Top 10 Best American Presidents

Name the "best" Presidents according to a poll
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Presidents
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Abraham Lincoln
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Franklin D. Roosevelt
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George Washington
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Theodore Roosevelt
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Thomas Jefferson
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Presidents
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Harry S. Truman
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Woodrow Wilson
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Dwight Eisenhower
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Andrew Jackson
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John F. Kennedy
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Level ∞
Oct 1, 2018
In my opinion Wilson, Jackson, and Kennedy do not belong. Otherwise I mostly agree with the ranking.
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Level 82
Oct 1, 2018
Aw.. why didn't you feature this one? Some of the worst ones are too obscure?

Best and Worst US Presidents

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Level ∞
Oct 20, 2018
Don't want to get too political...
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Level 82
Nov 28, 2018
I'm using the same source. If this quiz isn't political neither is mine.
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Level 86
May 26, 2019
Maybe controversial is the better word. I’m sure if we added the ten worst, there would definitely be a lot of complaints about Trump being at the bottom of the list, even though the source says he is. That’s probably what Quizmaster meant but it’s just a guess.
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Level 65
Oct 1, 2018
Wilson was a paid stooge of those setting up the Federal reserve bank - rumour is that he was having an affair and was being blackmailed.

Jackson - Trail of tears fiasco ignored the Supreme court to not remove the Cherokee indians from their lands in Georgia. Basically a real dick.

Kennedy - Nearly blew up the world in the Cuban missile crisis, the Soviets put nukes in Cuba as a response to the nukes Kennedy put in Turkey. US had to take out their nukes in Turkey, and the Russians took out theirs in Cuba. Then Johnson gave him a brain enema in Dallas.

Otherwise yes, the rest certainly deserve to be there.

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Level 60
Nov 28, 2018
I believe Wilson was also a racist and, among other things, segregated federal offices.
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Level 82
Nov 28, 2018
You think Kennedy shouldn't be included because you believe without evidence that Johnson had something to do with his assassination? Or you just felt compelled to throw that in there so we'd all know you believe this?

Agree with most of the rest of what you said but opinions are always being revised and this is based on polling data that goes back quite a ways.

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Level 65
Nov 28, 2018
No, Kennedy should not have been on that list, not because of Johnson, (who, in my opinion, may have had something to do with Kennedy's assassination - amongst others), because Kennedy acted impulsively, (like with his oft told tales of cavorting with just about every woman he could get his hands on in the White House), or his decision to threaten annihilation of the planet because of his ill-advised action of putting nukes so close to the Soviet Union in Turkey. Or his decision to back the Bay of Pigs invasion to actively overthrow a popular government.

I think that John Adams should be on that list or Hayes, far better presidents than Wilson, Jackson or Kennedy.

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Level 82
Nov 28, 2018
Then why bring up Johnson?
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Level 67
Nov 28, 2018
If actively overthrowing popular governments disqualifies Kennedy, then Eisenhower doesn't belong on the list either, since he authorized the CIA overthrowing Iran's democratic government to prop up the Shah as a puppet dictator.
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Level 74
Nov 28, 2018
I would argue that Kennedy should have been on the list. He set the country on a mission to get to the moon. That in turn set our best and brightest to develop technologies which spurred many of the things we use today.
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Level 82
Apr 9, 2019
Anyone who's opening line when damning someone is something about the Federal Reserve is obviously a conspiracy theorist.
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Level 82
Apr 24, 2019
*whose, sorry
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Level 34
Dec 1, 2018
Wilson lead our country through WW1.
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Level 85
Apr 19, 2019
He won reelection on "He kept us out of the war" and had war declared 33 days after being sworn back in. He led us into, not through, a war that had nothing to do with us except the enormous lines of credit for U S. businesses to sell material to keep the war going.

His 14 Points ignored at Versailles contained good ideas but he couldn't lead us through that even. His wife wasn't a much better President.

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Level 82
Jan 26, 2020
Wilson did some good things. But he was also embarrassingly racist even by the standards of the 1910s.
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Level 55
Oct 22, 2021
Wilson also passed the Espionage and Sedition Acts, the single biggest violation of free speech in the history of this country. He wanted these passed just to silence all his anti-war critics. This also makes him a hypocrite because as a historian, he took a stance against big government.

Wilson, for whatever reason, never respected the sovereignty of nations and proceeded to occupy many nations for long periods of time. This led to rebellions, insurrections(like the Philippines one), and a growing disregard from the American public of imperialistic foreign policy, but Wilson being Wilson, ignored this.

In the later stages of his 8 years, he pushed for the accpeptance of his 14 points and the treaty of versailles, both of which were diplomatically failiures(he even violated almost all of his own 14 points himself), instead of guiding the country through the red scare of 1919, and the race riots.

