Top 10 Presidents
George Washington and Abraham Lincoln would have to be my fourth and fifth in my top five. These two men are the first to come to mind when I think of the founding of our Nation. I feel that they shaped the United States into what it is today. Although we have strayed away from their idea of what the nation should be and stand for they without a doubt put their stamp on the World. `In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war.’ [ (Beschloss, 2009) ]
Choosing only five presidents for my bottom five proved to be a harder task then I had thought. At the top of my bottom five I would have to put George W. Bush in the number one slot. Although he was faced with the overwhelming task of the Iraq war, he did not prove himself to a leader. He was very under spoken and in my opinion made very poor decision in leading our country out of war and lead us instead into a recession. [ (Dye, L. Tucker Gibson, & Robison, 2011) ]
The Watergate Scandal definitely places Richard Nixon on the bottom for me. If you cannot trust and believe in the good of a person how are you to entrust the life of the Nation in one’s hands! [ (C-Span, 2009) ]
The remaining three of the bottom five presidents are Andrew Johnson, Warren G. Harding, and James Buchanan. I place these presidents at the bottom because they did not offer our country as much as I feel they should have. As a leader of our country you should undertake new challenges and strive to improve our great nation, none of these men did this. On a personal note, I find it odd that Buchanan never married and feel that may say something about his character. [ (Beschloss, 2009) ]
Having ranked the presidents in the top five and bottom five has proved to me that factors in one’s own personal life may affect the outcome of who we list as `The best’ and `The worst’ president. Perception is a key component of how we as a Nation rate the forty three men we call our leaders. Therefore I guess it’s safe to say that the proof is in the pudding. The presidents listed at the top of the list have accomplished what many Americans perceive as right and good for our country. [ (C-Span, 2009) ]
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