Best Presidents of the United States
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
When people think of a good president, most people's first person is Abe Lincoln. Good reason too, as even as a child he was nicer than pretty much everybody. He did have doubts about keeping the African-Americans on the level of whites but ultimately his views changed with time. That is the only thing I can find that show's his dark side, besides some dirty politics. He suffered from depression and new of assassination plots as far back as four years prior. You know what he did to help stop slavery and was the president who ran during the Civil War, which killed more Americans than those who died in WWI and WWII. - MasterBeef
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!
"Best country in the world" there is absolutely no foundation for that belief whatsoever. You have high murder rates for first world, poor education system, etc. Freedom and democracy exists in most first world countries, many more so than the US. - markusw0207
There would be no USA without this amazing dude. He was a straight up legend. In fact, many the modern US would be way different without him as president. He basically introduced the cabinet to stabilize an balance his own power and keep it in check. He also developed the two-term tradition in the presidency. He made the presidential office what it is today. Heck, he could have made himself a king. This is not even mentioning the fact that has lead the American Revolution and is one of the Founding Fathers. Lincoln was also a legend. God Bless Uncle Sam!
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.
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.
FDR is my personal favorite president and he is undoubtedly one of the very best leaders our country has produced. Having come from a privileged background, he went out of his way to ensure that the needs of average Americans, who were struggling during the Great Depression, were addressed after years of neglect. He reassured them through his Fireside chats that he had their best interests at heart and was not going to serve as a tool for the "captains of industry" despite his elitist upbringing. One quote that defined his political and moral philosophy was how "the test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."
Putting his money where his mouth was, he established many staples of American life today, including child labor laws, the 40-hour work week, minimum wage, and of course Social Security. He stabilized the economy with the signing of Glass-Steagel which helped to lessen ...more
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
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.
He's a badass, takes a bullet and is like "I'm good," he even said a whole speech before going to the hospital after getting shot
Come on, he was a cowboy for one, and was even shot before giving a speech but still gave it.
#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
Honestly wish I was able to meet him he seemed so funny and just loveable.
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
Educators have failed president Jefferson in teaching that he is not worthy of our respect. Some argue that he was a hypocrite for not freeing his slaves. The truth is that Virginia law prohibited him from freeing his slaves because he was in debt. Jefferson's first draft of the constitution freed the slaves but that was quickly voted down in order to keep the southern colonies from immediately exiting the union. If Jefferson or Washington or Adams, among others could have freed the slaves by executive order and kept the country together they would have in a second but they knew the survival of the Union required patience to bring this about. - SBrown82
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.
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
Space Age revolutionary figure and Cuban Missile Crisis guy. Not #1, but top 10 for sure, maybe top 5
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).
#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!
Dwight Eisenhower had a great balance between foreign policy and understood that in order to have a Nation that is strong, people must be educated and equal, but also that in order for the world to be a place where we can all live in harmony, that there must be some action taken. He started NASA and accomplished more than most presidents. Even if he was apart of our fad, as Americans, to elect ex-generals (another ex. being Grant), he was actually a great president. He also headed NATO and attacked civil rights head on, making un-segregated schools an idea that would be followed up upon by JFK, who came after him. I am surprised by all of the people who put JFK and Reagan above him. The former came before him and nearly ruined our country for 16 years, was super screwed up and, if it hadn't been for Truman, would have allowed the spread of the USSR (which, communists or not, that is a bad thing). Reagan began another American fad of electing people who do not belong in politics to be ...more
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.
Understood the dangers of the military/industrial complex
#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.
The Father of the Constitution. Along with Washington, Jefferson, Monroe, Adams, Hamilton and more these men gave birth to the United States of America. He led us through the War of 1812 which we (somewhat) won and the economy improved after the war. He is a legend and one worthy of a statue or a state
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.
"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.
#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!
I think he is better then george washington and better then a l way better
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.
