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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 ...more
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.
He was the best and they put him on a penny come on nah he should be on the 100V322 Comments
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!
Don't get me wrong. I love America. But even if the country I am about to say did have an evil, evil history and terrible leaders, it got better after a bit. I'm proud to be 1/4 of the country who brought us Albert Einstein, even if Steven Hawking is smarter. Germany FOR THE WIN!
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.
George Washington wasn't highly remembered for turning down the opportunity of becoming King of America. He turned it down. Who does that these days? No one! If that offer was granted to anyone else, America would be probably a hellish place once again.V112 Comments
#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.
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
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.
He doubled the federal budget, tripled the national debt and mass incarcerated millions of non-violent drug offenders. "Small government" - marmalade_skiesV384 Comments
I personally don't understand how anyone can out rank this founding father, other than General Washington, for his role in creating the Americas. But even then - what is America if not free?
Jefferson was one of those rare independent thinkers, who spent his life studying the nature of man; and when you read what he wrote, it was all spot on. All his warnings and insistence on keeping power at a local, state level, where people could be held accountable for their actions were warnings that the entire world, not just America can learn from in today's globalist governments who act with impunity.
He was unfortunately the last of a dying breed of men, whose education of Latin and philosophy was soon traded for the ideals of the industrial revolution.
I often wonder what Jefferson would think of the modern world. Yes, our lives are incredibly easy and comfortable, but are we truly free? Would he sit back as the fed rapes and ruins what he fought for. Or would he ...more
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 Hypocrite... he might have come up with the Declaration of Independence but he refuse to free the slaves because their absence would make his life hard. I have not respect his efforts.
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.
He did so much to shape American government. How is he not number 1?V43 Comments
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.
I don't disagree with you that JFK was a good president; however, to blame the Iraq/Afghan War on George Bush is absolutely ignorant of the entire remainder of the story. - themusicking101
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.
He also caused the Cuban Missile Crisis (via the Bay of Pigs invasion) - marmalade_skies
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).
Kennedy had more mistresses than legislative accomplishments. - marmalade_skiesV206 Comments
No one greater than Roosevelt. He was dead before I was born, but I can barely look at his picture without crying. My parents were children in the depression, and credited this man for literally saving them from starvation. Mother said no one was working, had any food, or money, and lived in daily fear of what would happen to them. They would listen to his fireside chats on the radio, and she said the fear would lift at the sound of his voice, and calm come over the house. He assured them they would be taken care of, not to worry, and the government trucks started delivering the potted meat and some staples. I have been told that almost every American home at that time had his picture hanging on the wall of their homes. Unless you lived during those times, you cannot fully appreciate what this man did. He saved America, paralyzed from a wheel chair. I adore this man.
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.
Saved america and made it grow as an economy and as a whole better than anyone ever will.V159 Comments
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.
He was extremely tough, extremely honest, and extremely political. He got shot, and then gave a speech right afterwards, not to mention 'Busting Trusts' and having the Panama Canal built, he, Andrew Jackson, and Ronald Reagan were the two toughest presidents we have ever had.V77 Comments
#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.
I loved him in 1948V22 Comments
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?!
Our country prospered during the Clinton years. I liked that he could connect with an array of folks in and out of government. He seemed to be respected in other countries, and I felt that he had the people in America in his best interest. So what if he messed up in his personal life. It had nothing to do with his performance as president. And I think that Hillary played a huge part in the success of our country supporting our President.
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.
Should have killed HillaryV104 Comments
#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
Following up George Washington was no easy task, but Adams too helped lay the groundwork for the fledgling nation. - marmalade_skiesV11 Comments
#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 was a very well-informed person, and many admired this about him. Because he knew so much and contributed a lot to the debates, Madison was called "Father of the Constitution." Also, Madison he took notes -published in The Federalist Papers- which are today our best record of what happened during the Constitutional Convention. Madison argued for federalism (power being divided between the states and national government), which eventually won over antifederalism (states having more power than the national government). Madison helped convince Virginia, which as a whole was opposed to a stronger central government, to ratify the Constitution. Madison was secretary of state for Thomas Jefferson (some even commented he controlled the president! ) and then became president himself. While he was president, the U.S. faced the War of 1812.
Personally, James Madison is my favorite president
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.
People criticize Bush for the War in Iraq but praise James Madison for the War of 1812? - marmalade_skiesV8 Comments
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.
