This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
The jstl tags make this much easier. Another option is to create a method in your Action Form that returns a boolean value. So rather than having logic in your JSP like (if firstName = 'George' and lastName = 'Bush') you would move this code into your form into a single method named like isCurrentPresident() or getCurrentPresident().