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The three best and worst US presidents (S/O of the Bush is dumb post)

Posted by on Apr. 26, 2013 at 5:12 PM
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Ok here is my quick list of the best presidents

1) Lincoln
2) Washington
3) Polk

The three worst presidents

1) Buchanan
2) Tyler
3) Johnson, Andrew

From the 20th century onward:

The best three:

1) Ike
2) Clinton
3) Coolidge

The three worst:

1) Taft
2) Carter
3) Hoover (I am still debating if I should put Kennedy in this spot)

I'll give my reasons later; more interested in what you ladies think.
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NWP
by guerrilla girl on Apr. 26, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Bump

TimetoMomUp
by Runt on Apr. 26, 2013 at 5:34 PM
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I agree with Washington, Lincoln and Clinton.  Is it strange that I might put Clinton on the best and worst list? 

MissTacoBell
by on Apr. 26, 2013 at 5:37 PM
Where's Nixon? Where's Bush Jr?
Donna6503
by Platinum Member on Apr. 26, 2013 at 6:04 PM
I don't think they're the best.


Quoting MissTacoBell:

Where's Nixon? Where's Bush Jr?

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.Bubbles.
by Silver Member on Apr. 26, 2013 at 6:20 PM
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I think Nixon would qualify as one of the worst.
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cLanief
by on Apr. 26, 2013 at 6:23 PM
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I agree with Clinton. Dont remember enough about the rest.. but I do know at Least 1 name that should go on the worst.
Clairwil
by Ruby Member on Apr. 26, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Do higher stakes (such as there being a large war or economic crisis) make someone a better (or worse) president, or do those stakes just make it more obvious when they do a good (or bad) job?

Similarly, does being in office for 8 years, rather than having to retire after 4 years (eg on health grounds) make someone better (or worse), or does it just magnify their impact and give us more material to judge them upon?

romalove
by Roma on Apr. 26, 2013 at 6:48 PM
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Quoting Clairwil:

Do higher stakes (such as there being a large war or economic crisis) make someone a better (or worse) president, or do those stakes just make it more obvious when they do a good (or bad) job?

Similarly, does being in office for 8 years, rather than having to retire after 4 years (eg on health grounds) make someone better (or worse), or does it just magnify their impact and give us more material to judge them upon?

Criteria.

There's no criteria.

Is it peacefulness?

Unemployment rate being low?

High GDP?

Happiness?

Does it matter if what they do in office makes another time frame in the future worse?  Does it matter if they are benefitting from someone else's policies or even just the luck of when they get to be in office?

I can't make a list like this.

Donna6503
by Platinum Member on Apr. 26, 2013 at 6:52 PM
My problem with putting Nixon on the worst list; is that Nixon won reelection with 49 states; yet, his party lost seats, governorships, etc in the '72 election. Basically, before Watergate, he was popular and his foreign policies agenda is really impressive.

Now, don't get me wrong, I don't like Nixon. I'm just putting my feelings aside and trying my best to give an unbiased opinion.


Quoting .Bubbles.:

I think Nixon would qualify as one of the worst.

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btamilee
by Silver Member on Apr. 26, 2013 at 6:56 PM

I don't think there has been a good president in my lifetime (50 years).  I think you would have to go WAYYYY back to find a good one!  Lincoln, Washington and Jefferson.  Ike did an okay job!  I think several modern day presidents may go down in history as being among the worse. 

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