What are your favorite Presidents of the 20th century?
1) Theodore Roosevelt- A man's man, patriot, brilliant President who brought much needed reform to the country at the dawn of what would become America's century. A great lover of America, who sought to protect the culture of America--He would be utterly against our modern multiculturalism. Possibly, IMO, one of our best in history--Definitely would rank in my Top 20 overall American President
2) Franklin Roosevelt- I'm a New Dealer so I tend to love his reforms, had a grand vision and great love for this country, led America through two of it's greatest crises and many of it's moments of greatest triumph in WWII. Recognized, however, that even liberalism had it's limits by not supporting public worker unions. Hate him or love him, he was (like Reagan) a voice for millions of Americans who had pretty much abandoned hope in their future and their country's future. He made some horrid decisions, like the Internment of the Japanese, but on the whole, I feel his good accomplishments far outweigh the bad. He's hated by Marxists for ''saving capitalism'', so he can't be that bad.
3) Harry S. Truman - Led America to victory in the Pacific Theatre; Brought a smarter conclusion to it (nukes instead of invasion), Prompted the Cold War, Fair Deal. A man who rose from being a common man---a businessman--to becoming President; He was a soldier and statesmen. Accepted responsibility for his administrations foibles and failures and didn't pass blame off to anyone else, which is exceedlingly rare in a politician. One of my favorite presidents as a citizen and leader.
4) Dwight D. Eisenhower - Interstate Highway System, Good Foreign Policy, Balanced Budgets, a war hero of the highest order, an ordinary, average American man who didn't play dirty politics. Had a realistic view of the USSR, and handled them well.
5) Lyndon B. Johnson - Great Society, Civil Rights Act, Clean Air and Water Acts which revitalized the beauty of much of the nature, the Moon Landing Project (brought to fruition months after he left office but largely his handiwork, he even first suggested the idea of a Moon mission to JFK). An eloquent but faulted man who made mistakes but did care about the people. He lived with the pain of his one major mistake (Vietnam) and lived his final years in broken exile. Ran a surplus in his last year of office.
6) Richard M. Nixon- Faulted, complex, but utterly brilliant man. Misguided, perhaps, but also in some ways the victim of a media witchhunt. Started the EPA and OSHA, so I commend him for that, as well as trying to make as much an honorable end to Vietnam was we could've had. Had a brilliant triangulation strategy with China and the USSR. Probably the most brilliant yet complex man ever to reside in the White House. If not for Watergate, he'd be ranked much higher.
7) Ronald W. Reagan- Staunch anti-communist, brought hope, optimism and vitality back to a country which had been traumatized through two decades of chaos, tragedy, scandal, distrust and violence. He is to be commended for that. I'm not a fan of his economics, but he was a great statesmen for his time and circumstance, and did a lot of good for America's morale, and for that he is a patriot.
8) Warren G. Harding- A man who didn't choose his friends well, but was not corrupt himself, though as President he violated Prohibition laws (even if they were stupid laws). Was a moderate by today's standards. A generally nice guy who got back-stabbed by people he believed to be friends and died of stress. Would've been interesting to see where he would've taken the country had he lived and politically survived the Teapot Dome scandal.
9) George H.W Bush- A good statesmen who had an excellent grasp of foreign policy, handled the end of the Cold War, the collapse of the USSR and the birth of America as the sole superpower on Earth superbly, in a manner similar to Truman's handling of the end of WWII. Basically, I look at FDR, Reagan, Truman and GB41 as reflections of each other.
10) John F. Kennedy - A good president who had a lot of promise, made efforts towards Civil Rights and towards a sort of detente with the USSR. A bright man, with a genius level IQ; a beautiful speaker and a man who might have lived on to become a great President had time been right.
11) William H. Taft-- A good moderate President, a generally good man with sound principles; A trust buster and a sound Chief Justice. A good, wise, judicious man who had great respect for the Laws of this land. He may not have done all that much as President, but he was a good one nonetheless. At worst, a neutral president for he did nothing spectacular nor anything horrible. Underrated in the history books.
12) Gerald R. Ford-- A great, honest man and a good President. He got a load of crap handed right in his lap, and I believe given his circumstances, he handled it well. He knowingly committed political suicide in pardoning Nixon, but put the good of the country as a whole above his own political career--THAT is a true patriot and a true President. He never got to have much of his own Presidency, but in the little time he had, he started Special Ed--a sweet gesture towards those worse off than us, and he campaigned for women's rights while President--A bold move in the mid 1970s. Had a wonderful program of CONDITIONAL amnesty for Draft Dodgers. Underrated.
13) Calvin Coolidge - A funny, but silent figure; I don't agree with his Laissez-Faire governance or economics, but he's better than those below him on this list.
14) William J. Clinton- A liar of the highest order, a man with no principles whether personal or political; A man who moved not out of any real conviction, but governed by popularity polls. I may utterly disagree with people like Reagan politically, but I respect them in that they believed in what they believed, regardless of criticism--That shows conviction and commitment. Clinton would go against what seemed to be very his principles for politically expediency; Weak; Never sticking to his ground. A weak leader abroad and an average leader domestically. Gets overrated due to his charm.
15) Jimmy Carter-- A weakling of a President. He did work tirelessly as President, taking very few days off, but he was just weak at home and on the world stage. He was a good man at heart, with good intentions, but he was not fit for the job. He is too self righteous, though.
16) Woodrow Wilson -- A man who institutionalized racism at the highest levels of our nation's government, a liar who promised to keep us out of WWI all while planning to send us into it; An impossible dreamer who was also an egomaniac who believed he was doing God's own work, literally. A man unfit to lead after his stroke who was unwilling to do the right thing and step down. He gets credit for his more positive liberal achievements, but none of them can overlook his negative tendencies. The bad outweighs the good here. He does get points for refusing to recognize the USSR due to them being Socialists, and for first turning Americans against Socialism in the early 1920s with the first Red Scare.
17) Herbert Hoover -- Possibly the worst person possible to handle the Great Depression. Had troops fire upon American Veterans in the Bonus March of 1932. Despicable, weak, dull fellow who basically was the 1930s equivalent of Jimmy Carter.
I didn't include McKinley as I don't know too much about his Presidency to make a real judgement.