Historians rank Obama our 12th best president



A C-SPAN survey of 91 presidential historians ranks Barack Obama as the 12th best U.S. president in the nation’s history.

Abraham Lincoln was ranked at the top of the list, followed in order by George Washington and the two Roosevelts, Franklin and Theodore. The worst were James Buchanan and Andrew Johnson, the presidents who served just before and just after Lincoln.

Some presidents rise or fall in these periodic surveys of historians. Ulysses Grant, for example, has moved from the bottom quarter of the pack to the middle in the past 17 years.

Harry Truman’s situation is especially telling. He was quite unpopular when he left the White House in 1953. The Gallup poll rated his public approval at just 22 percent. But history has been much kinder. He now ranks 6th on the all-time list.

It seems likely that Obama will move up or down on the list in the coming years. In this first ranking of his presidency, he scored well on managing the economy and exuding “moral authority” but not so well in handling international relations. His standing in the polls was above 50 percent when he left office, perhaps partly because his successor, Donald Trump, was not especially popular.

Some readers likely will disagree with the high rank Obama gets from historians. But that’s mostly irrelevant. Only time will tell how highly he’ll be regarded by historians over the long run.





  1. Robert Hazz Geaunads

    Where’s the outcry from the media and the left for conspiring with the Russians? Where’s the outrage? Where were the calls for impeachment?


  2. Robert Hazz Geaunads

    And then there’s this bit of hypocrisy….. but but but, this is different… BS………you phonies on the left… better go find your safe room to avoid any further triggering events and as you prepare to bill those who offend for the the new buzz word from the left, emotional value…


  3. Robert: You’re making less and less sense with each succeeding comment. Pretty soon, the men in the white coats are going to throw a net over you.

    • Robert Hazz Geaunads

      Sure Pat, anything you say…. cue, a subtle wink to the audience.

    • Robert Hazz Geaunads

      Updated – Dear Patrick, granted, I don’t always post on topic comments as I use whatever you post that is closest, in some cases, to the comment I want to make. For someone who claims to keep up on all sides of the political banter, you sure avoid the most controversial of subjects, such as race relations, black on black violence as it relates to police overreach?,transgenders, Russia, current Wikileaks controversies, the violence from the left against the right, the shutdown of conversation by the left of anybody who doesn’t hold their positions on hot topic subjects, ,oh yeah, did I say Russia? … all for instance.

      If you’ll look at my original comment on this thread, its related to Obama’s comments on a live mic to a Russian govt rep. The next comment I made was about Hillary’s campaign reps meeting with Russian reps too… The general gist of the two comments is theyre hypocrisies of the left and the liberal media that somehow discounts those activities when its coming from someone on the left, but beat the hell out of the Trump administration for the same thing.

      If you want to find someone to sic the white coats on, I suggest you find a Rockford resident driving an older model green van (last known vehicle), who parades around as a self proclaimed intellectual and looks at people as lab specimen’s to be analyzed and head f’d with his, in his own mind, brilliance. He has posted on this board recently. He’s the idiot who claimed to be a person of color, but the only resemblance he sports of being a person of color is, he’s the black sheep of his family. Not to mention a pathological liar.

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