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

April 9, 2020 369.2k votes 27.1k voters 106.0k 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
    Abraham Lincoln
    11,185
    4,004

    Abraham Lincoln

    Dec. at 56 (1809-1865)

    BirthplaceHodgenville, Kentucky, USA

    Presidency16

    V.P.Andrew Johnson, Hannibal Hamlin

  • 2
    Franklin D. Roosevelt
    12,211
    4,425

    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

  • 3
    Theodore Roosevelt
    9,730
    3,577

    Theodore Roosevelt

    Dec. at 61 (1858-1919)

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, USA

    Presidency26

    V.P.Charles W. Fairbanks

  • 4
    John F. Kennedy
    11,820
    4,360

    John F. Kennedy

    Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)

    BirthplaceBrookline, Massachusetts, USA

    Presidency35

    V.P.Lyndon B. Johnson

  • 5
    George Washington
    7,662
    4,192

    George Washington

    Dec. at 67 (1732-1799)

    BirthplaceVirginia, USA

    Presidency1

    V.P.John Adams

  • 6
    Barack Obama
    17,480
    9,834

    BirthplaceHonolulu, Hawaii, USA

    Presidency44

    V.P.Joe Biden

  • 7
    Dwight D. Eisenhower
    6,352
    3,678

    Dwight D. Eisenhower

    Dec. at 79 (1890-1969)

    BirthplaceDenison, Texas, USA

    Presidency34

    V.P.Richard Nixon

  • 8
    Ronald Reagan
    9,034
    6,141

    Ronald Reagan

    Dec. at 93 (1911-2004)

    BirthplaceTampico, Illinois, United States of America

    Presidency40

    V.P.George H. W. Bush

  • 9
    Thomas Jefferson
    4,945
    4,244

    Thomas Jefferson

    Dec. at 83 (1743-1826)

    BirthplaceShadwell, Virginia, USA

    Presidency3

    V.P.Aaron Burr, George Clinton

  • 10
    Harry Truman
    3,871
    4,982

    Harry Truman

    Dec. at 88 (1884-1972)

    BirthplaceLamar, Missouri, USA

    Presidency33

    V.P.Alben W. Barkley

  • 11
    Jimmy Carter
    4,882
    6,661

    BirthplacePlains, Georgia, USA

    Presidency39

    V.P.Walter Mondale

  • 12
    Bill Clinton
    5,421
    8,098

    BirthplaceHope, Arkansas, USA

    Presidency42

    V.P.Al Gore

  • 13
    Ulysses S. Grant
    3,300
    4,958

    Ulysses S. Grant

    Dec. at 63 (1822-1885)

    BirthplacePoint Pleasant, Ohio, USA

    Presidency18

    V.P.Schuyler Colfax, Henry Wilson

  • 14
    John Adams
    2,712
    4,647

    John Adams

    Dec. at 91 (1735-1826)

    BirthplaceBraintree, Massachusetts, USA

    Presidency2

    V.P.Thomas Jefferson

  • 15
    George H. W. Bush
    3,660
    6,655

    BirthplaceMilton, Massachusetts, USA

    Presidency41

    V.P.Dan Quayle

  • 16
    George W. Bush
    4,057
    7,432

    BirthplaceNew Haven, Connecticut, USA

    Presidency43

    V.P.Dick Cheney

  • 17
    James Madison
    2,041
    4,442

    James Madison

    Dec. at 85 (1751-1836)

    BirthplacePort Conway, Virginia, USA

    Presidency4

    V.P.Elbridge Gerry, George Clinton

  • 18
    Donald Trump
    6,630
    15,570
  • 19
    Lyndon Johnson
    2,240
    5,542

    Lyndon Johnson

    Dec. at 65 (1908-1973)

    BirthplaceStonewall, Texas, USA

    Presidency36

    V.P.Hubert Humphrey

  • 20
    Andrew Jackson
    2,144
    5,451

    Andrew Jackson

    Dec. at 78 (1767-1845)

    BirthplaceWaxhaws

    Presidency7

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

  • 21
    John Quincy Adams
    1,698
    4,331

    John Quincy Adams

    Dec. at 81 (1767-1848)

    BirthplaceBraintree, Massachusetts, USA

    Presidency6

    V.P.John C. Calhoun

  • 22
    Woodrow Wilson
    1,850
    4,788

    Woodrow Wilson

    Dec. at 68 (1856-1924)

    BirthplaceVirginia, USA

    Presidency28

    V.P.Thomas R. Marshall

  • 23
    Gerald Ford
    1,858
    4,812

    Gerald Ford

    Dec. at 93 (1913-2006)

    BirthplaceOmaha, Nebraska, USA

    Presidency38

    V.P.Nelson Rockefeller

  • 24
    James Monroe
    1,501
    3,974

    James Monroe

    Dec. at 73 (1758-1831)

    BirthplaceMonroe Hall, Virginia, Virginia, USA

    Presidency5

    V.P.Daniel D. Tompkins

  • 25
    Calvin Coolidge
    1,467
    4,040

    Calvin Coolidge

    Dec. at 61 (1872-1933)

    BirthplacePlymouth Notch, Vermont, Vermont, USA

    Presidency30

    V.P.Charles G. Dawes