12 thoughts on “Dick Morris on Ulysses S. Grant as President

  1. OhioGuy November 22, 2015 / 1:53 pm

    While I disagree with some of his assertions and his interpretation of facts, I will have to say he’s a better amateur historian than he is an election prognosticator. 😉 Given his audience, I think his emphasis on Grant’s work in the civil rights area will help educate many about this important aspect of the Grant presidency. I’d give him a sold B on this video, as he did overemphasize the scope of the scandals and was a little too simplistic in his discussions of their origins and implications.

  2. Bob Nelson November 22, 2015 / 2:03 pm

    Wow!!!~ Everything you need to know about Grant’s Presidency in 5 minutes. You should really try to get this guy a posting in the history department at ASU. What a hoot.

  3. OhioGuy November 22, 2015 / 2:26 pm

    that should be “solid B” — “sold B” has exactly the wrong implication. ;-(

    • Andy Hall November 22, 2015 / 9:06 pm

      “sold B” has exactly the wrong implication.

      Well, it IS Dick Morris we’re talking about.

      • OhioGuy November 22, 2015 / 11:28 pm

        Touché! Good point. I think he always does have a problem with personal integrity not to mention lack of attention to detail. But, I was generous in my grade because I thought as a rank amateur historian he was making an honest effort to be fair. I get so tired of most of these pop histories that still present the Lost Cause version of Grant as a bumbling idiot who was a completely failed president in the mold of Nixon. Morris didn’t do that, so I gave him a few bonus points.

      • bob carey November 23, 2015 / 4:02 am

        Does anyone else think that Morris was imbibing just a wee bit before lunch, he seemed a bit confused.

        • OhioGuy November 23, 2015 / 11:20 am

          That thought crossed my mind as his face seemed even more flushed than the last time l saw him a year ago or so.

  4. bob carey November 22, 2015 / 2:42 pm

    Dr. Simpson;
    I am not well read on the Grant administration and I was wondering if you could clear up one point made by Morris in his video, did Basil Rathbone use the money he received because of the Gold Ring to pay for acting lessons? Elementary Dr. Simpson,

  5. Noma November 22, 2015 / 2:45 pm

    Hmm… I never heard about Julia Dent Grant’s brother, Basil Rathbone. Did he hang out with some doctor in England?

    I always become bewildered when I hear a presentation like this. It seems like 65 – 85 percent of it is accurate. And he includes some important points, such as Grant’s being a champion of
    civil rights. Does not mention how it all came crashing down when Salmon P. Chase died, and Morrison Waite took over — gutting the 14th amendment. And how things changed when Amos Akerman was eventually replaced with Pierpont Morgan for Attorney General.

    Also, it seems like the whole “scandals” thing is a little too complicated for him to even assess. No, Julia did not take a $25,000 bribe. And, for example, there seems to be pretty good evidence that the so-called “Custom House Scandal” was not really a scandal after all. A lot of this was just hyped up by the press at the time — but also there were genuine problems.

    I would be interested to hear what others think about Frank Scatturo’s book “President Grant Reconsidered” — especially with regard to the scandals.

    Some interesting things in Morris’s presentation — but considering some of the errors, I’m not whether or not the reader comes out ahead.

  6. Bill Underhill November 22, 2015 / 4:14 pm

    Oh, my God! Fernando Wood (Ferdinand Ward), Basil ” Sherlock Holmes” Rathbone, Vanderbilt “giving” Grant $150,000 to live on after the Grant and Ward failure, 44 Grant relatives on the Federal job list. Morrris needs to come to Grant Cottage and get the facts.

  7. Pat Young November 22, 2015 / 7:14 pm

    Cliff Clavin territory.

  8. rcocean November 22, 2015 / 7:56 pm

    “Grant was the only president to be really fair to Native Americans in the West”. Huh? There wasn’t a dime worth of difference between Grant’s policy and those who came after him. And i don’t think Lincoln was particularly ‘unfair’ to the Indians.

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