Best Presidents of the United States

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41 Franklin Pierce (14) Franklin Pierce (14) Franklin Pierce was the 14th President of the United States. Pierce was a northern Democrat who saw the abolitionist movement as a fundamental threat to the unity of the nation.

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.

his hair - EliHbk

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42 George W. Bush (43) George W. Bush (43) George Walker Bush is an American politician who served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009 and 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000. The eldest son of Barbara and George H. W.

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

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.

The ignorant butcher of bagdad. This freak was a nightmare

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43 Andrew Johnson (17) Andrew Johnson (17) Andrew Johnson was the 17th President of the United States, serving from 1865 to 1869. Johnson became president as he was vice president at the time of the assassination of [Abraham Lincoln].

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.

Yeah thanks for a hundred years of segregation jackass

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44 James Buchanan (15) James Buchanan (15) James Buchanan, Jr. was the 15th President of the United States, serving immediately prior to the American Civil War.

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.

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

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