Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Who are the Best and Worst U.S. Presidents?

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My List of the Ten Worst U.S. Presidents
By Chuck Baldwin
September 1, 2016
NewsWithViews.com
A few days ago, I posted my list of the top ten worst U.S. presidents on my Facebook page. See (and hopefully “Like”) my Facebook page here: Chuck Baldwin's Facebook Page
People who are familiar with my writings should not be surprised at my list, although many people who read my Facebook post did act surprised. Of course, these could have been people who aren’t that familiar with my writings after all.
At any rate, with my Facebook post I made my list without explanation. I will use this column to share a little bit of the reasoning behind my selections. So here goes: my top ten worst presidents in U.S. history:
1. Abraham Lincoln (Republican)
Without an ounce of doubt in my mind, Abraham Lincoln is America’s absolute worst President. He did not free a single slave; but what he did do was begin the process of enslaving free men. It is no hyperbole to say that Lincoln truly governed as a dictator, not as a President.
Virtually every single problem we are having today (and have had ever since Lincoln’s presidency) with an overbearing, encroaching, authoritarian federal government in Washington, D.C., came as a direct result of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency. EVERY SINGLE ONE!
Abraham Lincoln destroyed the Washington/Jeffersonian model of American government and replaced it with an imperial White House. His own statements prove that he cared absolutely nothing for the black race and was indeed himself a racist--unlike many leaders of the Confederacy, such as Robert E. Lee, T.J. “Stonewall” Jackson, et al., who publicly and adamantly spoke in support of ending slavery and NEVER said anything remotely derogatory or racist against the black people.
Beyond that, in his first inaugural address, Lincoln actually SUPPORTED an amendment to the U.S. Constitution (which would have been the 13th Amendment) proposed by Ohio Congressman Thomas Corwin that said, "No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will authorize or give to Congress the power to abolish or interfere, within any State, with the domestic institutions thereof, including that of persons held to labor or service by the laws of said State." In other words, the amendment would have forever guaranteed the right of people to own slaves.
Lincoln violated every constitutional restraint on the office of the President possible. He used the Union army to invade independent sovereign states, and he invaded the State legislature in Maryland, kidnapping and incarcerating the legislators to prevent them from voting on secession. He used force to bully and intimidate other State legislatures in the North to keep them from supporting southern independence. He authorized Union forces to hunt down and imprison “Copperheads” (individuals in the North who supported southern independence).
While Lincoln drafted black men from the North to serve in the Union army in segregated units, southern blacks were fighting voluntarily side-by-side with the white men--in the same units as the white men. And what most history books fail to mention is that there were reportedly over 300,000 slave owners fighting in Lincoln’s Union army during the Civil War. (Mildred Lewis Rutherford, “Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederate States, and Abraham Lincoln, the President of the United States,” 1861-1865, p. 35)
Lincoln’s so-called Emancipation Proclamation was an attempt to give the North moral justification for continuing his unconstitutional and immoral war of aggression against the South (and which the North was miserably losing after two years into the war) by issuing an edict to a nation that had already seceded (the Confederacy) and in which he had NO AUTHORITY, while leaving the institution of slavery completely intact among the states in which he did have authority (the Union). Lincoln was also hoping that his proclamation would incite southern blacks to insurrect against the southern states. However, this goal was never remotely accomplished.
England’s William Wilberforce had already shown how slavery could be peacefully ended. The institution of slavery was already dying in the United States. There was absolutely NO REASON why over 600,000 Americans had to die in Lincoln’s War of Aggression. Abraham Lincoln cared nothing about freeing slaves; what he cared about was enslaving free and independent states to an all-powerful, dictatorial federal government.
There really wasn’t a “bad” President before Lincoln. But with Lincoln as a model and with the constitutional restraints against an imperial presidency left torn in shreds, we haven’t had an abundance of “good” presidents since him. In fact, without Abraham Lincoln the nine “worst” presidents below would probably have never been President.
