Top 10 Most Overrated U.S. Presidents

Some presidents have legacies that outlast their actual actions. Here they are.
The Top Ten
1 Ronald Reagan Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911-2004) was an American politician and actor who was 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989 . Prior to his presidency, he was the 33rd Governor of California from 1967 to 1975, following a career as a Hollywood actor and union leader until his death in 2004

Thank God he's number 1 on this list. Let's start with the fact that 138 members of his administration were indicted or convicted of crimes. Reaganomics obliterated the middle class, he completely ignored the AIDS crisis, made the war on drugs 10 times worse, and is responsible for the worst scandal in American foreign policy history. Took credit for an already collapsing Soviet Union, and flooded the White House with hyper conservative white supremacist evangelical conspiracy theorists. And the worst part is, we stop think he's a GREAT president!

Finally. A list he actually deserves to be number 1 on. Worst president that we ever had. He believed trees caused pollution. Poor children should eat ketchup for their vegetable. Trickle down economics. What a sham. He destroyed the middle class. Iran Contra for which he took no responsibility. Worst president in modern times.

Implemented backwards and racist policies, and now Republicans worship him like a god.

Most overrated president for sure. The most overrated Democratic president is Bill Clinton, by the way. He's a neoliberal shill with multiple allegations of sexual harassment against him. It's a miracle that there is a president more overrated than him, but I guess Ronald Reagan is a miracle worker.

Why is this conservative sack of crap still praised to this day? He's nothing but a vile hypocrite on his own matters especially during the Salvadoran civil war. He made my people unnecessarily suffer more than they have to. I hated this guy so much.

2 Franklin D. Roosevelt Franklin Delano Roosevelt, commonly known as FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd President of the United States from 1933 to 1945. A Democrat, he won a record four presidential elections and dominated his party for many years as a central figure in world events during the mid-20th century, leading the United States during a time of worldwide economic depression and total war.

Easily the most overrated president in U.S. history. He extended the great depression by many years and ushered in big government to our nation.

His various policies greatly extended the Great Depression, and his administration virtually eliminated freedom of the press during his tenure (via creation of FCC, etc). He allowed billions to be stolen from private individuals by Executive Order 6102 which outlawed the private ownership of gold. Once private citizens' gold had been seized, the subsequent Gold Reserve Act allowed Roosevelt to change statutory price of gold from $20.67 to $35 per ounce, thereby devaluing the U.S. dollar, as the dollar was then gold-based. Literally billions of dollars were stolen from US citizens in this way. Whether it was true or not, a running joke among Democrats at the time was that this was okay, as Republicans had held most of the gold.

Policies extended the Great Depression not helped it, used internment camps against Japanese are the two that immediately come to mind but I could write a book on why he is overrated if I had the time.

How is this lazy bum below Ronald Reagan? FDR is the only President of the United States who I can't respect. He sat on his bovine buttocks, leading the ONE nation classified as a "superpower" at the time, while Winston Churchill and JOSEPH STALIN took care of Hitler. Had Pearl Harbor not been bombed, WWII would've had a completely different outcome. Jews should be thanking Japan, because had it not been for them, FDR would've stayed neutral, and although I don't think he's worse than Hitler, he's a loser and a wuss.

3 Barack Obama Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is an American politician who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. He was the first African-American president of the United States. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as a U.S. senator from Illinois from 2005 to 2008 and as an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004.

The most unqualified person to ever be elected to our nation's highest office, not even completing even one term as a senator, won that State Senate election without any opposition, and not having any personal accomplishments prior. He did have the distinction of being our country's first interracial black/white president, not fully black, which is probably why the racist democratic party, the founding party of the KKK tolerated him, just Google his vice president's description of him to verify! He seemed to hate America, and wanted to "Fundamentally Transform" America into a Socialist Nation. Did not even know how many states were in the USA while campaigning. Even his own wife stated that she was not proud to be American until her husbands election to president. He Had connections with several well known socialists/communists like Frank Marshal Thomas, Early mentor to Obama, who was rumored to be his real father, which was the real reason his birth certificate was highly desired, ...more

I don't consider him to be "the worst president" of the US, but he is definitely overrated. He's treated like a saint by Democrats just because he "talked nicely", but he skyrocketed the national debt, created many complications with Obamacare, etc. Now that Joe Biden is president now, I can say that he'll be even worse than Obama due to his diminishing mental capacity.

