Top 10 Best and Worst US Presidents
People will debate for the next hundred years about who is the best and worst President of all time. Democrats and Republicans will have different anwsers and each will value certain traits in different ways. However, Rant has done the hard work and taken a non-party approach to the debate and put together a list of the Top 10 US Presidents and Bottom 10 US Presidents of all time. While we are sure there will be debate, we hope you enjoy (and agree with) our list.
10. Andrew Jackson
An oldie but goodie starts Rant's List of Top 10 US Presidents. "Old Hickory" was known to fight his own duels, many leading to the death of his opponent.
9. John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Good looks, the Cold War, The Cuban Missle Crisis and the Space Race all result in landing JFK on this list.
8. Woodrow Wilson
The number of Acts Wilson was able to pass through Congress is unheralded to this day. Take a look at what this Democratic leader was able to accomplish.
7. Theodore Roosevelt
The biggest badass of all Presidents was known to be a cowboy-like man who helped the US during the Industrial Revolution.
"Speak softly and carry a big stick."
6. Thomas Jefferson
The principal author of the Declaration of Independence and a Founding Father. Not to mention Jefferson was the President who stole Louisiana from the French.
5. Bill Clinton
Economic prosperity ran freely while Clinton was in office. Whether you believe it was his doing or simply the times, we have to give him credit.
4. Harry S. Truman
The 33rd President of the US come in at number four because of his ability to end WWII . Not to mention, Truman showed the world that we had nuclear powers.
3. George Washington
For cripes sake, the man was the first President and laid the ground work for this great country. Take a look at Washington's precedents and see if the US is following them today. Quick Answer…No!
2. Abraham Lincoln
Uniting a country during the Civil War certainly was not easy and for that reason Lincoln comes in at number two.
This one is contrary to popular belief but he has to be number one on Rant's list of Top 10 US Presidents as he succesffully navigated the country out of the Great Depression all while dealing with the Nazi Army during World War II.
10. Ulysses S. Grant
There was too much corruption to NOT land Grant on our list.
9. Benjamin Harrison
As years go by, more historians are labeling him a "good" president, but not enough to keep him off our list.
8. George W. Bush
We all know the facts and while he gets a bad rap, we have to add him to the list because of 9-11, his inability to catch Osama and foreign relations.
7. Barack Obama
Oh please! Tell me what he has done other then divide the parties even further. Now, credit be to the man for catching Osama bin Laden. With Obamacare still up for debate in future years, he will move further up this list or on to the Top 10 US Presdients list depending on the outcome.
6. Richard Nixon
"Watergate" ring a bell? Some might say he did a lot of good but the facts remain. Nixon was impeached.
5. Zachary Taylor
He defended slavery and abandoned his Party's platform once elected. Need we say more?
4. Franklin Pierce
A "Dough Faced" President (A Northerner that supported Southern sympathies) accomplished litte during his time in office and helped to set the stage for the Civil War.
3. John Tyler
The fact that Tyler believed in Manifest Destiny and was never elected should paint a pretty good picture for all to see.
2. James Buchanan
The guy is a failure. Not only did he lead the US into the Civil War but he will also go down as the first and only Presidential bachelor.
1. Warren G. Harding
Simply put, the guy did nothing. But this can not come as a surprise as he is known as the "Compromise President". It was also rumored that he had a big addiction to poker.