Andrew Jackson, without a doubt wins the trophy for being the biggest badass president we ever had, that man took no shit. Imagine if he existed today, he would have nuked everyone who said anything even slightly offensive to him and the U.S. I always wondered if he talked like Clint Eastwood.
However, my personal favorite president is Theodore Roosevelt. The man was certainly a character. He would go hunt game, grab a horse and the Rough Riders to go beat up some Spaniards (ok this was before he was president obviously), box with John L. Sullivan (he was the Heavyweight boxing champion at the time), get into a judo match with a bear (ok this part is probably not true), have the Panama Canal built all in a days work. In my opinion, he was probably the last good president we had in this country.
So here's my top five.
Andrew Jackson (old hickory) This pissed off looking dude has good reason to be pissed, he was against the national bank so they put him on the 20 dollar bill which probably pissed him off even more. Of course they waited till he was dead to do this, because the person responsible for this, would not be alive today. He also kicked as in the War of 1812, his conquest of Florida lead to the U.S aquiring it from Spain. Because his political opponents called him a jackass, he liked it and as it turned out it became the symbol for the democratic party.
Theodore Roosevelt already mentioned above.
George Washington how could you leave out the "father of our country" from the top 5. The man put up with a bunch of untrained farmers in some cold ass weather and ended up getting General Cornwalis to surrender, thus being very instrumental in securing our independence from Britain. Also, set the tone for the Presidency, which would have been good if his successors had been led by example.
Abe Lincoln What can we say about ol' Abe? This guy was just a lawyer who never put on a military uniform, but with careful study, managed to defeat the confederacy and keep the nation as one and as a side bonus, abolished slavery.
Dwight Eisenhower The five star generals war record during WWII speaks for itself. He also was there for the deeper times of the cold war, and under the Eisenhower doctrine, is the one who threatened the use of force for any country that was practicing communism.
-Franklin Roosevelt (longest commander in chief ever during WW2 and great depression and did this all in a wheelchair)
-George H.W Bush (showed the world that the U.S could kick ass)
-George W. Bush (took no shit from anyone and stuttered all along the way,showed strength that Al Gore wouldn't have shown during 9/11, got us in two wars, and probably would have been more if he was able to get into a third term)
-Ulysses S. Grant (may not have been the greatest president by a long shot, but his record as general during the civil earns him an honorable mention.)
-Ronald Reagan (like him or hate him, he did boost the morale of our country when it was at it's lowest. for he took no shit either)
here are some T.R quotes:
"Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country."
"Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft."
"Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe."
"Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted only to rhetoric. If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk; we must act big."
"Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far."
"The pacifist is as surely a traitor to his country and to humanity as is the most brutal wrongdoer."