Most of you don't want to admit it, but you hate President Obama because he is black. The government corrupted things for black people before Obama was born. It was brainwashed into people for generations. Obama is a better president than you'll ever be.

Usually, it requires many years to fairly evaluate a presidential administration, but not so for Obama. He is clearly the worst chief executive in our nation's history. He is in a class by himself for incompetence, and no one else is even close.

4 Andrew Jackson Andrew Jackson was an American statesman who served as the seventh President of the United States from 1829 to 1837 . He was born near the end of the colonial era, somewhere near the then-unmarked border between North and South Carolina, into a recently immigrated Scots-Irish farming family of relatively modest means.

He is so bad. I don't like swearing and I don't like when people swear, but he had a parrot named Poll that repeated his swear words! And he swore when he's angry.

That doesn't necessarily mean he's bad, but I just think that's funny.

Not doubt he was the worst president we have ever had he did absolutely nothing all he did was kick natives out.

Isn't he the super racist one?

5 George Washington George Washington (February 22, 1732– December 14, 1799) was an American military officer, statesman, and Founding Father who served as the first president of the United States from 1789 to 1797. Appointed by the Continental Congress as commander of the Continental Army, Washington led the Patriot forces to victory in the American Revolutionary War and served as the president of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, which created the Constitution of the United States and the American federal government. Washington has been called the "Father of the Nation" for his manifold leadership in the formative days of the country.

The only thing that this man did right or above average in the war was morale. He had this idealist view that the war would have this romantic ending in New York, and he could not get over the fact for years that it was not going to happen. He was a hubristic man because he preferred fighting in the traditional fighting style in which he was obviously losing, and even when his brilliant generals under him decided that he should adopt a war of posts, or a Fabian tactic, he was reluctant. He was impressive however at Valley Forge, even though he was not exceptional. People regarded him as this almost sort of a deity and this facade gave the militiamen something to believe in. At most, he was a mascot or a cheerleader of a football team.

Washington was a great leader in the Revolutionary War as well as the first president.. However, he did not do much in his two terms. He did show control and a more important grasp on what's important for the country over his wanting for power, but his presidency did not have much of an impact as one would think.

Father of our country and hero of the Revolution.

Why is he named after so many things? He was ugly and wore wooden teeth

6 John F. Kennedy John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29th, 1917 - November 22, 1963) commonly referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination. The Cuban Missile Crisis, The Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, the establishment of the Peace Corps, developments in the Space Race, the building of the Berlin Wall, the Trade Expansion Act to lower tariffs, the Civil Rights Movement, the "New Frontier" domestic program, and abolition of the federal death penalty in the District of Columbia all took place during his presidency.

There is no doubt that he is one of the most popular and well known Presidents. He was beloved by all the people . You know that he was a womanizer but still you can't help but excuse that because you are lured by his charm, yes he was handsome! But still you can't count him as a very great president.

Through his 3 years, JFK only had a shaky economy and the mishandling of the Cuban Missile Crisis. He didn't do much. He might not have had a lot of time to do anything, but the legacies of people should be considered based on their actions, not their potential.

This is kinda unfair. Why call a president overrated if he died early? He was going to be a good president anyways. The only bad thing he did was start war on Vietnam. He technically saved the world, in the Cuban Missle Crisis. You people wouldn't be here today.

