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February 21st, 2011
10:05 AM ET

Happy President's Day!

Today is President’s Day here in America.  Who is your favorite U.S. President and why?

Join the discussion below.

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soundoff (231 Responses)
  1. JoshP

    The one and only Teddy Roosevelt here.

    February 21, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  2. Patricia

    George w bush is my favorite president

    February 21, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  3. Kyle M.

    My favorite President will always be Teddy Roosevelt. He was a Republican who wasn't afraid to take on the big banks and trusts ripping off the American people. We could use some of that courage and independence today.

    February 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  4. MCinFL

    George Washington. Because it's all been downhill since then.

    February 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  5. Steve

    Ronald Reagan: He had it ALL in one package.

    February 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  6. Seamus McGuire

    Without a doubt the best president ever was William Henry Harrison. He managed to maintain stability and caused no controversy during his entire term of office.

    February 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  7. GP Hughes

    I'm casting my support for Jimmy Carter.

    Here's a guy who was right on energy, peace and even the budget. He is my favorite because he's proving to be the most vindicated president of all time.

    February 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  8. Ben Berkowitz

    I would have to say that my favorite president is Former President Bill Clinton. Plain and simple things were better under his presidency.

    February 21, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  9. L337 Ninja

    Abe Lincoln is my favorite President, not only because he was a nompion among leaders, but also because he is the only President this President's day who visited me in a dream with a warning about the rise of China, the Red Dragon.

    February 21, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  10. Daniel

    My favorite president is Howard Taft, the one and only president to get stuck in a bathtub. He had a larger tub installed later so this would not occur again (how embarrassing)

    February 21, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  11. Karen D'Angelo

    My favorite President is former President Bill Clinton – he balanced the budget and created a surplus and was, and still is, what a President should be: intelligent, strong of will and highly regarded for his views and opinions. He made sense.

    February 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  12. Shawn

    Ronald Reagan.

    February 21, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  13. Stephen

    My favourite president is Bill Clinton. He was probably the best US president in the past 30 years. President Clinton, was able to do a lot more for the economic area of the US and that the US actually had a budget surplus, whereas, his successor blew that not long after. Then President Clinton was actually more respected by world leaders and was good friends with Prime Minister Jean Chrétien of Canada and Prime Minister Tony Blair of the United Kingdom.
    He did do some things I am not proud of, but I attribute that more to the lies told to him by the Republican Congress in 1990s with the example being the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy(which was repealed thank goodness) and the Defence of Marriage Act.
    But as they say, when the Republicans screw up, the Democrats are the ones who have to clean up.

    February 21, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  14. Carol Ryan

    President Obama is my favorite President. Why? Because he is intelligent and has a good grasp of the issues yet is humble. He is willing to consult experts and incorporate their expertise into his decisions. He is a consensus builder. He stays overwhelmingly positive in the environments of personal and vicious attacks on him, even racist attacks. He is compassionate (note what a heartfelt message he gave in Arizona). And he has integrity.. He also is looking forward and focusing on this country's growth – a thinker with vision. I am referring to his emphasis on green energy, and on the building of new infrastructure in the US. He also puts a strong focus on education. In short, he hits the nail on the head with the right hammer every time.

    February 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  15. John

    Definitely Woodrow Wilson
    For: punishing Germany economically and in its development which caused WWII, spliting up Eastern Europe into ethnic nations which caused genocides and ethnic wars, & defeating the Ottoman Empire which split Middle Eastern nations and augmented Arab nationalism (both of which caused several problems in the Middle East).

    But really, FDR was the best. He united the nation together in a time of economic depravity and pushed through WWII for a victory. He did put the Japanese into camps, but comparing to most other presidents FDR was possibly the 1st best modern president.

    February 21, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  16. Allison

    My favorite U.S. President is Barack Obama since he is the first President in my lifetime that I can be proud of as an American because I trust him (and the first President I voted for that actually won – finally)! I feel that he is an admirable man, with the ability to lead America into the future with calm words and just governing. I believe he has done an amazing job tackling the economic disaster that was handed to him by Bush, he is composed when facing his loudest critics (many whom attack him with vicious lies), he is willing to work with the opposing party, and I know he is doing his best for us all and truly cares about both U.S. citizens and people around the world.

    February 21, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  17. Steve Dressler

    My favorite president was JFK. He projected a rare combination of youth, maturity optimism, intelligence, wisdom, and humor. He connected with the masses regardless of political affiliation and represented the strength and compassion of America to the world as few leaders before or since could.

    February 21, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  18. Brian Steckley

    Ronald Reagan......a man that leaned on morals, faith, conviction, and principle, that guided him with integrity and strength. President Reagan did not waiver and look at the polls for direction, but did what was right and listened to the ones who voted him in to office.

    February 21, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  19. Mark

    Lincoln! He kept this country together during its worst crisis.

    February 21, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  20. Ronnie

    Barack Obama, because he is a man of his word. Even though the country was economically destroy before he came into office but he has done a great job in bringing life back to the poor. The country was a mess before and it is this wonderful man who is left to clean up the same mess that the Bush left behind………Hurray! Hurray!! Obama !!!!! “YES WE CAN”

    February 21, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  21. Mr. Nibbles

    Big Business!

    oh wait they weren't elected...

    Thomas Jefferson.

    “Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms (of government) those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny”
    “If once the people become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, Judges and Governors, shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature, in spite of individual exceptions.”

    February 21, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  22. Sandi

    President Bill Clinton, he faced some tough years, but stood for what he believed in. Cllinton did balance the budget and was a very caring person. He has many Foundations that help the people of disasters here and abroad. He goes to other countries as an ambasador of Peace.

    February 21, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  23. Tom Brem

    It would be nice if CNN actually knew what Presidents Day is -combo of Washington and Lincoln's bdays. Malveaux got it all wrong this morning. check for accurate history. Does anyone at CNN actually research?

    February 21, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  24. Cody

    The best president we have had, and will have is President Bill Clinton. He had the longest peace tenure of any president, and he instituted the Federal Medical Leave Act which provided social welfare for sick family members. His only downfall is a mistake that any president could have made, he let his personal desires get the best of him with Monica Lewinski. He technically was impeached for this scandal, but he was not convicted so he finished his two term presidency. The best part of his presidency is that he balanced our national debt and even had a surplus.

    February 21, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  25. Dorothy

    President Clinton by far. He did the most for everyday people, middle class; and look what he has done since he has been out of office, not only is he loved here, but in many other countries, he is loved and respected.

    February 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  26. fiapop

    JFK. Last "real" president. Last president who tried to take on the central banks. After signing an executive order that would abolish the FED, months later assassinated.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  27. Josh K

    John F. Kennedy, our last true president, because he defied the shadow government and strove to achieve the best for the people of this nation, and the result of that was his assassination.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  28. Jamie K.

