Most Overrated U.S. Presidents

Some presidents have legacies that outlast their actual actions. Here they are:

The Top Ten

1 Ronald Reagan 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

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 fmiddle class. IranContra for which he took no responsibility. Worst president in modern times

Worst president next to trump

Worst and most overrated president we ever had!

Killed the middle class, Iran-Contra, had a corrupt administration, increased unemployment, but is still idolised.

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2 John F. Kennedy John F. Kennedy John Fitzgerald Kennedy (Born May 29th, 1917) 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 in November 1963. The Cuban Missile Crisis, The Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Nuclear Test Ban more.

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. - Beezer

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 - 2storm

I know 2 other presidents who got assassinated but don't hear about. - TeamRocket747

Time in office doesn't matter it's actions he messed his presidency up with bay of pigs and Cuban missile crisis johnson fixed his damages as he destroyed eisenhower's

What did he actually DO - get enacted. Virtually nothing. The Cuban missle crisis - his doing. It was in response to his botched attempt to overthrow Cuba (Bay of Pigs). Good job on sending us to the moon and Peace Corps but he's more fantasy than fact

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3 Franklin D. Roosevelt 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 more.

His new deal policies extended the depression and he ran for a 4th term despite his quickly failing health, greatly deceiving the American people.

It' the time he served as president that makes him a "good" president, nothing else really. - lannypetersong

He really wasn't good at all and people think he's amazing

People are really ignorant saying he was a bad president. oh I guess in 10 years everyones gonna praise hitler for being a good dictator

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4 George Washington George Washington George Washington was the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

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. - Beezer

He was a horrible general read fakes frauds and phonies

AER YOU KIDDING?! There would be no presidents if it weren't for him! - hollyeb13

5 Barack Obama Barack Obama Barack Hussein Obama II served as the 44th president of the United States of America. He was elected in 2008 after serving in the Senate from 2005-08, beating John McCain and becoming the first African-American to be elected President of the United States. He was elected again in 2012, beating Mitt more.

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. - 9713524179

No, I hate him because he raised the debt more than all the other U.S presidents combined - SoldierOfFortune

He was only elected because he was black. Many Obama supporters did exactly what the racists do-they judge him by the color of his skin instead of the content of his character. The only important thing he did was help assassinate Osama bin Laden. He was too focused on environmental issues-not important

I love Obama! I am always be with him! Sad that Trump took his seat. - Jeanclaudejunior

Broke Owebama

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6 Theodore Roosevelt 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". - Beezer

He supported the Panama canal

This guy is savage - lukemcnamara72

7 Thomas Jefferson 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.

Should be number one.

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

WAY OVErrated

8 Andrew Jackson 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 more.

I Think He Should Be Way Higher On This List But At Least He Is On It.

9 Woodrow Wilson 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.

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

Good president because he allowed women to vote

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

He is a good president for women sufferage

10 Bill Clinton 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 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. - Beezer

Bottom 10 is more like ir

Monica Lewinsky... - torsja29

The Contenders

11 Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis.

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.

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.

Belongs #1 on this list. He didn't free a single slave, was actually against abolition and believed in the inferiority of blacks. Suspended habeus 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.

I've heard Lincoln was a wrestler.

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12 Lyndon B. Johnson 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.

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. - Beezer

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'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.

13 Donald Trump 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, Trump received an economics degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. In 1971, more.

He's just an idiot, in my opinion.

Wait... he's only been in office for not even a year, and he's already in slot 18? Really he can't get on air force I with Melania without the media criticizing him or the FLOTUS. I'm telling you, if someone showed a severed head of Obama, they'd pretty much be dead. But a severed head of Trump is okay because we think he's stupid, or he's not your president, we think his not a real president, we want to somehow beat him up, blah blah blah. Grow some balls! As of how this "Mambo Jambo" won, guess what? The American people voted him in, the exact same way as Obama, the Bushes, Bill Clinton, Reagan and every other president of the United States. Except I think Washington was nominated, because it was the birth of America. It also helped with the fact that the alternative was (and still is) under FBI investigation

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

Oh please. Why isn't he first? He's so annoying and so are his fans. - railfan99

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14 James Madison James Madison James Madison, Jr. was a political theorist, American statesman, and served as the fourth President of the United States.
15 Harry S. Truman Harry S. Truman Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States, an American politician of the Democratic Party.
16 James K. Polk James K. Polk

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. - Beezer

17 John Adams 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. - IcetailofWishClan

18 Jimmy Carter Jimmy Carter James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. 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.

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

19 Calvin Coolidge 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 Grover Cleveland 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.
21 Ulysses S. Grant 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 William McKinley William McKinley William McKinley was the 25th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1897 until his assassination in September 1901, six months into his second term.

He was a good leader, but maybe not in the right direction. While laborers were begging for change and a right to collectively bargain, he was against it. - Beezer

23 George W. Bush George W. Bush 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.

What ever rating he has it is more than he deserves

Number 23? Really? Get him to #1. - TeamRocket747

24 Richard Nixon 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 more.

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. - Beezer

Actually, Nixon did have plenty of accomplishments. While I do think Nixon deserves all the hate he gets and was a pretty terrible president and person, we shouldn't ignore his vast amount of successes. - Alpha101

25 George H. W. Bush 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.
26 Rutherford B. Hayes Rutherford B. Hayes Rutherford Birchard Hayes was the 19th President of the United States from 1877 to 1881, an American congressman, and governor of Ohio. Hayes was a lawyer and staunch abolitionist who defended runaway slaves in court proceedings.
27 James Buchanan James Buchanan James Buchanan, Jr. was the 15th President of the United States, serving immediately prior to the American Civil War.
28 William Howard Taft William Howard Taft William Howard Taft served as the 27th President of the United States and as the tenth Chief Justice of the United States, the only person to have held both offices.
29 Herbert Hoover Herbert Hoover Herbert Clark Hoover was an American engineer, businessman and politician who served as the 31st President of the United States from 1929 to 1933 during the Great Depression.
30 James Monroe James Monroe James Monroe was an American statesman and Founding Father who served as the fifth President of the United States from 1817 to 1825.
31 Martin Van Buren Martin Van Buren Martin Van Buren was an American statesman who served as the eighth President of the United States from 1837 to 1841.
32 Andrew Johnson 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].
33 Chester A. Arthur Chester A. Arthur Chester Alan Arthur was an American attorney and politician who served as the 21st President of the United States; he succeeded James A. Garfield upon the latter's assassination.
34 John Tyler John Tyler John Tyler was the tenth President of the United States. He was also, briefly, the tenth Vice President, elected to that office on the 1840 Whig ticket with William Henry Harrison.
35 William Henry Harrison William Henry Harrison William Henry Harrison was an American statesman who served as the 9th President of the United States from March 4, 1841 until his death on April 4, 1841. The cause of death of William Henry Harrison was pneumonia, after a cold and wet inauguration.
36 Millard Fillmore
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