Who Has Been America's Best, Worst President?

In honor of Presidents' Day, let us know your favorite commander-in-chief.

The Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. Credit: morgueFile
The Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. Credit: morgueFile

Monday is Presidents' Day, which honors Georgia Washington and Abraham Lincoln along with our nation's other 42 commander-in-chiefs.

See here to the learn more on the roots of this federal holiday.

In honor of the day, Patch wants to know who you think has been our nation's best president. Of course, if you'd like to tell us who you think has been the worst president, we'd welcome those comments, as well.

While you're mulling it over, take a look at this roughly three-minute video on the presidents from KCAL-TV out of Los Angeles.

In it, political analyst and Loyola Marymount University Professor Michael Genovese, who has authored more than 30 books on U.S. presidents, gives his opinion on an array of presidents including Barack Obama. 

Do you agree with him?

Richard "the Equalizer" Pellegrino February 17, 2014 at 03:23 PM
David...exactly my point....racism has always been dead for you and I because we are never the targets of it...I agree that classism is alive and well however again gross iequities there affect people of color disparately.
Atl Resident February 17, 2014 at 03:25 PM
Typical Liberals always using the race card! I said Jimmy Carter a pathetic southern white president as the worst ever, but in my opinion Obama is the second worst... He would have been the worst if not having the guts to pull the trigger on Osama Binlanden. Mr. Barrack Obama is a repulsive president certainly nothing to do with race. Thinking of him makes me want to throw up!
Richard "the Equalizer" Pellegrino February 17, 2014 at 03:28 PM
Jocelyn, believe it or not and regardless of the many of the writers here, we are beginning to come together and find out that we are all humans and not liberals, conservatives, and all the other labels. Here is Cobb we have a coalition comprised of Black, White, Brown, conservatives, liberals, democrat, repubs....and we are learning that if we don't want big brother, big government, big money force-feeding us locally and federally then we have to demonstrate the maturity locally at the grassroots to unite in our diversity and work together for the common good of all, and get rid of this divide and conquer mentality. Nolabels.org is doing it in Washington and we can do it locally.
David Brown February 17, 2014 at 03:33 PM
"Atl Resident", the correct spelling of our President's first name is Barack, not Barrack.=)
Atl Resident February 17, 2014 at 03:38 PM
I for one, am more in the middle want less government and no communism. Yes, i consider my self a republican (we are not all bad) However, I am not a bible pusher though my faith is Catholic and I respect all religions... I have even dated a Muslim chic. I support the rights for everyone the gay community, blacks, green or blue people etc. I am also of latin descent and i believe in one language that is English for all business transactions! America has given immigrants a second chance in life and we should embrace it! People should wake up and stop using the race it is very sad to see that... We should be kind to everyone while also respecting other people's opinions... It's called Freedom of Speech!
Atl Resident February 17, 2014 at 03:45 PM
David Brown - good point at work on conference call trying to multi task and never have time for spell check. A lot of my comments have typos... Okay Obama is our president at the moment though I am not a fan of him as president. He could be a fun guy to go bar hopping some time and pick up Chics!
William Schilleci February 17, 2014 at 04:12 PM
Best president: Ronald Reagon, Abe Lincoln in a tie. Worse: Barack Obama
Tammy February 17, 2014 at 04:13 PM
I wish people would stop with the "race card". Just because someone doesn't agree with you or not like someone, doesn't mean they are "racist". I didn't like neither Bush's, I didn't like Nixon or Ford....does that make me a racist to my own race??? I don't like Obama, he is not a leader, and he "inherited" a mess just like every other President has before him. But, the thing is....is that none of the other Presidents used it as an excuse, and they did not use as getting out of taking responsibility for their words and actions. They did not push blame to everyone and everything around them, they learned to work with everyone.....of all political parties. They did not say "I have a pen and a phone", they did not say "The good thing about being President is I can do whatever I want".....Mr. Obama has forgotten that he WORKS for the American people, we do not work for him. We The People pay his salary, so he needs to really rethink his comments and actions. We have too large of a Government, and too big headed of a President. He has no respect for the American people, and IMO he doesn't seem to care. I don't care what religion, color, political status, gender, etc....a person is.....what I do care about is what the Government is doing for America, not what America is doing for the Government.
William Schilleci February 17, 2014 at 04:17 PM
Why does the Cumming Patch only post comments that coincide with a liberal view?
William Schilleci February 17, 2014 at 04:18 PM
This Patch is losing its best base of readers. Not good to only post comments that meet your political view.
Lou February 17, 2014 at 04:22 PM
Best: FDR Worst: Obama, no close competition
Drewboo February 17, 2014 at 04:38 PM
