Best Presidents of the United States

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The Top Ten

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Abraham Lincoln (16)
Should be above Bush, you think 911 was worse than the civil war?
Clinton balanced the budget and actually left a surplus but top 5? No.
Personally don't think Bush43, Clinton, JFK, or Nixon belong in the top 10.
JFK was not a good president, just remembered well. Nixon was a brilliant politician but remembered as a shady scumbag, even compared to other politicians. FDR elected 4 times but if it weren't for WWII his new deal would have destroyed America not to mention court packing is worse than what Nixon did. FDR = shadiest president every (adulterer, internment camps, undercutting his own party to win a 3rd term... ) Obama is the worst for the deficit so far of any president in history and he won a nobel prize because they hoped that he wouldn't vote on a troop surge, which he did anyway. Those aren't arguments for praise. Any honorable recipient would have returned it after his decision but he was probably busy visiting the last of the "57" states. Washington had the toughest job, building a nation, he should be higher. Teddy ARE was only 42 when he became president, that should be considered. As long as Buchanan or Harding aren't up there guess can't complain too much.
Abraham Lincoln is the reason the United States is still United and began the elimination of racism by ending slavery. To do this he began a largely unpopular but necessary war. This made him hated to the point where he was assassinated but he went through with his decision anyway. Would any politician today do this? I doubt it.
Abraham Lincoln was man you could change his ideas. Like slavery he first thought it was good. Then he realized that slavery was wrong. He did almost everything to fix the country. No other president thought about slavery should be wrong or even segregation. Martin Luther king jr was not a president but still fought for what is right. Only Abraham Lincoln thought slavery was wrong. He was a man of changes and does what should be right among us. If he didn't exist there still would be slavery and African Americans would not be equally treated. So I think Abraham Lincoln should be the best president in history.
[Newest]Came from humble beginnings, excellent speaker, and true to his word! Ended slavery for African Americans as well as good treatment for Native Americans.
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2Ronald Reagan (40)
#40. (Republican) he was able to fix the economy, create twenty million new jobs, lower inflation rates, exempt low income Americans, create economic stability for small businesses, lower taxes, and bring in an end to the Cold War with his concise and effective foreign policy skills. He also was able to survive a gun shot and return to his duty only three weeks later. A real true American who believed in this country and a real true father to Conservatism! Even the democrats loved him. Good Bless Reagan.
Ronald Reagen is top president. He is a real but kicker, and if you see this in heaven ron I'll say you're the best president that ever lived and is still living.
The only president that was true to his word, most people that don't like him want a pacifist in charge, why do you think we are still bad ass
[Newest]He was the toughest president and we need him now because Obama has no guts
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3George Washington (1)
Even more than Jefferson or Madison he fought for a balance between state and federal government. Not to mention he believed in what he was doing.

LadyLioness

#1. (no party) The father of this nation. If it wasn't for him, we simply would not be here and would never have gotten the experience to live in the best country in the world. It is because of strong and heroic men like him, that we live free today and he is a constant reminder of our democracy and the reason why our flag stands up strong and will continue to serve us forever and ever!
George Washington kept the fledgling nation alive during one of its greatest challenges, and did it without circumventing the constitution. However, the most remarkable thing about his presidency is that I can't think of anything bad to say about his time in the office. Bush jr., Reagan, FDR, JFK, and Clinton belong nowhere near the top 10.
[Newest]I think he was a good president because he got us the Declaration of Independence
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4John F Kennedy (35)
Seriously? George W. Bush is # 1? All he did was start the Iraq and Afghanistan War, not to mention he barely helped at all when Hurricane Katrina came through. Now JFK, he was amazing. He started the Peace Corps, started the Space Race, made sure African Americans had equal rights in housing( And would've done more for Civil Rights if he served longer), made sure Steel industries couldn't raise their prices over and over, and stopped the Cuban Missile Crysis, and he didn't even serve a full term! So JFK deserves first or second for sure.
He's was the only Irish-Catholic president ever, and he was the youngest elected president ever. No one can represent the world, let alone America, as well as this guy. He would've completely solved any problems with Russia or Cuba, and who knows, even Korea or the Middle East. This guy knew what he was doing, unlike some other guys (ahem... Bush).
People who say JFK doesn't belong in the top ten obviously don't know JFK at all. He negotiated the Cuban Missile Crisis, which stopped a potential nuclear war, he was the one who started the Space Race which ultimately landed an AMERICAN on the moon, and he was a war hero, Purple Heart bearer who was willing to die for his country long before he actually did. I would cast my vote for JFK as one of the best presidents ever any day.
[Newest]Made great choices for our nation, sad he was assassinated!