Ronald Reagan is not overrated. What did Reagan do wrong? JFK for one thing had sex with another woman in the Oval Office and he had a shaky economy and mishandled the Cuban Missile Crisis. The only reason he is popular is he died due to assassination

7 Donald Trump Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American businessman, television personality, politician, and the 45th President of the United States. Born and raised in Queens, New York City, Donald J. Trump received an economics degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. In 1971, Donald Trump took charge of his family's real estate and construction firm, Elizabeth Trump & Son, which was later rebranded as The Trump Organization. During his career as a businessman, Donald Trump has built, renovated, and managed numerous office towers, hotels, casinos, and golf courses. He owned the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants from 1996 to 2015 and has lent the use of his more.

He is not first because the topic is most overrated and not worst president. With the majority of Americans realizing he is the worst President in history he can only be overrated by the minority of racists.

This list is for actual presidents, not morons who think they're an actual president.

He said Nambia is a country... then he said said he meant Narnia. Both aren't countries. He is dumb like my teacher.

The people have mixed feelings on him, but you can't see a youtube comment section that doesn't have people praising him.

8 Woodrow Wilson Thomas Woodrow Wilson was an American politician and academic who served as the 28th President of the United States from 1913 to 1921. Born in Staunton, Virginia, he spent his early years in Augusta, Georgia and Columbia, South Carolina.

Oversaw victory in WWI and oversaw the Treaty of Versailles, which provided sovereignty for many new nations.

Way too overrated. This guy was actually very racist and unpresidential over all.

Yes he did let women vote, but on top of that he made awful choices and was openly racist

9 Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father who was principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and served as the 3rd President of the United States from 1801-1809. He was born on April 13, 1743, and died on July 4, 1826, on the same day 2nd United States President John Adams died.

Most of his policies were disaterous, and even his successes required others to carry the heavy load for him.

Should be number one.

What did he do again?

10 Lyndon B. Johnson Lyndon Baines Johnson, often referred to as LBJ, was an American politician who served as the 36th President of the United States from 1963 to 1969.

While FDR and (especially) Truman wanted/achieved Federal Benefits and Federal Aid... This man absolutely knowingly opened the floodgates to absolute Federal DEPENDENCE, too many people abuse every help GIVEN to them and still expect more. His tombstone should read "the taxpayer will pick up the bill"
Yes his racial/domestic progress is wonderful but he's the president that started this snowball turned avalanche we call a debt.

By the way Reagan doesn't belong on any overrated list with at least 20 candidates. He did inherit jimmy carter's pathetic tenure. But it was more than that, the transparency, the assurance only he could deliver, and the fact that the man won... And won every single deal was premeditated.

Johnson was on track to having one of the best domestic policies in American policy. And then Vietnam happened. His lack of awareness went to his downfall as Johnson just couldn't have a "New Deal-esk" platform while fighting in a war.

Johnson's administration was the most corrupt of all time, and made Nixon look like a Boy Scout.
He had the good fortune to die before most of it came to light, which prevents almost all negative reaction.

The Contenders
11 George W. Bush George Walker Bush is an American politician and businessman who was born in July 6, 1946. He served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009 and 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000. He is the eldest son of Barbara and George H. W.

People know he wasn't great, but I have him bottom 10 all time. Started the Iraq War for no reason, failed horribly in response to Katrina, passed the PATRIOT Act which is maybe the worst law ever passed, and started a recession that lasted until the end of his presidency.

What ever rating he has, it is more than he deserves.

Number 23? Really? Get him to #1.

12 Bill Clinton William Jefferson Clinton (Born August 19th 1946) is an American politician who was the 42nd President of the United States. He previously served as governor of Arkansas. He became president after unseating incumbent president George H.W. Bush in 1992. He was re-elected in 1996 after defeating Senator Bob Dole. A member of the Democratic Party, Clinton was ideologically a New Democrat and many of his policies reflected a centrist "Third Way" political philosophy. more.

Lying under oath aside, Clinton seemed to run out of steam at the end of his presidency. The economy went down and the federal government was hated more than ever. Although his presidency might be too early to judge, the way that the public approves of him might be inaccurate.

The most intelligent, eloquent, humane, compassionate and brilliant president we've ever had. This man is the most underrated, if anything. Best president, ever!

Why is he not number one?