I see that the folks responding to my comment have issues with reading comprehension. Anyway - had I known this was a patch-wide question, I would have probably opted to not comment so my email inbox wouldn't have been bombarded with OPT tea party conspiracy theorists. To the idiot commenter saying "Aids" comes from a behavior, please tell that to rape victims and babies born. I would say in addition to white privilege, people on this thread enjoy other types of advantages which allow them to never think outside of the fox news kool-aid. It must be nice. However, I would disagree with the comment saying no white person know anything about racism. I am biracial but I look white - I finally gave up attempting to identify with my family ancestry/heritage because everyone (white/black) relentlessly insisted I am a white person, not biracial. So I gave up lol - its too much work trying to be true to yourself when everyone else (key word, everyone) insists on demanding their own view of you. Also to the latin guy saying we should all speak English for business transactions (I am too lazy to scroll up and identify screennames) and about America being a great place for immigrants. I'd say the official languages for business transactions are those of the Native Americans. Frack the whole "speak American" crap.
Jocelyn Alexander February 17, 2014 at 04:44 PM
Richard like I stated earlier, the comments on here are horrible, Period!!!
Jocelyn Alexander February 17, 2014 at 04:54 PM
I could go on and on about the race card but you know what, it wouldn't make a difference facts are stated above! Get over yourselves! "Obama is not a leader" Lady please, its evident that we have an educated leader in office unlike Bush who is a classified dummy! Im done with this conversation! Nice Day!! :) I see that the comments on here are very ambivalent to this issue! Nice day :)
Dan Griffin February 17, 2014 at 05:03 PM
Hands down, George W Bush is the clear winner of worst president. unqualified, asleep at the wheel on Sept11th, Started a justified war in Afghanistan followed by an unnecessary one in Iraq. Abandoned the war on terror. Left his successor with an incredible mess
Mack February 17, 2014 at 06:45 PM
Have yet to hear LBJ. He ranks right along side of Jimmy and Obama. Three way tie.
DM-ATL February 17, 2014 at 07:04 PM
Best-Obama, worst- George w. No need to explain.
Ann Hudren February 17, 2014 at 09:08 PM
If history proves that Obama is the Worst President, then will the race card still be a factor? I also find it ironic that those who feverishly support Obama as Best are very ones that name Bush as the Worst. The Bush's "fault". mentality started well before he left office. Obama won the Presidency and still to this day uses the "I inherited this mess" mantra. Obama supporters are starting to reach a turning point where it is no longer viable to guilt and shame people that don't support President Obama. I fear that political correctness, manufactured class / economic warfare and racial divisiveness will BE Obama's Legacy. One day Obama will have to take ownership of his Presidency. His detractors will be validated, and his supporters will be vilified. As one of his supporters I am ashamed at the damaged legacy WE are helping to create.
DM-ATL February 17, 2014 at 09:58 PM
I believe we were asked to answer who we thought was the best, and share who we thought was the worse if we cared to. Obviously most folks here don't know how to follow directions. SMH
Alice Pickett February 18, 2014 at 03:13 AM
I believe it is close between George Washington, brilliant in leadership, courage and the foresight to step down from a nod to become a republican "king", and Abraham Lincoln. I will go with Abe Lincoln. He saved the country and made important and difficult decisions. My opinion of the worst is Lyndon B. Johnson who inaugurated the programs that have created a horrible underclass that never existed when I was born. The War on Poverty was ill conceived and doomed from the start. We are still suffering from it, and Obama has added to the abuse with the increase in food stamps. However well intended, and I'm not sure that they were, none of these programs have really help people solve life skill problems and achieve success in productive living and useful citizenship. Education, in the truest sense, will be the only way out of this dilemma.
Klediss February 18, 2014 at 04:26 AM
I really don't see how anyone with a clear sense of reality would vote for o. My take would be that your a base minded , supporter of pain and slavery. You are either brain dead or you have some sort of mental issues that need attention to. It to this day is miracle that those that are so far up his ars they cant see anything else but his unflattering glory. So he being the worst ever in all of man kind deserves the middle finger award for all those he has shafted , taken their money , freedoms, jobs, healthcare, freedoms from tyranny and suppression . dam list goes on forever. bottom line if your one of his fools that he has used well enjoy the pain of his actions.
Ann Hudren February 18, 2014 at 06:54 AM
@ DM-ATL Indeed the first question was simply the Best, but if you read the rest of the original post it does lead many down a divisive path the discuss the Worst. I do not believe Bush or Obama have enough "history" that We the People can rightly or wrongly label them at this time. I do believe however that the rhetoric that Obama has led by during his Presidency will have a grave effect on his legacy.
Road Scholar February 18, 2014 at 08:09 AM