Not to mention his racism, screening Birth of a Nation and calling it historically accurate

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Level 44
Mar 30, 2021
I mostly agree, but I think Kennedy should be placed higher. Yes, he botched the Bay of Pigs Invasion and was known for sleeping around, but he also saved the world from nuclear war multiple times, helped push forward the agenda of the Civil Rights movement (in fact, he even befriended Martin Luther King), and stopped women from being paid less because of their gender.
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Level 69
May 21, 2021
based quizmaster
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Level ∞
Oct 1, 2018
Also, a brief note. Try to be extra nice in the comments for this quiz. Want to convince people that your "tribe" is the right one? Then don't be a jerk!
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Level 82
Oct 1, 2018
What if you don't have a tribe and aren't concerned with convincing anyone, but both tribes are a jerk to you? Can you be a jerk back?
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Level 76
Oct 1, 2018
If both tribes are being "jerks" to you then the problem is probably on your end.
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Level 82
Oct 1, 2018
Wow, that's brilliant. Meanwhile all Democrats and Republicans are holding hands singing kumbaya living in perfect harmony, never unfairly demonizing or misrepresenting their opponents, never insulting or attacking anyone who isn't in lock step with their ideology and part of their groupthink bubble, and not in any way guilty of bias. So the problem is all mine for having the audacity to think for myself and that's why I get called a raging libtard cuck by those on the right and a mayonnaise m'f'er mansplaining Nazi by those on the left.. because clearly I am too far left and too far right simultaneously like that makes sense. Couldn't possibly be that *they* are biased.

You are as clever as Fox News is fair and balanced and as insightful as Noam Chomsky is patriotic.

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Level 71
Oct 5, 2018
Such a typical thing for a level 68 to say.
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Level 84
Apr 14, 2020
You usually are.
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Level 82
Jun 15, 2020
Usually are what? Inclined to respond with disrespect to those who have shown the same toward me first? Yes... I am. I'll admit it's not my best trait.
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Level 73
Oct 1, 2018
Jackson? Wow.
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Level 74
Oct 1, 2018
yeah... I would imagine a number of Native American leaders would beg to differ with Wikipedia on this one.
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Level 58
Oct 1, 2018
True, he is one of my least favorite presidents simply because of the Trail of Tears but I am ashamed to admit that I have no idea what his presidency was like other than that so I can't really argue how good of a president he was.
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Level 66
Nov 28, 2018
Wikipedia isn't asserting an opinion other than making editorial decisions regarding which rankings to include in the article.
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Level 72
Nov 28, 2018
Also the whole "partially revoking the rights of abolitionists to free speech" does not go over well with me.
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Level 76
Oct 1, 2018
All the old rankings had him quite high on the list. He's fallen a lot over the last few years.
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Level 75
Oct 18, 2018
And he deserves to fall even farther.
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Level 65
Oct 1, 2018
Well to be fair, Jackson was nearly assassinated. They got better by the time Lincoln came around though. Most people think that Reagan was Hinckley's target, but no, it was Brady all the time, he held the real power behind the Reagan administration. ;)
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Level 85
Aug 25, 2019
Nancy's astrologer was standing in the entourage.

No one knows his target because the idiot hit everyone with a ricochet using a .22 from 5 feet away. At least Squeaky Fromme brought a .45 she didn't know enough to load properly.

