Since it is "Presidents' Day" (that is, the combining of Lincoln and Washington's birthdays into a single vague holiday), who's your favorite president? Least favorite? Most inspiring? Here's my list:
Theodore Roosevelt: An incredible character who used the overwhelming force of his personality to do what he thought was right.
George Washington: I recently read an excellent biography of Washington, and am constantly amazed at just how much we owe him. He was a giant.
Abraham Lincoln: Probably the best example of a man who was exactly right for his time. It's very interesting to see his evolving attitudes towards slavery and, then, ex-slaves as his term progressed. I often wonder what would have happened if he had lived.
Franklin Roosevelt: He led the nation through its worst period since the Civil War, and gave people hope.
William Howard Taft: No, he wasn't that great of a president. But I am always struck by just how human a figure he was. He hated the presidency, and was glad to be rid of it in 1913. He was also absolutely crushed by Roosevelt's turn against him in 1912. He was somehow guileless, and couldn't believe that a man who was his friend could hurt him so. He was a much better chief justice than a president.
Gerald Ford: He was also a very good, decent sort of man. He was clueless in certain areas, and his choice of staffers still haunts us, but he himself was a good man.
Warren Harding: He was not bright, and he let his friends do all sorts of terrible things. His death was probably a mercy.
James Buchanan: He did nothing while the Civil War approached.
Andrew Johnson: Lincoln's successor, he was a spiteful man who allowed a lot of the progress Lincoln had hoped for disappear.
I'll reserve historical judgement on George W. Bush until at least a decade has passed. That seems fair.
What do you think? Any favorites? Least favorites? Post them here.