Originally Posted by NateR
Not sure if I can really come up with ten, but....
1. George Washington - our first President and probably the only one we will ever have who didn't actively seek the office. In fact, he tried to refuse it but was so popular at the time that it was impossible for him to turn it down. People wanted him crowned as the King of America, but he declined that status and set the precedent for an Executive Leader with limited powers who was a servant of the people. In other words, the exact polar opposite of Barack Obama.
Washington was also the only President we've ever had who was not a part of the party system. In fact, he forbid the forming of political parties during his term in office and believed that they would do more damage to this country than anything else.
2. Ronald Reagan - probably the only true Conservative we have had in office since the 19th century. He took down the entire Soviet Union and won the Cold War without a single shot fired. I'm not sure if I would count any other Presidents of the 20th or 21st century in the top ten.
3. Abraham Lincoln - he gets props for freeing the slaves, even though he only did it to help win the Civil War.
Abraham did not free a single slave. The salves were not free until the amendment was passed well after his death. In Fact US Grant kept his slaves till the very day it passed because he said good help was hard to find. The emancipation proclamation only freed slaves in the CSA. For example a border states like Missouri and Kentucky had slavery well passed Abe's death.
George Wash.- Did it for the good of his country
James Madison father of the constitution
John Adams- My relative and did a lot during the revolution
Tom Jefferson- The great en-lightener
John Q Adams- Help refocused our country back to its roots
Ron Regan- ended the cold war
That is all I have for now.