5Franklin D Roosevelt (32)
Lead us through one of the toughest times this country has ever faced. How could Governor Bush even be on this list. Yes I still call him governor because that's the only political position he's actually ever fairly won (remember Al Gore and Florida? )

crazyeyes56

He got us through the Great Depression and WWII, and yet George Bush (who got us IN a depression and a war) is still ahead of him. That just doesn't make sense.
Umm New Deal and Great Depression? He got the US out of their greatest economical crisis to this day! He was able to completely revive the US economy, and although some could say his methods of doing so were too involved and unconstitutional (maybe even communistic), it was necessary at the time, and I don't think anyone would be complaining on whether or not he is constitutional if he is giving you a job!
[Newest]It doesn't make sense why JFK is above him.
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6Thomas Jefferson (3)
Thomas Jefferson is one of the most underrated presidents ever. The fact that G.W. bush and Bill Clinton were voted above Jefferson is bad enough, but Lincoln being number two is unbelievable. Lincoln destroyed Jefferson's vision of a free, VOLUNTARY union of sovereign states. If people understood history, Bush, Clinton, LINCOLN, and all other imperialist presidents would be voted down as some of the worst presidents in the history of the country. Read Jefferson's Declaration of Independence and it will become clear that every president which was voted above Jefferson (with the exception of Washington) supported policies which were counter to the founders' vision.
Thomas Jefferson was a hero, visionary, revolutionary thinker, as well as architect and all around genius. Any man who rejects these facts is just plain stupid and to replace them with the slavery scandal will be just as much so. What jefferson provided for this nation far surpasses any of his person shortcomings which all presidents even Washington and especially Lincoln, and to judge his political character by these would be foolish.
Are you kidding me? Thomas Jefferson was the best President! He gave us the Louisiana Purchase AND wrote the article that freed us as a nation! The Declaration of Independence! George W. Bush murdered our economy and was a gigantic hypocrite in his foreign policy!
[Newest]Genuine will for the better life of the people, great mind!

7George W. Bush (43)
This Bush is one of the greatest in history, but not as President... he is however one of the greatest nightmares to humanity in the 20th century. He has caused the death of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians - including women and children. When he "attacked terrorism", it took him 2 months to send only 11,000 troops to Afghanistan (there are more than 11,000 police in NYC) which gave Osama bin Laden PLENTY of time to get hidden. Then he lied to America about WMDs in Iraq to pull us into a ten year war to line the pockets of his family, and his friends with billions of dollars at the taxpayer's expense. He condoned the use of torture. And when he got into office the US had a surplus - when he left we were trillions of dollars in debt. Plus he scared the public into giving up rights with the Patriot act. Easily one of the worst presidents ever. A total disgrace to the US and the ideals of our founding fathers. Especially to the eyes of the world. I'm just glad he's gone now and America can start to rebuild from the damage he did.
Bush may not be my favorite or the best president ever, but he is definitely underrated and gets way too much criticism thrown at him for stereotypical and washed out reasons just for the fun of it from his opponents. Here's why he should be respected more for what he did, in my view:

1. He inherited 9-11 and displayed his patriotism for America by calling for assistance efforts at trying to help the country recover from the attacks, and not bothering to negotiate with the terrorists that attacked us, which would have made us look weak in the eyes of al Qaeda. Instead, he displayed our will to stay strong at home and abroad by encouraging an expansion on military spending and a full-out fight against terrorism.

2. He used tax cuts similar to Ronald Reagan's that resulted in extra job opportunities for individuals struggling to find work, and contributed to expanding the overall US GDP without unnecessary government spending.