(I highly encourage readers to read the excellent book “The Real Lincoln” by Thomas DiLorenzo.)
2. Woodrow Wilson (Democrat)
Woodrow Wilson took Lincoln’s vision of subjegated states to a global level. In one year, Wilson did more to destroy whatever vestiges of a free republic that were left after Lincoln than any President since. That year was 1913. It was a year that should live in infamy. Woodrow Wilson shackled the American people with the following:
February 3, 1913
This is the date when the 16th Amendment was ratified and the direct income tax and IRS were instituted. This was a flagrant repudiation of freedom principles. What began as a temporary measure to support the War of Northern Aggression became a permanent income revenue stream for an unconstitutional--and ever growing--central government.
April 8, 1913
This is the date when the 17th Amendment was ratified. This amendment overturned the power of the State legislatures to elect their own senators and replaced it with a direct popular vote. This was another serious blow against State sovereignty. The framers of the Constitution desired that the influence and power in Washington, D.C., be kept as close to the people and states as possible. For example, the number of representatives in the House of Representatives was to be decided by a limited number of voters. In the original Constitution, the ratio of “people of the several States” deciding their House member could not exceed “one for every thirty thousand.” (Article. I. Section. 2. Paragraph. 3.) And when it came to the US Senate, the framers also recognized the authority of each State legislature to select its own senators, thereby keeping power and influence from aggregating in Washington, D.C.
The 17th Amendment seriously damaged the influence and power of the states by forcing them to elect their US senators by popular vote. Senators who answered to State legislators, each answering to a limited number of voters, were much more accountable to the “citizens of the several States” than those who were elected by a large number (many times numbering into the millions) of people. For all intents and purposes (at least in the larger states), US Senators are more like “mini-Presidents” than representatives of sovereign states.
December 23, 1913
This is the date when the Federal Reserve Act was passed. This Act placed oversight of America’s financial matters into the hands of a cabal of private international bankers who have completely destroyed the constitutional principles of sound money and (for the most part) free enterprise. No longer would the marketplace (private consumption, thrift, growth, etc.) be the determinant of the US economy (which is what freedom is all about), but now a private, unaccountable international banking cartel would have total power and authority to micromanage (for their own private, parochial purposes) America’s financial sector. Virtually every recession, depression, and downturn has been the direct result of the Fed’s manipulation of the market.
1913 was not a good year for the United States. And Woodrow Wilson was our second worst President.
3. Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Democrat)
F.D.R. was America’s first socialist President. His “New Deal” was actually a “Raw Deal.” Roosevelt forever engrained into the psyche of the American public the idea that government spending and involvement is the answer to ALL of our nation’s problems. He convinced people that the only way they could be delivered from “The Great Depression” was for them to accept government jobs and handouts. This was in spite of the fact that “The Great Depression” was actually caused by the Feds vastly expanding credit and Washington, D.C., vastly increasing taxes--among other dismal government actions. In other words, “The Great Depression” was typical of the way big-government toadies routinely operate: first government creates the problem, and then it claims to be the solution to the problem that it has created. And let’s not forget, F.D.R. also illegally confiscated the personal gold holdings from the American people.
Roosevelt was also the President that did the yeoman’s share of work in preparing the United States to reject American independence and embrace globalism. What Woodrow Wilson had failed to accomplish with the attempted League of Nations, Roosevelt accomplish by laying the framework for the United Nations, which came into fruition under his successor Harry Truman.
Roosevelt was also the man responsible for aiding and abetting communism in Eastern Europe and elsewhere. I think it is also accurate to say that F.D.R. purposely goaded Japan into war and surreptitiously stalled Japan’s Declaration of War until after Pearl Harbor was bombed in order to further incite the American people. I believe he also made sure that the defenses that should have seen the Japanese attack coming were not operational. Not to mention his unconscionable internment of Japanese Americans during the war.
Abraham Lincoln gave America an imperial presidency. Woodrow Wilson gave America globalism. F.D.R. gave America socialism.
