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The Top Ten
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.
Even after his presidency, native Americans were still treated horribly compared to White people. All Lincoln did was stop slavery. You guys are giving him more credit then he deserves. - Boshua
Lincoln kept the country together when it was tearing itself apart, and ended the institution of slavery. As far as overall importance in American history - with the possible exception of Washington - the others pale in comparison.V 687 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.
History has it’s eyes on youV 251 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.
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
he is GodV 715 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.
Has to be in the top 3, he was what made this great nationV 89 Comments
Franklin D Roosevelt is probably my favorite, if not one of my favorite, presidents to date. He was so ahead of his time in his beliefs about how to properly handle the depression. In the 1920's, America was overrun with conservative rugged-individualists who wanted the government to be as weak as possible and hated any attempts by the Feds to regulate the economy. This lead to the Great Depression, which crippled the planet's economy and left 99% of humans dirt poor. Roosevelt brought back progressivism and, more amazingly, brought it into the previously racist and white supremacist Democratic Party. Wilson's attempts to do this during WWI failed because he himself had been a white supremacist and a radical southern baptist. Roosevelt deserves the credit for actually re-starting progressivism, and in doing so saving the country from collapsing into total anarchy. He passed new laws to regulate the printing and value of money, the competence of banks, emergency funding of schools and ...more
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
Ronald Regan is above FDR? Seriously? Nothing against Regan, but FDR should be at least 3rd.V 317 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.
My main man Teddy RooseveltV 161 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).
This man to stand in front of murdering basderd's is my greatest President of all times.V 342 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.
A very skilled politician who helped ease Cold War tensions and downsized the military-industrial complex, focusing on air power. While he was not personally invested in preventing segregation, he enforced court orders against it. He left most of the New Deal and Fair Deal intact as well. Overall, a very effective politician who fits the label "conservative" in a literal sense. Modern Republicans probably wouldn't support a candidate like him though.
Why is JFK higher than this American hero?V 73 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?!
Reagan left us with the first tripled deficit. His trickle down economics was horrendous and totally debunked. He was responsible for dissolving the middle class. He thought poor kids should eat ketchup for a vegetable and that trees caused pollution. He totally ignored the scourge that was Aids which was a death sentence during his presidency. His horrific polices and non caring is topped only by trump. - Pfeifferpfan
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.
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.
Absolutely brilliant, educated, intellectually willing and ambitious and a great ability to relate to all people. So much better than the sham we have in the White house now!V 246 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?
He was a little paranoid and played a huge role in leading to the collapse of the Federalist Party. He refused to listen to anything Hamilton ever told him, even if it made sense. He was also against many Federalist principles such as a standing army and consequently caused a deep rift in the party.
John Adams second President of the U.S., father to John Quincy Adams, who was what 6th President. Your small grey print info, is confusing the two men.V 39 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
Creator of the Bill of Rights and the United States Constitution, which is perhaps one of the most important documents in the Western World.
Definitely one of the best.
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.
President Truman made the right decisions, Never the most popular. He fought for the country in WWI. He stood up against the KKK. He was against lying. His values were never questioned. He never trusted Stalin nor the USSR. He shaped the policy with his advisors on the cold war. He brought an end the WWII saving hundreds of thousands of allied lives and millions of Japanese. He stood up to the military. He asked Hoover to help feed millions in Europe after WWII. He actually took responsibility for his actions.
Truman acted based upon what he thought was right, not what would get him reelected. He integrated the military, helped found NATO and the UN, pushed the Marshall Plan through Congress, and so much more. He was not afraid to exercise the power of the executive standing up to Stalin as well as McCarthyism. He came in to office not wanting the job, and this lack of political prowess allowed a man of integrity to do what was right for the country. He made some of the toughest decisions in the nation's history and his incorruptible spirit led to them being the right ones. Hands down the most underrated president in American history.
Made the single toughest decision in the history of the US presidency, with very little preparation time. The revisionist snowflakes who want to second-guess him 70 years later are an embarrassment.V 53 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
He got rid of the Federal Reserve, which most Americans have no idea is not part of the federal government. Fought the British as a 13 year old. Fought the British at New Orleans and whipped their butts. There was no national debt for the first and last time in history. As far as the trail of tears, bad deal for the civilized tribes for sure but you never hear of anyone wanting to the the land back to the Native Americans. Such was the case with Manifest Destiny.
