This election cycle is the personification of the dumpster fire gif.
I can’t begin list all of the crazy things Donald Trump has done, even just this week, because it will take up the entirety of this piece. And I don’t have enough alcohol in my apartment to think about it.
So let’s ignore the 2016 election and look back on our past leaders. And what matters most about our presidents? How hot they were. Here is my definitive ranking and absolute correct order. Don’t you dare @ me.
1. John F. Kennedy
This is a controversial pick for some, because some believe Obama is the hottest president. You know what I call that? Recency bias. HAVE YOU SEEEEEEEN JFK. The man, the myth, the legend. He is beautiful. He is perfect. He definitely had some back issues and maybe for sure was cheating on his wife but those are things I’m willing to overlook because COME ON.
2. Barack Obama
If this was a competiton for coolest prez, Barry would win hands down, but listen, it’s tough to be hotter than JFK.
3. Woodrow Wilson
4. Franklin Pierce
That hair! That boyish charm! OK Franklin, I see you.
5. Ulysses S. Grant
Eighteenth president or hipster hottie? You decide.
6. Bill Clinton
Objectively, not that hot, but definitely fun. Here’s the thing, save for JFK and Obama, none of our presidents are actually hot (shouldn’t we be asking for more from our elected officials???), so you have to judge them on other merits like how fun they are and how hot they were when they were young. Bill is definitely fun.
7. James Garfield
Garfield falls in the camp of mid-1800s presidents with beards who could also live in Logan Square right now. I’ll take it.
8. Andrew Jackson
Very sassy, and a widow’s peak. He can get it.
9. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Just because his legs didn’t work too well doesn’t mean he’s not a hottie. And that certainly didn’t stop him from getting with the ladies, all of whom were not his wife. Special shouts to his son, FDR Jr., who can DEFINITELY get it.
10. Calvin Coolidge
He’s like, fine, but so many of our presidents are so ugly that these are the tough choices we need to make.
11. George W. Bush
Not very hot, but DEFINITELY fun. At least in his college days.
12. Ronald Reagan
We can’t allow our politics to blind us from seeing true hotness. Reagan, not hot while in office, very hot when younger.
13. Theodore Roosevelt
By today’s standards, Teddy Roosevelt is not hot. But by early 1900s standards? I’m assuming he could get it. Any man who was part of the Rough Riders deserves a crack at the Top 15.
14. Thomas Jefferson
It’s hard to truly judge our founding fathers and their hotness because all we have are painted portraits, but Jefferson has a nice facial structure and he deserves this spot.
15. Rutherford B. Hayes
I have to stay true to my rankings, but when further evidence was reported to me (by the internet) I found out that a young Hayes is strikingly, truly beautiful. As president though, he’s the third hottest of the 1850s hipster bro presidents, so he will remain at 15.
16. James Madison
OK so like, this is where it gets dicey. No one is hot at this point. Madison is fine. There are so many presidents who are disgusting, so you get the benefit of the doubt of not being heinous. Congrats.
17. Andrew Johnson
I like his necktie.
18. Jimmy Carter
He has a cute lil Southern accent and his arguably one of the nicest presidents. See, nice guys don’t finish last, they finish 18th.
19. Gerald R. Ford
Breaking my rule of posting photos of when they were presidents for Ford because OK FORD. LOOK AT YOU.
20. Benjamin Harrison
He looks like a cool old dude.
21. Warren G. Harding
He looks a little harsh here, but you can definitely tell that once upon a time he was a hottie.
22. James Monroe
He looks kind of constipated in this portrait, which is troubling, because portraits are supposed to be the best representation of you. But I like his swoopy hair.
23. James K. Polk
He like, kind of looks like a vampire to me for some reason, but I’ve seen worse. Like the rest of this list.
24. Abraham Lincoln
Points for being tall and wearing sick hats, but sorry Abe you have a weird face. I’m being honest, isn’t that what you wanted of me??????
25. Harry S. Truman
Your glasses are back in style now, so I guess that’s cool.
26. George H.W. Bush
Nah, but in your Yale baseball days? Hell yes.
27. Richard Nixon
28. Dwight D. Eisenhower
29. Herbert Hoover
Honestly Hoover should be higher, or maybe I’m just blinded because there’s a dog in this photo.
30. Millard Fillmore
Not great, great side eye tho.
31. William McKinley
Did you just see a ghost? Why does your face look like that.
32. George Washington
Wooden teeth? Hard pass.
33. Lyndon B. Johnson
Sorry you had to follow the hottest president ever and really let the country down.
34. James Buchanan
Oh. Yikes. Not even a young Buchanan looks great. That’s when you know you’re in trouble.
35. John Tyler
I’ve run out of ways to say, “ugh, another boring white dude.”
36. William Henry Harrison
Why is your nose that large? Wouldn’t you tell the painter, hey, tone that down a little bit?
37. John Quincy Adams
So much hair on your face, so little hair on your head.
38. Grover Cleveland
Cool moustache, I guess.
39. William Howard Taft
While he didn’t actually get stuck in a bathtub as rumors would believe, he was a big boy.
40. Zachary Taylor
He kind of looks homeless tbh.
41. Chester A. Arthur
42. John Adams
“Sit down John, you fat motherfucker” — “Hamilton” and probably everyone in real life.
43. Martin Van Buren
Jesus Christ what is wrong with your hair.