    Bill Clinton. Last time our country had a balanced budget and the last president who valued public employees.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  29. Betty Owens

    President Reagan was the greatest president in my lifetime.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  30. Marilyn Anderson

    President Bill Clinton is my favorite. He did a great job of bringing our country back to a very good economic level and prosperity. He has also done great work for humanity as a whole since he left office. Although his moral character had some serious lapses while in office, his overall performance was really good presidentially and I would vote for him today if I had the chance!!

    February 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  31. Katy Merrick

    Ronald Reagan, of course.

    He gave this nation the inspiration to rebound from, 21% interest rates, 10% inflation & unemployment to propel the USA back to prominence in the world.

    Today, Patriotism has been lost to "Hope & Change" !!!

    February 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  32. James Chisholm

    Without a doubt Bill Clinton; or Dwight D. Eisenhower.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  33. Brenda

    Obama, hands down. He has been personally attacked in every way possible, and yet him and Michelle remain strong and focused to issues that really matter. His State of the Union was inspiring and I have faith that our economy will continue to grow.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  34. Forrest Bumford

    Franklin D. Roosevelt. Roosevelt guided the country through the greatest financial crisis the country has ever seen, the worst war the world has ever seen, and created social programs that are still in place today. He set the path for the United States to be greatest and most powerful country in the nation and is one of the most beloved Presidents we've had.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  35. Teacher

    Jimmy Carter – history will prove his greatness – he was good and honest in a terrible time of our countries history – his work with the disadvantaged throughout the world proves this.
    ALSO President Obama – he has given me hope for my children and my students.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  36. Edward

    I have a special appreciation and gratitude for bone honest people.......

    With that said my favourite president was Mr. Gerald R. Ford.

    He was not elected for either Vice President or President but brought dignity and calm to his presidency. And his term of service, just 2 1/2 years, was too short.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  37. Patti

    Presidents Obama, Kennedy and Lincoln! All have shown foresight and caring about the people.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  38. Marnie Mccammon

    President Obama, hands down! I voted for him and have supported his amazing ways of dealing with people and situations here and abroad. I especially love that he plays favorite sport!

    February 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  39. Michael

    President Obama. He lacks the Clinton charisma and has a strategic logic to a fault( because it's not working) but his goals are sound and I trust that he is an intelligent man. If this country had more people like the Obama's it would certainly be a better place.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  40. Dennis

    Teddy Roosevelt ...

    February 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  41. jo marsh

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt–he was a true leader–he took on his opponents who opposed every one of his measures to get us out of the depression; he led us into the future with projects such as the TVA, getting electricity to thousands, got Social Security enacted to protect those with limited resources, if any, in their old age; and he led us to victory in WWII. Was he perfect–no, but then, who is.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  42. JasonP


    February 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  43. Andew Tubbs

    My favorite president is Bill Clinton because there was a good economy during his presidency. He is a very intelligent person. A big fan of his humanitarain works inrecent years.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  44. Mia

    President Obama is my favorite President for my lifetime. He took on a **** storm and is doing WAY better then any other President would have been able to do. He is the most educated President we have ever had, with a much larger heart. He came from the botom and knows how it is to grow up in poverty unlike many of our former Presidents. He actually cares about our country unlike the republicans who only care about their own personal agendas. He has a million HUGE issues on his plate, and all the Republicans want to do is make him focus on issues that are not important to our countries future, and will only harm our country such as taking funding away from planned parenthood. Taking away funding from the organizations that support lower economic families will only turn us into a third world country. Thank you Obama for taking on this disaster that we now call America!

    February 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  45. Teacher

    Ug should have proofread – country's

    February 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  46. Ryan

    Bill Clinton!

    February 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  47. Judy


    February 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  48. Bill

    Ulysses S. Grant. He won the Civil War and wrote the greatest presidential memoirs ever. Moreover, he never lost his humility. A very underrated guy.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  49. Carolyn

    President Regan by far. Next I would say Lincoln....President Regan cared about the people.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  50. Adebola

    JFK, Obama, Clinton

    February 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  51. Beau Foxworth

    Bill Clinton all the way! Personally and politically, the best by far! Such a smart man!

    February 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  52. shari welsh

    Biil Clinton

    February 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  53. AJ

    FDR has always been my favorite president.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  54. Philip Yeager

    Has to be Lincoln.

    Kept the country from splitting in spite despite a huge armed rebellion and led the nation through that struggle to freedom for all Americans!

    February 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  55. WOODY

    Abraham Lincoln. I simply cannot believe who is so far in first and second place. What have we become?!?

    February 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  56. Rob

    Bill Clinton, head down

    February 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  57. Susan Dole Robinson

    George Washington

    February 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  58. CasperWYoming

    So far, the best President ever has been Obama.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  59. Riley

    Bill Clinton.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  60. bob

    Thomas Jefferson. he was a genius of his time and understood that a government should serve its people. a concept that today is all but forgotten.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  61. DeeAnn

    Lincoln and Obama

    They share many common qualities and circumstances.

    Carol Ryan said it well (above):
    "President Obama is my favorite President. Why? Because he is intelligent and has a good grasp of the issues yet is humble. He is willing to consult experts and incorporate their expertise into his decisions. He is a consensus builder. He stays overwhelmingly positive in the environments of personal and vicious attacks on him, even racist attacks. He is compassionate (note what a heartfelt message he gave in Arizona). And he has integrity.. He also is looking forward and focusing on this country's growth – a thinker with vision. I am referring to his emphasis on green energy, and on the building of new infrastructure in the US. He also puts a strong focus on education. In short, he hits the nail on the head with the right hammer every time."

    February 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  62. Jon

    Thomas Jefferson

    February 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  63. kem roy neal

    My favorite president is Obama; for all he is trying to do and for
    all that he is about to accomplish

    February 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  64. Jessica

    My favorite president is Franklin Roosevelt (FDR). He overcome the adversity he faced in his disability, and practically set the world we live in today in motion. Had it not been for both his foreign and domestic policies we would not be the nation we are today. He pulled us through a financial crisis and implemented development of infrastructure that remains very visible in our society today.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  65. Dorothy kendrick

    FDR, without a doubt. Who else could handle a great depression and a World War and come out on top. As Churchill described him, "the greatest man I have ever known."

    February 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  66. Mary in Texas

    President Obama is my favorite president. He is the one that got me engaged in the election and politics currently. Pres O – you rock! Mary in Texas

    February 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  67. CJ

    FDR, by a mile, though Lincoln was great. We've not had a good one since LBJ, who got passed Civil Rights and the Great Society, both of which changed the country so much for the better. Sadly, he failed to get us out of Vietnam, which will forever remain a stain on his record.

