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Which US Presidents Do You Wish Were In Charge Right Now?

April 9, 2020 447.2k votes 32.8k voters 129.3k views44 items

List RulesVote up the commanders in chief you think could provide the most competent and, yes, commanding leadership during a global pandemic.

The presidency involves plenty of responsibilities both practical and symbolic. That means anyone elected to this august office ends up praised for things they didn't actually do and condemned for things that aren't actually their responsibility. By all accounts, that's part of the job. Still, the sometimes-fickle, sometimes-accurate sentiments of the American public mean that popular presidents could wield Mjolnir like a superhero while unpopular presidents are subject to endless scrutiny and debate.

In the midst of a pandemic that has disrupted life around the world, it's worth asking just which former (or current) presidents the populace wishes could handle the crisis. If you could wave a magic wand, would you want someone to provide moral and spiritual comfort even if they come from a time before germ theory? Or would you hope for someone with the ability to mobilize a coherent and competent international effort in the tradition of a 20th or 21st century wartime president?

  • 1
    13,301
    4,793

    Abraham Lincoln

    Dec. at 56 (1809-1865)

    BirthplaceHodgenville, Kentucky, United States of America

    Presidency16

    V.P.Andrew Johnson, Hannibal Hamlin

  • 2
    11,884
    4,282

    Theodore Roosevelt

    Dec. at 61 (1858-1919)

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, USA

    Presidency26

    V.P.Charles W. Fairbanks

  • 3
    13,867
    5,270

    John F. Kennedy

    Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)

    BirthplaceUSA, Massachussetts, Brookline

    Presidency35

    V.P.Lyndon B. Johnson

  • 4
    14,165
    5,459

    Franklin D. Roosevelt

    Dec. at 63 (1882-1945)

    BirthplaceHyde Park, New York, United States of America

    Presidency32

    V.P.John Nance Garner, Henry A. Wallace, Harry S. Truman

  • 5
    9,293
    4,994

    George Washington

    Dec. at 67 (1732-1799)

    BirthplaceVirginia, United States of America

    Presidency1

    V.P.John Adams

  • 6
    7,735
    4,550

    Dwight D. Eisenhower

    Dec. at 79 (1890-1969)

    BirthplaceDenison, Texas, United States of America

    Presidency34

    V.P.Richard Nixon

  • 7
    11,571
    7,280

    Ronald Reagan

    Dec. at 93 (1911-2004)

    BirthplaceTampico, Illinois, USA

    Presidency40

    V.P.George H. W. Bush

  • 8
    19,426
    12,399

    BirthplaceHonolulu, Hawaii, USA

    Presidency44

    V.P.Joe Biden

  • 9
    6,079
    5,207

    Thomas Jefferson

    Dec. at 83 (1743-1826)

    BirthplaceShadwell, Virginia, United States of America

    Presidency3

    V.P.Aaron Burr, George Clinton

  • 10
    4,755
    6,060

    Harry Truman

    Dec. at 88 (1884-1972)

    BirthplaceLamar, Missouri, United States of America

    Presidency33

    V.P.Alben W. Barkley

  • 11
    5,758
    8,465

    BirthplacePlains, Georgia, United States of America

    Presidency39

    V.P.Walter Mondale

  • 12
    4,106
    6,105

    Ulysses S. Grant

    Dec. at 63 (1822-1885)

    BirthplacePoint Pleasant, Ohio, United States of America

    Presidency18

    V.P.Schuyler Colfax, Henry Wilson

  • 13
    6,297
    10,221

    BirthplaceHope, Arkansas, USA

    Presidency42

    V.P.Al Gore

  • 14
    3,285
    5,737

    John Adams

    Dec. at 91 (1735-1826)

    BirthplaceBraintree, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Presidency2

    V.P.Thomas Jefferson

  • 15
    4,514
    8,198

    BirthplaceMilton, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Presidency41

    V.P.Dan Quayle

  • 16
    4,897
    9,128

    BirthplaceNew Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

    Presidency43

    V.P.Dick Cheney

  • 17
    8,897
    18,220
  • 18
    2,598
    5,383

    James Madison

    Dec. at 85 (1751-1836)

    BirthplacePort Conway, Virginia, United States of America

    Presidency4

    V.P.Elbridge Gerry, George Clinton

  • 19
    2,731
    6,715

    Andrew Jackson

    Dec. at 78 (1767-1845)

    BirthplaceWaxhaws

    Presidency7

    V.P.Martin Van Buren, John C. Calhoun

  • 20
    1,916
    4,794

    James Monroe

    Dec. at 73 (1758-1831)

    BirthplaceMonroe Hall, Virginia, Virginia, USA

    Presidency5

    V.P.Daniel D. Tompkins

  • 21
    2,781
    6,952

    Lyndon Johnson

    Dec. at 65 (1908-1973)

    BirthplaceStonewall, Texas, United States of America

    Presidency36

    V.P.Hubert Humphrey

  • 22
    2,111
    5,292

    John Quincy Adams

    Dec. at 81 (1767-1848)

    BirthplaceBraintree, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Presidency6

    V.P.John C. Calhoun

  • 23
    2,312
    5,870

    Gerald Ford

    Dec. at 93 (1913-2006)

    BirthplaceOmaha, Nebraska, United States of America

    Presidency38

    V.P.Nelson Rockefeller

  • 24
    2,241
    5,885

    Woodrow Wilson

    Dec. at 68 (1856-1924)

    BirthplaceVirginia, United States of America

    Presidency28

    V.P.Thomas R. Marshall

  • 25
    1,845
    4,919

    Calvin Coolidge

    Dec. at 61 (1872-1933)

    BirthplacePlymouth Notch, Vermont, Vermont, USA

    Presidency30

    V.P.Charles G. Dawes