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Level 82
Nov 28, 2018
Andrew Jackson expanded suffrage to non-property owners. The most significant expansion of voting rights in the nation's history aside from giving the vote to women. He did other good things, too. But, yeah, probably viewed more favorably by older historians who didn't see his treatment of native Americans as so problematic. The first of these polls was conducted in 1948.
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Level 67
Nov 23, 2020
I'm pretty sure the expansion of suffrage was already happening before he became President? At least, that's what I learned from APUSH. The electorate expanded dramatically *during* the 1820s, while Jackson only became President at the end of that decade. I think he was more an effect of democratization than a cause. Still, I don't have any hard evidence or data so it might be worth looking into more.
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Level 86
Oct 1, 2018
The amount of time given would allow for every President to be tried!
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Level 85
Oct 1, 2018
Time limit needs to be way less.
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Level ∞
Oct 1, 2018
Reduced to 1 minute which it should have been at first.
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Level 82
Oct 1, 2018
If you can do the presidents in 1 minute sprint quiz then this is a breeze, especially when you know you wont have to be typing Trump, Nixon, Bush...
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Level 58
Oct 1, 2018
We currently have the longest lasting bull market in American history
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Level 89
Oct 1, 2018
thanks obama
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Level 17
Nov 28, 2018
(casually forgets that the 1920s existed)
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Level 74
Jun 25, 2019
thanks elmo
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Level 20
Jan 12, 2019
replace trump with obama
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Level 86
Mar 21, 2019
Why bother? Neither are on the quiz.
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Level 90
Oct 1, 2018
As far as nicknames I wish were accepted for presidents on this quiz... I like Ike.
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Level 42
Oct 1, 2018
My own personal politics say that Washington needs to be 2nd, Truman should be a bit higher and Franklin Roosevelt, Kennedy and Wilson should be off I would also consider getting rid of Theodore Roosevelt but that would all be my own quiz.
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Level 78
Oct 1, 2018
And with whom would you replace them? The rest of the pool is a little shallow me thinks.
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Level 60
Nov 28, 2018
FDR off the list? Are you nuts? And do you know much about Teddy Roosevelt? There are obvious arguments to boot Wilson and JFK off the list, but the Roosevelts? You might at least give some kind of argument.
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Level 46
Nov 28, 2018
Just because you're popular doesn't mean you're a good President. FDR expanded the size of the federal government to astronomical levels, plunging us further into the Great Depression, then placed a trade embargo on Japan and deliberately ignored all their warnings of an attack, which led to Pearl Harbor, all so he could get us into the war, which at that point was the only feasible way to get us out of the Depression. Then, of course, he took complete credit for turning the economy around. Teddy created the national park system with the end goal of buying up all the wildnerness land and forcing people into cities, where they would be easier to control and manipulate (our first progressive President). Meanwhile, the greatest President of the 20th century, Calvin Coolidge, slashed government spending and taxes by a MUCH higher percentage than any President before or since. And he turned what would have become an even worse depression than the Great Depression into the Roaring Twenties.
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Level 46
Nov 28, 2018
And the progressive-dominated textbooks in our progressive-dominated public schools, what do they do? They paint the Roosevelts as great Presidents because, what, one of them had an eyeglass and went hunting in Africa and the other one had polio and died in office (during his fourth term) so we should all feel sorry for him? I'd love to sit and have a beer with either one of them; they seem like very interesting, neat guys. But they were terrible Presidents. And these same (progressive) textbooks then scrub Calvin Coolidge and other like-minded Presidents out of the public consciousness completely until literally the only thing we know about him was that he didn't talk much. Ironic? You bet.
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Level 82
Nov 29, 2018
I find it much more interesting how radical right-wingnuts have tried (and apparently succeeded) to rewrite history to paint both Roosevelts as horrible presidents because they were progressive, broke up corporate monopolies and fearlessly stood up to big banks, instituted a minimum wage, regulated Wall Street and stuff like that. We could use another Roosevelt.
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Level 66
Nov 29, 2018
It is positively ludicrous to suggest the Roosevelts were not great presidents. Ludicrous. I understand that the right wing has a pathological need to knock FDR down because he expanded the size of government with great results, which undermines (what was, until Trump) the central tenet of conservative philosophy: small government. But if you look at all FDR accomplished, all he had to deal with, and how popular he was with the American people, there is no rational, fair-minded conclusion but to rank him near the very top. Don't let your biases overwhelm your thinking.
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Level 53
Dec 10, 2020
By no means was FDR perfect. But he's probably the best to deal with a world war.
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Level 21
Oct 1, 2018
I can not understand that Truman is there, the man who gave the order to send atomic bombs over two cities. Disgusting.
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Level 72
Oct 1, 2018
I used to think the same thing until I learnt more about Japan in WW2. Those bombs saved countless lives.
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Level 65
Oct 1, 2018
Yeah. I did a lot of research and came to a couple conclusions on that:

-Japan was probably not going to surrender anytime soon. That's not how they operated.

-Hundreds of thousands of Americans would die in an invasion, not to mention the number of Japanese civilians and soldiers.

-He DID end the bloodiest war in human history, which counts for something. Also, I personally believe that it's a good thing the world saw what these weapons could do before the Cold War started.

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Level 86
Oct 1, 2018
Well there is the entire rebuilding the countries of the vanquished thing and ensuring that they were readily integrated into world ranks. The establishment of NATO to ensure that the Soviets didn't take over the rest of Western Europe. The entire Marshall Plan/Truman Doctorine thingy. The integration of federal facilities and the military. While the use of the A Bombs is not a good thing most historians agree that without that them there would have likely been just as many if not more causalities with an Japanese invasion and a war that would have lasted several more years. Unfortunately during war you don't always have perfect options.
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Level 82
Oct 1, 2018
I don't agree with the use of the atomic bombs at all and I don't believe they saved any lives (though they did kill hundreds of thousands of civilians), but Truman did have some other accomplishments under his belt. Jackson, while he signed the Indian Removal Act, also was responsible for expanding suffrage to non-property owners, the most significant expansion of voting rights in the country up until women's suffrage almost 100 years later.
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Level 58
Oct 1, 2018
Japan wasn't going to surrender anytime soon, and most of their citizens were brainwashed. Many of them had their brooms shaved to a point in case of an American invasion.
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Level 82
Oct 1, 2018
and that American invasion was absolutely necessary because.... ?
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Level 74
Jun 25, 2019
The dropping of the two atomic bombs were in many ways justified. Perhaps you should do a bit more research.
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Level 82
Jul 5, 2019
Almost all of those justifications that you would find if you went looking for them were cooked up in the days and years immediately following the event, and are mostly baloney.
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Level 74
Apr 3, 2020
To minimise American military casualties and shorten the span of the war, knowing the Japanese military doctrine of fighting to the death and kamikaze attacks, show of power to the Soviet Union, justify spending $28 billion (current dollars) and manpower of 130,000 on the Manhattan Project and the production of three costly atomic bombs (one which was detonated in a test).
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Level 82
Apr 6, 2020
yep, those are among the BS arguments invented in the time after the bombs were dropped.
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Level 74
Apr 13, 2020
Which are factual. I learned about them in History class.
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Level 82
Jun 15, 2020
Factual BS? Interesting. I guess if it was read inside a classroom it must be true.
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Level 53
Dec 10, 2020
I guess it doesn't apply to Zambia then. (Heh heh heh, lil' joke)
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Level 82
Oct 1, 2018
If anyone is interested but lazy, Obama is ranked 11th best. George W Bush is ranked 32nd, Nixon is 33rd, and Trump is 44th (dead last, the first president in 150 years to unseat Buchanan for last place)
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Level 82
Oct 1, 2018
Reagan is 16th, Clinton is 18th, George HW Bush is 22nd, Carter is 27th.
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Level 58
Oct 1, 2018
Surprised Hoover isn't last
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Level 82
Oct 1, 2018
34th right after Nixon, 10 places above Trump.
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Level 72
Nov 18, 2018
You really have achieved something when you‘re ranked worse than Buchanan
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Level 60
Nov 28, 2018
My guess is that Trump will remain last for the rest of American history.
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Level 59
Dec 1, 2018
Let's hope so. I can't imagine how anyone could be worse.
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Level 72
Nov 28, 2018
I'm amazed that Jackson is as high as he is. Everything I remember about him from US history classes puts him on my shortlist for worst president.
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Level 74
Jun 25, 2019
But Trump is a grate President!
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Level 37
Aug 9, 2019
^ Yeah, he grates alright!
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Level 74
Apr 3, 2020
He's done lots of great things. Reduced tensions with Korea, North, increased economic growth, prison reform act, illegal immigration greatly declined, et cetera.
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Level 82
Apr 12, 2020
Trump did nothing to decrease tensions with North Korea. The South Koreans deserve any and all credit for that, the only thing Trump did was delay the progress that they were making.

