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

List Rules
Vote 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?

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  • Abraham Lincoln
    1
    Dec. at 56 (1809-1865)
    16,462 votes
    • Birthplace: Hodgenville, Kentucky, United States of America
    • Presidency: 16
    • V.P.: Andrew Johnson, Hannibal Hamlin
  • Theodore Roosevelt
    2
    Dec. at 60 (1858-1919)
    14,927 votes
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Presidency: 26
    • V.P.: Charles W. Fairbanks
  • John F. Kennedy
    3
    Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)
    17,284 votes
    • Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, USA
    • Presidency: 35
    • V.P.: Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
    4
    Dec. at 63 (1882-1945)
    17,540 votes
    • Birthplace: Hyde Park, New York, United States of America
    • Presidency: 32
    • V.P.: John Nance Garner, Henry A. Wallace, Harry S. Truman
  • George Washington
    5
    Dec. at 67 (1732-1799)
    13,180 votes
    • Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America
    • Presidency: 1
    • V.P.: John Adams
  • Ronald Reagan
    6
    Dec. at 93 (1911-2004)
    18,122 votes
    • Birthplace: Tampico, Illinois, USA
    • Presidency: 40
    • V.P.: George H. W. Bush