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
Probably the most garbage human a president has ever been (yes, far worse than Trump) a racist too, he caused millions of Native Americans to lose homes, and prevented President John Quincy Adams from being successful because he "cheated" (which he didn't) and Jackson was really only being a sore loser, please don't vote for this guy, just because he had many supporters did not make him a good president, he was very bad
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.
He didn't get rid of the Fed. It wasn't invented yet. He did, however, get rid of the national bank, which was similar to the Fed. - Alpha101
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
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.
Roads scholar and one of the very few Presidents that managed to keep this county in the black and not the red.
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.
Calvin Coolidge is only ranked low because he is falsely associated with leading to the Great Depression. He had economic policies that spurred economic growth and stopped the recession he faced early on. He sought racial equality more than the presidents who preceded and proceeded him. He reduced the scope of government when it desperately needed it.
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.
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.
Seriously underrated President. Polk was the only President in history who achieved all of his campaign wishes. He managed to win us California, New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, Oregon, etc. within only 4 years. Very effective leader.
Medicare, medicaid, Civil rights, the war on poverty. THIS guy did more for the PEOPLE of America than anyone other the FDR. He may have been an oddball in private, but his achievements prove he put the people first. A great president.
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.
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 was the last of the five founding fathers
Iraq war had a clear mission, beginning, and most important, an end.
Anybody who thinks Nixon was better than Bush needs some serious help. - TyetheBlockhead
#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.
It doesn't matter whether he succeeded in attacking the Middle East, he should not have attacked period. - owlro188
Why is George W. Bush higher on the list than George H. W. Bush? George H. W. Bush was much better.
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
Nope, don't agree with this one either. Federal Reserve, land tax, income tax, didn't intervene in WW1 until 1917. If Theodore Roosevelt had become president again, America would not have to deal with this crap. Again, one of the worst presidents of all time. - ScottSterling
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.
His name was Grover, and he served two separate terms, the only one to do it, pretty epic if you ask me
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
Only president to have made two not consecutive mandates. He was the 24th president from 1893 to 1897 and also the 22nd from 1885 to 1889. - Toshin
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.
Only president that wasn't around long enough to screw up. - jwaden27
He is the only president to never make a mistake in office.
He was chilly
I'd give my left nipple to be half the man that he was. What a great president...
The worst. He was a super religious imperialist, annexating anything he could get his hands on. He didn't only win the spanish-american war, he started it. What for? Only to prove his power. He invaded The Philippines and instigated inhuman massacres. Frankly, I understand why he was assassinated by an anarchist. He brought the USA to where it stands now. An imperialist power. So whether you like McKinley comes down to whether you like imperialism. - JoLeKosovo
Good president but we are in the stage where America can do no right so I have to follow the trend *cough * cough here I go he was imperialist who took Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines from poor Spain and annexed poor Hawaii from... poor Hawaii bad person bad bad person - RawIsgore
Most underrated president of all time. Annexated Hawaii, won the Spanish-American war, and paved the way for Ted Roosevelt and the American empire as it is today, and finally taken by an assassin's bullet.
He is usually ranked in the 20s, but deserves much more credit.
Got us out of the Spanish American war with under a thousand deaths and annexed Hawaii
Idontneedausername did you seriously need to call him silly?
Just because you know something that others don't, doesn't make you any smarter than them! And name calling them only makes you more of an arrogant, selfish jerk!
I heard his grandson is still alive.
Not even a comment.
He didn't do anything
He wasn't the best president ever and could have done more and things better, but was a good president, no where near horrible or bad.
Southern sympathizing propagandists had spent almost a century undermined his reputation. But you can't keep a good man down. If Lincoln hadn't put his trust in Grant, there would be no USA as we know it today. One of the country's greatest and most important figures.
In my opinion good president fought and won against the kkk and stoped there terror I think he is in the top 15 - RawIsgore
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)
When he got shot.Alexander graham bell made a metal detector to find the bullets.