Trump did not increase economic growth. If you look at the growth of the economy the positive trend lines all go back to the Obama administration and did not change when Trump assumed office. And now, thank to his monumentally inept handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, something that he actually did play a direct role in (often presidents are given credit or blame for a good or bad economy that they don't deserve, but this was 100% Trump), damage to the US economy is going to be worse than anywhere else on the planet.

Illegal immigration actually greatly INCREASED during the Trump administration. Where are you getting your "facts" from? Though Trump has increased the number of kids separated from their parents and put in cages and other forms of cruelty this hasn't actually worked.

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Level 74
Apr 13, 2020
Several sources including CNBC and Politico report fewer border arrests (metric for illegal crossings) than before. Economy had been faring well under Trump administration prior to COVID pandemic, with fairly steady economic growth, and tensions with the North have decreased under same administration. Dow Jones has reached record high levels, lowest unemployment rates in five decades, and lowest ever recorded from Black, Hispanic and Asians. However, legal immigration has also declined, and the administration may not be handling the pandemic response as well as they should have and could have acted quicker and earlier. Some interesting statistics regarding economy.
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Level 82
Jun 15, 2020
Those statistics are interesting and I'm aware of them. Follow your last link and it's easy to see all of those positive economic trends began under Obama. And in spite of Trump's efforts to undo everything good that was done by the previous administration, he couldn't completely derail us, so solid was the footing the country was already on. But where are those metrics now? And what's happening to the national debt? Want to guess where they're going to be in the near future?
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Level 82
May 24, 2021
Proxima, you think so? To me it seems like huge swaths of the country are more deluded and divorced from reality than ever. I mean ultra-conservative Liz Cheney can't even say that Trump didn't win the 2020 election (which he lost resoundingly and unambiguously in what his own cyber security chief called the most secure election in the nation's history) without getting removed from her leadership position in Congress and probably primaried the next time she has to run for reelection.
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Level 55
Jul 6, 2021
You're right. I was referring to the above thread only. I was assuming at the time that Jackinthebox hadn't seen Jan 6th yet, which might have changed his opinion.
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Level 65
Oct 1, 2018
Andrew Jackson? ANDREW JACKSON made this list? Mr. Trail-of-Tears, Imma-hit-people-with-a-cane Andrew Jackson? Actually what?

JFK's not great, either. Just handsome and dead.

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Level 84
Oct 1, 2018
If you look at the sources, some go back over 50 years and most are dominated by old white guys. (I include myself in that category so no disrespect intended, just recognition of inherent biases.) As the composition of the history profession changes, these evaluations will change. I would bet good money that views on people like Jackson and Hayes decline while views on others such as LBJ improve. In addition, there's a recency bias--expect Kennedy, and maybe Eisenhower, to decline.
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Level 82
Apr 9, 2019
handsome and dead still an improvement over what we've got currently.
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Level 74
Apr 3, 2020
That's all you know about JFK? Handsome and dead? Do you know of any accomplishments he had made during his (short) presidency?
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Level 76
Oct 1, 2018
Thank God Reagan isn't on this list. That would be depressing.
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Level 82
Oct 1, 2018
He's much higher on the list than he really ought to be, and his deification cult doesn't seem to be losing strength or influence so he might climb higher still.
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Level 74
Oct 1, 2018
I subconsciously hoped that Coolidge would be on there.
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Level 58
Oct 1, 2018
I love Coolidge so much, my top five are:

1. Lincoln

2. FDR

3. Coolidge

4. JFK

5. Roosevelt

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Level 71
Oct 1, 2018
Me, too! I would have ranked Coolidge quite high. Sorry he didn't make the list, certainly over Jackson and Wilson and Kennedy. I would have ranked him after Lincoln, Jefferson, maybe Washington. Would like to have seen McKinley represented, maybe over either of the Roosevelts. Ah, well.
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Level 62
Oct 2, 2018
Polk is under-rated, He should be ahead of Jackson for sure. Kennedy handled the Cuban Missile Crisis reasonably well, what he really botched was the Bay of Pigs. JFK is over-rated based not only because he was assassinated, but because he was young and good looking and had a pretty wife. I think Obama and Clinton will both rise in the ranks over time.
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Level 55
Sep 7, 2021
In my opinion, looking at Polk's record, I think the Mexican-American war was a tiny bit reckless in the sense that it made divides between the north and south larger during the distribution of the land gained from the war.(kinda making presidents like Filmore look terrible attempting to fairly distribute the land), and when you figure out that Polk was a Jacksonian and big Andrew Jackson fan(he beat Clay with Jackson's endorsement), you can see why he pursued the annexation so vigorously.

What I like Polk for is he made an extensive list of promises and finished them all in 1 term, not many presidents like that. That is why he is underrated.

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Level 85
Oct 3, 2018
It's always amazing when fools rate a current or most recent ex-President as worst or best EVER!!!!!!exclamation point!!!!!! Ask them to name all 44 people and they get sarcastic. If you truly think someone in your short political memory is the best 1 of 44 in 230 years of politics you should be able to give a positive and negative assessment of each Presidency to qualify your ranking, no?
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Level 82
Oct 3, 2018
I could list all the reasons why Trump is worse than *any* president in US history, including Buchanan, and Hoover, and Nixon, and Tyler, and Taylor, and Harrison, and Harding, and Pierce, and Fillmore, and Johnson, and Bush Jr, and Carter, and any other you could name. But it would take a while. Normally I would agree with you... most of the time when people rate the current president as best or worst they simply have no idea what they're talking about and know nothing about any presidential term from more than 40 or 50 years ago. But, in this case, presidential historians who actually *do* know agree with my assessment.
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Level 85
Aug 25, 2019
Gut feeling just screams Trump near the top of the list even if I couldn't name another President. He does have some massive competition on presidential policy, but on infantilism it seems like he should be a clear winner even over 3-year old absolute monarchs. That's my brash assessment. My honest one is that I am not in any position to say.
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Level 67
Jul 25, 2020
Before 2020, I think I would've resisted putting Trump in dead last--definitely among the worst few, but not dead last. This is mostly because Trump, unlike Buchanan and many of the other worst Presidents, didn't have a major crisis to deal with in the first 3 years of his Presidency. This changed when corona hit. Trump's complete incompetence right now though and his inability to stop tens of thousands of deaths with even simple measures that a 10-year-old could come up with definitely merits putting him in last place. I think basically any other President would be more effective in dealing with this than Trump. At this point, the title of "worst President" might not even be enough to describe how bad of a President he is.
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Level 82
Aug 4, 2020
a valid position to take but I would approach it differently. I would say what makes a president good or bad is how he handles whatever hand he is dealt. Trump got handed the country when it was in extremely good shape and had few major crises to deal with (until he created some). Would Washington, Lincoln, Buchanan or Harding have done better or worse in this situation? I think that's the real measure of whether a president is good or bad.

Trump is more corrupt than Harding, more inept and less engaged in fulfilling his duties than Pierce, a bigger failure than Hoover, a bigger liar and much worse crook than Nixon, a bigger jerk than Polk or Jackson, worse at international trade and more given to praising war criminals than Harrison, more egotistical and stubborn than Johnson, a bigger threat to democracy and civil liberties than Bush or Lincoln, worse at handling natural disasters than Bush, just as bad on minority rights as Jackson, even more of a corporate shill than Reagan,

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Level 82
Aug 4, 2020
worse about crony capitalism and shredding the Constitution than Bush, more indifferent to human suffering than McKinley, a bigger fan of concentration camps than McKinley or Roosevelt, more paranoid and backstabbing and more of a just all around horrible person than Nixon, worse cabinet than Harding, more needlessly divisive than Buchanan, and far far stupider than Bush Jr or Harding.

There are very few ways that Trump is not worse than *every* president that preceded him in *every* way. The only ones I can think of are that he isn't quite as racist as Wilson or Andrew Johnson, and not quite as gung ho about carpet bombing foreign countries as Truman, Roosevelt, Nixon, or LBJ.

and most of these things could have been seen as far back as 2017 if not 2016.