If only more people knew this travesty. You forgot the part about Scalp Bounties though -- it gets even uglier. - theOpinionatedOne
Jackson was a President who made the democratic process more available to the masses. It does not offset the Trail of Tears with the Native Americans in the South even though the Supreme Court said he could not. He is suppose to enforce the laws of Congress and verdicts of the Court. He destroyed the Bank of the U.S. over a personal quarrel which caused the Panic of 1837. Please do not mention anything about the spoils system.
He was one of the first presidents to come from nothing into something, and used those skills he grew up with, as well as his military skills to influence the idea of expanding American democracy for virtually all white males, which was revolutionary at that time. He also saved us from getting into a civil war by passing a bill to lower taxes on cotton in the south, since the south, especially South Carolina, had been taxed on cotton severely.
Influence isn't the same thing as quality. Star Wars isn't a good movie and Andrew Jackson wasn't a good president. - marmalade_skiesV45 Comments
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.
"The buck stops here" He took responsibility for his action. He used the atomic bomb and implemented the Marshall Plan to save Europe from communism. He won an election where he was a huge underdog because he was such a fighter. The Korean War was the big crack during his years as President. He was such a force.
Unpopular unknown but great the cold war was a hard time especially at the beginning he lead us through most underrated president since 1900 along with coolidge 1933 to 1961 were filled greats far truman ike
Swiftly ended WWII, rebuilt Europe, and resisted the Soviet Union. We could not have won the Cold War without Truman';s leadership.; - marmalade_skiesV27 Comments
Ouch! "he created the Federal Reserve Act", you mean he passed the Federal Reserve Act in exchange for money from the private banks that make it up...he then realized he had created a monster allowing private banks to lend money to the government at high interest rates, & that the Board of Directors had more power than anyone in the government, including him!. The man who founded the original Federal Reserve, the "the First Bank", said "Give me the power to print money, I care not who is governing"...because they have no power! Wilson regretted his decision & died saying he betrayed his country by signing that Bill, that's the best thing about him! Benjamin Franklin said giving away the power to print money, (& a private entity with NO audits at that! ) would destroy this country! I can't believe people are actually so misinformed as to list this as a positive, the man himself died in shame for betraying his country! It's the basis of every economic crisis since then. "The hand giving ...more
Superb president with many ideas that shaped our nation to become what it is today. He created the Federal Reserve Act, which allows each district of our nation to be managed by a bank; he created the Federal Trade Commission, which prevents the rise of corrupt business. There were many other superb things that he created, but these were some of his best.
He had a strong heart by believing Self-Determination and had the right idea of the establishing the League of Nations. He deserves to be a bit higher.
He is a good presidentV21 Comments
He didn't do anything special. He was just a normal president
Purchased Florida and his presidency was known as the "Era of Good Feelings".
He was the last of the five founding fathers
This man is a ass - Levon_KennedyV5 Comments
James Knox Polk was THE best example of a leader with efficiency, promise, consistency, and was really a major unsung hero. Polk came into the presidency with some laid-out goals, promised to get them all done, ended up completing everything he wanted to do (which was incredibly significant and crucial), and then left and never came back. What a bad-ass. This guy never gets enough credit and is a true success among US presidents. Polk's my favorite of all time, and he should definitely be a Top 10 staple. Polk should never be looked past.
Top 10 President #6 He said that he had an agenda and if he achieved it then he would not run again. He set goals and achieved them. Such agenda like annexing Texas, acquiring land in the west and settling the Canada--USA present border. Polk accomplished these goals in Texas becoming a state, the Mexican War with land acquired to the Pacific Ocean and fifty-four forty or fight to settle the question with Great Britain. He was successful so he served for 4 years as a result.
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.
Very underrated! Deserves top 5V9 Comments
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 ...more
That is very true. He probably just messes up the economy because he knew it would take a while for people to fix so that he could blame it on the next president.
To the fellow who has the three-point defense of Bush, you are entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts. 9-11 happened on September 11, 2001. George Bush assumed office in January of that year so he had already been in office nine months when 9-11 happened. He did not "inherit" it, it happened on his watch. Nor did he do anything that truly helped the economy. When Bush left office, the unemployment rate was 10 percent, which the Obama administration has cut in half. Our country was losing hundreds of thousands of jobs per month at the end of Bush's presidency, which was also reversed by Obama. There is this feeling among Republicans that giving tax breaks to the wealthy spurs the economy, but the fact is that a greater percentage of the population can afford to purchase goods, that's when the economy thrives, as under Clinton and Obama. I realize Fox News has its set of facts and that's all that some people listen to, but these are the actual facts.
