9. Barack Obama
Our current president makes this list because we’ve got the sneaking suspicion that the history books will be more friendly towards him than we’ve been as a nation. When you’re president at a time like this, you’re not gonna please everyone. Barack Obama definitely isn’t, and yes, there’s a good reason that we’re having a healthy debate about him. Or an unhealthy one, depending on where you get your news.
That said, love him or hate him, President Obama has made some major achievements while in office. You may not support universal healthcare, but the fact that he was able to put it in place just years after people believed we’d never come close to adopting such a policy is reason to be impressed.
On top of that, gay marriage is now legal in every state, and while it wasn’t his decision, the influence of his administration definitely helped move that issue forward. The fact is, despite facing roadblocks every step of the way, Obama has continued to push forward on the types of issues that matter to the people who voted for him. Historically, that tends to count for something.
He was also pretty funny on Between Two Ferns.
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