The Jacksonian America blog directs our attention to a British ranking of American presidents, which is well worth a look. Washington stands at number three, so apparently there are no hard feelings.
I find it interesting that Jackson made it into the top ten. I would’ve assumed that Old Hickory would represent the stereotypical America imagined and feared by Europeans—a product of the frontier, brash, violent, rough around the edges. (Plus there’s that whole New Orleans business.) Perhaps a commitment to populism, like charity, shall cover the multitude of sins.