    But FDR, by a mile, followed by Lincoln.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  68. M. Jones

    George W. Bush, historians will note that he was the president who brought freedom to the middle east whose dictators are now falling like dominoes.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  69. Carol

    My favorite president is Jimmy Carter. He was honest, kind and a real person. I think president Obama has some great qualities but President Carter will always be special to me, even out of office he has done more good than many past presidents did in office such as Regan and Bush.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  70. Ryan

    1. Bill Clinton

    2. John F. Kennedy

    3. Franklin D. Roosevelt

    4. Abraham Lincoln

    5. Thomas Jefferson

    February 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  71. caesar

    Bill Cinton , JFK, Obama

    February 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  72. CJ

    FDR, by a mile, though Lincoln was great. We've not had a good one since LBJ, who got passed Civil Rights and the Great Society, both of which changed the country so much for the better. Sadly, he failed to get us out of Vietnam, which will forever remain a stain on his record.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  73. Elzera

    # 1 Bill Clinton until he came into office I never was interested in politics. His charm and speech deliveies caught my attention. He is Amazing! Love him!
    #2 President Obama he has the same excitment when he talks as President Clinton. Love him too.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  74. Anoh

    George W Bush is my favorite. He is a leader who can take people to where they are supposed to be not where they want to be.People talk more about peace but they forget to know that having peace is not necessarly the absence of war. War does not only mean caryying war planes and guns.It is more than that.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  75. Scott

    Ronald Reagan was the best. His actions resulted in the prosperity we experienced in the 90's. Clinton's actions resulted in the recessions of the 00's.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  76. codysmom

    President Clinton represented real people. His idealism was contagious. I regret that the deplorable state of politics diminished his ability to do as much as he could have done.

    President Obama will, I believe, in the fullness of time, achieve what we have hoped for in a President.

    Until then, President Clinton is my number one.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  77. Steve

    Obama is the best President. He is doing an amazing job at a time of greater challenge than all the previous Presidents. He is keeping his feet firmly planted on the side of average Americans. He is moving the ball forward despite the massive obstructionism that he is face with from others who want to maintain the status quo.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  78. John

    President Bill Clinton because he was true to his convictions and had the courage to do the right thing as President, something that is sorely missing today. President Clinton stood up to Republicans in their shut down of government and balanced the budget...two things that we will not see today.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  79. Eric


    He was a revolutionary, a visionary, a rationalist, and truly embodies the spirit of Old School Americanism.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  80. Joe D

    Andrew Jackson is by far the bravest and my favorite pres. He was the ONLY president to stand up to the federal reserve and live to tell about it. Take notes mr pres.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  81. Georg

    Ronald Reagan, the best

    February 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  82. Evelyn

    President Obama is my favorite – he inherited the biggest mess ever HANDED to any American President. He got no co-operation from the republicans to help get the country back on its feet, but he has made great progress in digging out of 8 years of mess left by Bush.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  83. Clint Smith

    Definitely Teddy Roosevelt, the man was afraid of nobody, & he was definitely not a party ideology yes-man!

    February 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  84. Robert

    Obama is the grea
    test president ever!!!!!!

    February 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  85. Gary T

    The underrated Dwight Eisenhower. During my childhood he guided the nation though an unequalled period of prosperity. He alone had the wisdom to focus resources on infrastructure, esp the Interstate Highway system. Now we won't even fix the bridges. Seems to have taken a military commander to see the strategic importance of getting stuff from here to there.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  86. Jane Fallek

    President Bill Clinton. I think he could really feel the pain of the people. He understood what they needed. He was loved throughout the world.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  87. Aaron Horak

    Ronald Reagan surpasses every other president. He saw to the economic boom of the 80's and set the standard to future Presidents after him. He was the Great Communicator to the American people and he became the most trustworthy President since Lincoln. He even was able to pass his agenda through a Democratic Congress to pass legislation for low taxes and less regulation to restart the economy after the disasterous years of Jimmy Carter.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  88. John

    Bill Clinton,
    He cared more about the middle class and the poor than any other President I can recall. The economy was good and except for the war in Bosnia which was short lived and resulted in the demise of a tyrant the country was at peace.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  89. Dr. Mark of Oklahoma

    President Reagan was by far the BEST America has had in my lifetime. A man of character, principles, trustworthiness, and GUTS!!! Our nation is better because of his Leadership & Courage. He commanded and demanded respect from not only our allies, but also Our Enemies. (Russia & the Berlin Wall DEMISE is a prime example.) The kicker is I'm a Democrat, but with my party's idiocracy, and weakness, I guess I'm now a Democrap,i.e., an embarrassed & ashamed Dem....!...? To gain any respect, we've gotta grow some testes, and MAN UP! Obvious idea: Why don't both parties do what is BEST for AMERICA and put petty disputes aside. No America means NO Parties. Still time to save the NATION !!!!

    February 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  90. Pat

    George Washington...he was a leader..not driven by the party spirit...calmness in a storm...and would have been a great football coach!

    February 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  91. Jeff

    Obama. He kept his word and knows how to really get the country back on track from the previous derailment.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  92. john spiller

    John F. Kennedy. Kept us out of WWIII and last one representing the people and not deep pockets

    February 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  93. Chuck

    FDR or Obama, both tried spending their way out of an economic crisis and created world wide economic and stability problems. This inturn enabled FDR and maybe Obama to take credit for leadership in the turmoil they created.

    My favorite President is Ronald Reagan and second is Calvin Coolidge. Leave the wealth and power with the people and great things will happen. Sure it doesn't cause world wide instability, just increases in the standard of living for all.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  94. Jeffrey Cutlip

    William Jefferson Clinton

    February 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  95. userannf

    Lincoln deserves the honor. He took the first step toward "all men are created equal" – a distinction necessary for this to be called "the land of the free and the home of the brave."

    February 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  96. mike

    Teddy Roosevelt – created the best gift to the american people- national parks

    February 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  97. Jeff B

    My favorite president is Polk. He did what he was elected to do (make our nation one that stretches from sea to shining sea) and didn't run for reelection. If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be able to live in California, and saving me from cold snowy winters definitely puts him at the top of my list.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  98. stillonline

    President Barack Obama because he's handled an economic meltdown, two losing wars, Supreme Court run by the Koch brothers, a disappearing free press, a decimated manufacturing base, record unemployment, budget deficits and an astroturf revolt all while being told he's not a citizen of the United States.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  99. NPK

    OBAMA. Considering being president for little bit over 2 years and what he has been able to achieve under these tough conditions. The things he promised during the campaign are the things he is doing and/or have done. waiting for the new promise in 2012. G. Washington and Clinton are next in that order.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  100. evelyn kardon

    Pres. Harry Truman – The most honest and reliable one we have had.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  101. Ralph Nelson

    My favorite President is Bill Clinton because 1) properly ran the economy (Keysian), 2) cared about the people and was one of us, 3) got me VA health care after 32 years of VA refusal (Agent Orange).. He is the greatest President of my life time (63).

