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Top 10 Presidents of the USA

Top 10 Presidents of the USA

These are the best presidents in American
history, ranked by their lasting contributions to the country. The tenth best President was John F. Kennedy,
an inspiring leader whose key foreign policy accomplishment was confronting the spread
of communism in Southeast Asia, Europe and most notably, Latin America, by forcing the
Soviet Union to remove their nuclear weapons from Cuba during the tense 13-day missile
crisis in 1962. At home, he promoted the ambitious “New Frontier”
domestic program, promising federal funding for education and aid programs for rural America.
This also included pushing for medicare, which today is one of the most popular government
programs providing healthcare for America’s seniors. It was passed by congress and signed
into law three years after JFK was assassinated in Dallas, ending his presidency after just
three years in office. Although James Polk died from cholera 3 months
after he left office after serving only one term, he got a lot done. He believed in Manifest
Destiny, that American settlers were destined to move westward, and negotiated possession
of the Oregon Territory from the British and purchased New Mexico and California from Mexico
after defeating them in the Mexican-American War. He restored an independent treasury and
was able to enact much of the democratic policy agenda. Lyndon Johnson grabs the eighth spot on this
list for being the last president to pass a massive domestic policy agenda that favored
the people. Many of these achievements were part of his “great society” and are still
cornerstones of modern America. As president, LBJ was responsible for signing the Civil
and Voting rights acts; declaring a war on poverty; implementing gun control; setting
up public broadcasting; enacting medicare and medicaid; appointing Thurgood Marshall
as the first African American justice on the Supreme Court; signing an education bill that
significantly improved funding to schools; establishing the National Endowments for the
Humanities and Arts; protecting 9.1 million acres of federal land; signing, developing
and enforcing the clean air act; and passing comprehensive immigration reform for non-europeans.
Unfortunately, Johnson’s standing takes a hit over the Vietnam war, in which he dramatically
escalated American involvement from 16,000 to 550,000 combat troops. He did not seek
a second term. Under President Dwight Eisenhower the United
States became the world’s richest country and our final two states, Alaska and Hawaii,
were admitted to the union. At home, Eisenhower launched the Interstate
Highway System, created NASA along with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency,
which has developed a slew of important technologies, and established strong science education.
He was a solid supporter of civil rights and signed the first major civil rights legislation
in over 75 years, since 1875. Abroad, Eisenhower used nuclear threats to
conclude the Korean War with China and prioritized inexpensive nuclear weapons and a reduction
of conventional military forces as a strategy for keeping pressure on the Soviet Union and
reducing the federal deficit. Number six is Woodrow Wilson, who led America
into WWI, the decisive moment that turned the conflict in the allies’ favor. After
commanding the allied victory, he sponsored the league of nations – an early UN. Unfortunately,
despite Wilson’s strong support, the US Senate voted not to join the league, a consequential
moment that definitely made the body weaker than it should have been and was partially
the reason why the Nazi party was able to rise to power in Germany. Thomas Jefferson – the founding father who
wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence – became America’s third President
in 1801 after serving as Adams’ Vice President and the first US Secretary of State under
George Washington. He brilliantly doubled the size of the United States by reaching
a deal with Napoleon Bonaparte to purchase the Louisiana territory from France for just
$15 million dollars. This area encompassed what eventually became all or part of 15 different
states. Though he signed a bill in 1807 banning slave importation into the country, his legacy
has been tainted by the fact that he owned slaves. 42 year-old Vice President Theodore Roosevelt,
taking over after William McKinley was assassinated, was the youngest man to become president.
A true progressive, he was the first president to call for environmental conservation and
greatly expanded the national parks system. His square deal also focused on an expansion
of consumer protection laws and greater control of corporations. A man of his word, he dissolved
44 monopolistic businesses during his presidency. Teddy’s “speak softly and carry a big
stick” policy built up America’s navy, keeping the country militarily strong, but
out of wars. After helping Panama win independence, he negotiated US control of the construction
of the Panama Canal there. Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace prize for ending the first great
war of the 20th century between the empires of Russia and Japan. George Washington, the first President of
the United States, comes in third. His strength as the executive after leading the country
to victory in the revolutionary war cemented his status as the “father of the country.”
He kept America out of wars between European powers so that America could mature from its
infancy, and his leadership style established many customs that are still in place today,
like using a cabinet system to delegate responsibilities and delivering an inaugural address. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt’s
fifth cousin, is the second-greatest President of all-time. FDR was elected president an
unprecedented four times and served for 12 years until his death. He took office at the
depths of the Great Depression and in his first 100 days in office, aggressively implemented
the New Deal programs, and the economy improved rapidly. He successfully led the United States
and the allies – along with Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin – defeating Hitler and the
axis powers in World War II. The greatest president of all-time is Abraham
Lincoln. Lincoln was the glue that held the country together as it unshackled itself from
what was always going to be the biggest threat to the continuity of the nation: ending the
practice of slavery–a challenge so daunting the founding fathers had to leave it for later
generations to solve. Assassinated five days after General Lee’s surrender, Lincoln paid
the ultimate price for leading the victorious Union through America’s bloodiest conflict.
His victory in the Civil War strengthened the federal government, modernized the economy
and set the nation on the prosperous path we are still walking today, nearly 150 years
later. Thanks for watching, let me know who you think
was the best president of all time in a comment below. If you enjoyed this video, you’ll
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each day. Until tomorrow, for the daily conversation, I’m Bryce Plank.