He was only president for 199 days, but in those 199 days he was great.
Had he not died in his first year, could have been among the greatest presidents. - johnnyp23xd
He never had a chance to prove how good of a president he would have been due to him being killed - cadespencer
Garfield is a blacks-right supporter, so if he wasn't murdered in 199 days then he would be pretty good. Garfield was unlucky because he was elected in 1880 (the third year for Temcuseh's).
Wow. It's upsetting to see him this low on the list. And everyone that voted for him says that its because "he has a cool mustache" (Which is True). But are we forgetting about him killing the political machine that he was a part of so everyone who wasn't a politician could also have a chance in life too. He did so much good not just for america, but for the people of america.
Such an amazing person. He did a lot for america, and still just about no-one knows about him. He deserves to be in the top ten or the top 20 at least.
Coolest facial hair ever to be in White House? I think yes!
Gave us a very strong navy and he was a man of the people so he was a good president
He should be WAY higher on the list. He was the one who brought Florida into the Union. I live in Florida and I am from here. If it weren't for him, I probably would have been born in Spanish Territory. If that happened. Spanish would be my first language, not English. He is one of the most underrated president's of all time.
Abandoned his platform at his party
He's just a loser. Dropped by the whig party, hated by everyone. - JoLeKosovo
He followed the constitution and everyone hated him for it, everyone
I have a report on him and this is very helpful
Gerald Ford is actually a really good president. I think he should be rated higher.
I think he is an awesome president. Well at least better than Clinton.
He was a great president just got criticized for pardoning nixon but really who cares it did not make a difference if he was in jail or not
Severely underrated President. He helped take on the big corporate interests like the railroads that were regularly abusing the typical American worker and bullying smaller companies by helping to pass the Sherman Anti Trust Act and the Railway Safety Act. He was not reelected because all of the big companies coalesced against him in 1892, not because he was unpopular, and also because of the Populist Insurgency of that same year. His presidency preceded and laid the seeds for the Progressive era.
Nobody remembers this dude lol
I am a direct descendent of Benjamin Bunion Harrison
Santa was president? - DoroExploro13
Didn't like slavery, signed the Fugitive Slave Act but without knowing the definition of the word "fugitive". Shame that people hate him so much because of one simple mistake he made.
You probably don't belive me but what ever. Millard Fillmore is my 5th great uncle. What I really want to say is, he passed the fugitve slave act to lower the tensions and stop a civil war happening between the North and south and using a way to stop slavery with no bloodshed. And yet you still don't belive but fine, I have the letters and the the journal he left behind for his family.
He did more to instigate the civil war than any other president
There would be 49 states without him
The reason I like him is because he’s Dutch and because he has the wackiest beard. He kind of looks like the Once-ler from the Lorax
These Einstein jokes aren't funny, Van Buren was president long before Einstein was even born.
If the lord of the rings had an albert einstein
He was alright he would have been better if Andrew Jackson didn't sign all those bills that wasted money
A great president and a great humanitarian. Kind and humble very underrated. The only president who never sent an american soldier anywhere in the world to fight in war. Honest and genuine and a man of peace. Amazed he is not much higher on this list.
At first, you'd think he was the worst president up until Barack Obama was elected, before realizing he's actually a really great guy after seeing his efforts after his presidency. Happy late 95th birthday and at least a couple more, Carter!
One of the most underrated presidents of all time. People call him a coward without knowing the valour he displayed in the military or how he went on a solo mission into a nuclear reactor melting down to mitigate the damage, and is still suffering the consequences of radiation poisoning to this day. While Carter took the moral approach in the campaign against Reagan, Reagan tied misleading talking points together to blame America's economic and other problems on Carter, instead of acknowledging that a lack of congressional cohesiveness and the influence of corporate America deserved most of the blame.
The only american president who never sent any soldiers to fight in any conflict. A good man, should be much higher than this.