    February 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  102. BarryDenkensohn

    John F. Kennedy because he inspired many baby-boomers to get involved in public service, politics and to think about changing ideas about our country.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  103. cp

    Jackson, Lincoln, Garfield and Kennedy all were shot. Three died.
    Why? Because they knew the dangers of the Federal Reserve.
    In my book, I think they deserve proper recognition for their service to the people and their bravery in fightiing for their country.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  104. Bill Carson

    Woodrow Wilson is one of the most important Presidents we've had. He led us through WWI, had the forsight to not be in favor of the Treaty of Versailles (which led to WWII), and was years ahead of his time with the League of Nations. He's often overlooked.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  105. Daisy

    Barack Obama; he has met many difficult challenges with thoughtfulness, wisdom, for his young years, and mainly the desire to do what is the best for our country!

    February 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  106. David

    Bill Clinton BY FAR! Obama a close second! If Obama can turn the economy around, create jobs, leave Social Security at a surplus, and get us out of debt created by the previous administration for taking on 2 wars that he did not get financing for, then Obama will be my choice in the future, BUT, Bill Clinton is easily the BEST president that we have ever had!! I wish that laws would change allowing a president to run for more than 2 terms!! I would vote for Bill again and again and again!! BILL CLINTON!!!!!

    February 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  107. Fred Garvin


    February 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  108. Hillmeister

    Bill Clinton now being recognized as World President

    February 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  109. Dave

    Clinton. During his term we had a balanced budget and we were actually paying off the national debt, people had jobs and gas was $1.00.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  110. Tara Leonard

    I'm with Josh P – my favorite & I believe the most INTENSE.. President: Teddy Roosevelt. He was shot in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by a crazed anarchist – the bullet hit him in the stomach and also in the manuscript (he was carrying it for his speech). That night he still gave his address with part of the bullet in his stomach! I also like the irony that his manuscript protected him from an anarchist and order prevailed haha

    February 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  111. Shanae Diaz

    Abraham Lincoln! A pillar in our history and the strongest most courageous in the face of adversity.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  112. Obama supporter/AZ

    Obama now and in 2012!!!!!!!

    February 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  113. Carl P

    Bill Clinton,

    Just look at his recent visit to the White House when President Obama left the stage. He answered the questions simply but with enough details to make you beleive he really understood the issues and how he planned on resloving them. He had a much greater grasp of the issues and could communicate directly to the American people as an indivdual.

    He was also lucky in terms of having one of the biggest economic booms (tech boom) in a few generations. All in all, many of us long for the 90's. No war, solid economic growth and job opportunities and an actual reduction of debt.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  114. AngelaLTexas

    President Clinton by a landslide!

    February 21, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  115. Matt

    FDR without a doubt.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  116. Lin Cruiz

    President Bill Clinton......we need him to get our country rolling again...financially, confidence wise and to show other countries we are a strong nation.He exudes strength and confidence. Obama is wimpish.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  117. Ish

    Ab Lincoln, JFK, Clinton and Obama. They see beyond the current think mind push set pace for the next mind

    February 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  118. Martin Z

    Bill Clinton – hands down. A period of relative justice, peace and prosperity.
    Close second: Obama.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  119. Linda

    Barack Obama is awesome, he came into office with mountains of debt, did what he could, against popular opinion, to keep us from going into a depression. He warned us it wasn't going to be an easy road ahead, but if we all tightened our belts we could come through this. I believe he's doing a great job.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  120. Kay Shambaugh

    Lyndon Johnson, the middleclass lived better under his leadership and he had to deal with all of the post assinations problems tearing the country apart and the beginning of the Vietnam situation.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  121. Kerry

    #1 Clinton
    #2 Obama
    The facts speak for themselves! Intelligence over ideology!

    February 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  122. greg

    Easy... Bill Clinton. Clinton created a budget surplus and reduced the national debt. Had Bush and the Republicans not come and messed it up, we wouldn't need to have a fight over debt and budgets because today there would be no debt. Under Clinton 22 million jobs were created. President Clinton reduced the federal bureaucracy by 272,000 - its lowest level since the Kennedy Administration. And President Clinton was and is one of the most heralded world leaders giving hope to all citizens of the world. He has truly earned the titles "Peace Maker" and "President of the World".

    February 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  123. n hudson

    Bill Clinton has my vote for best president. He was well liked all over the world. He has a very intelligent wife which shows his good judgement. He was treated poorly for his indiscretions. He did a lot for our country

    February 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  124. Nick

    President Clinton was the greatest president for every U.S. citizen. President Clinton enriched every individual in all class (poor, middle class or rich). Both side of political spectrum, every one had more expendable income. Every country in the world was saluting everything that UNITED STATE was doing. It was the happiest time for every citizen.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  125. Anne B.

    Obama gets my vote as favorite President and my husbands vote as well followed by Clinton in second place. Both are outstanding human beings and set good examples as individuals as well as world leaders.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  126. Terry

    Ronald Reagan was by far the best President in the history of this great nation. He inherited an economy that was in shambles by Jimmy Carter and the congressional Democrats. Interest rates for homes were more than 15% and gasoline was rationed with prices tripling during Carter's administration.

    It was Ronald Reagan that took on the Soviet Union and their communist government, resulting in their colapse. This all resulted in the removal of the Berlin wall.

    No President, before or since, has had such a positive impact on both domestic and world politices that that of Ronald Reagan.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  127. Raul Saherne

    Ronald Reagan. Despite the clammering of the "Nuclear Freeze" crowd, he kept the pressure on the "Evil Empire" and won The Cold War without firing a shot. The wall ultimately came down. The Great Communicator defied his liberal critics, a reluctant Congress and the air traffic controllers union by cutting taxes, bringing us out of the last "Great Recession".

    February 21, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  128. Todd

    My favorite U.S. President is Barack Obama because he didn't come from a wealthy family so he can truly understand the issues of the lower middle class family witch makes up the majority of the American population. To truly help someone you have to understand what there dealing with.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  129. stb

    Obama is my favorite.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  130. Richard


    February 21, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  131. Carrie

    President Obama is my choice, He is the right one for the most default times we all experiencing here at home and watts going on around the world today, no other President had those challenges, he is Intelligent Smart Eloquent Patent and Competent of all past Presidents!!!!

    February 21, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  132. Ruby Jewel

    President Obama is my favorite. No other president has had to work through such odds. So many are determined to see him defeated in every thing he does. Yet he had accomplished more in the two years that he has served than many others in eight. He is everybody's president regards of the difficulties.

    If i could have two favorites, the second would be Bill Clinton. He is truly the worlds president.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  133. josh

    Abraham Lincoln!

    February 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  134. Obama supporter/AZ

    President Obama.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  135. Larry

    My vote just ahead of President Clinton Is Barack Obama . He works every day to keep his campaign promises. While the whole time having to fight with oppistion party on anything he's proposed. All they can say is just say no, while they have nothing to present from thier prospective. When he makes a speach it's from his heart and not looking at the next ballot box. He inherited an economic mess and is trying his best to work through it and get the country back on it's feet. If we do get Obama care as it's being called the insurance companys can't refuse us for preexisting conditions. If you loose your job you don't loose your health care with it. He's done a lot and will do more. Yes We Can !!

