Who was president of north Vietnam during the Vietnam war?
Ho Chi Minh was really a dictator, not a elected President. He had ruled North Vietnam since 1955, after the defeat of the French at Dien Ben Phu. He was the hero of the Vietnamese people, having been a guerrilla leader against the Japanese in WWII and then again against the French. The Americans had even supported him during WWII! He ultimately defeated the United States and South Vietnam because he and his leadership and the fighters who fought and died for him, believed in total victory, no longer how long it took. We totally underestimated the depth of support the people had for Ho Chi Minh.