Although his election was a little fishy that doesn’t take away from his legacy. He was a fearless union soldier and was wounded several times. When he was elected he put in place a system that is still in place today, which was the idea that we are appointed to government based on merit rather than birth, which took a lot of work (way more than you think) he also has a cool beard
Hayes was elected president without a majority of the electoral vote because he beat Tilden by only ONE electoral vote, and that came about as a result of disputed electoral votes from Florida, Louisiana and South Carolina being awarded to Hayes in an unusually messy election brouhaha. No wonder Hayes didn't run for president in 1880.
Well he obviously has the coolest name...
Although Hayes wanted to corrupt his political party, he was not a horrible president. He was a great public speaker and was known for being inspirational at times.
Have you seen his young adult pictures? He's clearly the best.
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
Accidently gave you a thumbs down on your reply. Actually, I completely agree with what you wrote, spot on! - sharzi
WHAT! Dubya is NOT the eight greatest president ever. He did not even fairly win the election of 2000 and is responsible for all of the problems that the USA is facing today. Obama is trying to the best of his ability to FIX the mistakes of his predecessor, and he had succeeded in some fields, and yet he is near the bottom and bush is in eighth place, right next to Kennedy, Roosevelt, Washington and Lincoln. Is this some kind of JOKE!
Firstly, Bush ruined the image of America in the world. After the nine eleven attacks, America should have sent a massive investigation and waged a swift and brutal counter-terrorism war against the monsters responsible for this atrocity. Instead, Bush and his British counterpart Tony Blair decided to invade Iraq. Looking back, there was NO REASON why we should have invaded Iraq. I'm not defending the Husain regime, but bush clearly did not care about Husain or terrorists when he invaded the country, he cared about the oil. The government made up ...more
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.
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.
Actually a fantastic president. Before Nixon and under Johnson, over half of all southern schools were segregated and there were fears of black children being murdered on their way to school owing to the racial hatred prevalent there. By the end of Nixon's first term just 3% were segregated, largely due to his own efforts in solving the issue peacefully.
Also initiated diplomatic relations with China, got America out of Vietnam, abolished the draft and created the EPA (quite a liberal reformer if you think about it). Small wonder he was re-elected with 60% of the vote. If it were not for Watergate, Nixon would be remembered as one of the greatest presidents.
You forgot to mention his war crimes concerning Vietnam and Cambodia. Kind of funny how that just slipped your mind. - Alpha101
Underrated. He actually accomplished quite a bit as President, but that's overlooked because of Water Gate.
He is the most under rated president ever. water gate will forever ruin his legacy. He pulled out of Vietnam; opened talks with china (through a ping pong match); and put pressure on the U.S.S.R. by adding China as a mutual friend. He passed key acts that lowered tension during the cold war, including the nuke count. Water gate may bother some but if that didn't happen (not saying he was directly involved) he would've been considered one of, if not the most successful presidents of the 20th century and even up to this day.
Nixon stopped Vietnam, un-segregated southern schools, and made temporary peace with China and the Soviet Union. He also tried to unify America. He didn't do Watergate either, John Dean his consultant did. Nixon just helped cover it up.