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Level 71
Oct 7, 2018
Beyond naming the top five, all others are subjective. I would put Washington as #1 (led the Revolution and made sure the President was not given a lifetime appointment like a king); Jefferson second (Declaration of Independence); Madison third (one of the main framers of the Constitution); Lincoln fourth (tends to be overrated); FDR fifth for getting us through WWII (but ready to kick him out for the bank-breaking social security system). JFK would never be that high if he had lived. He was actually an ineffectual president. With Madison in and JFK out, the rest of the top ten are fine.
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Level 65
Nov 28, 2018
Yeah, but Madison started the ill-advised War of 1812, he got the White House burned down by the British for his efforts, Also, nobody in British North America would have welcomed American management at any time.
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Level 61
Nov 28, 2018
Leading the revolution was something he did before he was president.
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Level 67
Nov 29, 2018
You're including things Washington, Jefferson, and Madison did before they were President, which really isn't germane to a list ranking how they did as President. Washington is ranked high because he had to make it all up as he went along, and because he set the important precedent of stepping down after two terms, among other things. Jefferson did write the Declaration but it's not like he came up with all of it himself, and that was nearly a quarter century before he was President. Madison did a lot of work on the Constitution and was also a huge champion for the Bill of Rights (once he was convinced by others of their importance, anyway). But he also got the country into a war that not only resulted in the capital being burned, but the only reason we didn't lose is because the British were busy fighting Napoleon at the same time.
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Level 67
Nov 29, 2018
As for Lincoln, he broke and bent some laws such as suspending the writ of habeus corpus, but he did so to hold the country together through its absolute darkest times. He also took the first step toward eliminating slavery with the Emancipation Proclamation, even if that was partially politically motivated to keep European nations from supporting the Confederacy and to encourage slaves to rebel. And he managed it despite having some truly boneheaded military leaders to work with.
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Level 42
Nov 28, 2018
Haha I tried type Trump :'D :'D
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Level 70
Nov 28, 2018
Did you succeed?
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Level 85
Aug 25, 2019
You have something on the corner of your mouth. Or is it half a mustache?
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Level 48
Nov 28, 2018
Jackson was a bad president. He was the cause of the economic troubles under Van Buren, and the Trail of Tears fiasco goes without saying.
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Level 66
Nov 28, 2018
he does not deserve to be on the $20 nor celebrated as one of the best presidents of this nation. this is just embarrasing to our country.
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Level 53
Nov 28, 2018
Well, we can't forget about FDR's Supreme Court packing scheme.
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Level 66
Nov 28, 2018
Andrew Jackson implemented the trail of tears, which resulted in human suffering, deaths of Native Americans who lived in an area of North America before Europeans invaded their lands and purposefully killed them. He doesn’t deserve to have his name on this list.
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Level 66
Nov 28, 2018
The fact that Reagan is not on the list shows those who were surveyed are extreme liberals. While Lincoln saved America, Reagan saved the world from Communism. Also he restored the US economy and gave us 25 incredible years of growth. I would argue Reagan should be #1. No President has an impressive of a record both domestically and internationally.
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Level 82
Nov 28, 2018
lol
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Level 79
Nov 28, 2018
I'd just read your comment about the Reagan diefication cult from further up the the thread, and lo and behold, here they come!
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Level 67
Nov 29, 2018
Not even the most generous interpretation of Reagan's economic policies could claim 25 years of growth. The US experienced several recessions between 1980-2005, aside from the fact that his trickle-down theory of economics has been completely and utterly debunked. His administration also illegally sold weapons to Iran, then used the proceeds to fund rebels in Nicaragua.
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Level 29
Nov 28, 2018
I disagree with most of the list
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Level 82
Nov 29, 2018
Taft fan?
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Level 21
Nov 29, 2018
I mean when Jackson was president, it was the only time America wasn"t in debt.
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Level 21
Nov 29, 2018
wasn't*
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Level 59
Nov 30, 2018
Not much longer til President Trump gets on that list! MAGA
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Level 82
Nov 30, 2018
He's already on the list. Check the source. He is dead last. 44th. Worst president in history.
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Level 66
Dec 3, 2018
But he probably ranks first in gold toilets. So...that's something.
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Level 82
Apr 24, 2019
He is a gold toilet. Or at least an orange one.
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Level 34
Dec 1, 2018
Woodrow Wilson led our country through WW1.
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Level 43
Dec 1, 2018
Trump should be on the list.
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Level 82
Dec 3, 2018
He's on the list. He's in last place. 44th. Worst president in history. Check the source.
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Level 62
Dec 3, 2018
"Maybe people won't comment with the mindset that their opinion is objectively, indisputably correct affording them the license to act with a wholly undeserved sense of moral authority used to admonish others!"

- What I naively thought to myself before reading the comments.

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Level 82
Dec 3, 2018
no you didn't
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Level 62
Dec 4, 2018
Um, yes I did. But thanks.
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Level 82
Apr 9, 2019
We don't believe you.
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Level 45
Dec 5, 2018
Totally bogus. Only four or five of those listed deserve to be here.

Kennedy: seriously? He was President for less than three years, and a notorious womanizer.

Truman: for what? Dropping the nukes?

Jackson: C'mon, man ...

missing: at least Madison, Monroe, Reagan, Bush 41

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Level 48
Dec 7, 2018
Eisenhower definitely belongs. Great years when he was President(1953-1961). Great music-great movies-great TV. Growing up in the 50's, in New York, was great. Oh did I mention great baseball. Lived in NYC, where you see Mantle, Mays, and Snider.
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Level 67
Jul 25, 2020
I don't think a President should be ranked based on the fact that they are President in the "best years." After all, America was in a very bad place in the both the 1860s and the 1930s, and Lincoln and FDR are still the two best Presidents. However, I still agree Eisenhower was a great President--see my answer below.
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Level 82
Nov 5, 2020
In a 2018 Siena College poll of 157 presidential scholars, they asked those experts to rank presidents based on 21 different leadership parameters. I found it interesting that one of the categories was "luck" - on the one hand I guess they are conceding that positive or negative perceptions of many presidents have a lot to do with the hand they were dealt: they might have come in to office and inherited a great economy, or they may have been hit with some natural or political disaster that was already on its way before they were elected. On the other hand it seems odd to count "luck" as a leadership quality.