From the posts above: I never knew that poverty did not exist in this country until LBJ! Carter was right about energy policy, but no one wanted to listen. It's Bush's fault began in his first term (end) and was there until today. Were you paying attention. Reagan was a great communicator but during his presidency the economy soared since he increased the size of government by adding many employees! Now in retrospect, I think Bush was adequate and was compromised by Cheney and the neocons; he gave them "too much rope" , and the it was impossible to reign in them. I saw the entire speech gen gave to the UN about IRAQ; his body language showed that he didn't believe what he was saying! As for President Obama, the jury is still out except for those who didn't like him from the get-go. Remember the Repub mantra? "Let's make him a one term President!" Now, who of you in business would be successful if your "employees" had that attitude toward you?
Mack February 18, 2014 at 08:43 AM
@DM-ATL Please scroll to the top of the page and read the question again. It says: Who Has Been America's Best, Worst President?. The answers given here are strictly opinions of each poster. There are 2 questions in this article. If you wish to answer only one, fine then by all means do so. One only has to look at the amount of job loss that has occurred since Obama took office and you must ask yourself 'Am I better off now that I was during any administration before now?' No we are not. It will become worse before it becomes better. Many have dropped off the unemployment roles because they can not find jobs in their field because they do not exist any more. Look at the jobs being created in the market place. Most, not all, are low paying jobs with very little future or benefits. O'care will and has cost jobs in this country. With the direction we are going now the government, you and all other citizens, will run out of money and the deficit will increase leading to more borrowing and eventually bankruptcy.
David Brown February 18, 2014 at 09:04 AM
Let's take a glance at a more objective survey than this thread on Patch. In 2010, The Siena College Research Institute asked 238 presidential scholars their thoughts on America's best and worst Presidents. Barack Obama was ranked our 15th best President. George W. Bush was ranked fifth from the bottom, or among our five worst Presidents.
John B February 18, 2014 at 10:28 AM
@ David Brown....the survey is a bit dated. A lot has happened in the past four years...not sure if it would net the same results today.
Klediss February 18, 2014 at 03:47 PM
Siena College, Liberal arts, meaning liberal now from a 2010 survey give me a freaking break. PLUS its in N York another strike against it. This review is disqualified due to erroneous errors and out dated results. o sucks, any way anytime , forever, worse the ole Jimma carter. No legacy to speak of , unless you total all the destruction this band of thugs have robbed the American people of.
Road Scholar February 18, 2014 at 04:08 PM
Mack : When Obama took over responsibility , the economy was still in a tail spin, wasn't it? And you expect to turn the economy around on a dime? Really? It is like a large ship...it takes time to have a lasting, positive impact...regardless of who was in charge! Oh and many who have left the job market have retired. Some were ready. Some do not have the computer skills to make it (A friend of mine had this happen). And some would not take jobs because it was demeaning or "below them". I have friends who ate their pride and are doing those jobs to augment their retirement!!!
DM-ATL February 18, 2014 at 09:12 PM
Sorry to burst your rhetoric bubble Mack, but I'm doing just fine. Working a six figure job, son getting ready to graduate from college with minimal bills, live in a 260k house, travel when I want, and spend a lot of time volunteering in the community. Oh, and by the way, I'm a single African-American mom who is not on food stamps!! Oops, one more thing, we've already benefited from the Affordable Care Act (not o'care as you call it) when my 22 yr old had major procedure after college, and thankfully we were able to put him back on our insurance. Have a great evening.
Alice Pickett February 18, 2014 at 10:38 PM
Sticking to the subject matter, which has gone off into a really weird spin of publishing ones annual salary, I would like to reassert my opinion that Abraham Lincoln was the greatest of American presidents and Lyndon B. Johnson was the worst. No, Johnson did not create poverty as one contributor suggested I was implying. Of course there have always been many very poor people in the US- in the city and the rural county side. The United States was a beacon for the poor and disadvantaged and absorbed an amazing amount of people that formed our nation along with those that had arrived much earlier and owned land. However, being poor was not synonymous with being a victim and in need of a permanent hand-out. Poor people for the most part worked and lived in a family situation before 1970. Yes there were exceptions as always, but most people were not looking for a check in the mail or an EBT card. In most cities and Atlanta included, Urban Renewal had already replaced the substandard housing that existed. They still had their families, communities and churches. The Great Society was meant to destroy poverty, but the programs offered a way to circumvent the historical pattern of assisting those in need and them permanently connected to government assistance. Of course some people got out of this situation. Many did not and created the underclass that is even harder to break. I see it all the time and saw it tonight. I live near the NW neighborhoods of Atl. that are a sad testament to totally failed programs including Clintons' Empowerment money. No, I do not think Clinton was even close to being the worst president, so no more comments from people who assume way too much.


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