4. Lyndon Baines Johnson (Democrat)
L.B.J. was an F.D.R. on steroids. He took American socialism to heights Roosevelt could have only dreamed of. Johnson’s “Great Society” permanently ensconced a welfare society into the fabric of America, which has resulted in the destruction of both our economic system and the family unit--especially in the black community.
Before Johnson’s “Great Society,” black families were largely intact and out-of-wedlock births were an exception to the rule. Not anymore! Now, over 70% of births in the black community are out of wedlock. For all intents and purposes, Johnson’s “Great Society” replaced black husbands and fathers with Uncle Sam and took away the black man’s self-respect and dignity. No wonder today’s black males comprise such a large percentage of the prison population.
Lyndon Johnson is also responsible for the Gun Control Act of 1968, which is the grandfather of ALL of our modern gun control laws. As a U.S. Senator from Texas, Johnson is also the man that successfully gagged and muzzled America’s pastors and churches with the passage of his amendment to the 501c3 section of the Internal Revenue Code in 1954. Of course, Johnson also took America into the unconstitutional war in Vietnam. And I personally believe that L.B.J. was a conspirator to John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Lyndon Johnson was a terrible President and an awful man.
5. George W. Bush (Republican)
Lincoln gave us the imperial presidency; Wilson gave us globalism; F.D.R. gave us socialism; L.B.J. gave us welfarism, gun control, and cowardly churches; and G.W. Bush gave us a burgeoning Police State, perpetual war, and Neocons.
What Bill Clinton and Al Gore could not do, G.W. Bush did with ease: shackle the United States with the hugely misnamed and tyrannical USA PATRIOT Act. He also gave us the Department of Homeland Security and the Military Commissions Act. Bush also illegally seized and held two American citizens in indefinite detention without a trial, which led Barack Obama to add the indefinite detention sections into the NDAA in order to justify what Bush had done and in order to give future presidents the same authority. Bush also expunged Posse Comitatus in America. He illegally invaded two sovereign nations, Iraq and Afghanistan. He created the “preemptive war” doctrine that still guides America’s foreign policy today. His policies and actions directly contributed to the rise of Islamic terror groups such as ISIS and the invasion of illegal immigrants in Europe and the United States. The phony “war on terror” is G. W. Bush’s war.
G.W. Bush and his presidential successors have killed more people in their various and sundry wars of aggression than Abraham Lincoln. And these ongoing wars of aggression that started under Bush--and that continue to the present day--have completely destabilized the entire Middle East and much of Europe and, if allowed to continue, will doubtless take America into World War III.
Plus, G.W. Bush’s failure on 9/11 is of seismic proportions. Either his administration was totally inept in preventing and/or responding to 9/11 (especially Saudi Arabia’s potential involvement), or, if one accepts the conspiracy theories, elements within his administration actually conspired to facilitate the attacks on 9/11. Either way, Bush’s performance on 9/11 was dismal at best or traitorous at worst.
Virtually every unconstitutional tool that Barack Obama has used in his disastrous presidency was handed to him on a silver platter by G.W. Bush.
6. Barack Obama (Democrat)
Barack Obama set many firsts for America. He is America’s first Muslim President; America’s first Marxist President; and the first President not born to an American citizen or in the United States as required by the U.S. Constitution. I think anyone who believes Obama was born in Hawaii is intellectually challenged. Obama’s single greatest administrative disaster is his socialized health care plan, known as Obamacare. Without a doubt, this leviathan is a death sentence to America’s future medical system. Generations of Americans yet to come will curse the day Barack Obama and the members of Congress that assisted him were allowed to create this medical monstrosity.
Obama is also the laziest President in history. He has taken more vacations, played more rounds of golf, and spent more taxpayers’ dollars on pleasure trips than any President before him. But, to me, it’s a good thing he is so lazy. Think of the damage he could have done if he wasn’t.