Donald Trump was ranked as the 10th luckiest of all presidents in US history. The only metric where he finished in the top quartile. I guess being gifted the Obama economy and having no major international or domestic crises during the first 3 years of his presidency was enormously fortuitous. In the last year, COVID underline how completely and totally inept he was.

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Level 82
Nov 5, 2020
and if a similar survey is conducted in the future, I imagine that Trump will no longer be ranked among the 10 luckiest presidents in history.

The only other metric where Trump was not ranked at or near the bottom was his willingness to take risks - where he was placed 25th overall. Personally I think it's more that he lacks the capacity to understand risk or to think forward. If an infant walks off a 6th floor balcony and falls to its death you wouldn't give it credit for taking risks; you'd recognize that infants are too stupid to be left unattended near open windows on high floors.

In every other metric, from intelligence, to integrity, to quality of executive appointments - the current president ranked 39th or below, and was often dead last.

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Level 82
Nov 5, 2020
Anyway, the point was that, yeah, a good ranking of presidents probably tries to ignore things peripheral to their presidency, but that's difficult to do, even if baseball isn't often factored in. But some presidents, like the current one, would have been awful no matter what context they were in, and failed even in the best of times, as we saw from 2016-2019. It's two days after the election in 2020 now; looks like our long national nightmare might finally be ending. Fingers crossed. And if we have a president next year who does simple things that we should all take for granted - like taking a global pandemic seriously - it could actually have a significant impact on the quality of baseball and movies (most of which got canceled or pushed back). Hard to see how most other presidents could even have an impact on those sorts of things, but when the whole country is shut down due to a leaders total unwillingness or inability to act that has far reaching consequences.
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Level 32
Mar 4, 2019
This quiz should just be Nixon! We all know that Richard Nixon was our best president. He did so much for our country! EPA, Title IX, 26 Amendment, end of American involvement in the Vietnam War, Chinese relations, Russian relations, and he was president during the moon landing! Watergate never actually happened!

#Nixon2020

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Level 74
Mar 4, 2019
Um, Nixon died
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Level 74
Mar 4, 2019
And last time I czeched, a dead person can't run for president
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Level 52
Sep 11, 2020
lol
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Level 52
Sep 11, 2020
#Washington2020
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Level 37
Apr 6, 2019
Nixon resigned in August, 1974; the Vietnam war ended in 1975. Nevertheless, I believe that he was an underrated president. In a few years, we might begin to appreciate his accomplishments (defrosting relationship with China, for instance). Also. Lyndon Johnson should definitely be here; not only did he complete the programs JFK intended to implement, he created his own (the Great Society). Another underrated president whom history will, hopefully recognize as such.
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Level 82
Apr 9, 2019
Nixon was a criminal who resigned in scandal and disgrace. Though his polling numbers have improved slightly since 1974, it's not by very much. In 1982 he was ranked 34th, in the last poll they did he was ranked 29th, in aggregate he is currently 32nd. He did some good, and he was a pretty smart guy, but still a very poor president who openly abused his power and should have gone to jail.
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Level 23
Apr 11, 2019
Where is Ronald Reagan
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Level 86
Apr 16, 2019
#17
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Level 65
Aug 26, 2019
Simi Valley, CA. He regrets that he couldn't be here today and sends his best wishes.
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Level 41
Aug 25, 2019
I have learned more about the American presidents from this feed than I have from decades of american history peeking through canadian social studies textbooks, so thanks folks for the spirited and informational debate :) :) :)
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Level 65
Aug 26, 2019
If nothing else, we should all recognize by now how flawed our presidents (and all of us) have been. Every one of them deserves condemnation on one count or another. You just have to weigh the good they did against the bad.

I wish Garfield had lived. Could have been a great one.

