LeMay's term saw SAC develop into its final form as the ultimate expression of power. A brief flirtation with intercontinental missiles in 1957-58 was quickly abandoned (virtually all US strategic misisle programs were cancelled in the infamous 1957 "Missile Massacre" and the bomber remained the centerpiece of American strategic power. LeMay was challenged for his second term by John F Kennedy and the election looked extremely finely balanced but JFKs was severly mauled in radio debates by President LeMay. JFK's death in 1960 put the election in LeMay's lap. President LeMay was in increasing bad health for most of his second term. This lead, in part, to an acceleration of the process by which various departments of the US Government were run under contract by firms of specialized outside contractors. As a direct result, the size of the US Government (measured in terms of numbers of employees) fell steadily throughout the eight years of his Presidency
1964 - 1972 Lyndon Baines Johnson
Known to history as "The Last Great Democrat", Lyndon Baines Johnson was originally slotted to run as vice president to John F Kennedy in the 1960 election. However, Kennedy's tragic death in mid-1960 effectively destroyed the Democrat chance of election in that year and LBJ resigned the Vice President candidature, allegedly out of grief for the loss of his personal friend, more probably from a desire not to be seen as a loser in an already-lost election. Recognized as a master politician, LBJ spend the bulk of his Presidency balancing the power of the left and right wings of the Democrat Party. The left were represented by the Kennedy family, the right by LBJs own Texas-based allies. During his presidency, LBJ moved somewhat to the left in his internal policies and sharply to the right in international affairs. His first term of office was marked by a major conflict with the Kennedy wing of the Democrat Party, represented by Robert McNorman and Ramsey Chalk. The overt cause of this conflict was the conduct of operations in the Eastern Mediterranean but the underlying cause was the attempt by the Kennedy clique to reverse the shift in Government operations to The Contractors and the resulting loss of political patronage power. By the end of LBJs first term, McNorman had been exiled to the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Ramsey Chalk had suffered a disastrous mental breakdown. The influence of the Kennedy faction lead to a 1968 challenge for the Democrat nomination by Robert F Kennedy. RFK made considerable headway in his campaign, winning four primaries and staking out a position demanding a highly active anti-Caliphate foreign policy. This lead to RFKs undoing and he was assassinated by a Caliphate citizen named Sirhan Sirhan in April 1968. LBJ won his second term in office. The high point of his second term was the manned landing on the moon in 1969 and the subsequent exploration missions. LBJ died of a heart attack shortly after leaving office.
1972 - 1976 Richard Nixon
Quite unjustly, LBJs presidency was had to have marked the end of the Pax Americana. In reality, the growth of alternative power centers was inevitable and conflict equally so. Nevertheless, it appears that in an excruciatingly boring election campaign between Richard Milhous Nixon and Hubert Humphrey, a vague believe that electing a Republican would bring back the "good old days" was the deciding issue. These hopes were, of course, quickly eliminated. The events that became known as the "First Biowar" occurred with Nixon barely in office and removed any hope of a return to the halcyon days of the Patton/LeMay era. Once in power, Nixon's policies proved indistinguishable from those of LBJ except that he lacked Johnson's essential humanity and political golden touch. Rumors of corruption and misuse of power were eddying around the Nixon White House by the end of his term of office.
1976 - 1980 Jimmy Carter
Universally reviled as the worst President in American history, President James Earle Carter was elected by a narrow margin, the issue apparently being decided by his appearance of a clean new start in American politics, a sharp contrast to the Byzantine political maneuvering of his two predecessors. His initial proposals included a massive cut in US military power and an abandonment of the assertive power projection strategies. He attempted to establish friendly relations with both The Caliphate and Chipan, an effort that was undertaken on the explicit policy of "What's their's is their's, what's ours is negotiable." Fortunately, most of his efforts were neutralized by the fact that the US Government was now almost entirely run by contractors and their efforts saved the day. The authority of his Presidency had already been seriously damaged when he lost two cases he had brought before the Supreme Court, one challenging the legality of hiring contractors to staff and manage government departments, the other claiming he had the right to terminate their contracts at will. The Justices ruled that the contracts were both legal and binding. Late in his Presidency, the events of 1979/80 discredited his entire political and strategic policy and he attempted to reverse course. By this time, it was too late. Carter is believed to have lost the election in a single night when, in a prime-time live television conference, he rounded on his Executive Assistant, Naamah without any apparent cause, subjecting her to a stream of abuse ending with a suggestion that she should be sent to The Caliphate since "they knew how to handle her kind there." This remark became a major scandal that haunted his election campaign and cost him an overwhelming proportion of the women's vote. An unfortunate incident where he was attacked by a rabbit (the infamous Fewocious Wabbit) had already cost him the men's vote and he went down to a landslide defeat.
1980 - 1988 Ronald Reagan.