7. William Jefferson Blythe Clinton (Democrat)
Bill Clinton is the only President to be impeached besides Andrew Johnson. Perjury is a serious crime, and if the Republicans in the Senate had had any man-stuff, they would have removed him from office. But perjury was not all Clinton was guilty of.
Clinton’s cozy deals with the Communist Chinese and the bribes paid to him by foreign governments are well-documented. Bill Clinton was probably the most corrupt President since U.S. Grant. And that corruption continues with Hillary Clinton. Should Hillary be elected President in November (God forbid!), she will doubtless join this ignoble list of horrific presidents.
Another major stain on the Clinton record is the way his government murdered nearly one hundred innocent men (most of them elderly), women, and children outside Waco, Texas. Then again, the Clinton body count is probably much higher than that. The people who ran afoul of Clinton’s good graces and ended up mysteriously dead number in the scores.
8. George Herbert Walker Bush (Republican)
G.H.W. Bush is the granddaddy of the modern Neocons. He is the first U.S. President to publicly call for a global “New World Order.” And I personally believe that, along with L.B.J., G.H.W. Bush was also a conspirator in John Kennedy’s murder.
In reality, the administrations of Bush I, Clinton, Bush II, and Obama are nothing more than one long, continuous administration. There really has not been any policy change of substance in the White House since G.H.W. Bush.
Bush I is also responsible for the government murders of Vicki and Sammy Weaver at Ruby Ridge, Idaho. Along with the Clinton administration’s murder of the Branch Davidians near Waco, Texas, the Bush-sponsored murders of the Weavers has done more to make Americans distrust and despise their central government than anything since the Boston Massacre in 1770.
9. Ulysses S. Grant (Republican)
Suffice it to say that Grant’s presidency can probably be regarded as the most corrupt in U.S. history--rivaled only by Bill Clinton’s. Grant was quite the loathsome creature. He was also probably America’s first (and only?) alcoholic President.
10. Richard Nixon (Republican)
Watergate was the tip of the iceberg for Nixon. He would have been impeached had he not resigned, for sure. Without a doubt, his imperial presidency was modeled after Lincoln’s. Nixon makes my list because of his coziness with Communist China’s Butcher of Beijing (Mao Tse-tung) and for forever taking America off of the gold standard. Nixon could probably be identified as a Neocon, if we had known what they were back then. For example, Nixon gave us the likes of Henry Kissinger.
There you have it: my list of the top ten worst presidents in U.S. history. Granted, there are several other presidents that rival my list. I could have easily substituted any of them for Grant and Nixon. At that point, the differences in “badness” between them were getting miniscule. But the first eight are definite in my thinking.
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Best Presidents of the United State
Readers Selections
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 through its Civil War - its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis
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 toughest job, building a nation, he should be higher. Teddy ARE was only 42 when he became president, that should be considered. As long as Buchanan or Harding aren't up there guess can't complain too much
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
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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.
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Kept the country together, worked with and respected people of different viewpoints and freed the slaves. He was a so-so military commander.
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.
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
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(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!
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Don't get me wrong. I love America. But even if the country I am about to say did have an evil, evil history and terrible leaders, it got better after a bit. I'm proud to be 1/4 of the country who brought us Albert Einstein, even if Steven Hawking is smarter. Germany FOR THE WIN!
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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.
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He had the answer to every problem we have now. NO POLITICAL PARTIES. That would have solved everything.
Ronald Reagan (40)
Ronald Wilson Reagan 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.
(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.
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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
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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.
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There were a lot of hostages in the middle east at the time. They were freed as soon as Reagan was elected.
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Thomas Jefferson (3)
Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father who was principal author of the Declaration of Independence.
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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Thomas Jefferson bought 1/3 of the us from France for only 3 million dollars and everyone else thought it was a bad idea
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Theodore Roosevelt (26)
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 ...read more.
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.
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#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.
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Come on, he was a cowboy for one, and was even shot before giving a speech but still gave it.
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Forward thinking president, a progressive before it became fashionable to hate the word. The national park system is largely due to him. Knew how to get things done, although he crossed some ethical boundaries doing so (Panama Canal).