Probably the 3rd worst president in U.S. history after Buchannan and Andrew Johnson. Lying about the WMDs, helping the events leading to the Great Reciison (a.k.a. the great stock crash of 2008), waterboarded and by killing Sadam Hussein he made the biggest mistake in history. Now other groups such as Hamas and ISIS are growing and have allies such as Vladimir Putin. As well, on September 11th, 2001 one of the saddest and darkest days in both the U.S.'s and the World's history he was reading a book to some children in Florida (The Big Sheep). Coretta Scott King told him that a plane had hit the WTC's South Wing to which he replied- I'm reading. She later told him another plane hit the North Side to which he responded- I'll deal with it later. About an hour later, the pentagon was hit and he finally left. Total ass.
We need more people to vote for George W. Bush, he has only two votes!V111 Comments
Obama Is probably the most underrated president since Lincoln. Right wing propaganda shows like Fox News make him out to be some sort of Antichrist, but any logical person who really looks back on what this man has done for our country so far can say that he has done pretty well. First and foremost, he is the first African president in a country infamous for racism and segregation, specially against blacks. He's erased the ultimate stereotype by reaching the nation's highest office despite his skin color. He ended the pointless oil grabbing war in Iraq and cut off the head of AlQueda by killing Bin Laden, and by doing so avenging all those who lost they're lives in the 911 attacks. He has put millions of Americans back to work, though America has not yet reached the pre bush economic prosperity. He supports same sex marriage, facing extreme opposition from homophobic right wingers and Ultraconservative religious organizations. He has done more to help the ailing environment than any ...more
I'm writing this on Jan. 14, 2016, and we have had a great example in the last couple days of the difference between this man and his critics. On Tuesday, word came that ten sailors were being detained by the Iranian government. Eager to cash in on the xenophobia of their base, the Republican presidential candidates immediately called on Obama to cancel his State of the Union address scheduled for that night and deal with this "crisis". New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who is apparently no longer grateful for the help Obama gave his state during hurricane Sandy, was particularly harsh in his criticism. When the sailors weren't even mentioned during the address, the candidates doubled down in their condemnation of Obama and said the nuclear deal we(and four other nations) struck with Iran was foolish. These candidates are now busy wiping the egg off their faces. The next day, Iran released the hostages after a phone call from Secretary of State Kerry. They were unharmed, there was ...more
Now before I say what I want to say I need to say I'm a republican. And yes Obama isn't particularly my favorite president. But I'm not gonna be like a damn trump supporter and say he's a Muslim communist. Yes he's a liberal and is a bit to far left for my liking, but he isn't a very good president. He's not the worst in history, not by far but he's still not good. It's a fact that he has accumulated more debt than any other president even George bush or Jimmy Carter. Obamacare is a complete fail and his immigration policies are crap. And why would you make a nuclear deal with Iran, a country that hasn't really been our greatest friend and has at times threatened us because we support Saudi Arabia. Also he doesn't really like Isreal. I'm not gonna go off saying he's a anti Semitic like Hitler because he's not. But I don't believe he likes them. They are constantly being threatened by surrounding countries including Syria and Palestine. Their people are constantly living in fear ...more
Obama has accomplished nothing. He has been in office for 8 years and it is just a complete mess.V291 Comments
His record of domestic achievement including civil rights, medicare, medicaid, the war on poverty, education and the environments is unequalled. Despite Vietnam, a war he inherited, he left the US economy stronger than when he took over. His record grows year by year as his accomplishments and effectiveness are compared with his successors. A great president.
LBJ is so underrated because of Vietnam. To be a southerner and lead the civil rights movement took astonishing guts. He said at the time that passing civil rights was the proper thing to do, but that Democrats could "write off the south for the next forty years". Unfortunately I think he may have underestimated just how racially divided our country is. I love my country but in many ways I am afraid of its future.
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.
He was the best president and the worst president. - marmalade_skiesV16 Comments
My favorite president. Helped pass Immigration Acts and helped change America into the Melting Pot it is today. He did what was necessary in a time of little need to maintain that title and led the body of America with a new found gait and posture unlike any president post-Coolidge or pre-Coolidge. Deserves to be appreciated much more.
Bottom 15 Nothing happens during this time which was great with this President. He had a great era with business success. How much sleep a day did he need? He once told a woman at a dinner in which she said that she bet she could make him say more than 2 words that night. Coolidge responds, "You lose." Uneventful era for any conflict.
Retired a lot of the country's debt, left office with a smaller government than he inherited, cut taxes, always had a balanced budget, business prospered under his Presidency.
Calvin Coolidge should be a lesson to modern day politicians: the less you do, the better we do.
There's a difference between limited governing and not governing. - marmalade_skiesV15 Comments
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