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
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
I'll agree he wasn't the best President but to say he is a bad president is something only a Trump support, republican, or racist would say, he was an overall average President, he did some good things and made some mistakes - germshep24
President Obama has accomplished so much in the midst of obstructionist in the Republican party. He averted potentially 'The Greatest Depression' and created over 500,000 jobs monthly, over 73 consecutive month job growth in the private sector, gave over 23 million Americans access to healthcare, saved social security, stabilized major US car industries, eased the burden of families and young Americans by allowing parents to carry their qualifying children until the age of 26 on their health plan, successfully fought ISIS and kept America safe from terrorist attacks all in the face of a lack luster, obstinate, self proclaimed adversarial and extremely disrespectful Republican party. He stewarded this country with profound wisdom, unprecedented integrity, dignity, and extreme humility. He always sought bipartisan collaboration though few even considered it. He was the first to extend a hand of friendship and stood on a foundation of reason. He is God's gift to America and to the world ...more
Barack Obama has done more for the average American citizen than most presidents. He has been looking out for people, not so much special interest. The government should be about what is best for its people. Making life better for them all, not a select few. He has been the most down to earth, caring, feeling, real president we have had in a long time. He relates the average man better than any of the other presidents. It is hard to fix something that you are not willing to admit exists. Struggling, poor, unwed, fatherless, uninsured, unemployed, sick, and under appreciated people want to know they are recognized and that their issues matter in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Driving through an area for a photo shoot does not mean a thing if it is all for show. This man walked door to door, talking to people as a neighborhood organizer. Listening, helping, and giving hope, even though he had gotten his education and could have never looked back on his past. He met more ...more
Shame his emotions got the better of him he would let people push him around if you want to know what caused his sensitivity you better look up - RawIsgore
What the hell is this guy talking about. He openly supported slavery and was given a job within the confederacy but he died before he could get it. He did more to cause secession than any other president
? This guy was a president?
He would have been an amazing president had it not have been for the trageties he faced just before inauguration. He was the first president who had a plan to abolish slavery which could have saved the union, but unfortunately was too tired to even try.
Umm, do you people really think that he had the ability to stop the south from seceding? Plus, its not like he was the cause of the civil war, just because it started during his presidency. The war was brewing for decades, ever since the debates over expansion of slavery in the early 1800's. He was just unlucky enough to be in office when it all boiled over. Its just like how presidents always get blamed if they are in office when economic crises occur, even though they aren't usually the cause of it. Crises typically brew for a while before they occur. The Great Depression, for example, was caused by a decade of people buying on credit. Poor Herbert Hoover just caught the raw end of the stick. I mean my goodness he was only president for a year or so before the crash. He didn't even have an opportunity to do anything that would cause something like that. Anyways, Buchanan should definitely be above Jimmy Carter.
This dudes only quality that I remember is that he's the only pres from Pennsylvania
Said that the south had no right to secede during the civil war, but also said that he did not have the right to do anything about it. Complete, brain dead ignoramus!
Good. Buchanan is on the last page. Make this person who let the whole nation escalate into civil war suffer on this list. - ModernSpongeBobSucks
Well I don't think he wanted a civil war he just didn't know how to stop it in frankly The civil war was inevitable to happen the USA was on the brink of collapse - RawIsgore
Terrible president. Get off the list. He lost a White House China set playing poker.
Harding is terrible, but his rating as the worst president ever is actually quite unfair to his actual accomplishments. The economy was booming, and Harding was a strong supporter of Women's Sufferagettes.
He was only nominated because he quote "Looked presidential"
I had to do a report on him in 2nd grade...
He was a bad president - KingSlayer93316
I like the dam he built, but other than that, damn!
He didn't cause the Great Depression he just didn't do anything to help it. He was put into a bad position because of the failures of others
Herbert Hoover believed in his time with the country spiraling towards depression that business would help him--surprise they did not so shanty towns called Hoovervilles popped up all over the country. After his retirement, he was a great humanitarian which rates him high in my book.
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.
He bought Alaska and that's about all the good there is with this guy - 10Jackson
Johnson shouldn't be last. Harry Truman should. Johnson kind of got screwed over by Congress. You have to understand that ideologies and beliefs were just totally different back then. When you consider his presidency in context, he isn't nearly as bad. Don't get me wrong, he wasn't a very good president. But again, he was somewhat powerless due to opposition from Congress, the fact that there weren't many in government who wanted him there, and a bunch of other crap that happened during his presidency. Harry Truman should definitely be last.
Its funny to me how big of a part racial concerns are playing in this list. All of the racist or proslavery presidents are ranked at the bottom and Lincoln is number one, not that he shouldn't be. Honestly though, people aren't considering context. Back then, it wasn't a big deal at all to be proslavery or anti black rights. I mean literally like half of the country was against rights for African Americans and approved of slavery. So I don't think its quite that fair to bash a president because he was a racist. I mean come on, Thomas Jefferson was pro-slavery, and even George Washington had slaves.