    February 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  136. Thomas

    Abraham Lincoln, c'mon people!! He was by far our best president.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  137. Hailey

    In order CLINTON, Kennedy, Obama,Johnson-( for all that he did for civil rights-he was in my opinion the ULTIMATE politician).

    February 21, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  138. E. Speed @ El Paso

    1. Bill Clinton (really the first Black president in so many ways)
    He has the others beat in all considerations and his track record and accomplishments well demonstrate his abilities .

    2. Barack Obama
    He has changed the face of the presidency for all non-Anglos. He is doing good things but just not getting the recognition for it due to his opponents either putting down his initiatives or trying to co-op his ideas.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  139. Scott

    BILL CLINTON – "The Economy, Stupid!" He was in touch with what was going on. He actually listened to his advisors, was a voracious reader and new what was going on around hiom and the world. He balanced the budget only to see it horribly squandered by the next administration. . He was compassionate and moved fast when needed. If he could have just controlled his sexual impulses which I think are a form of addiction – no excuse from me – and not given republicans an excuse to waste months and months and millions of dollars that would have been even better spent for the country. Teddy Roosevelt would have been my "old school" choice.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  140. charley

    President Obama is my favorite with Bill Clinton a close second. They both had to take on a difficult load when they started and took it on and made a more positive life for the American people.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  141. JBrown

    The best president of the 20th century was Ronald Reagan. He defeated the Soviet Union & communism, won the Cold War and established the supremacy of the United States. Restored American pride and revived the economy.

    Abraham Lincoln succeeded in leading the nation through its most trying period, and he endured the most hardship as a president.

    The greatest was George Washington. Simply put, without him there would be no Revolution, no nation at all. He had the foresight and leadership to willingly surrender power and keep us a republic.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  142. Lynda

    Washington must be considered the best of all presidents. Without his insight we would have had a monarchy. He brought us a democracy which has endured until today.
    I only hope that it will continue to endure. It seems that we have allowed wealth to have power rather than the majority of people due to the apathy of the majority and clever maneuvering by those who would take power from the people, as is currently happening in Wisconsin. (create a common enemy (teachers) and the obnoxiously wealthy win.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  143. William Tapia

    Thomas Jefferson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Bill Clinton. Three great Presidents of the People.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  144. RoRo

    Why is it important that you tell us the photographer at that iHop/California altercation was female? Would you have been happy? Proud? Had then knocked a male down? It doesn't matter. Stop the gender comments. I always sounds like you value one gender over the other. Do you?

    February 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  145. johnny

    President Barack Obama. Because he is smart and confident I think he is doing a great job

    February 21, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  146. E. Speed @ El Paso

    1. Bill Clinton

    2. Barack Obama

    3 L. B. Johnson
    I did not originally add him but he was the president who shoved and pushed through Civil Rights legislation. He was advocating for his minority students as a teacher in Texas during the '40s when it was not expected or the thing to do for minority children.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  147. David Alan Dickens

    Dear Ali: You Rock, dude! I think Andrew Jackson, Harry S. Truman and FDR are tied, along with Teddy Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan and Geoerge Washington, and Abraham Lincoln, and Thomas Jefferson.
    Thanks Ali!
    David, Baltimore, MD

    February 21, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  148. mark

    Ronald Reagan. Ended the Cold war and put in place a set of policies that ushered 20 years of prosperity. Let's hope we have many more like him in the future. Our country needs another Reagan soon.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  149. Barbara Price

    My favorite President is our current President Barak Obama, the worst president of all time is George W. Bush.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  150. Jennifer

    Pres. Obama, by far. Had to take on one of the biggest disasters since the Great Depression and has done it while staying cool, calm & collected. One of the most intellectual presidents we have ever had, yet has an amazing way connecting to every day people. Probably because his life story is truly the American dream. Had to work for everything he has gotten in life to rise to be the most powerful man in the free world. Our economy continues to grow & he truly does an amazing job, especially considering all the criticism & outright lies that are constantly being thrown his way. A truly amazing man!!

    February 21, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  151. Katy Merrick

    The Gallup is Right On:

    Ronald Reagan !

    February 21, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  152. Bob J

    Ronald Reagan for sure.

    I must send an apology to Jimmie Carter; I used to say he was the worst President in my lifetime ... no more! I need to send a Clue to the White House .... he doesn't have one!

    February 21, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  153. Mark

    I vote for James Polk. His foreign policy successes were the key for me. Being under the radar screen is also noteworthy...

    February 21, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  154. clinta

    favorite president... bill clinton.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  155. Marcia

    President Obama.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  156. Michael Otu

    My all time president is Obama. Like the previous presidents, Obama has the nation at heart and even more.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  157. Jim

    Barrack Obama

    February 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  158. Mary Ann

    Favorite president for me is Obama

    February 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  159. Carrie

    President Obama!!!!!

    February 21, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  160. Max

    President Obama is my number one candidate, he has had to endure all of the negative critics for the mess that was handed to him in his first term and still does his best to keep a smile.

    February 21, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  161. Joe D

    My favorite president is Barrack Obama! He will go down equal to Kennedy.

    Joe D

    February 21, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  162. Batya

    President Obama By far the best and in a very short time in office, he is amazing!!!

    February 21, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  163. neytiri

    JFK all the way.

    February 21, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  164. Cicuta

    My comment for President's Day:

    For those who are not familiar with history in this country I like to mention that Washington was by far the worst general and president in this country; as a general he lost all battles and specially the one against the Canadians in New York and if not for the pirate Lafayette the 13 colonies would had lost the war against England; but that is all history now; however, when comparing presidents for what they have accomplished Clinton is by far the best, although JFK could had done much better if not assassinated in TX. Reagan for sure has been the worst of all as even now we are feeling the results of his stupid politics and the Social Security (SS) will never be afloat thanks to his stupidity. Reagan took from SS more than 1.5 trillion dollars to spend in his absurd politics the same as the two Bush presidents. Also Reagan merged the Federal Civil Service employees found with SS so he would have more money to spend not giving a dam about those employees retirement. Also Reagan froze all Federal Civil Service employees jobs and salaries for 8 years but gave the politicians in Washington a hike of 30% in salary. I can go on and on with Reagan's stupidity and cannot understand why people think he was great. Also, Reagan as a governor of California was the worst as he screw up California educational system and ever since then California has never been the same in education as it ranks 47th in the list of K-12 education in the country and 18th at college level. Reagan and Bush left a legacy of trillions of dollars deficit and a nasty economy which Clinton fixed in two years; so, by far Clinton has been the best president ever. Now, after Bush Jr. left the white house our deficit is 14 trillion dollars which B. Obama will not be able to fix but instead the deficit will increase! So, what is so great about Obama? Keep in mind also that statistics lie when they say that unemployment in the country is at 9% as they do not take into account the unemployed of 4 years ago which still cannot find a job; in this respect, I do agree with Donald Trump regarding the unemployment being at 18% or more. I can also go on and on with Obama's stupidity but it suffices to say that I did not vote for him or any one else in the past elections as I was not satisfied with the candidates to the white house then and I am not now for the 2012 elections. In my book B. Clinton should run again for president for the 2012 elections and by this I do not mean his wife as she is not competent either. Probably we should import Brazil's president to work for us and fix this country just as we import professionals from other countries and illegals to work the nasty jobs people here do not want.

