->''"Washy Ad Jeffy Maddy Monroe\\
Ad Jackson Van Hair Ty Po Tay Fil Pear\\
Bu Lincoln John Grant2\\
Hayes Gar Thur Cleve Hair Cleve [=McKin=]\\
Roos'velt Taft Wilson Hard Coolidge\\
Hoov Franklin Roos'velt Truman Ikey\\
Ken Johnson Nixon Ford\\
Cart Reagan Bush Clinton Dubya''"\\
--'''Music/JonathanCoulton'''

->''"Heigh ho, do you know?\\
The names of the US residents\\
Who then became the presidents\\
And got a view, from the White House loo,\\
Of Pennsylvania Avenue?"''\\
--'''''{{WesternAnimation/Animaniacs}}''''', The Presidents Song.

Specifically, the Presidents of the United States of America (and more specifically, the Presidents of the United States under the Constitution). They are, in order:

[[index]]
# UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington (1789-97, independent [[note]]{de facto Federalist}[[/note]]; led the [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution Continental Army]])
# UsefulNotes/JohnAdams (1797-1801, Federalist; first to live in TheWhiteHouse)
# UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson (1801-09, Democratic-Republican; wrote the Declaration of Independence; also the first wartime President)
# UsefulNotes/JamesMadison (1809-17, Democratic-Republican; wrote the Constitution; British burnt the White House down during his 8 years)
# UsefulNotes/JamesMonroe (1817-25, Democratic-Republican; the capital of {{UsefulNotes/Liberia}} is named after him; one of only two presidents -- the other being Washington -- to be elected unopposed)
# UsefulNotes/JohnQuincyAdams (1825-29, Democratic-Republican/National Republican; first son of a former President, and only president whose election was decided by the House of Representatives)
# UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson (1829-37, Democrat; first president to have an attempted assassination, only president to almost personally kill his attempted assassin after he failed)
# UsefulNotes/MartinVanBuren (1837-41, Democrat; first president to have been born an American citizen (after America gained its independence); only President to have English as a second language - he came from a Dutch-speaking family)
# UsefulNotes/WilliamHenryHarrison (1841, Whig; died of pneumonia one month after taking office; First president to die in office and had the shortest presidency, which is the only reason people remember him; last president to have been born before America's independence)
# UsefulNotes/JohnTyler (1841-45, Whig/independent; first Vice President to inherit the Presidency)
# UsefulNotes/JamesKPolk (1845-49, Democrat; did everything he said he would)
# UsefulNotes/ZacharyTaylor (1849-50, Whig; died in office, possibly of gastroenteritis from eating spoiled cherries, possibly from [[MeatgrinderSurgery 19th century medicine]])
# UsefulNotes/MillardFillmore (1850-53, Whig; made fun of for his name, remembered for pretty much nothing else)
# UsefulNotes/FranklinPierce (1853-57, Democrat; a deeply unlucky man)
# UsefulNotes/JamesBuchanan (1857-61, Democrat; only president never to have been married, may have been secretly homosexual. Since the Civil War started at the end of his tenure, he's consistently considered the worst to ever hold the office.)
# UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln (1861-65, Republican/National Union; tallest president; first president to have facial hair; assassinated by a Confederate sympathizer, and in doing so was the first president to be ''successfully'' assassinated)
# UsefulNotes/AndrewJohnson (1865-69, National Union [[note]]{de facto Democrat}[[/note]]; first president to be impeached, but was acquitted)
# UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant (1869-77, Republican; the greatest [[TheAmericanCivilWar Civil War]] General; initially considered an awful President, but his reputation is on the rise)
# UsefulNotes/RutherfordBHayes (1877-81, Republican; won the closest election in American history.)
# UsefulNotes/JamesGarfield (1881, Republican; assassinated by a disgruntled office seeker)
# UsefulNotes/ChesterAArthur (1881-85, Republican; he had crazy facial hair)
# UsefulNotes/GroverCleveland (1885-89, Democrat; only President to serve two non-consecutive terms)
# UsefulNotes/BenjaminHarrison (1889-93, Republican; the other Harrison's grandson)
# UsefulNotes/GroverCleveland (1893-97, Democrat; fans tend to prefer his first term)
# UsefulNotes/WilliamMcKinley (1897-1901, Republican; assassinated next to an X-ray machine that could have been used to save his life)
# UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt (1901-09, Republican; youngest person to become president; definitely {{Badass}})
# UsefulNotes/WilliamHowardTaft (1909-13, Republican; got [[NeverLiveItDown stuck in a bathtub]]; last president to have facial hair; only President to serve on the US Supreme Court (1921-30), thereby being the only President to have been part of all three branches of federal government)
# UsefulNotes/WoodrowWilson (1913-21, Democrat; only president with a [=Ph.D=]; had a stroke and his wife then ran the country in secret)
# UsefulNotes/WarrenHarding (1921-23, Republican; died from a heart attack midway through his term, became notorious for corruption under his administration)
# UsefulNotes/CalvinCoolidge (1923-29, Republican; [[TheQuietOne often silent]])
# UsefulNotes/HerbertHoover (1929-33, Republican; previously a humanitarian, [[IAmAHumanitarian but not that kind]])
# UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt (1933-45, Democrat; served [[LongRunners four terms]], more than any other President, though he died a few months into the fourth)
# UsefulNotes/HarryTruman (1945-53, Democrat; authorized the only use of nuclear weapons in war)
# UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower (1953-61, Republican; a UsefulNotes/WorldWarII General; first president to be limited to two terms by the 22nd Amendment)
# UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy (1961-63, Democrat; only Catholic President, youngest elected President; his assassination is still [[WhoShotJFK plagued by mysteries]])
# UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson (1963-69, Democrat; [[EverythingIsBigInTexas very Texan]] and [[BunnyEarsLawyer very odd]])
# UsefulNotes/RichardNixon (1969-74, Republican; only President to resign, definitely corrup-er, [[MemeticMutation not a crook]])
# UsefulNotes/GeraldFord (1974-77, Republican; only president who wasn't elected as either President or Vice-President, only president whose would-be assassins were female; longest-lived president)
# UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter (1977-81, Democrat; living, was a FarmBoy and was [[NeverLiveItDown attacked by a bunny]])
# UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan (1981-89, Republican; previously a cowboy actor; oldest President)
# UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush (1989-93, Republican; living, was the CIA Director beforehand)
# UsefulNotes/BillClinton (1993-2001, Democrat; living, was impeached, but not convicted, during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Also, he did not inhale.)
# UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush (2001-09, Republican; living, added [[{{Malaproper}} countless new words]] [[MemeticMutation to the public conscious]], and second son of a former President)
# UsefulNotes/BarackObama (2009-present, Democrat; first African-American President)
[[/index]]

