Top Ten Best Acts by U.S. Presidents

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The Top Ten

1 Abolishing Slavery - Abraham Lincoln

Involuntary servitude was finally deemed unconstitutional by the Lincoln administration. Congress passed the 13th amendment which made slavery illegal. - Alpha101

Which is why Abraham Lincoln is awesome - TwilightKitsune

Why Abe Lincoln is one of my favorite presidents. - Catacorn

Thanks - Stevenpenguin

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2 Entering the U.S. Into World War II - Franklin Roosevelt

While I understand why the Roosevelt administration wanted to remain neutral in the war, he made the right decision by involving the U.S. The allies eventually defeated the axis and prevented a Nazi takeover. - Alpha101

Without this the world would be a tiny bit different... - EliHbk

Not sure if the world being ruled by Nazi's would be a small difference from reality. - Skullkid755

Took y'all long enough to get involved.

I'd say FDR really didn't have a choice on this one. The Lend-Lease program, however, was most helpful. - PetSounds

3 Signing The Civil Rights Act of 1964 Into Law - Lyndon Johnson

Because of this act, blacks now had access to the very basic services that used to be exclusively available to the white race. - Alpha101

4 Ending The Vietnam War - Richard Nixon

The Nixon administration finally ended possibly the most unpopular war in history. - Alpha101

Gerald Ford ended the Vietnam War. Don't believe me? I was just at his museum in Grand Rapids, MI. I doubt the people who made that are wrong. - khodge

This war could've gotten nastier - 2storm

5 Ending The Iraq War - Barack Obama

The Obama administration ended possibly the second least popular war in history. - Alpha101

I wouldn't say it's ended. We are still involved in the area quite a bit. Same with Afghanistan. All we did was let Islamist militant groups have more room to gain territory and kill people. - khodge

You're right. We are still heavily involved, but ending the war was a step in the right direction. - Alpha101

Yes. And opened the door to ISIS. Good job.

6 Creating Social Security - Franklin Roosevelt

The Roosevelt administration created Social Security, for seniors who were financially unstable or impoverished. Social Security has lifted millions out of poverty. - Alpha101

7 Creating Medicare and Medicaid - Lyndon Johnson

The Johnson administration helped deliver health insurance to the two groups that were having the hardest time affording it: the poor and the elderly. - Alpha101

8 Establishing a Minimum Wage - Franklin Roosevelt

Roosevelt's Fair Labor Standards Act with it's federally mandated minimum wage was ultimately struck down as unconstitutional - because it WAS.

The Roosevelt administration made it mandatory for most businesses to pay all of their employees a respectable wage. - Alpha101

9 Ending of the Cold War/Tearing Down Berlin Wall - Ronald Reagan

Reagan didn't single handedly end the Cold War or tear down the Berlin Wall. Lots of different factors contributed to it. - Alpha101

10 Mandating All Businesses Grant Their Employees Leave - Bill Clinton

The Clinton administration required all businesses to provide a few months of leave to all employees in the cases of the birth of a child or a sickness. Granted, paid leave is still optional, but this law was a step in the right direction. - Alpha101

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11 Negotiating Out of the Cuban Missile Crisis - John F. Kennedy

The United States have been completely destroyed if it weren't for JFK. He negotiated the U.S. out of war numerous times including the Cuban Missile Crisis during his term. If he lived and served another term, the Vietnam War would have never happened.

12 Dropping the Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki - Harry S Truman

The "revisionist" history regarding these events is ridiculous. Terrible, yes, but absolutely necessary at the time. You cannot judge historic events through the lens of the current time.

Emperor Hirohima had no problem sending suicide bombers to kill thousands in an unprovoked attack, while US service men were sleeping, not to mention the loss of life that they were responsible for during wwII. The war could have dragged on forever had the US not dropped these bombs. Sure, the bomb affected a lot of people. However, it saved a lot more people from both sides of the "pond" by ending the war.

I'm not trying to defend the japanese, bombing Pearl Harbor was a horrible thing they did, but seriously?! The Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings are a tragedy and lots of innocent people died...

Watching anime makes me want to drop a third one.

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13 Ending The War in Afghanistan - Barack Obama

The Obama administration helped end another unpopular war. - Alpha101

Barry Soetoro sucks. - DMZABO

14 Ending the Funding of Rebels in Syria - Donald Trump

Indeed. Hopefully will bring about the end of the ongoing civil war there. - Mrveteran

15 New Deal Programs - Franklin Roosevelt
16 Returning to Normalcy - Warren G. Harding

President Harding took a country reeling from the Great War, an impending economic crisis, and unprecedented government intervention, and set it on the path to the incredibly prosperous Roaring 20's in less than one term. - khodge

17 Leading the Revolutionary War - George Washington

Washington wasn't the president when he did this. - GrimmShady

18 Drafting the Declaration of Independence - Thomas Jefferson

Incredibly important, maybe the single greatest political treatise of all time, but he wasn't president when he drafted it so...

How could you not include this?

19 Starting War on Terrorism - George W. Bush

No. Just no. - Alpha101

20 Signing the Americans With Disabilities Act - George H.W. Bush
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