    Placerville, CA

    February 21, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  165. Big Jake McCandles

    Every President except Obama due to the fact that the only reason he was voted president was because of his skin color, not the issues he addressed.

    February 21, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  166. Orit

    Obama all the way........

    February 21, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  167. Jack Dallas TX

    Teddy Roosevelt. No doubt.

    February 21, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  168. Stanley

    Jimmy Carter. He took office in the middle of a big recession and got all the blame and none of the credit for us surviving those hard times. The reason he didn't get a second term was that the Iran hostages were kept until Reagan took office. Collusion? I think so, but we'll never know for sure. Carter was an honest man who tried to broker peace in the Middle East, was mocked because he said his daughter felt that nuclear proliferation was mankind's biggest threat. He was too good for America.

    February 21, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  169. gregory Foster

    Sarah Palin is my favorite president.

    February 21, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  170. Monica Vanhorne

    Clearly President Obama and President Clinton They both adressed the Problem

    February 21, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  171. Rick Campbell

    President Kennedy was my favorite president because I feel like he was truly looking out for all of God's children and not just his supporters, and the elite. May the Lord Bless Former President John F. Kennedy.

    February 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  172. garydavis

    Mr. Obama because he is the only one relevant at the moment. its the here and now . so yes President Obama and he is doing a great job . calling out the liar republicans . they will fail 2012 . and our nation will move forward with out the liars . and thugs and theives

    February 21, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  173. Abe

    Because we are discussing U.S. Presidents I would have to go with, Jefferson.
    The best American president ever must be Jefferson Davis!

    February 21, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  174. Milot Lavache

    Obama all the way ...because he's an amazing person!!!!

    February 21, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  175. Cheryl

    Obama without doubt. He is handling so many current issues.

    February 21, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  176. david bidlack

    teddy roosevelt is my favorite and i am adied in the wool democrat as well. #2 would be john kennady because he made me believe that anything was possible #3 never lived long enough to be president but his words could be what we need now "some people see things as they are and say why i see things that never were and say why not". we could find other forms of energy we could cure cancer if it were not for the big profits in its treatment and we could balance our budget if we want to without leting people go hungry or being sick because they have no money for a doctor. you can get rich in this country and you can be poor which i am sure is not a choice but a condition. we need to read our constitution were is says "in order to support the common good" which the poor, the rich and the middleclass seems not to be doing right now! when we all support the common good poor and rich we make ourselves a better nation. its to bad that alot of americans can't see the president we have now believes in the common good for the rich and the poor.

    February 21, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  177. bob

    Clinton because we didn't have the Wild West with the gun cess pool and violence like now and we weren't sending many jobs overseas and we didn't have all the relligious phoney garbage we have today with all of the hypocrites out there. People were working and the technological era was in full force.

    February 21, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  178. Eric

    Obama because he was elected dispite his skin color.

    February 21, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  179. Corey


    February 21, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  180. Pakistan

    Jefferson Davis.

    February 21, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  181. Dee

    Theodore Roosevelt. A Republican progressive (is that an oxymoron) he was well read curious brave intelligent and forward thinking. Pity, TR could even win a GOP primary now, less the nomination. My second choice is President Obama. It will be years (as GWB used to say) that the full extent of his bravery, steel and vision will be appreciated. As the Bible says, a prophet has no home in his own country.

    February 21, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  182. Barbara

    R0nald Reagan for what he accomplished and George Bush for trying to do the right things and bdepending on prayer to help guide him in his decisions.

    February 21, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  183. Annette Holliday (Sioux Falls)

    1. Bill Clinton
    2. John F. Kennedy
    3. Teddy Roosevelt
    4. Abraham Lincoln
    5. Barack Obama

    In that order... I am a democrat although I tend to side with the republicans from history. Do you think that the republicans off today are way off base from the republicans of the past? As a young country I think that the republicans wanted to help her people, but as her people started to change colors... (black, red, yellow, and brown) the republican party changed. I was only a child when Mr. Clinton was president and I remember thinking that this man was the greatest human being on the planet. I wish he would run again, I wish he could. He really is the president of the world. I miss Bill Clinton : (

    February 21, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  184. Lenny

    FDR hands down

    February 21, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  185. Howard

    My absolutely, positively least favorite President is Barack Obama !!!

    February 21, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  186. Dominick Zara

    I can not stand when people claim Barack Obama to be the best president of all time. First off he hasn't finished his Presidency, who knows what could possibly happen. Second off what about the great figures such as Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln? I could say FDR and Reagan, however both have had policies that have put this country in some turmoil. example SS and Deficit Spending. Lincoln, kept this Union together, Jackson redefined the role of the president as a policy initiator. People need to be more aware of the actual history behind the presidency before answering such questions. With that being said Honest Abe is the best of all time. Thanks big guy for giving me a country to live in

    February 21, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
  187. Pete

    1. JFK
    2. Lincoln
    3. FDR
    4. Carter
    5. Truman

    Honorable mentions: Eisenhower, Obama

    February 21, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
  188. Iwis

    President Garfield has held a special place in my heart. He was a Christian pastor before holding office, and before his tragic shooting, was well-geared toward halting the corruption that was consumming the appointment of men to policital offices. To him and to all who have given their life for their country, your sacrifices bear you great honor. ("Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13.)

    February 21, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
  189. Chris

    Dwight D. Eisenhower, He called the rise and tyranny of the Military Industrial complex decades ago.

    February 21, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
  190. Jimmy Smith

    For me three come to mind...John Adams, FDR and good ole slick Willy!

    February 21, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
  191. Cicuta

    For those who say Reagan is responsible for wining the cold war think again! Russia collapsed from with-in as we are collapsing now paving the way for China to be the next Empire! My predictions have always been correct as far as politics is concerned; by the end of 2016 our deficit will be not less than 20 trillion dollars and people will not have enough money to eat and pay for their medical expenses. The signs are there ... the US of A will collapse as all empires did in the past and Russia as well .... from with-in and not because of Reagan!

