Most overrated US president

Posted by: NothingSpecial99

Which US president often praised by history books or the media do you think is overrated. (Can add your own answers)

Poll closed on 1/1/2016 at 12:00AM.
27 Total Votes

Ronald Reagan

10 votes

Barack Obama

8 votes

George Washington

3 votes

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War—its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional and political cr... isis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.Reared in a poor family on the western frontier, Lincoln was a self-educated lawyer in Illinois, a Whig Party leader, state legislator during the 1830s. Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846, where he promoted rapid modernization of the economy through banks, tariffs, and railroads. He had originally agreed not to run for a second term and his opposition to the Mexican–American War was unpopular among the voters. He returned to Springfield and concentrated on his successful law practice throughout central Illinois. He returned to politics in 1854, and was a leader in building up the new Republican Party, which was had a statewide majority. After a series of highly publicized debates in 1858, during which Lincoln spoke out against the expansion of slavery, he lost the U.S   more
3 votes
1 comment

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, commonly known by his initials FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd President of the United States. A Democrat, he was elected four times and served from March 1933 to his death in Apr... il 1945. He was a central figure in world events during the mid-20th century, leading the United States during a time of worldwide economic depression and total war. A dominant leader of the Democratic Party, he built a New Deal Coalition that realigned American politics after 1932, as his New Deal domestic policies defined American liberalism for the middle third of the 20th century.Roosevelt defeated incumbent Republican Herbert Hoover in November 1932, at the depth of the Great Depression. Energized by his personal victory over polio, FDR used his persistent optimism and activism to renew the national spirit. Assisted by key aide Harry Hopkins, he worked closely with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin in leading the Allies against Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and Imperial Japan in World War II   more
2 votes

John A. Macdonald

Sir John Alexander Macdonald, GCB, KCMG, PC, PC, QC, was the first Prime Minister of Canada. The dominant figure of Canadian Confederation, he had a political career which spanned almost half a century. Macdonald served 19 years as Canadian Prime Mi... nister; only William Lyon Mackenzie King served longer.Macdonald was born in Scotland; when he was a boy his family immigrated to Kingston in the colony of Upper Canada. He articled with a local lawyer, who died before Macdonald qualified, and Macdonald opened his own practice, although not yet entitled to do so. He was involved in several high-profile cases and quickly became prominent in Kingston, which enabled him to seek and obtain a legislative seat in 1844. He served in the legislature of the colonial United Province of Canada and by 1857 had become premier under the colony's unstable political system.When in 1864 no party proved capable of governing for long, Macdonald agreed to a proposal from his political rival, George Brown, that the parties unite in a Great Coalition to seek federation and political reform   more
1 vote
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briantheliberal says2015-10-08T21:06:29.2221553Z
Most overrated presidents in my opinion are George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, JFK, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and GWB.
Vox_Veritas says2015-10-08T21:09:31.7613952Z
Abraham Lincoln.
Vox_Veritas says2015-10-08T21:11:29.8088653Z
I'm pretty sure the only thing he did was fight the Civil War, a war which was started because he got elected. Slavery ended as a result of the war, but that wasn't his objective.
TBR says2015-10-08T21:49:36.8509689Z
Regains record is lost to the mythical status he has been given within the GOP
Renegader says2015-10-08T23:41:55.6879742Z
Screw Reagan. Like TBR said, he is merely a symbol now.
tajshar2k says2015-10-09T01:35:17.5733747Z
GW isn't overrated in my opinion. Neither is JFK.
TBR says2015-10-09T02:16:53.4778548Z
58539672 - how is that necessary or advisable part of this conversation
TBR says2015-10-09T02:17:36.8934897Z
A part. Sorry on phone.
PetersSmith says2015-10-09T03:00:56.7146853Z
58539672: Let's not throw around insults, yeah?
58539672 says2015-10-09T03:08:17.5011618Z
@PetersSmith Alright. Ill stop.
benhos says2015-10-10T01:14:29.5451934Z
Barack Obama is overrated??? WOW. If anything he's extremely underrated.
benhos says2015-10-10T01:15:46.7921322Z
In my opinion, they're George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, Both Bushes, and Jimmy Carter.
Texas14 says2015-10-10T20:10:41.3769077Z
Lincoln wasn't the most overrated, but I think he's a close second. He was largely a dictator during the civil war.
stainless67 says2015-10-11T22:08:41.5167655Z
You know, I did really like ronald regan as a president and person. None the less he did do half bad in this nation in my opinion. AIDS, Crack, the economy. Oh by the way for those of you who dont know if you sell weapons to our enemies even though it is to fight communism. That is still treason. Side note to oliver north and randy cunningham. I get it you were both silver star winners in the air and on the ground in one of our most violent and socially contraversal wars. If you break the law, yes that makes you a criminal.
58539672 says2015-10-12T03:21:58.7825602Z
@stainless67 I liked Reagan too, but he still fits the definition of overrated. His modern day image is much larger and glossier than he himself was.
stainless67 says2015-10-12T16:04:16.5668267Z
@58539672, he was movie star cowboy who lived in santa barbara yes he was that guy

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