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Franklin D Roosevelt (32)
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, commonly known as FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 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 WWII.
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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.
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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
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He got us through the Great Depression and WWII, and yet George Bush (who got us IN a depression and a war) is still ahead of him. That just doesn't make sense.
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John F Kennedy (35)
John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy, 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 Treaty, the ...read more.
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.
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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
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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.
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He also caused the Cuban Missile Crisis (via the Bay of Pigs invasion) - marmalade_skies
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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).
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Cuban crisis and piece
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Dwight D. Eisenhower (34)
Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower was an American politician and general who served as the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961. He was a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe.
#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!
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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.
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A very skilled politician who helped ease Cold War tensions and downsized the military-industrial complex, focusing on air power. While he was not personally invested in preventing segregation, he enforced court orders against it. He left most of the New Deal and Fair Deal intact as well. Overall, a very effective politician who fits the label "conservative" in a literal sense. Modern Republicans probably wouldn't support a candidate like him though.
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Steady, reliable and reasonable president that understood that things that aren't broken don't need to be fixed and the value of thinking things over carefully rather than rushing into them for a political reason.
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William Clinton (42)
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?!
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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.
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Really, being rated ahead of Truman, John Adams, Polk, Jackson and Coolidge. All of his domestic legislation was initiated by Newt Gingrich or Bob Dole. Some of it was excellent and fortunately public opinion forced him to sign the legislation. In fairness to Bill he did expand NATO and built Middle East pipelines around our enemies, but he did screw up in his deals with N. Korea and China. If teachers would really teach American History he would not be rated any where near this level.
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He was an idiot and a rapist how could he possibly have made it on this list
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John Adams (2)

John Quincy Adams was an American statesman who served as the sixth President of the United States from 1825 to 1829. He also served as a diplomat, a Senator and member of the House of Representatives.
#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!
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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?
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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.
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An underrated and personally very principled president. I think his accomplishments are more as part of the Revolution and founding of the country than as a president.
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James Madison (4)
James Madison, Jr. was a political theorist, American statesman, and served as the fourth President of the United States.
#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.
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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
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He led the nation through the War of 1812, securing US sovereignty for generations to come. He was also the father of the constitution and help to write the Federalist Papers without which we might not have democracy in the world today.
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A major intellectual contributor to the formation of the government...the Federalist papers are a very interesting and important read.
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Andrew Jackson (7)
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 ...read more.
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.
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If only more people knew this travesty. You forgot the part about Scalp Bounties though -- it gets even uglier. - theOpinionatedOne
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He was one of the first presidents to come from nothing into something, and used those skills he grew up with, as well as his military skills to influence the idea of expanding American democracy for virtually all white males, which was revolutionary at that time. He also saved us from getting into a civil war by passing a bill to lower taxes on cotton in the south, since the south, especially South Carolina, had been taxed on cotton severely.
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Jackson was a President who made the democratic process more available to the masses. It does not offset the Trail of Tears with the Native Americans in the South even though the Supreme Court said he could not. He is suppose to enforce the laws of Congress and verdicts of the Court. He destroyed the Bank of the U.S. over a personal quarrel which caused the Panic of 1837. Please do not mention anything about the spoils system.
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Very hot and cold on Jackson but he played an important role in reshaping the government.
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Harry S Truman (33)
Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States, an American politician of the Democratic Party.
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.
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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.
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"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.
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Woodrow Wilson (28)
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.
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
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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.
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Superb president with many ideas that shaped our nation to become what it is today. He created the Federal Reserve Act, which allows each district of our nation to be managed by a bank; he created the Federal Trade Commission, which prevents the rise of corrupt business. There were many other superb things that he created, but these were some of his best.
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OK, but a little weak
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James Monroe (5)
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.
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He was the last of the five founding fathers
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Purchased Florida and his presidency was known as the "Era of Good Feelings".
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This man is a ass
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James Polk (11)
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.