Really an awful president. However, reconstruction is a perfect example of how this almost didn't matter, as the radical republicans in congress had a super majority anyway. However, he did return property confiscated in the Civil War to plantation owners, effectively ending the policy of "forty acres and a mule," and condemning southern blacks to over 100 years of oppression.
He is my favorite president. Should deserve to be higher up. He broke up bad companies like Theodore Roosevelt.
Anyone who gets stuck in a bathtub is a good president.
Now here's the thing. He obviously wasn't the best president, but he should be a bit higher. He was probably the most average president we had, did good things, but not a ton of them. Good guy, decent president. - NymeriaWaters
This man deserves some credit for all of his hard work. He is worth 100 Theodore Roosevelts!
Uh... guys, while we can't call him the worst president yet, we can't call him the best president yet either. So... let's just give him a chance and see if he actually does good. If he does good, may America prosper. If he does bad, may God have mercy on us. Only time will tell, America. Only time will tell. - ModernSpongeBobSucks
Hey, if an image of Mao Zedong's face on Superman can be uploaded, why not this one? Then again, you support the guy's ass, so of course you think the image is unfunny and immature. - ModernSpongeBobSucks
People need to calm down. The media makes a huge frenzy out of him which causes delusional people to believe he is the next Hitler- which is offensive to victims of the Holocaust and has no evidence to back it up. I understand why people disagree with some things he says but they also need to understand his intention behind doing what he does. And wanting him to fail is like wanting a pilot to crash the plane you're on. Agree with him or not, you need to hope he will do great things for our country. It's only been one month into his presidency. Don't judge him until we're at least a few months in. He might surprise you. Also- I can promise you he's not gonna kill millions of innocent people like Hitler or Stalin.
No one believes he is going to kill millions of innocent people, people are just pointing out the things he is doing is the same things that Hitler did to become a dictator and if you don't pay attention he could very well bring himself into his own unique dictatorship if you allow him to - germshep24
Stupid Soyboys ranking this man at last. Judging by his first term, he deserves to be in the top 10. And by the end of his 2nd term, in the top 5. Stop crying about him being a Racist, and instead go do your research on President.Trump and you will understand what this man has done. FYI he was praised by Jesse Jackson for hiring so many ethnic minorities, let that sink in. And that there has never been a greater time for African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans or any other American minority. Record low unemployment, highest recorded rise in wages, more accessibility to healthcare, nursing and education, lower crimes in general through these communities, enormous drop in poverty, a record of 4.5 million people have been taken off food stamps, lowest level of African-Americans high-school dropouts, cut taxes and poured in about 400 billion dollars back into the American people, making the economy grow at the fastest pace in several decades, reduced homelessness drastically, securing a 1.5 ...more
To all the people who are saying he has kept his promises: What on earth are you talking about? Do you all work for Fox News, or what? Congress has passed nothing since he has been in there. He promised to "jail Crooked Hillary! " (It's hard to jail someone when they haven't done anything wrong). Muslim ban! (Unconstitutional). Wall between Mexico! (Would be so expensive that anyone who voted for funding it would lose their job). Mexico will pay for it! (Uh...no). You can say what you want, but remember...the comments you put on here will be here a long, long time. Mine will age well, because they're true.
His comments are true, Hilary might have done some bad things but none of it was things that Trump mentioned, A ban on Muslims the way Trump wants it is unconstitutional which is to ban all Muslims not to ban known Muslim extremists, and the wall in Trumps case is to prevent immigration not illegal immigration his goal was to make it nearly impossible for anyone to come to America from Mexico. Trumps whole platform and Presidency is built upon lies, I don't mean that as an attack on Trump just stating facts - germshep24