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We all have different opinions of our Presidents. Below are a few things to Laugh at And Cry over.

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These are the leaders we most often celebrate on Presidents Day. But who else ranks high on the excellence scale? And whose administration was an epic fail?

What makes a great president? Intelligence? Integrity? Accomplishments? Sure. But that’s not all that the best presidents have.

List of Presidents of the United States


1. George Washington

April 30, 1789 – March 4, 1797

George Washington

Best known for: Laying the foundation for the presidency (and before that, defeating the British).

Overall rank: Fifth.

Best categories: First, luck, executive appointments, leadership ability and ability to avoid crucial mistakes.

Worst category: 18th, party leadership.

2. John Adams

March 4, 1797 – March 4, 1801

3. Thomas Jefferson

March 4, 1801 – March 4, 1809

Thomas Jefferson

Best known for: Acquiring the Louisiana Territory (and, before his presidency, drafting the Declaration of Independence).

Overall rank: Fifth.

Best categories: First, personal background (family, education, experience) and intelligence.

Worst category: 16th, handling of the U.S. economy.

4. James Madison

March 4, 1809 – March 4, 1817

James Madison

Best known for: Presiding over the War of 1812 (and, before his presidency, helping draft the Federalist Papers and the Constitution).

Overall rank: Sixth.

Best category: Second, intelligence.

Worst category: 20th, foreign-policy accomplishments.

5. James Monroe

March 4, 1817 – March 4, 1825

James Monroe

Best known for: The Monroe Doctrine, which considered European efforts to colonize areas in the Americas acts of aggression. Also helped ink the Missouri Compromise, which barred slavery north and west of the newly formed state.

Overall rank: Seventh.

Best category: Second, foreign-policy accomplishments.

Worst categories: 16th, overall ability and imagination.

6. John Quincy Adams

March 4, 1825 – March 4, 1829

7. Andrew Jackson

March 4, 1829 – March 4, 1837

8. Martin Van Buren

March 4, 1837 – March 4, 1841

9. William Henry Harrison

March 4, 1841 – April 4, 1841

10. John Tyler

April 4, 1841 – March 4, 1845

11. James K. Polk

March 4, 1845 – March 4, 1849

12. Zachary Taylor

March 4, 1849 – July 9, 1850

13. Millard Fillmore

July 9, 1850 – March 4, 1853

14. Franklin Pierce

March 4, 1853 – March 4, 1857

Franklin Pierce

Best known for: Pursuing policies that hastened the Civil War.

Overall rank: 40th.

Best category: 34th, handling of U.S. economy.

Worst category: 41st, relationship with Congress.

15. James Buchanan

March 4, 1857 – March 4, 1861

James Buchanan

Best known for: Being a Northerner with Southern sympathies (and the only president to remain a lifelong bachelor). He tried to keep the peace among northern and southern states but ended up angering both sides.

Overall rank: 42nd.

Best category: 23rd, personal background (family, education, experience).

Worst categories: 43rd, domestic accomplishments and leadership ability.

16. Abraham Lincoln

March 4, 1861 – April 15, 1865

Abraham Lincoln

Best known for: His Emancipation Proclamation, which declared slaves free, and his Gettysburg Address.

Overall rank: Third.

Best categories: First, ability to compromise, overall ability, domestic accomplishments, integrity and executive ability.

Worst category: 28th, personal background (family, education, experience).

17. Andrew Johnson

April 15, 1865 – March 4, 1869

Andrew Johnson

Best known for: Being impeached for dismissing his secretary of War. His entire administration was plagued by strife stemming from Civil War reconstruction efforts.

Overall rank: 43rd.

Best category: 34th, willingness to take risks.

Worst categories: 43rd, party leadership, communication, relationship with Congress, court appointments and ability to compromise.

18. Ulysses S. Grant

March 4, 1869 – March 4, 1877

19. Rutherford B. Hayes

March 4, 1877 – March 4, 1881

20. James Garfield

March 4, 1881 – September 19, 1881

21. Chester Arthur

September 19, 1881 – March 4, 1885

22. Grover Cleveland

March 4, 1885 – March 4, 1889

23. Benjamin Harrison

March 4, 1889 – March 4, 1893

24. Grover Cleveland

March 4, 1893 – March 4, 1897

25. William McKinley

March 4, 1897 – September 14, 1901

26. Theodore Roosevelt

September 14, 1901 – March 4, 1909

Theodore Roosevelt

Best known for: His conservation efforts, having greatly expanded the national forests and spearheading irrigation projects.

Overall rank: Second.

Best categories: First, court appointments, willingness to take risks and imagination.

Worst category: 12th, ability to compromise.

27. William Howard Taft

March 4, 1909 – March 4, 1913

28. Woodrow Wilson

March 4, 1913 – March 4, 1921

Woodrow Wilson

Best known for: Creating the League of Nations, a predecessor to the United Nations, and championing several big pieces of legislation, including the Federal Reserve Act.

Overall rank: Eighth.

Best category: Fourth, intelligence.

Worst category: 37th, ability to compromise.

29. Warren G. Harding

March 4, 1921 – August 2, 1923

Warren G. Harding

Best known for: Being embroiled in multiple administrative scandals, many of which stemmed from the corrupt and incompetent political cronies he appointed to office.

Overall rank: 41st.

Best category: 26th, ability to compromise.

Worst categories: 43rd, personal background (family, education, experience), executive appointments, overall ability, imagination, executive ability and intelligence.

30. Calvin Coolidge

August 2, 1923

March 4, 1929

31. Herbert Hoover

March 4, 1929 – March 4, 1933

32. Franklin D. Roosevelt

March 4, 1933 – April 12, 1945

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Best known for: His “New Deal,” which created Social Security and reformed the banking system, among other measures.

