The History Channel just finished a wonderful 8 part documentary on the history of the Presidents. Watching it gave me an idea for a thread to rate the Presidents. Here goes:
I. Great Presidents
1. Franklin Roosevelt- His leadership thru the depression and World War II make him the greatest president ever. He showed the nation that
things would improve. This depite living his life in pain from polio.
2. Abraham Lincoln- While he may have been a little too hands on in the war, with the generals he had to work with that's understandable. The
emancipation proclaimation made his presidency great. The South made a grave mistake in wanting him dead. Reconstruction would have been much
kinder with him at the helm.
3. George Washington- He set the standard. Everything he did was precedent.
4. Teddy Roosevelt- Environmentalist, trust buster, union negotiator, and the man most responsible for making the US a world power. He also used
his big stick diplomacy to end to European imperialism in the western hemisphere.
5. Thomas Jefferson- The Louisiana purchase brings him up towards the top, though his 2nd term was filled with errors. Writing the Declaration
of Independence tends to balance that off.
6. Andrew Jackson- Perhaps a tyrant, certainly a hater of Indians, his policies dominated the landscape for 30 years.
7. Ronald Reagan- The great communicator certainly made his share of mistakes, but the fact he brought us back from the ruinous inflation of the
70s, and hastened the end of the Soviet Union brings him to greatness.
8. Harry Truman- His decision to drop the bomb may have been the bravest decision in the history of our nation. He saved countless lives not only of
Americans, but of Japanese as well. His "buck stops here" attitude shows that an honest man can make alot of enemies in Washington. Was responsible
for desegregating the military, the first steps of civil rights in this country. His implementation of the Marshall plan and the containment of
communism were the first steps in winning the cold war. He made decisions not by how they would effect him, but what was right. You have to respect
someone for doing things they knew would not be popular but needed to be done.