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

April 9, 2020 454.7k votes 33.9k voters 133.3k 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
    12,090
    4,348

    Theodore Roosevelt

    Dec. at 61 (1858-1919)

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Presidency26

    V.P.Charles W. Fairbanks

  • 2
    13,477
    4,858

    Abraham Lincoln

    Dec. at 56 (1809-1865)

    BirthplaceHodgenville, Kentucky, United States of America

    Presidency16

    V.P.Andrew Johnson, Hannibal Hamlin

  • 3
    13,935
    5,423

    John F. Kennedy

    Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)

    BirthplaceBrookline, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Presidency35

    V.P.Lyndon B. Johnson

  • 4
    14,206
    5,618

    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
    9,472
    5,047

    George Washington

    Dec. at 67 (1732-1799)

    BirthplaceVirginia, United States of America

    Presidency1

    V.P.John Adams

  • 6
    7,906
    4,614

    Dwight D. Eisenhower

    Dec. at 79 (1890-1969)

    BirthplaceDenison, Texas, United States of America

    Presidency34

    V.P.Richard Nixon

  • 7
    11,890
    7,410

    Ronald Reagan

    Dec. at 93 (1911-2004)

    BirthplaceTampico, Illinois, United States of America

    Presidency40

    V.P.George H. W. Bush

  • 8
    19,388
    12,769

    BirthplaceHonolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

    Presidency44

    V.P.Joe Biden

  • 9
    6,223
    5,285

    Thomas Jefferson

    Dec. at 83 (1743-1826)

    BirthplaceShadwell, Virginia, United States of America

    Presidency3

    V.P.Aaron Burr, George Clinton

  • 10
    4,837
    6,180

    Harry Truman

    Dec. at 88 (1884-1972)

    BirthplaceLamar, Missouri, United States of America

    Presidency33

    V.P.Alben W. Barkley

  • 11
    4,188
    6,221

    Ulysses S. Grant

    Dec. at 63 (1822-1885)

    BirthplacePoint Pleasant, Ohio, United States of America

    Presidency18

    V.P.Schuyler Colfax, Henry Wilson

  • 12
    5,801
    8,752

    BirthplaceGeorgia, USA, Plains

    Presidency39

    V.P.Walter Mondale

  • 13
    6,319
    10,537

    BirthplaceHope, Arkansas, USA

    Presidency42

    V.P.Al Gore

  • 14
    3,372
    5,832

    John Adams

    Dec. at 91 (1735-1826)

    BirthplaceBraintree, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Presidency2

    V.P.Thomas Jefferson

  • 15
    4,617
    8,369

    BirthplaceMilton, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Presidency41

    V.P.Dan Quayle

  • 16
    4,964
    9,339

    BirthplaceNew Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

    Presidency43

    V.P.Dick Cheney

  • 17
    9,348
    18,420
  • 18
    2,677
    5,466

    James Madison

    Dec. at 85 (1751-1836)

    BirthplacePort Conway, Virginia, United States of America

    Presidency4

    V.P.Elbridge Gerry, George Clinton

  • 19
    2,796
    6,827

    Andrew Jackson

    Dec. at 78 (1767-1845)

    BirthplaceWaxhaws

    Presidency7

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

  • 20
    2,158
    5,364

    John Quincy Adams

    Dec. at 81 (1767-1848)

    BirthplaceBraintree, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Presidency6

    V.P.John C. Calhoun

  • 21
    1,947
    4,883

    James Monroe

    Dec. at 73 (1758-1831)

    BirthplaceMonroe Hall, Virginia, United States of America

    Presidency5

    V.P.Daniel D. Tompkins

  • 22
    2,812
    7,080

    Lyndon Johnson

    Dec. at 65 (1908-1973)

    BirthplaceStonewall, Texas, United States of America

    Presidency36

    V.P.Hubert Humphrey

  • 23
    2,354
    5,977

    Gerald Ford

    Dec. at 93 (1913-2006)

    BirthplaceOmaha, Nebraska, USA

    Presidency38

    V.P.Nelson Rockefeller

  • 24
    2,267
    6,007

    Woodrow Wilson

    Dec. at 68 (1856-1924)

    BirthplaceVirginia, United States of America

    Presidency28

    V.P.Thomas R. Marshall

  • 25
    1,876
    5,011

    Calvin Coolidge

    Dec. at 61 (1872-1933)

    BirthplacePlymouth Notch, Vermont, Vermont, United States of America

    Presidency30

    V.P.Charles G. Dawes