Just a Futurama Nixon video, they are talking about why they would/wouldn't vote for him.
I love Futurama's Nixon.
The only one who's changed is me. I've become more bitter and, let's face it, crazy over the years. And when I'm swept into office, I'll sell our children's organs to zoos for meat, and I'll go into people's houses at night and wreck up the place!
Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, FDR on my short list.
I have Washington out front. Many posts in this thread talk about him being overrated but I believe he is in fact underrated.
There are Presidents who have accomplished more during their Presidency, but Washington's impact on the office itself cannot be overstated. I really believe that ANY other man from Jefferson, to Madison, etc. and the U.S. would not have been as successful in those early years, and may have in fact collapsed a bit. (I don't think completely because along with Washington you had a large collection of extremely capable politicians, which is something the British didn't take into account... and I'm getting off track).
Thomas Jefferson had slaves, so don't you think he was sort of a hypocrite?
Regarding Jefferson's slaves:
He was given them when he was 14, and was not legally allowed to free them. He actually tried hard to do so, and was a vocal opponent of slavery. He just lived in the wrong times politically to get anything done about it.
I'm sure he could of fought of harder against slavery, especially as president, although doing so would of political suicide during his time.