Overall rank: First.

Best categories: First, party leadership, communication, handling of the U.S. economy and foreign-policy accomplishments.

Worst category: 16th, integrity.

33. Harry S. Truman

April 12, 1945 – January 20, 1953

Harry Truman

Best known for: Ordering that atomic bombs be dropped on Japan and proposing the “Fair Deal,” which in part expanded Social Security.

Overall rank: Ninth.

Best categories: Sixth, handling of the U.S. economy, willingness to take risks and foreign-policy accomplishments.

34. Dwight Eisenhower

January 20, 1953 – January 20, 1961

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Best known for: An accomplished Army general, he won handily with the election slogan “I like Ike.” He also sent troops to Arkansas to desegregate schools.

Overall rank: 10th.

Best categories: Fifth, ability to compromise and ability to avoid crucial mistakes.

Worst category: 20th, willingness to take risks and imagination.

35. John F. Kennedy

January 20, 1961 – November 22, 1963

36. Lyndon B. Johnson

November 22, 1963 – January 20, 1969

37. Richard Nixon

January 20, 1969 – August 9, 1974

38. Gerald Ford

August 9, 1974 – January 20, 1977

39. Jimmy Carter

January 20, 1977 – January 20, 1981

40. Ronald Reagan

January 20, 1981 – January 20, 1989

41. George Bush

January 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993

42. Bill Clinton

January 20, 1993 – January 20, 2001

43. George W. Bush

January 20, 2001 – January 20, 2009

George W. Bush

Best known for: Navigating the nation through the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and the early days of the Great Recession. Also, going to war in Iraq and Afghanistan and offering an anemic response to Hurricane Katrina.

Overall rank: 39th.

Best category: 18th, luck.

Worst categories: 42nd, communication, handling of the U.S. economy, ability to compromise, foreign-policy accomplishments and intelligence.

44. Barack Obama

January 20, 2009 – January 20, 2017

45. Donald Trump

January 20, 2017 – Still in Office

Trump was born and raised in the New York City borough of Queens and received an economics degree from the Wharton School. He was appointed the president of his family’s real estate business in 1971, renamed it The Trump Organization, and expanded it from Queens and Brooklyn into Manhattan. The company built or renovated skyscrapers, hotels, casinos, and golf courses. Trump later started various side ventures, including licensing his name for real estate and consumer products. He managed the company until his 2017 inauguration.

He co-authored several books, including The Art of the Deal. He owned the Miss Universe and Miss USA beauty pageants from 1996 to 2015, and he produced and hosted The Apprentice, a reality televisionshow, from 2003 to 2015. Forbesestimates his net worth to be $3.1 billion.

Trump entered the 2016 presidential race as a Republican and defeated sixteen opponents in the primaries. His campaign received extensive free media coverage. Commentators described his political positions as populist, protectionist, and nationalist. Trump has made many false or misleading statements during his campaign and presidency. The statements have been documented by fact-checkers, and the media have widely described the phenomenon as unprecedented in American politics. Trump was elected president in a surprise victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

He became the oldest and wealthiest person ever to assume the presidency, the first without prior military or government service, and the fifth to have won the election while losing the popular vote. 

His election and policies have sparked numerous protests. Many of his comments and actions have been perceived as racially charged or racist.

During his presidency, Trump ordered a travel ban on citizens from several Muslim-majority countries, citing security concerns; after legal challenges, the Supreme Court upheld the policy’s third revision. He enacted a tax cut package for individuals and businesses, which also rescinded the individual health insurance mandate and allowed oil drilling in the Arctic Refuge. He partially repealed the Dodd-Frank Act that had imposed stricter constraints on banks in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.

He has pursued his America First agenda in foreign policy, withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations, the Paris Agreement on climate change, and the Iran nuclear deal. He recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, imposed import tariffs on various goods, triggering a trade war with China, and negotiated with North Korea seeking denuclearization. He successfully nominated two justices to the Supreme Court: Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

After Trump dismissed FBI Director James Comey, the Justice Department appointed Robert Mueller as special counselto proceed with investigating linksbetween the Trump campaign and the Russian government regarding its election interference, and any matters arising from the probe. The ongoing investigation has led to guilty pleas by several Trump associates to criminal chargesincluding lying to investigators, campaign finance violations, and tax fraud. Trump has repeatedly denied accusations of collusionand obstruction of justice, calling the investigation a politically motivated “witch hunt“. – Wikipedia

Part 1 of our animated timeline of America’s first 44 Presidents, from George Washington and the Founding Fathers to the trauma of Civil War and Reconstruction.

Presidents in this episode:1. George Washington2. John Adams3. Thomas Jefferson4. James Madison5. James Monroe6. John Quincy Adams7. Andrew Jackson8. Martin Van Buren9. William Henry Harrison10. John Tyler11. James K Polk12. Zachary Taylor13. Millard Fillmore14. Franklin Pierce. 15. James Buchanan16. Abraham Lincoln17. Andrew Johnson18. Ulysses S Grant19. Rutherford B Hayes20. James A Garfield21. Chester Arthur22. Grover Cleveland

Part 2 of our timeline of America’s first 44 Presidents, from Benjamin Harrison to Barack Obama

Presidents in this episode:23. Benjamin Harrison24. Grover Cleveland25. William McKinley26. Theodore Roosevelt27. William Howard Taft28. Woodrow Wilson29 Warren G. Harding30. Calvin Coolidge31. Herbert Hoover32. Franklin D. Roosevelt33. Harry S. Truman34. Dwight D. Eisenhower35. John F. Kennedy36. Lyndon B. Johnson37. Richard Nixon38. Gerald Ford39. Jimmy Carter40. Ronald Reagan41. George Bush42. Bill Clinton43. George W. Bush44. Barack Obama

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