    Placerville, CA

    February 21, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
  192. gary

    George Washington,
    he was not a crooked politicians like these bozos

    February 21, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
  193. BMF

    Oh how I love my president Barack Obama! Chris Mathews, to give that title to Bill Clinton " President of the World" when we have a sitting President who is admired and loved all over the world was disrespectful. MSNBC lost my respect when they got rid of Keith Oberlin and now just as I expected your true colors came out! Mr. Obama this country has disrespected you in many ways. They said they were ready for a black, intelligent, honest and just man to run the country but they lied. Republicans are the undercover KKK and there are also some in the Democratic party as well. I wish all congressman and women, representatives, senators were under the age of 50. Then that old school racism would be out of their hearts. Imagine what this country would be if we all stuck together as countrymen and women and not try to defeat a presidents agenda because he is of color. All we as African Americans can do is Imagine! This country is going to suffer because there is no middle class. We are a nation of the have and the have nots. The haves are mostly Republican and business owners who don't give a crap about the have nots. So the wont hire or put the money back into the communities and they blame job failure on the President even though he gave them money to produce jobs. Thats republican for you. Obama is the best President ever. No other President ever dealt with such a mess under so much adversity so how could they be better. Bill Clinton go sit down! Please! You are not the President anymore and you are undercover rascist too! Now this time you go wipe your hands on Bush's clothing instead of he yours! Birds of a feather flock together! America will suffer because of the Republicans hatred! and the Democrats lack of fight!

    February 21, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
  194. Rich, Texas

    Reagan, Bush Sr, and Bush Jr. All brought dignity to the Office, unlike their Democrat counterparts Carter, Clinton, and Obama; i.e "viscious squirrels", the blue dress, and beer summit.

    February 21, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
  195. BMF

    CNN is racist too! Why is my coment awaiting moderation? I didn't say what you want to hear? You disrespect the President too half of you don't address him as President, you repeat the Republicans when they say Obamocare instead of saying the Presidents healthcare agenda ect. and you air every derrogatorry comment in the way that you approve. Whatever happen to reporting the news?

    February 21, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
  196. BMF

    Donald Trump will never get the black vote! Oh we were unwilling to accept a black president but we are willing to accept a Russian first lady? Please! He just lost when he bad mouth Obama. Yea everybody wants the seat now that he cleaned up half the mess!

    February 21, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
  197. BMF

    big Jake McCandles, I wonder why the other Presidents were voted in? was it because of their skin color too? Surely blacks had a role in those votes too stupid!

    February 21, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
  198. BMF

    CNN I would like to see real representation of what black people thinks. Most dont have computers they don't get to vote in these surveys ect. I challenge you to go in the neighborhoods and find out what black people think and give them a voice.

    February 21, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
  199. Gene Bryson

    Tsk tsk Go to Hell Harry !!!!
    #1 He put General McArthur in his place.
    #2 He put the Press in their place.
    #3 He was tough with Communists
    #4 He was frugal.
    Harry Truman was my favorite
    The United States was Number One under "Go to Hell Harry" !!!
    We have had several Great Presidents Ronnie Raggin wasn't.

    February 21, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
  200. vav717

    Not REAGEN! So sick of the Republican "Reagen-God" talk we keep hearing from Republicans...

    February 21, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
  201. Daniel

    Abe Lincoln is my favorite president of all time because he forced America into the inevitability of its own success. We as a nation would not have made any progress or gained any wealth, fame, power or unity without a shining light to guide us through the stigma of a war fought against ourselves. Aristotle once made the point that it is not possible for a contradiction to either be a verity or survive in a world of verities; Abraham Lincoln recognized that America would not last as a contradiction and thus launched perhaps the most important war of all time - against depravity, American polarization, and fundamental contradiction.

    February 21, 2011 at 9:36 pm |
  202. Shaun Piggott, VA

    Pres. Obama!!!!
    Calm, Cool and Collected... My Man!!! Keep working for theAmerican people and in return we will work for you in 2012. 2nd term BABY!!!!

    February 21, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
  203. Trevor

    FDR- he created the safety net under great resistance (and he wanted universal healthcare), he used the national guard to arrest a private business owner. I know that World War II lead to the end of The Great Depression, but FDR did way more to try and help people during the depression. He tried to mess with the supreme court, which was a big mistake. But he was one of our nation's strongest Presidents despite having polio.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
  204. lana

    OBAMA!!!!!!!! He has grace and integrity. He handles himself well. Brings respect to the presidendy. I am not even american, most people around the world used to think americans were all stupid ignorant bumpkins who could not put a sentence together, but now the world views you guys differently because obama, the face of your nation, is NOT stupid or ignorant and does not behave stupidly. It makes your nation come off positively to others. He respects himself and handles himself properly in the face of opposition. It is a shame what your congressmen are doing (repubs) because it just makes you guys look ignorant. It is coming off like you dislike him only because of the color of his skin and it is ruining your PR, because your country is starting to come off as ignorant and close-minded again.... just fyi because the rest of the world is watching how you treat him.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  205. Nate the great

    Top 4: Clinton. Led the greatest economic expansion ever and left us a surplus.
    Kennedy. Inspired a nation to go where no man had ever gone before and did it in 8 years. ( if only NASA was as quick and dreamed as big as it once did)
    Obama. Stopped the second great depression and reformed health care and reformed wall street. And he's only been here in office for 2 years. Think what he can do with 6 more.
    Washington. Set the standard of how to be a president. Every president should aspire to be like him.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  206. T

    Harry S. Truman, come on, having to deal with the atomic bomb, and he did what was right not what the people wanted

    February 21, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  207. SMUM

    Abe Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson. Two favorite presidents for the same reason. ..Men that stood on principle and had the courage to fight. No appeasement or compromise for what was right and moral. One ended slavery and secured the Union. The other fostered equality to all through civil rights at the expense of giving away his own party's chances or ever winning elections in the South.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  208. Jeff

    Reagan- When he took office the interest rates and confidence in the country were in chaos. He turned it around and as far as I am concerned he saved the country.

    If my mother were still alive she would faint but besides Lincoln who was in a class by himself, my next 2 favorites are:

    Obama- He has done more in his first 2 years than some Presidents do in 8. He made good on his promise to get us out of a war we can’t win. He passed the health care bill which at least is a good start to making medical care more efficient and fair. He is not afraid to tackle the hard issues and he does so with intelligence and common sense. Also he made a masterful move appointing Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.

    Clinton- Balanced the budget for the first time in how long? Moved on from his moral lapse and led the country well.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  209. Silvio Renzulli

    My favorite is JFK!

    February 21, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  210. Delisa Kyerefo

    President Barack Obama...he's setting the bar so high the only person that will be able to fill his shoes in 2016 is Hillary Clinton. Happy President's Day Obama...

    February 21, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
  211. Abdi

    President Obama. He inherited the biggest economic mess since the great depression. to wise stewardship we are coming out of it. His is a gifted leader with a heart.