Reader Comments

  1. We are so fortunate to have these men in office..they'd be ashamed what the Congress are today .. american people are put on the back burner to fill an agenda and slander our president

  2. Top 3 presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln.
    Top 5 presidents: add Franklin Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan.
    Top 10 presidents: add Theodore Roosevelt, James Polk, Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy,
    George Herbert Walker Bush, who passed away November 30, 2018.

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  4. 1.Abraham Lincoln
    2.George Washington
    3.Franklin D Roosevelt
    4.Thomas Jefferson
    5.Ronald Reagan
    6.Dwight D Eisenhower
    7.John F Kennedy
    8.James Polk
    9.James Madison
    10.Theodore Roosevelt

  5. Without any doubt Abraham Lincoln was not only the greatest US president but also a wonderful human being. I'm British but if I could have met just one person from history it would be Abe. In my opinion, not one British prime minister can be compared to Abraham Lincoln. Winston Churchill would be the best of them.

  6. The daily conversation is a LEFTIST LIBERAL group, they rank president acording to their ideology.

  7. If Kennedy had served out a full four year term, he would probably deserve to be on the top ten list. Harry Truman and / or Andrew Jackson should be considered for this list.

  8. Abolishing slavery in one hand and safeguarding Union at other. The political and military genius of Abraham Lincoln makes him not only the best president of USA but without doubt the greatest statesman ever born.

  9. FDR should not be on this list either. Yes, he did get us through WW2, but he prolonged the depression and cut military spending.

  10. Why all the time the good presidents or leaders of a group such as Martin King Jr,JFK and AL(Abraham Lincoln) had to be assassinated, and the bad presidents eg George Bush served without trouble at them. Always the good ones are hurt

  11. Ronald Reagan should be in that list. Woodrow Wilson and LBJ?? Seriously? Your leftist pinko a** has no credibility

  12. Lincoln, LJB, and Kennedy seem like the made more of an impact. They were truly the best….I guest this explain why Lincoln and Kennedy were assassinated. America is so backwards. Why not Trump??

  13. You mean the Best Puppets that are controlled and used for a face and a voice to manipulate and enslave the masses.
    Government = Mind Control

  14. Top of the list is now Donald J. Trump. Number two is not even close. Johnson is a disaster and super racist. His redistribution of wealth programs are total failures.
    Certainly his handling of the Vietnam War was a total failure. Who in the world came up with this list.

  15. Ima do a satanic ritual to bring my boy John F. Kennedy alive and go slap the living s*** out of Donald Trumpet

  16. Lbj shouldn't be on it he's one of the worst presidents and JFK is on this list because he got assassinated and how is Reagan not on the list

  17. Polk and Kennedy are probably a stretch. Kennedy specifically is highly overrated. Johnson and Wilson are ludicrous choices. You could make decent argument LBJ is the worst single presdent, although I wouldn't go that far. Replace LBJ with Reagan and Wilson with Harry Truman. Polk and Kennedy can stay for now. Also I'd put Washington #1 and drop Roosevelt down the list. He really did more harm and less good to America than most realize.

  18. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, John F Kennedy, and Barack Obama are my favorite presidents so far.

  19. Wut about william taft cause he made 48 star in 1912 after new mexico and arizona

  20. 10 best presidents in my opinion
    1. George Washington
    2. Abraham Lincoln
    3. FDR
    4. JFK
    5. Dwight David Eisenhower
    6. Ronald Wilson Reagan
    7. Thomas Jefferson
    8. James Madison
    9. John Adams
    10. Theodore Roosevelt

  21. FDR was incredibly overrated as a president. He was good in war but his economy was wildly unstable until the war with massive ups and then tips back into depression conditions. It would be a stretch to even put in the top 20 for me.

  22. I'd would put Woodaw Wilson near the bottom of US Presidents.

    We have the income tax, federal reserve and public schools as result of him.

  23. Ab Lincoln freed slaves, but had a hand in the USโ€™ biggest mass executions!! By hanging 40 Dakota Sioux Warriors in Mankato Minnesota! Some great guy huh?? Hahaha! USA just tried pushing his dirty work under the carpet!! Haha goofy Fuhk!! Hahaha

  24. Without JFK, most, if not all, of us would not be here today to watch this video. JFK literally saved the human race from nuclear annihilation by his handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis. While there were so many around him urging him to either invade or bomb Cuba, JFK knew that such a move could lead us directly to WWIII and the end of mankind. If saving not just the United States but the entire world from Armageddon isnโ€™t enough to give him the distinction of being our greatest president, then Iโ€™m completely baffled. JFK did much more than this, but saving the human race is quite a feat. Yes, you can thank JFK for the life you have today. And had he lived, there basically would not have been a Vietnam War, but that is the primary reason why he was murdered. The military industrial complex and many of the wealthy and powerful wanted the Vietnam War to happen, but with JFK in power, their cash cow could not pay off.

  25. They were founded by Democrats! Al Gore and his
    daddy were as well as George
    Wallace fought for the KKK and were members !

  26. โ€œI am certain that after the divorce of the centuries has passed over our cities, we too will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or politics, but for our contribution to the human Spirit.โ€

    – John F. Kennedy

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