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U.S. Presidents During My Lifetime Ranked

This is a list of the Presidents that have led the US during my lifetime along with my honest, objective, and unbiased critique and ranking of them. I am only ranking and critiquing the Presidents who I can actually remember during my lifetime. For instance, I was born in 1968 toward the end of the LBJ presidency of which I have absolutely no recollection of. Nor do I remember anything during the Nixon and Ford years. This list is from Carter (1976) and onward.

1

Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan

Biggest achievement: Helped bring an end to the Cold War.

Other achievements: 1) Ended the Iran hostage crisis. However unethical it may have been, he brought them home; 2) Helped get us out of the gas-oil crisis of the 70s; 3) Strengthened the US economy. 4) Reduced taxes. 5) Ended deregulation. 5) Reduced domestic spending.

NEGATIVES: Increased our nation's debt. Increased military spending off the board. Widened the gap between the rich and poor.

POSITIVES: Exuded a form of confidence and assurance that was comforting to many Americans including me. Great speaker and orator. Did much to strengthen foreign relations.

2

Barak Obama

Barak Obama

While as of this writing his presidency isn't over, I can easily rank President Obama as #2 on the list.

Biggest achievement: Helped form and pass the Affordable Care Act.
Other achievements: 1) Under his watch captured and killed America's #1 terrorist, Osama bin Laden; 2) Helped repair many foreign relations; 3) Brought an end to the Iraq War and brought many US troops home; 4) Prevented a Bush depression and improved the economy.
NEGATIVES: Caused rift in some foreign relations. Can come across as stoic and cold.
POSITIVES: A man of character. A man who is liked internationally. Good leader.

3

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton

Biggest achievement: Created the longest economic expansion in American history.
Other achievements: 1) Successfully passed a balanced budget bill in 1997 that appeased both Dems and Repubs; 2) Implemented the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy in the Armed Forces; 3) Put an end to the Serbian genocide of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.4) Created 22 million new jobs during his presidency.

NEGATIVES: Could have should have done more to stop Osama bin Laden and al-Quaeda. Should have remained more loyal to his wife. Was bogged down with a lot of personal scandals that hindered his presidency.
POSITIVES: Great speaker and orator. Intelligent. Great at utilizing diverse resources. He led the government well. Was actually quite moderate and not as liberal as many people falsely assumed.

4

George H. W. Bush

George H. W. Bush

Biggest achievement: Stopped Iraq's further invasion into Kuwait and successfully pushed them out.
Other achievements: 1) Began reducing military defense spending; 2) Initiated NAFTA; 3) Helped oversee many former Communist countries transition into democracies.
NEGATIVES: Raised taxes after a campaign promise not to. Increased the deficit. Not the best speaker.
POSITIVES: Warm and friendly.

5

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

Biggest achievement: Led the peace initiative between Israel and Egypt.
Other achievements: 1) Boycotted summer Olympics in Moscow in 1980 as a result of Russia's invasion of Afghanistan; 2) Deregulated several transport industries.
NEGATIVES: Failed to release American hostages in Iran. Created a huge gas crisis.
POSITIVES: Warm and friendly. Peacemaker.

6

George W. Bush

George W. Bush

Biggest achievement: Responded to the terrorist attacks of 9/11 by sending in troops to Afghanistan.
Other achievements: 1) Helped carry America through the horrors of 9/11; 2) Banned partial-birth abortion; 3)
NEGATIVES: Misled the American people about WMDs in Iraq, launched an unnecessary war against Iraq, war-hawkish, seemingly unintelligent, destroyed America's reputation at a global level.
POSITIVES: Warm and friendly. Likeable.