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Who Are the Best US Presidents?

Presidents Day is an important day to reflect on the history of the nation and take pride in some of the finest leadership the world has ever seen, but seriously – when did politics get so jacked up? This is a legitimate question that is framed with the understanding that U.S. politics has always been a bit of twisted, egomaniacal theater. The time when Commanders in Chief actually had experience as commanders of anything but an audience and an image has long since passed – which is exactly why Presidents Day is more important now than ever. We want to use Presidents Day to remember some of the truly awesome things presidents of times passed have done for this great nation. <strong>The Man: George Washington (#1)</strong> <em>What’d he do? </em>Simply put, George Washington was one of the greatest war generals that ever lived. He lost more battles than he won, but he fought them on the front lines and he never, ever quit. He also supported freedom of religion, was the first guy to sign the Constitution and owned the largest distillery in America while he was alive. Um, yeah – HERO. <strong>The Man: Abraham Lincoln (#16)</strong> <em>What’d he do?</em> President Lincoln did all kinds of awesome things, and in a very short period of time, but it’s hard to argue that he accomplished anything greater than the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, which abolished slavery. Oh, and he managed to preserve the Union by winning the Civil War, which is also kind of a big deal. <strong>The Man: Theodore Roosevelt (#26)</strong> <em>What’d he do? </em>He fought for independence in Cuba during the Spanish-American war as a founding member of the Rough Riders, and he fought monopolies at home so citizens could get fairly priced food, drugs and transportation. He also snagged the Nobel Peace Prize in 1908 for his help in resolving the Russo-Japanese war, built the Panama Canal and was big into nature, expanding America’s network of national parks. <strong>The Man: Woodrow Wilson (#28)</strong> <em>What’d he do?</em> He kept the U.S. out of World War I … until Germany invited Mexico to attack us on their behalf, whereupon he snapped and decided to raise hell as a rogue faction of the Allied forces. He was also awarded the 1919 Nobel Peace prize for his efforts to peacefully negotiate the WWI treaty, even though it didn’t work out as planned. <strong>The Man: Franklin D. Roosevelt (#32)</strong> <em>What’d he do? </em>A better question is what <em>didn’t</em> this guy do. His “New Deal,” formed in the first 100 days in office, jumpstarted a languishing economy that ultimately helped the nation provide aid to Allied forces during the run-up to World War II. Then the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and FDR brought the hammer down on the Axis Powers. <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes these inspiring stories put a little more sparkle in your Presidents Day.
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