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Level 86
Aug 26, 2019
Trump deserves condemnation on almost all accounts.
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Level 86
Jun 17, 2020
Actually scratch that. Not almost all. He deserves ALL condemnation thrown at him.
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Level 82
Jul 5, 2020
Once in a while he gets accused of being racist or misogynist for specific actions when he is not being either of those things when performing those specific actions. This actually happens a lot, which I find frustrating, because I think it produces a sort of "boy who cried wolf" phenomena. For example, if Trump calls poor countries "s*$%hole countries," because they are poor, and everyone in the media goes crazy calling this remark racist, when it so obviously is not... that's going to make it that much harder to convince people that Trump IS being racist in other instances when he actually is.
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Level 86
Jul 25, 2020
I guess that’s a fair point. I’ll revert back to my original statement.
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Level 74
Aug 26, 2019
Alternatively known as "Every president during a war"
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Level 82
Sep 1, 2019
Though Washington, Eisenhower, and Jackson made names for themselves in the military, they were peacetime presidents. Jefferson was president during the first war the US was ever involved in after independence, but his term is not remembered for that reason. The only war that Kennedy was involved with was a deeply unpopular one; that's also not the reason why he's on the list.
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Level 53
Dec 10, 2020
Practically every president was in a war - assuming you include minor ones.
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Level 44
Aug 26, 2019
I'm a liberal but jesus where the hell is Reagan? Also... Andrew Jackson belongs on the top 10 worst.
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Level 82
Sep 4, 2019
16th. Respectable, and probably higher than he ought to be.
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Level 66
May 7, 2020
Got 9. Not bad for a european. Almost stopped typing Wilson when i remembered the Versailles treatment. Surprised about Truman. Didn`t get him. Jackson was just dumb luck. Remebered him because I`ve heard he is on a dollar note.
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Level 67
Jul 25, 2020
I think Eisenhower is underrated--he was responsible for federal enforcement of school integration, the creation of a Federal highway system, the foundation of NASA, a drastic increase in funding for universities, the expansion of Social Security, the end of the Korean War, and the appointment of Earl Warren (easily one of America's best Chief Justices) to the Court. I also respect that he spent his last moments as President criticizing the "military-industrial complex." If I had my way, I'd place him 5th right behind Teddy Roosevelt. I'd also replace JFK with LBJ in 10th place for passing many reforms on healthcare, poverty, and civil rights (and who I'd rank higher if not for his role in Vietnam). Jackson is definitely one of the worst Presidents and doesn't deserve to be even close to this list. Wilson I don't think was that bad of a President but I'd also take him off because of his racism.
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Level 82
Aug 4, 2020
Wilson and Jackson both get attacked a lot these days for being racists but they were actually good presidents.
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Level 67
Nov 23, 2020
Wilson I can definitely accept because he was pretty good other then his racism, but Jackson? I feel like he gets a lot more credit than he deserves for things like America's democratization (which was already happening without him anyways). It definitely shouldn't outweigh all the bad things he did, like Indian Removal, the spoils system, and essentially crashing the economy by getting rid of the Bank. Personally, I seem him kinda as the 1800s version of Trump but slightly more competent.
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Level 74
Sep 14, 2020
How is this featured? I've been taking quizzes for a long time on this site and this seems like the strangest featured quiz. Usually "opinion based" quizzes actually have the poll stated in the instructions. This one is according to "a poll." Seems weird.
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Level 82
Sep 15, 2020
It's based on an aggregate of many polls taken over the course of decades. It's not an opinion quiz and not really that strange. It's basically a quiz on which presidents are considered the best by historians.
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Level 82
Sep 15, 2020
Though the quiz description doesn't state that... so your confusion may be warranted if you hadn't looked at the comments and seen the link I posted above.
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Level 20
Oct 5, 2020
BRUH where is Reagan????
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Level 82
Oct 18, 2020
see comments above
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Level 47
Nov 21, 2020
lyndon baines johnson is a offensive exclusion
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Level 53
Dec 10, 2020
At absolute best, he was mediocre. Who is it offending anyway? His die-hard fans?
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Level 46
Dec 25, 2020
FDR, Kennedy, and Wilson shouldn't be here. Coolidge is easily top 3 and Reagan definitely deserves a spot.
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Level 46
Feb 3, 2021
It could be someone else but didn't FDR scene birth of a nation in the Whitehouse. Again, I could very easily be wrong, just curious.
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Level 46
Feb 3, 2021
Also Birth of a Nation was a pretty pro-KKK movie, right? Don't forget, I could be wrong.
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Level 47
Feb 10, 2021
FDR is undoubtedly the best president. The very fact that he was elected four times highlights the fact that all of his policies were incredibly successful. Aside from Lincoln every other president was small potatoes. I realize Republicans have an existential crisis with FDR because he successfully implemented big government and was beloved by the vast majority of Americans. Republicans want to destroy his legacy because they are horribly afraid of another FDR in the future destroying the conservatives arguments surrounding small government. Republicans should accept the fact that FDR was great just like Democrats need to accept that Reagan was objectively successful.
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Level 82
Mar 6, 2021
Reagan was a charismatic leader but his policies largely were awful for the country and led to recession. He started the enthusiastic dismantling of Roosevelt's legacy that the GOP has been engaged in ever since, and essentially sold out the country to the same banks and corporations that FDR's cousin Teddy spent his career busting and reigning in.
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Level 44
Mar 30, 2021
In my opinion, Andrew Jackson and Woodrow Wilson don't belong on this list. In fact, I think Woodrow Wilson is one of, if not the worst president in US history. He segregated the federal government, expanded the powers of the judicial branch to those of a tyrant, and single-handedly caused every single event since World War I through Wilsonian Interventionism. The only good thing he did was giving women the right to vote. As for Andrew Jackson, he literally alienated hundreds, if not thousands of Native Americans.
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Level 55
Oct 10, 2021
Wilson opposed Women's Suffrage Himself, so he gets absolutely no credit for that
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Level 52
Jun 6, 2021
I largely agree with others that Wilson, Jackson, and Kennedy don't belong on this list, and I also feel as though Thomas Jefferson is ranked too highly, although it's hard to argue against the Louisiana Purchase. A few presidents who I think may be good replacements include John Adams; James Monroe; James K. Polk (a very efficient, though morally questionable, president); and Lyndon B. Johnson