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Pat McMahon

Updated Feb 17, 2014 - 11:31 am


On Monday, when we recognize all of them, everyone should be prepared to answer with who their favorite U.S. president is.

And no matter how far up or down his approval rating is, don't be surprised if very few people who are asked choose President Barack Obama. It's one of the things that happens with just about all chief executives while in office: A love-fest through much of a first term, rapidly diminishing if re-elected.

It's so much easier to pick a president from another era. Who will argue? So pick George Washington. Can't go wrong there. What did he do that could be criticized? Well, his critics in the Continental Congress held off sending him supplies at Valley Forge, because they didn't think he was handling it well. And they were really ticked when he got that help from France.

Thomas Jefferson was considered by some to be a hypocritical slave owner. And when he created his own Bible, fundamentalists nearly fainted. Did you see the movie "Lincoln"? You know what was being said about him.

Both Roosevelts were accused of racism. And let me see, what was that problem with Bill Clinton?

I'm just reminding you on this Presidents Day 2014, in many ways, the reason we vote for them is that they're just like us.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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