3. Along with tax cuts, he attempted to improve the economy in light of the recession by expanding exploitation for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with no true intentions of harming wildlife in the area, and only doing the project through a method of casting a small environmental footprint.
He gets far too much crap for his presidency; he faced some of the toughest situations America has endured and did the best he could, some presidents on this list would have fared far worse than he did in the same situation.
[Newest]WHAT?! How is he even on this list. Bush tanked the economy, started a war, and destroyed some of our rights.

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8Theodore Roosevelt (26)
An honest politician, if there is such a thing. A man who actually cared about the average American citizen and the environment. He was brave in conflicts on the battlefield and in Washington. I'm not what you would call an educated man (only high school grad. ) But I can read and from what I have read, I feel I am right. We would have no National Parks if it was for him. A great solider, sportsman, conservationist, and most of all President. Thank God for Teddy Roosevelt.
#26. (Republican) strong imperialistic leader who's influence on government is still vital to the U.S. today with the creation of the Big Stick Policy. His love for nature and keeping America's national landmarks forever reserved is a constant symbol representing our pride and integrity! He also installed other effective policies such as the Meat Inspection Act and was determined to fight for the workers rights and benefits for the many Americans affected by America's Industrial Period.
Come on, he was a cowboy for one, and was even shot before giving a speech but still gave it.
[Newest]He free. The world

9William Clinton (42)
I've lost all faith in this list and in the people who have voted Bush as the 2nd best president, though I'm not surprised if you get your info from Fox News or even MSNBC.

The economy was BOOMING fantastically during this man's terms, and he knew how to work with both the Democratic and Republican party. Gas was cheaper than it ever was under George W Bush (and Barack Obama's first term. Another thing is that Bush DID NOT inherit a recession from Clinton; he inherited a SURPLUS and drove it into the ground, and yet the man is second place on this list?!
Bill Clinton is one of the greatest leaders of all time. Awesome economic boom and ridiculously good foreign policy. Not the best overall, but definitely better than GEORGE BUSH. What a terrible list.
1. Lincoln (held union together, terrific supporter of universal freedom)
2. Washington (basically founded the nations values set precedents yadayada)
3. FDR (wartime president, ended great depression, etc. )
4. Clinton (mentioned)
5. Kennedy, if only...
6. Jefferson
7. Madison
8. GHW Bush (he was actually pretty good).
It was the best era in my life time. The economy was good. I had my first job and making good money. There was so much prosperity and so much surplus then little Bush took us to war in Middle East and took it all away.
[Newest]Amazing! The economy was great people had money and jobs. We were thriving. Today I have no job and a masters degree


10Dwight D. Eisenhower (34)
#34. (Republican) the strong and heroic WW2 general who lead the successful attack on Normandy. He helped the Americans defeat Hitler and it is because of his efficient military actions that helped us win V.E. day (Victory in Europe Day). If it wasn't for him, Hitler would have probably taken over the world, killed the rest of the Jews, and would have the remaining people still living under nazi occupation. Eisenhower was not only a superb war general but also a great president who was a strong civil rights activist and dedicated his presidency to stopping the spread of segregation across America. Not only did he get us out of WW2, but later during his presidency, he also got us out of the Korean War. The fact that he was able to get us out of two wars is very astonishing and is something that not everyone can achieve in their lifetime! However, he did it and he did it well!
The reason why America rose to be a GREAT nation. He built our national infrastructure. He built our space program. He educated our population. He WARNED of the military industrial complex. He oversaw 8 years of peace during one of the worst periods in history. He was everything that Republicans today despise.
He was a very good president during the war.
[newest]
He left his presidency with a surplus of millions in the Government!

The Contenders

11James Madison (4)
#4. (Democratic-Republican) the father of the bill of rights who helped create the individual demands and benefits that still hold true to the American people this very day! Another perfect example of a founding father who's policies helped America succeed and improve its conditions for a stronger and more reliable nation. His strong inspiration and courage is a constant reminder of the civil liberties that represent our constitution and law of the land.
He led the nation through the War of 1812, securing US sovereignty for generations to come. He was also the father of the constitution and help to write the Federalist Papers without which we might not have democracy in the world today.
Creator of the Bill of Rights and the United States Constitution, which is perhaps one of the most important documents in the Western World.

