The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years

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List Criteria: Starting with Lyndon B. Johnson, who was elected in 1963 up to current POTUS Barack Obama.

Who are the best U.S. presidents of the past 50 years? The presidents listed here are among the greatest leaders of the free world in modern history and are some of the best recent presidents. The men listed here are those who served as president since the early 1960s, so while Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower might have been excellent, they don't count -- at least, as far as this list is concerned. You can always go vote for these presidents (and more) on this list of the overall greatest U.S. presidents of all time.

What specific qualities determine whether a POTUS was great or not-so-hot? Factors to consider may vary and will often depend on your particular political affiliation. Certainly, voting on any good or bad list where a president is concerned is subjective.

Commitment to the betterment of the United States, an ability to lead under difficult or trying circumstances, and great character are just a few of the qualities people might consider when deciding on the president they think was the best. Over the past 50 years, 10 men have served as president -- some of them served for just one term and others served two full terms in office. Of these, only one can be top. . . so get voting!

If you're curious, you might want to see if any of the presidents listed here also appear on this list of the worst U.S. presidents of all time.

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    the people's #1
    USA, Tampico, Illinois

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    Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years

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    Bill Clinton Hope, Arkansas, USA

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    George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years


    George H. W. Bush Milton, Massachusetts, USA

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    Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years

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    Barack Obama Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

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    Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years


    Gerald Ford Omaha, Nebraska, USA

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    George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years


    George W. Bush New Haven, Connecticut, USA

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    Jimmy Carter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years


    Jimmy Carter Plains, Georgia, USA

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    Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years

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    Lyndon B. Johnson Stonewall, Texas, United States of America

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    Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years


    Richard Nixon Yorba Linda, California, USA

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