Ronald Wilson Reagan ended his eight year Presidency bearing the nickname "Ronaldus Magnus". His first act was to end the apparently aimless drift of American policy and return to the assertive approach of Patton and LeMay. His overall strategy was to contain The Caliphate while eliminating Chipan, then turn his full attention onto the Caliphate. By the end of his Presidency, Chipan had collapsed due to its economic shortcomings and The Caliphate was isolated. The extent to which President Reagan's policies brought about that result is hotly debated, it is widely asserted that Chipan was collapsing economically anyway. However, there is little doubt that the arms race instituted by President Reagan accelerated the process and his administration handled the collapse of Chipan in ways that brought about its end with a minimum of disruption. Reagan's great flash of insight was more subtle than just an understanding of the economic problems of Chipan. He also perceived that The Caliphate's military power rested very largely on equipment provided by Chipan and the elimination of that source of supply struck a severe blow at the heart of Caliphate military capability. This proved to be the case, the elimination of Chipan as a significant power forced The Caliphate onto the defensive and ended its expansion. Following the two terms of his Presidency, RR returned to his California ranch. He died in 2004.
1988 - 1992 George H.W. Bush.
Often known as "Reagan-Lite", the Bush Presidency was marked by the problems of dealing with the collapsed remnants of Chipan and the still-malevolent actions of The Caliphate. In retrospect, President GHW Bush failed to recognize the real danger presented by The Caliphate and adapt to its increasingly aggressive actions. He also failed to recognize the ominous shift in Caliphate research and development that stressed the enhanced development of biological weapons. By the end of his Presidency, the last representatives of the old-style Federal civil service had gone and the US Government was administered entirely by Contractors working under contract.
1992 - 2000 William Jefferson Clinton
President Clinton was the first president in many years whose primary focus was on domestic rather than foreign. American involvement in international affairs sunk to an even lower level than usual and, as a result, a number of threatening international developments were neglected. Outside the United States, conflict between the various other power groups started to escalate. Chief amongst these was the dissolution of the Chinese-Japanese union and the subsequent attempts by The Caliphate to encroach upon Chinese and Japanese territory. The Caliphate also started to encroach on Sub-Saharan Africa, attempting to bring the Moslem minorities in those areas under its control. In doing so, they ran head on into the South Africans and an undeclared war started. The Clinton Presidency was opposed to the South Africans on grounds of their internal politics and refused to provide them with military or diplomatic assistance. President Clinton's second term was beset by personal and political scandals that effectively paralysed his regime.
2000 - 2008 George W. Bush.
The 2000 election was the most closely-fought in American history. In the end, the decision between Albert Gore and George W Bush was decided by a few hundred votes in the state of Florida. The Democrat Party attempted to have the election overturned by staging selective recounts, a process stopped by the Supreme Court. In retrospect, the explosion of rage from the Democrat marked the beginning of the end for them as a force in American politics. Increasingly they became seen as a foul-mouthed, aggressive and doctrinaire party of the far left. Although the full process of their fall would take more than a decade, it was the legal manoeuverings of the 2000 Presidential Election that started the process.
Initially, the "Dubya Presidency" followed the path of the Clinton Presidency in concentrating on domestic affairs. This, of course, ended on September 11th 2001 when a TWA "People Hauler" with over a thousand passengers on board was hijacked by terrorists who crashed it into the World Trade Center in New York. Three more hijacked airliners, including one more that was heading for New York and two more for Washington were shot down before they could reach their intended targets. With almost six thousand dead driving their actions, US attention returned to international affairs. American military and economic power was used to support forces countering Caliphate terrorism around the world and efforts to improve US internal security were redoubled.
Goerge Bush was re-elected by an improved margin in 2004 despite a vicious and concerted attack on him from the Democrat Party and its supporters. As a result of those attacks, the Republicans were placed in control of the both houses and the Presidency, the first time since 1952 that this had been the case. Relations between the two main parties degenerated quickly during this period, witha growing split in the Democrat Party ranks becoming apparent. As we now know, this would result in the effective dissolution of the Democrat Party and its replacement by a new Federal Party that combined moderate Republicans and Democrats. However, in 2008, the Democrat vote was split between the far-left Japhet Olongo and Hilary Clinton (wife of Thomas Jefferson Clinton). The split vote gave the Republicans a third term of office. This proved to be the last election contested by the Democrat Party in its original form.
2008 - 2012 John Ellis "Jeb" Bush
The election of JEB Bush led some humorists to suggest that the White House be renamed the Bush House. His term in office was unremarkable except for the party political changes that surrounded it. The new Federal party comprised moderate Democrats and Republicans and occupied the political center ground. This left the Republicans and Democrats as minority parties occupying the extreme right and left of the political spectrum respectively. Given this situation, it was not surprising that the Federal party won the 2012 election,