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Despite what ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}'' may have said about his being President for one day between Polk and Taylor, any attempts to put [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Rice_Atchison David Rice Atchison]] on this list will be laughed off in the traditional manner. So will any attempts to add [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_hanson John Hanson]] or any other presidents of the Continental Congress.

An {{urban legend|s}}, popularized by ''Ripley's Believe It or Not!'' in 1931, claims that there is a curse upon the Presidency. This curse, variously known as the "Curse of Tippecanoe", "Tecumseh's Curse" and the "Zero-Year Curse", states that any President who is elected in a year ending in a zero (1840, 1860, etc.) will die in office or have a near miss. It was allegedly placed upon UsefulNotes/WilliamHenryHarrison by Tecumseh's brother Tenskwatana during the Indian wars and the WarOf1812, in which Harrison won two decisive battles against Tecumseh in present-day Indiana and Ontario (the latter leading to Tecumseh's death). Whatever the curse's validity, it was apparently "broken" by either UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan (if deaths alone count), or UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush (if near-misses count as well) as both survived to serve two full terms.

There is also a band called Music/ThePresidentsOfTheUnitedStatesOfAmerica, however nobody that has ever served as POTUSA has been so far a member of the band. However, the band members did a parody of the Presidential race in which each member had a campaign video to be elected President...of the Presidents. They did play at the White House, by Chelsea Clinton's request, though. Rumor has it, Bill Clinton played sax with them during that show.

Music/JonathanCoulton has two songs about them: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdUUywIsIGI One]] ("ThePresidents") is simply their names and a small factoid about them, and the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDqCP5kQIbo other]] ("Washy Ad Jeffy") is a mnemonic device designed to help you remember their names and how many terms they served (by way of the number of syllables in the name). Other songs include [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vvy0wRLD5s8 this one]] from {{WesternAnimation/Animaniacs}}.

With one exception, every American President is descended from BadKingJohn of England. He's the king from the RobinHood stories and the one who was forced to sign Magna Carta. The one exception is UsefulNotes/MartinVanBuren, whose ancestry is Dutch on both sides. All of the other 42 men to hold the executive office have British blood in them that can be traced back to King John. And even then, Van Buren is related to a few other Presidents, so he is still ''related'' to King John. In fact, Van Buren was descended from William the Conqueror, who was also ancestor of King John, so ''every'' President is descended from the Norman king who conquered England.[[note]]Thanks to the way lineages tend to work [[RealityIsUnrealistic this is actually less unlikely than it sounds]] (bloodlines either explode or die out very quickly, and aristocrats have a lot of children), but being able to prove it is still pretty impressive.[[/note]]

Some Presidents who typically rank very high in "Greatest Presidents" historian/scholar polls include UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington, UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson, UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln, UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt, and UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt. Some who are usually found at the very bottom include UsefulNotes/WilliamHenryHarrison, UsefulNotes/FranklinPierce, UsefulNotes/JamesBuchanan, UsefulNotes/AndrewJohnson, and UsefulNotes/WarrenHarding. A few are more popular in public polls than in scholarly ones, such as UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy and UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan.

For the action film, see ''Film/DeadPresidents''. For the much-desired ''pictures'' of dead presidents (plus UsefulNotes/AlexanderHamilton and Creator/BenjaminFranklin, who were too controversial and too old, respectively, to ever be President), see AmericanCurrency. For the President of the Confederate States of America during [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar the Civil War]], see UsefulNotes/JeffersonDavis.
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->''"The next president to lead the way\\
Well, it just might be yourself one day\\
Then the press will distort everything you say\\
So jump in your plane and fly away!"''
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