Jefferson is among my top three favorite presidents. I was listening to a biography about him earlier this year, and it was pretty inspiring. It's a shame that people didn't heed his advice a bit more (e.g. abolishing slavery, limited supreme court terms, etc.).
It annoys me to no end that the tea-baggers have recently tried to claim Jefferson as one of their own. I keep seeing misquotes attributed to Jefferson, as well as quotes taken out of context plastered all over the internet. Something tells me that the man who wrote, "I cannot live without books," would find little in common with this fellow here.