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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.
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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.
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For an expanding our country-- yes
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Lyndon B. Johnson (36)
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.
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So, Johnson was a diehard racist who used the Civil Rights movement to make sure his party would stay in power and get votes from one demographic for a very long time. His push for furthering Vietnam was disgusting and so is he. You folks who think that this evil man did great things had better get your heads out of your collective asses. Jesus Christ folks, he was directly connected with JFK's death.. Wake Up
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LBJ is so underrated because of Vietnam. To be a southerner and lead the civil rights movement took astonishing guts. He said at the time that passing civil rights was the proper thing to do, but that Democrats could "write off the south for the next forty years". Unfortunately I think he may have underestimated just how racially divided our country is. I love my country but in many ways I am afraid of its future.
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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.
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Calvin Coolidge (30)
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.
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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.
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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.
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In my opinion he was the greatest. Sad that most of those voted greatest were warriors, as opposed to leaders, first.
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John Q Adams (6)
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
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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.
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George H.W. Bush (41)
#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.
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Why is George W. Bush higher on the list than George H. W. Bush? George H. W. Bush was much better.
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Not a great leader economically, in fact he was more of a disaster. Along with his son, the first presidents to have a recession during a war. Until Bush, the one saving grace about a war was that at least it did help your economy. He left Clinton an economic mess, which Clinton promptly cleaned up.
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He did not do anything
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Ulysses S. Grant (18)
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)
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He was the only president to put us in the green economically and got rid of the BANK during his presidency... He accomplished something all others had failed... Our history books said he was the worst president... They are wrong!
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He was basically the man who ended slavery, sure Lincoln signed some stuff but grant was actually out their fighting and made the south surrender
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Yes, but he really is known for being the best general. As president he was taken advantaged of and taken in by naivety of president.
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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
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Accidently gave you a thumbs down on your reply. Actually, I completely agree with what you wrote, spot on! - sharzi
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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.
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Probably the 3rd worst president in U.S. history after Buchannan and Andrew Johnson. Lying about the WMDs, helping the events leading to the Great Reciison (a.k.a. the great stock crash of 2008), waterboarded and by killing Sadam Hussein he made the biggest mistake in history. Now other groups such as Hamas and ISIS are growing and have allies such as Vladimir Putin. As well, on September 11th, 2001 one of the saddest and darkest days in both the U.S.'s and the World's history he was reading a book to some children in Florida (The Big Sheep). Coretta Scott King told him that a plane had hit the WTC's South Wing to which he replied- I'm reading. She later told him another plane hit the North Side to which he responded- I'll deal with it later. About an hour later, the pentagon was hit and he finally left. Total ass.
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By all means. He was a people's man.
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William Harrison (9)
Only president that wasn't around long enough to screw up. - jwaden27
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I'd give my left nipple to be half the man that he was. What a great president...
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He died of pneumonia shortest term any president has been in office.
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Greatest who ever served
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Martin Van Buren (8)
He was alright he would have been better if Andrew Jackson didn't sign all those bills that wasted money
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He was known as the LIttle magic man he did now focus on slavery
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Was president during the Panic of 1837
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Warren G. Harding (29)
Terrible president. Get off the list. He lost a White House China set playing poker.
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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.
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He was only nominated because he quote "Looked presidential"
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Harding oh no
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William McKinley (25)
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.
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Got us out of the Spanish American war with under a thousand deaths and annexed Hawaii
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America would never become a superpower if he didn't exist.
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Gerald Ford (38)
I have a report on him and this is very helpful
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Gerald Ford is actually a really good president. I think he should be rated higher.
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He healed are nation from Watergate, but pardoned Nixon in the process... So I'd say he's a "middle of the road" "didn't really do much" president, other than deliver the line "The state of the union is not good."
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Zachary Taylor (12)
I heard his grandson is still alive.
