2. Lyndon B. Johnson
I can imagine him asking Bieber to speak to the youth and get them to stop making his war in Vietnam look bad, and I could imagine him really being into the version of “That Should Be Me” with Rascal Flatts. Johnson had a strong opinion on most everything, and Bieber is no exception.
5. Franklin Pierce
It goes without saying that “Handsome” Frank is the only president on this list whose hair rivals Bieber’s. They’d have a lot to talk about. Also, if Pierce could form a lifelong friendship with Jefferson Davis, he’d be forgiving of The Bieb’s more forgettable work. (Even “One Time” isn’t as bad as being President of the Confederacy, right?)
10. Chester A. Arthur
The first President fact I ever loved was that Chester A. Arthur changed his pants more times a day than is socially acceptable. The thrill of a wardrobe change is something that could inspire hours of conversation. Also: Arthur might have possibly been born in Canada…
13. Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, Justin Bieber wrote “U Smile.” They could be best friends based on writing skills alone. But Jefferson also had a thing for black girls, and that gives him a certain amount of credit in the very same hiphop community Bieber is trying (way too) hard to become a part of.
18. Herbert Hoover
Hoover was an inherently good person—to blame the entire Great Depression on him would not be fair. The man held that guilt with him for the rest of his life, and sometimes, out of desperation and sadness, we often do crazy things. Things like sneak out to go fishing and singing “Baby” to ourselves while quietly weeping.
24. Harry S. Truman
Truman is one of those under-the-radar badass Presidents. He’s evidence that you don’t judge a book by its cover. Yeah, those glasses are nerdy, but he also once told a crowd that anybody who voted for Nixon could “go to hell.” So, does he like the Bieb or not? It could genuinely go either way.
27. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Despite his parents being pacifists and his low rank at West Point, Eisenhower was an accomplished soldier. Its evidence that hard work can trump talent—something we all know Bieber can appreciate. However, I’m not sure Eisenhower would have appreciated that Bieber used his hard work to become a pop star instead of something useful like a solider.
40. Ronald Reagan
Towards the end of his life, I think Reagan would warm up to the Bieb. But I think he’d look down on Bieber’s lack of acting talent and be suspicious of any of his Communist tendencies (his use of Twitter, the political ideas behind songs like “One Less Lonely Girl,” and “U Smile.”).
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