12John Adams (2)
#2. (Federalist) another founding father who's examples lead to the creation of the constitution and declaration of independence. It is because of his actions that lead to our freedoms and fought for our rights as American citizens. He is also the well known successor of our nation's first president George Washington and continued to carry out his dreams and responsibilities that made America stand strong to this very day!
With few exceptions, John Adams is unmatched in Character, morals and honor. Of those in the 'top 10' only Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson come close to matching Adams. He is one of the original founding fathers, as a lawyer he defended the British soldiers in the Boston massacre (and got them equitted in a Boston courtroom full of people who wanted to hang them). He consistantly voted for what he believed was right (including voting for Indian rights) even when it was not popular. What president in the last 50 years would do that?
John Adams Founded Our Navy. He helped write the Declaration of Independence and you putt him at number 15 and Obama at 13 I mean all Obama did is get us 20,000,000,000 dollars in debt. I don't think he is the greatest president but at least top 10

13Harry S Truman (33)
An underdog who got absolutely no support from his predessor but on his own merits become probably one of the best and most courageous of the presidents.
About the only Democrat I fully respect. Without him, god knows what the country would be right now.
Harry did what was right not popular, forcing owners and strikers to meet, integrating the military and firing MacArthur's ass. Heck he even brought in a surplus and actually lived a normal life after his presidency.

14Andrew Jackson (7)
Andrew was the first president from humble beginnings, breaking the tradition of elite in office. His strong sense of nationalism was critical in his fight against the BUS and a strong central government
Jackson's policies toward Native Americans will haunt the population for ever in that he went against the Supreme Court and stationed US troops in Georgia in an attempt to settle and drive all of them out on the Trail of Tears.
Only one time in American history did we not have a national dept... Andrew Jackson for the win.
[Newest]Most Badass President in our history


15James Polk (11)
Should be much higher! Annexed Texas, the Oregon Territory and the Mexican Session. Lowered Tariffs and set the groundwork for our modern banking system and completed it all in 4 years. We could use more like him.
An extension of Andrew Jackson who made his own legacy
Expanded our great country coast to coast!

16James Monroe (5)
James Monroe should be number 14 greatest president. Obama stinks!

17Bill Clinton (42)
A cool smart cat... Must be a Democrat! He is a Democrat!... Dah?
I think Bill Clinton is a pretty great president.
William Clinton is Bill Clinton. He is already on this list.

18Calvin Coolidge (30)
One of the few Presidents who stayed out of the way, and the country prospered.
Herbert hoover also stayed out of the way but the country fell apart under his watch
Way underrated... He ALLOWED for America to be America

19Warren G. Harding (29)

20John Q Adams (6)
Only president that I agree with all of his decisions: supported high tariffs, strong national bank, nationalizing canals and railroads, giving rights to Native Americans, and supporting the arts and academia.

akiva254


21Lyndon B. Johnson (36)
LBJ should be higher his issues came in his foreign policy. However his work in creating the america we see today is irrefutable. He passed the Civil Rights act of 64 and Voting rights act of 65 creating an Atmosphere where in which African Americans can prosper rather than be discriminated on. Not to mention 'the great Society' in this period he created a prosperous nation of equality which the US takes for granted today, it is my firm belief that as a democratic leader LBJ is the best the US has had however overall not so.
Johnson's record on civil rights, poverty, education and the environment was unequalled. This places him as probably the most influential president of the 20th century. His influence has endured and his reputation has grown steadily with time.
Lyndon Johnson was obviously the best president we've ever had. You people need to read a damn history book.

TrueKO


22Woodrow Wilson (28)
Lead during the first world war. Set the way for the U.N. to be built.
Deseves more credit, he indirectly formed the United Nations which I believe has done well at keeping countries together. He led our country to victory in World War I. (Which no one ever talks about)
Kind of forgotten now but a brave man he was to be I'll and still go on, there's a few more who did the same but this guy was great

23William Harrison (9)
Died one month after taking office!