    February 21, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
  212. Daniel

    1. Harry Truman, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, Barack Obama.

    They tie at #1 because of their various legislative accomplishments or initiatives (successfully passed or not), leadership in times of crisis, and the long-lasting impact of their presidencies and the long-lasting impacts of that their successes brought to the country.

    2. John F. Kennedy
    3. John Adams
    4. Dwight Eisenhower
    5. Jimmy Carter

    2. Prevented nuclear war, which allows me to be alive today
    3. Sided with the English who beat the French thus allowing us to continue to exist peacefully without being attack by the British while our nation was still young. Proud to be an American, not an Englishman.
    4. Understood the importance of infrastructure, signed the first major civil rights legislation, and had an amazing foreign policy.
    5. Great domestic agenda, just didn't have the political skill to pursuade Americans to his path of thinking. Time will show the greatness of Jimmy Carter.

    February 21, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
  213. Dave A

    In my book Abraham Lincoln is the undisputed best president this country has ever had. He came to the Presidency in a time of great crisis, arguably the greatest Constitutional crisis we've ever faced. He was hated and villified, yet through politics, dissension, and war he maintained a course he thought best and preserved the Union. With any lessor man this country would look far different today.

    February 21, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
  214. Richard

    Is it not ironic in our presential history. That the man who so sullied the office is admired. William Jefferson Clinton is given credit for some much that he did not do, it is shameful for the nation. However;everyone is entitled to their opinions which is what this country is great for.

    February 21, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
  215. Robert

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
    He traversed the country through challenging times paving the way into a prosperous generation.

    February 22, 2011 at 12:07 am |
  216. richard d. jones

    Obama, because he has set the world on the path to democracey. It should of no suprise that middle east countries or fighting for thier freedom.s. America did the same by electing Obama, just without the bloodshed. 4 more years of Obama is what the world needs.

    February 22, 2011 at 12:11 am |
  217. Rod

    My all time favorite U. S. President is Barak Obama. President Obama inherited the most severe mess then his processors. President Obama very smart, intelligent, and think things thourgh as well as President Obama has vision for our future. However, President Obama managed and compromised the 2 unfavorable wars, unemployment crisis, meltdown of the federal government, and major healthcare laws. What president in the past has managed and compromised with the Republicans and socialist or somewhat dictatorship. Also, American citizens questioned President Obama birth place, the American people need to understand that President Obama is natural born citizen under the Article II (Executive Branch) requirements under the U. S. Constitution! If not, President Obama would not be our 44th president of United States!

    February 22, 2011 at 12:19 am |
  218. osage

    Its a toss-up for me:Carter,Clinton,Obama

    February 22, 2011 at 1:11 am |
  219. Dee L.

    President Obama is by far the best president. He has been ridiculed by the opposition, the tea party people, and the Press but he continues to do his job with dignity. He is extremely intelligent, smart , and sensitive to the needs of the American people. He truly loves us, I believe. He does not discriminate but educates. This is the first time I have ever followed politics so closely in my life. I get up every morning praying for him and go to bed every night praying for him. I really do love him and his passion for people. He is an amaaaazing man and exceptional family man. Thank Godd for him. I follow him Online every single day and enjoy every minute of it. Love you, Mr. President.
    Incidentally, he is President Obama NOT just Obama. He is our Commander-In-Chief.

    February 22, 2011 at 2:59 am |
  220. Nick

    Bill Clinton

    February 22, 2011 at 3:43 am |
  221. Suzanne Vesely

    Here is my top 5: former Presidents Clinton, Carter, Kennedy, F. Roosevelt, and Wilson.

    My favorite is Franklin D. Roosevelt because he is the father of modern progressivism.

    February 22, 2011 at 4:03 am |
  222. galm

    FDR,LBJ, JFK, and lastly amazes me that over 90% of state constitutions around the world preach the doctrines of hope and equality (including america); yet certain american politicians were/are reluctant to abide by it....sad reality 🙁

    February 22, 2011 at 4:25 am |
  223. Michael J.C. Taylor

    Woodrow Wilson, the sole president with a Ph.D. He predicted the Great Depression, World War II and the Cold War in 1918. His 14 points became the foundation of the EU. Had we listened to him we would not be in such a predictament as we are in now!

    February 22, 2011 at 6:04 am |
  224. rick

    Barack Obama,, he came into office with alot on his plate from the start. He is intelligent and chrasmatic. He has tried to bring the world together as one and still searches for world peace.He has shown that as president he is a leader and is respected in the world . He works for the average citizen. The only unfortunate thing is the people that don't like him is because of the color of his skin.How many presidents have been tested for birthplace and religious affiliation and could still be a proud american. There was no tea party movement against GW Bush,why ,Because he was white and probably the worst president ever. Let me finish by saying I am a Canadian and I'm white and I wish there were more Barack Obamas in the world

    February 22, 2011 at 6:16 am |
  225. Blake

    I'd say Andrew Jackson and Thomas Jefferson for there views to definetly abolish the Central Banking System.

    February 22, 2011 at 6:43 am |
  226. Carolyn

    Without a doubt–Bill Clinton, followed by Franklin Roosevelt.

    February 22, 2011 at 7:28 am |
  227. Politico 2

    Lincoln and Bush: Both experienced unprecedented events (not of their choosing) AND who made some very unpopular decisions despite public opinion stating the contrary. Both exhibited principled leadership in the face of adversity.

    February 22, 2011 at 7:46 am |
  228. DAN

    By far, Franklin Delano Roosevelt... with Barack Obama and Bill Clinton following ... and of course, John F. Kennedy, George Washington, Ronald Reagan, Abraham Lincoln, T. Woodrow Wilson, Thomas Jefferson, and Harry S Truman! I'm a history teacher so I have a lot of memorable presidents to share....

    February 22, 2011 at 7:55 am |
  229. Suzanne Vesely

    Here is my top 5: former Presidents Clinton, Carter, Kennedy, F. Roosevelt, and Wilson.

    My favorite is Franklin D. Roosevelt because he is the father of modern progressivism.

    Merriam-Webster defines a progressive as, “one believing in moderate political change and especially social improvement by governmental action.”

    February 22, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  230. Don T

    Not Obama. A seemingly nice guy with a radical agenda. HIs defense of everything that involves socialist programs, special interest groups and oppositon to the things that made America great are amazing. It will take another Jefferson or Reagan to undo the damage this president has done to our country (if it can be undone). Congratulations Mr. Deficit, you've probably done more to destroy our country than any president in history.

    February 23, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
  231. Lennie

    Roosevelt Vs. Obama

    What did President Teddy Roosevelt say?
    "Speak softly and carry a big stick."
    What does Barack Hussein Obama say?
    "Jigaboo for Jihad and not for Jesus!"
    Also "Fight for Allah and not for America!"
    Want facts re our lawless Hypocrite-in-Chief?
    Just Google "Obama Fulfilling the Bible" !

    February 27, 2011 at 12:01 am |

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