Historians Rank Barack Obama Near The Top Of Best U.S. Presidents Ever

Historians Rank Barack Obama Near The Top Of Best U.S. Presidents Ever

C-SPAN has conducted a survey of 91 nationally recognized historians who ranked former past presidents on items like public persuasion, moral authority, economic management and international relations.

Politico reported that Obama rated high in the category of “equal justice for all,” but received low marks for his relationship with Congress, Fox News reports.

Of course, it is difficult to determine the effectiveness of a presidency so soon after the president left office.

“Although 12th is a respectable overall ranking, one would have thought that former President Obama’s favorable rating when he left office would have translated into a higher ranking in this presidential survey,” Edna Greene Medford, a Howard University professor and member of C-SPAN’s historical advisory board, told Politico.

Abraham Lincoln retained the top position, and George Washington came in a close second.

According to historian Richard Norton Smith, the gold standard for presidents remains those holding office between 1933 and 1969, with numerous snagging top scores.

“Five presidents from this era each rank in the top ten which tells you something about the criteria that historians tend to use,” said Smith. “It reinforces Franklin Roosevelt’s claim to be not only the first modern president but the man who, in reinventing the office, also established the criteria by which we judge our leaders.”

According to historian Richard Norton Smith, the gold standard for presidents remains those holding office between 1933 and 1969, with numerous snagging top scores.

Here are the full rankings:

1. Abraham Lincoln
2. George Washington
3. Franklin Delano Roosevelt
4. Teddy Roosevelt
5. Dwight Eisenhower
6. Harry Truman
7. Thomas Jefferson
8. John F. Kennedy
9. Ronald Reagan
10. Lyndon Johnson
11. Woodrow Wilson
12. Barack Obama
13. James Monroe
14. James Polk
15. Bill Clinton
16. William McKinley
17. James Madison
18. Andrew Jackson
19. John Adams
20. George H.W. Bush
21. John Q. Adams
22. Ulysses Grant
23. Grover Cleveland
24. William Taft
25. Gerald Ford
26. Jimmy Carter
27. Calvin Coolidge
28. Richard Nixon
29. James Garfield
30. Benjamin Harrison
31. Zachary Taylor
32. Rutherford Hayes
33. George W. Bush
34. Martin Van Buren
35. Chester Arthur
36. Herbert Hoover
37. Millard Fillmore
38. William Harrison
39. John Tyler
40. Warren Harding
41. Franklin Pierce
42. Andrew Johnson
43. James Buchanan

It is apparent that the historians did not take into account that Obama’s primary accomplishments included a failed healthcare system, amassed more debt than every other president combined, supported Islamic dictators and terrorist organizations, and worsened race relations… I guess it would be “racist” to bring attention to his failures.

As for former President Bill Clinton, who they ranked 15th, he was impeached for lying to Congress about having sex with Monica Lewinsky, and also paid an out-of-court settlement of $850,000 fine to Paula Jones to avoid an unpleasant trial that could very well have ended with even worse consequences. 

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