Jackson had many flaws that came with his "My Way or the High Way" personality. But he was also one of the greatest leaders. Jackson was the purest form of what a democrat should be: He looked out for the common people (yes, only whites, but his whole generation was racist so I don't blame him too much), Jackson had been a militant fighter since 13 years old, Jackson single-handedly removed the U.S. debt, took down South Carolina when they tried to nullify laws, and even showed that the Supreme court (which had often been criticized for granting far too much power to the government) had literally no way of enforcing their jurisdiction. - JiggaMan
He's the best thing since sliced bread, believe me.V 86 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
One of the most openly racist presidents - 9713524179
This guy was actually a pretty decent president. He was hated though cause his presidency fell in a time of war, and subsequently people were sick of him, rejected his ideas (League of Nations was vetoed by America, ironically America's president was the one who proposed it) and wanted him gone.
He was terrible ugghhV 41 Comments
He was one of the great Presidents. What made him more special than all others is that he was a leader as well as a great President. Washington was a leader, but a poor President, so was Jefferson and Madison, He held two cabinet post at one time under Madison, Secretary of State and Secretary of War (Defense) during the war of 1812. He was the most well loved and admired Presidents in history by the people. Admitted 5 states to the Union, Purchased the Florida Territory, which included Spain ceded Texas and Southwest US. Part of territory claimed in the Oregon Territory., stabilized the Panic of 1819, which lasted two years. Last of the Founding Fathers. Monroe Doctrine, last president not photographed, died poor, Governor of Virginia. Rush-Bagot Treaty with England, Treaty of 1818 with Britain, Russo-American Treaty of 1824. His accomplishments goes on and on.
The Monroe Doctrine was an important contribution. The geographic isolation of the United States was necessary for this country's experiment in democracy (yeah, I know we're a republic but this had never been tried on such a grand scale before) to come to fruition. The Monroe Doctrine supplemented the geographic isolation.
Monroe guided the nation safely through two great crises -- the War of 1812, during which he served as Secretary of State and of War--and the Missouri statehood controversy. He also helped to insure a peaceful transition of power after the contested 1824 election.
He dressed so nicelyV 14 Comments
He expanded medicare and medicaid. HE fought for Civil Rights and waged the war on poverty. The only reason he gets a bad rep is because of the prolonged War in Vietnam. Which he didn't even inherit in the first place and its not as if you can immediately pull out of a military involvement without any forethought. He was great. Accept it.
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.
Great Society was amazing and one of the most beneficial things for the country. When you look at the list, its clear education is a problem in this country because people only voted for presidents they can remember, or REALLY famous ones like Lincoln or Washington... luckily Great Society Programs like Project Headstart and Upward Bound were created by LBJ to fix the education problem. Not to mention he almost cut poverty in HALF (22% to 12%), founded Medicare and Medicaid and fought for civil rights.
I agreed with the posted comments but would add that I've read out of all modern Presidents he did the least to raise the deficit.V 45 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.
He got C.A. For us I think he should be number 9.V 25 Comments
The greatest president of the 20th century. His demeanor brought the country together: blacks, whites, upper class, and lower class. Under his presidency, the United States saw the greatest economic expansion in its history, which was evenly spread throughout all classes. Not only that, but he restored the integrity of the national government, avoided war with Mexico, normalized relations with Cuba, passed the Young and Dawes acts, which postponed World War II, limited the growth of government, and reduced taxes so the middle and lower classes were paying close to zero percent rates. Despite all these successes, the most profound aspect of Calvin Coolidge, was his adept understanding of the executive branch. Presidents do not create laws, but rather enforce them.
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.
Say what you will, but Calvin Coolidge was the best president, at least of the 20th Century. He was able to bring America out of a dark depression in 1921, and he created jobs for nearly the entire Country. Coolidge is the most underrated president, and, in my opinion, the Best.
Decent, honest and left the government smaller than he found it. Let's give him the credit de deserves for the twenties hugh economic growth.V 46 Comments
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
You realize he was the only president to not win the electoral college or the popular vote right. He was only appointed because people respected his father.
J Q Adams was hampered by Jackson after a deal with another foe for the Presidency gave Adams the votes he needed to win. Jackson formed an alliance with others to keep Adams from doing anything of substance. John Quincey was the brains behind the Constitution, and worked tirelessly for the success of the Madison presidency.
Love himV 8 Comments
#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.
Why is George W. Bush higher on the list than George H. W. Bush? George H. W. Bush was much better.
Stock Market did great under him. Also we had economic recessions during Vietnam and World War 1. Got us Middle Eastern Oil. Recessions are beyond a Presidents Control so Clinton was lucky. Yes un-employment occured under him and he added new taxes. For some of you though, he was not President when 9-11 happened, his son was.
Possibly the greatest president of all time!
He let was a real man and took 911 like a man and started getting us americans some nice middle east oil!
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