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

April 9, 2020 428.2k votes 30.9k voters 121.9k 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?

  • Theodore Roosevelt1
    11,301
    4,087

    Theodore Roosevelt

    Dec. at 61 (1858-1919)

    BirthplaceNew York City, Manhattan, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York

    Presidency26

    V.P.Charles W. Fairbanks

  • Abraham Lincoln2
    12,761
    4,628

    Abraham Lincoln

    Dec. at 56 (1809-1865)

    BirthplaceKentucky, Hodgenville, United States of America, United States, with Territories

    Presidency16

    V.P.Andrew Johnson, Hannibal Hamlin

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt3
    13,784
    5,154

    Franklin D. Roosevelt

    Dec. at 63 (1882-1945)

    BirthplaceNew York City, Hyde Park, New York, USA

    Presidency32

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

  • John F. Kennedy4
    13,387
    5,005

    John F. Kennedy

    Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)

    BirthplaceBrookline, Massachusetts, USA

    Presidency35

    V.P.Lyndon B. Johnson

  • George Washington5
    8,830
    4,814

    George Washington

    Dec. at 67 (1732-1799)

    BirthplacePopes Creek, Colony of Virginia, British America

    Presidency1

    V.P.John Adams

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower6
    7,340
    4,341

    Dwight D. Eisenhower

    Dec. at 79 (1890-1969)

    BirthplaceDenison, Texas, USA

    Presidency34

    V.P.Richard Nixon

  • Barack Obama7
    19,198
    11,630

    BirthplaceArea code 808, Honolulu County, Hawaiian Islands, United States of America, United States

    Presidency44

    V.P.Joe Biden

  • Ronald Reagan8
    10,795
    6,990

    Ronald Reagan

    Dec. at 93 (1911-2004)

    BirthplaceTampico, Illinois, USA

    Presidency40

    V.P.George H. W. Bush

  • Thomas Jefferson9
    5,748
    4,964

    Thomas Jefferson

    Dec. at 83 (1743-1826)

    BirthplaceShadwell, Colony of Virginia, British America

    Presidency3

    V.P.Aaron Burr, George Clinton

  • Harry Truman10
    4,488
    5,810

    Harry Truman

    Dec. at 88 (1884-1972)

    BirthplaceLamar, Missouri, United States of America

    Presidency33

    V.P.Alben W. Barkley

  • Jimmy Carter11
    5,547
    7,920

    BirthplacePlains, Georgia, United States of America

    Presidency39

    V.P.Walter Mondale

  • Ulysses S. Grant12
    3,904
    5,807

    Ulysses S. Grant

    Dec. at 63 (1822-1885)

    BirthplacePoint Pleasant, Ohio, United States of America

    Presidency18

    V.P.Schuyler Colfax, Henry Wilson

  • Bill Clinton13
    6,122
    9,588

    BirthplaceHope, Arkansas, United States of America

    Presidency42

    V.P.Al Gore

  • John Adams14
    3,122
    5,468

    John Adams

    Dec. at 91 (1735-1826)

    BirthplaceBraintree, Massachusetts Bay, British America

    Presidency2

    V.P.Thomas Jefferson

  • George H. W. Bush15
    4,272
    7,798

    BirthplaceMilton, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Presidency41

    V.P.Dan Quayle

  • George W. Bush16
    4,708
    8,658

    BirthplaceNew Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

    Presidency43

    V.P.Dick Cheney

  • James Madison17
    2,440
    5,162

    James Madison

    Dec. at 85 (1751-1836)

    BirthplacePort Conway, Colony of Virginia, British America

    Presidency4

    V.P.Elbridge Gerry, George Clinton

  • Donald Trump18
    8,077
    17,697
  • Andrew Jackson19
    2,568
    6,371

    Andrew Jackson

    Dec. at 78 (1767-1845)

    BirthplaceWaxhaw Settlement between North Carolina and South Carolina, British America

    Presidency7

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

  • Lyndon Johnson20
    2,628
    6,578

    Lyndon Johnson

    Dec. at 65 (1908-1973)

    BirthplaceTexas, Contiguous United States, Edwards Plateau, United States of America, United States

    Presidency36

    V.P.Hubert Humphrey

  • John Quincy Adams21
    2,011
    5,092

    John Quincy Adams

    Dec. at 81 (1767-1848)

    BirthplaceBraintree, Massachusetts Bay, British America

    Presidency6

    V.P.John C. Calhoun

  • James Monroe22
    1,808
    4,607

    James Monroe

    Dec. at 73 (1758-1831)

    BirthplaceMonroe Hall, Virginia, British America

    Presidency5

    V.P.Daniel D. Tompkins

  • Woodrow Wilson23
    2,178
    5,595

    Woodrow Wilson

    Dec. at 68 (1856-1924)

    BirthplaceStaunton, Virginia, United States of America

    Presidency28

    V.P.Thomas R. Marshall

  • Gerald Ford24
    2,192
    5,632

    Gerald Ford

    Dec. at 93 (1913-2006)

    BirthplaceOmaha, Nebraska, United States of America

    Presidency38

    V.P.Nelson Rockefeller

  • Calvin Coolidge25
    1,718
    4,732

    Calvin Coolidge

    Dec. at 61 (1872-1933)

    BirthplacePlymouth Notch, Vermont, United States of America

    Presidency30

    V.P.Charles G. Dawes