24Martin Van Buren (8)
He was alright he would have been better if Andrew Jackson didn't sign all those bills that wasted money
Was president during the Panic of 1837

25Gerald Ford (38)
I have a report on him and this is very helpful

26George H.W. Bush
#41. (Republican) great leader economically and improved the quality of the economy after he took over from Reagan. The fiscal success from the 80's was able to continue strongly into his presidency and his foreign policy skills were also very sharp and effective. He succeeded at attacking Iraq from Kuwait and resolving conflicts in the Middle East with Iraqi dictator Saddam Heussin.
Liberated Kuwait. Other than that, not much to say about this guy.

GreaterEmpire1

SCREW THIS GUY! HE STARTED 911 and when 911 was going on he was reading to children! He's a bad president!

LpsDisneyTmntFreak

[Newest]Better than the other George Bush.

27Richard Nixon (37)
This man did much during his term (s) in office... The public should read up
On what he accomplished.
Did he bug offices? Probably.
Obama is presently "bugging" the whole nation, not to mention other countries.
Nixon deserves better!
Id say he's the best presiednet number uno 4eva
The last President who was really in charge.

28Rutherford B. Hayes (19)
Well he obviously has the coolest name...

29Zachary Taylor (12)

30Grover Cleveland (24)
He was also 22nd president

FrankP

He told Franklin Roosevelt when he was 5 that he would end up as nothing but a "scag"

benhos


31William McKinley (25)
Got us out of the spanish american war with under a thousand deaths and annexed hawaii

32Millard Filmore (13)

33James A. Garfield (20)

34Chester A. Arthur (21)

35John Tyler (10)

36Andrew Johnson (17)
Persevered though a difficult time as president from a state perceived as being rebellious

37Benjamin Harrison (23)

38Franklin Pierce (14)
Just an amazing guy
Caused dems to loose popularity in north

39Ulysses S. Grant (18)
His high moral character which is evident in his attempts of peace with the native americans, along with sending federal troops to round up the k in the south has to be appreciated considering he followed arguably the most racist president ever (A. Johnson)
I was named after him. A general and an author of an interesting book.

40Herbert Hoover (31)
The depression wasn't his fault. it was bound to happen the country was going down the drain and he did his best to stop it. visit the Herbert Hoover museum in West Branch, Iowa and you'll see how good of a person he was.
Was president during Great Depression

41Barack Obama (44)
Obama should be near the bottom along with carter due to the fact he is all against are four fathers an what they have done to make this are home. He simply taking away what America has always stood for God freedom and patriotism adding more an more rules an regulations. When the people fear the government there is inequity and when government fear the people there is freedom
Obama has faced more resistance from a divided populace than any president since Lincoln and has still succeeded in most areas. He ended wars, got Bin Laden, insured millions of Americans and improved health care, reversed the negative job growth we had under Bush, and the stock market is at record highs. And he managed all of this despite a right-wing that's refused to help on any level and has tried to sabotage progress. He has a far better track record than Reagan, and if any Republican had half the accomplishments Obama's had, Republicans would be wanting to put him on Mt. Rushmore.
Seriously I cannot understand why so many Americans hate Obama, either their completely ignorant, racist, biased (Republican), or stupid. Obama is trying to make America a more socialist country and just letting you know SOCIALISM IS NOT COMMUNISM! His Health care plan is essentially what we have in Australia (Medicare) it works perfectly and it would help the lower class Americans a lot, even if it costs a great deal. He tried to introduce same sex marriage which is also good, but unfortunately, ignorant homophobics say NO! Ended the pointless war in Iraq and assassinated Osama Bin Laden. Seriously, Obama is trying to help the American people and fix the mess that idiot Dubya made years ago. People criticize him for stupid reasons, goes to show how effective Murdoch's Fox News and all the other Right Wing News channels are in manipulating the American people into believing what they want. Socialism is not Americas problem, Murdochism IS!
[Newest]Obama is the worst president ever. He should be impeached
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42James Buchanan (15)

43Jimmy Carter (39)
He vetoed war with Russia and he continues to work for world peace. He also greatly reduced world hunger.
Peace that all it matters
Lead more peaceful solutions

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