PRESIDENTS, RANKED BY HOW THEY ARE PORTRAYED IN "HAMILTON"
Inspired by @bjnovak. Not a huge dissent, just a reranking of sorts.
- 1.George WashingtonCoolest dude of the 18th century. Alexander "Don't Call Me Son" Hamilton loved him like the dad he never had. He's stoic, self-aware, and a guy you want on your side when you need your own agenda to be enacted.
- 2.Thomas JeffersonYou get this wonderful paradox with T-Jeff that is perfectly portrayed by Daveed and written by LMM. He was a guy who fought for freedom for the people...who looked like him. "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We fought for these ideals we shouldn't settle for less." "A civics lessons from a slaver. Hey, neighbor: your debts are paid cause you don't pay for labor!" He was a villain with great ideas. Truly spectacular.
- 3.James MadisonA quiet, dry, hypochondriac. Great in contrast to the brash Hercules Mulligan, the other side of this dual role. He's got some great French-related jokes, but otherwise inconsequential. Does round out the three-part harmonies with TJ and Burr.
- 4.John AdamsLet me spit the first line from the original cut rap: "an open letter to the fat, arrogant, anti charismatic national embarrassment known as President John Adams." "Shit." And that's all you need to know about John, the fat motherfucker.