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He was a good gernal but as presdint he was just on the wrong side of history
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Grover Cleveland (24)
He told Franklin Roosevelt when he was 5 that he would end up as nothing but a "scag" - benhos
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This guy signed the bill that brought Segregation. He was a horrible president.
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Millard Filmore (13)
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.
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He did more to instigate the civil war than any other president
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There would be 49 states without him
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John Tyler (10)
Abandoned his platform at his party
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Jimmy Carter (39)
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.
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.
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An underrated president, likely due to the Iran hostage crisis and how the economy was when he happened to be in office. Like Herbert Hoover, people blame him for their economic woes when it is really out of any president's control. An economy is the transactions between EVERYONE, after all, and unless private property is abolished or significant stimulus is introduced, a federal government's policy isn't going to have much lasting impact. He accomplished some awesome work with Egypt and Israel, and returning the Panama canal to Panama helped against anti-American sentiment in Latin America.
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A very good human being and his heart was in the right place but he was not effective. The economy tanked under him. The USA lost prestige and influence worldwide. He was widely criticized for letting Panama control the canal but all the naysayers doom and gloom have not even remotely happened and he made the right call. His stance on basic human rights was one of the best things I've ever seen from a politician--why should we do business with thugs?
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He's a good man, but not fit for presidency.
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James A. Garfield (20)
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).
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First pres to campaign for himself and started to work for freed slaves
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William Howard Taft (27)
Fattest presdint only smart thing he did was add more banks for Delware
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Chester A. Arthur (21)
Coolest facial hair ever to be in White House? I think yes!
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This guy had the sickest chops ever so he's good in my book
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This man made the white house elegant! - sumptuousbutter
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I'm doing a report on him and he is going to get me an A++
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Rutherford B. Hayes (19)
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.
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Well he obviously has the coolest name...
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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.
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Have you seen his young adult pictures? He's clearly the best.
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Won by one vote, sweet
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Benjamin Harrison (23)
Benjamin Harrison was the 23rd President of the United States; he was the grandson of the ninth President, William Henry Harrison.
Nobody remembers this dude lol
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I am a direct descendent of Benjamin Bunion Harrison
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Its weird how he has a picture if Gerald Ford doesn't.
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He the best prez ever
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Richard Nixon (37)
Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974 when he became the only U.S.
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.
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Underrated. He actually accomplished quite a bit as President, but that's overlooked because of Water Gate.
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He's a bit mixed. While definitely one of the most abusive presidents based on power, he at least opened trading relations with China and signed the Clean Act. - MKBeast
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Franklin Pierce (14)
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
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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.
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Herbert Hoover (31)
This guy is pretty overrated. He didn't give the veterans there pay back but massacred them. Read the glory and the dream it says some pretty gruesome stuff about him. He even locked himself up during the Great Depression but was pretty unlucky but could have done better in some parts
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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.
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The Depression was not his fault in any way, shape, or form. He did nothing to help the situation either, though. He would've been a decent president at a different time in history.
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I like the dam he built, but other than that, damn!
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Andrew Johnson (17)
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.
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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.
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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.
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Johnson is an underrated president. He was good, but not as good as obama.
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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.
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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!
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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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One of the worst
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Barack Obama (44)
Barack Hussein Obama II is 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 Romney.
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
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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
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I'm writing this on Jan. 14, 2016, and we have had a great example in the last couple days of the difference between this man and his critics. On Tuesday, word came that ten sailors were being detained by the Iranian government. Eager to cash in on the xenophobia of their base, the Republican presidential candidates immediately called on Obama to cancel his State of the Union address scheduled for that night and deal with this "crisis". New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who is apparently no longer grateful for the help Obama gave his state during hurricane Sandy, was particularly harsh in his criticism. When the sailors weren't even mentioned during the address, the candidates doubled down in their condemnation of Obama and said the nuclear deal we(and four other nations) struck with Iran was foolish. These candidates are now busy wiping the egg off their faces. The next day, Iran released the hostages after a phone call from Secretary of State Kerry. They were unharmed, there was ...more
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Yeah um shut u
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