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Vindicated/Vilified by History! Which President was the best?
The Bernie thread started talking about ranking the Presidents and so I thought it might be a fun idea to debate and discuss which Presidents are actually the best, and which were incompetent buffoons who were way out of their depth.
But the thread would be kind of boring if it was just a poll over which Presidents you like or hate, so I'd like to open it up to discussion of all politicians. Perhaps some were far ahead of their time but didn't get credit for it in their own day, and perhaps others were lauded at the time but have been shown to be utter cretins. The point of this thread is to learn more about the historical figures that have made our country greater or ultimately perpetuated awfulness -- especially if most people have never heard of them before.
Do you think a politician was underrated? Tell us why! Do you think one gets way too much credit in the public consciousness? Explain your reasoning!
For instance, Dwight D. Eisenhower is commonly seen as an "ehhhh" President. Never ranked terribly highly or in the lowest of lows. But beneath Ike's affable exterior lay the heart of a master politician; someone who ended the Korean War, who balanced the budget by refusing to cut taxes or raise defense spending, who kept us out of conflict with Southeast Asia, and sponsored/signed the first major Civil Rights bill since Reconstruction.
Is he a little bit boring when compared to some of the more visionary Presidents? Maybe. But Ike got shit done and kept America out of war by keeping a cool head, and I say that deserves some recognition.
Vindicated/Vilified by History! Which President was the best? 207 votes