View Poll Results: Who is the greatest US President of the 20th Century?

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  • Teddy Roosevelt

    12 20.00%
  • Taft

    3 5.00%
  • Wilson

    1 1.67%
  • Coolidge

    7 11.67%
  • FDR

    11 18.33%
  • Kennedy

    5 8.33%
  • LBJ

    0 0%
  • Reagan

    13 21.67%
  • Clinton

    7 11.67%
  • Other

    1 1.67%
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Thread: Greatest 20th Century President

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    Greatest 20th Century President

    From Teddy to Clinton, take your pick. Sorry, if you were going to select McKinley, but let's be honest...

    Also, please discuss who you picked and why you chose him!



    PS: the max amount of options a poll allows for is 10. If you like someone not on the list, sorry for the inconvenience!
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    Re: Greatest 20th Century President

    I voted Clinton. dude was a straight-up pimp.
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    Re: Greatest 20th Century President

    Depends on the fields. When it comes to impact, I have to think of three men, 2 Democrats, one Republican.
    1. Woodrow Wilson

    2. FDR

    3. Teddy Roosevelt
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    Re: Greatest 20th Century President

    It's tough to choose between Clinton and Teddy... They're both just straight up badass.
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    Re: Greatest 20th Century President

    Best:
    5. Truman
    4. Coolidge
    3. Kennedy
    2. Eisenhower
    1. Reagan

    Worst:
    5. Carter
    4. Nixon
    3. Wilson
    2. FDR
    1. LBJ

    I chose Reagan as he was a strong President with strong conservative principles and did a great job of assisting to end the Cold War.

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    Re: Greatest 20th Century President

    FDR. Helped bring us out of the worst scenario possible. Helped defeat Nazi Germany in the West and Japan in the west. Created strong social programs, and great taxation system and a more fair America.

    Worst Presidents on that list:
    Reagan and Clinton.


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    Re: Greatest 20th Century President

    FDR, with Teddy coming in a close second. Kennedy and Clinton were both fairly decent as well.
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    Re: Greatest 20th Century President

    I peobably lack the knowledge base to declare who was the greatest president, but always thought Teddy was an amazingly interesting character, and iconic

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    Re: Greatest 20th Century President

    FDR hands down. He created the strongest middle class in our history and was immensely popular for 4 terms!
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    Re: Greatest 20th Century President

    Definitely FDR, no one else comes close in my mind.
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