13 Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American lawyer and statesman who served as the 16th president of the United States from 1861 until his assassination in 1865. Lincoln led the nation through the American Civil War and succeeded in preserving the Union, abolishing slavery, more.

Declared Martial law without consent of congress, drafted thousands of men to their deaths without consent and to top it off he seems to get credit for the freeing of slaves even though he didn't care at all about freeing them.

Worshipped in the media to condition the people into accepting tyrants like Bush and Wilson.

Belongs #1 on this list. He didn't free a single slave, was actually against abolition and believed in the inferiority of blacks. Suspended habeas corpus, illegally invaded the southern states, refused peaceful alternatives to emancipation, had newspapers shut down and had people arrested, deported, and even executed who criticized him.

Only opposed slavery for military and economics reasons, not because he thought it was morally wrong. He also opposed equal rights for blacks and wanted them deported back to Africa.

He never freed all the slaves in America in his lifetime. People think he did. He feed the slaves in the confederacy to win the war. Other then that he was a good president

14 Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer who served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. As a leader of the Republican Party during this time, he became a driving force for the Progressive Era in the United States in the more.

Although changing around the way the government handled big business, TR was not the best when it came to actual legislation and solving problems. His greatest achievement might be the Meat Inspection Act and that was spurred because of Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle".

This guy is savage

15 Harry S. Truman Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States, an American politician of the Democratic Party.

Victory in Japan. Enough said.

16 Jimmy Carter James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. (born October 1, 1924) is an American politician and author who served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981. In 2002, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the Carter Center.

Awful presidency. He may have had an energy policy, but much of his presidency was dominated by foreign affairs and he actually escalated the Cold War.

Carter had huge indecision with the economy, switching his platform several times. He had no real authority or confidence in his presidency.

17 James Madison James Madison, Jr. was a political theorist, American statesman, and served as the fourth President of the United States.
18 James K. Polk James Knox Polk was the 11th president of the United States, serving from 1845 to 1849. He previously was Speaker of the House of Representatives and governor of Tennessee.

It depends what you're opinion of a "good" president is. Polk did get a great amount of land from Mexico. However, he did so forcefully and was a very poor act of imperialism. Although the ends were good, the means weren't as much.

Stole Mexican land by starting an unecessary war. Bottom 10 in my opinion

19 Calvin Coolidge John Calvin Coolidge Jr. was an American politician and the 30th President of the United States. A Republican lawyer from New England, born in Vermont, Coolidge worked his way up the ladder of Massachusetts state politics, eventually becoming governor.
20 George H. W. Bush George Herbert Walker Bush (June 12, 1924 - November 30, 2018) was an American politician who served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993. Prior to assuming the presidency, Bush served as the 43rd Vice President of the United States under Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1989.

"Read my lips. No new taxes."

Taxes are raised.

21 Ulysses S. Grant Ulysses S. Grant was an American soldier and statesman who served as Commanding General of the Army and the 18th President of the United States, the highest positions in the military and the government of the United States.
22 Andrew Johnson 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].
23 Grover Cleveland Stephen Grover Cleveland was an American politician and lawyer who was the 22nd and 24th President of the United States, the only president in American history to serve two non-consecutive terms in office.

Garbage president, and even a worse human-being.

24 John Adams John Adams was born on October 30, 1735 in Quincy, Massachusetts, United States. Adams served as the president of the United States from March 4, 1797 to March 4, 1801. He died on July 4, 1826 at the age of 90.

Gosh, it's John QUINCY Adams that should be here, not John Adams. He saved this nation from a war that was unnecessary. And that is why he served only one term.

25 Richard Nixon Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States from 1969 until his resignation in 1974, the only president to resign from office. He had previously served as the 36th Vice President of the United States from 1953 to 1961, and prior to that as a U.S. Representative and also Senator from California.

Nothing that good really went on during his presidency. He abused the power of his role and didn't have a real exit strategy to Vietnam. Some people believe that Watergate overshadows his accomplishments as president, but there weren't many in the first place.

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